The Ten Hottest House DJs Right Now
The proliferation of electronic music all over the world can’t be ignored. It bleeds into every other genre and accounts for a massive fan base in every continent. But how to sort through the synths and hi-hats, the 808’s and reverb? Know your DJs. This new series, “The Ten Hottest DJs” takes you through the biggest names in trap, house, trance, and dubstep so you can keep your basslines straight.This week, we’re highlighting the best rising House music stars out there. House music originated in Chicago in the 80’s. It’s driving characteristics are soulful, uplifting melodies set to a 4/4 tempo with a kick drum on every beat. That beat's what is known as four on the floor (or four-to-the-floor.) Early house incorporated elements of Disco into a roving, repetitive pattern. Repetition still plays a lead role, but the genre-crossing explosion of EDM is morphing and opening up what house can sound like. Almost every major name in electro, including Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta, and Deadmau5, could be classified as House DJs. This list goes a little deeper, digging out some of the familiar talents you might know well, and some you may have never heard of before. Here are Pepsi Pulse's Ten Hottest House DJs Right Now.
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1. Maya Jane Coles
Maya Jane Coles is the resident sweetheart of House music. The London producer and DJ is known for working with artists like Little Boots, Massive Attack and Gorillaz. She was crowned “Best Newcomer” at the Ibiza DJ Awards, was named one of Rolling Stone’s top 25 most influential DJs in the world, and made a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix before her 25th birthday. The half Japanese, half British sensation grew up with music influences from Dub, Punk, Soul, Jazz and classical music. Catch her DJing at Coachella and watch out for a brand new studio album this year.
2. Honey Dijon
Honey Redmond AKA Honey Dijon, affectionately referred to as “Miss Honey,” is a fixture in the New York City fashion scene and the resident DJ for many high level industry events. She’s often called on by such prestigious fixtures as V magazine, Narciso Rodriguez, Hermès, Balenciaga and Givenchy to score fashion shows and private parties. She runs Digital Disco, a New York based record label, and has played her eclectic mix of deep House all over the world, including at Ibiza’s premier club, Ushuaia. Click here to pick up Honey Dijon’s “Feeling Kinda Sexy,” mix on Beatport.
3. Fedde Le Grand
“Put Your Hands Up For Detroit,” were the six words that seemed to explode Dutch House producer, Fedde Le Grand, into worldwide stardom. But in reality, his career started years prior with countless cuts, mixes and remixes from a ripe young age. Since the 2006 smash hit, Le Grand has become a household name, last reminding his hundreds of thousands of fans that he is the king of festival sets at Ultra Music Festival in Miami.Click here to listen to Le Grand’s “Raw,” on YouTube.
4. Riva Starr
Born in Italy, but now based in London, Stefano Miele, AKA Riva Starr, is a DJ and producer who plays over 200 gigs a year, runs a record label, and still has time to be a bona fide family man. He’s played live alongside the likes of Tiësto, Benny Benassi, and Swedish House Mafia and has remixed songs from such high-profile artists as Usher, Gossip and Estelle. With roots in deep House, his recent sound has been experimenting with darker and more technical beats. Starr is expected to release a brand new studio album this year.
In 2011, Tiësto fell in love with Revolvr’s, “Beats Inside My Head,” putting the track in his Club Life Tour set. The road to stardom for the DJ/Producer, who’s real name is Touvan Sughiarto, hasn’t slowed since. Known for his heavy-handed production on massive bootlegs, Revolvr is sure to be one of the names in House that won’t fade away for years to come.Click here to listen to Revolvr’s, “Beats Inside My Head,” on Soundcloud.
Hardwell is the stage name for Dutch progressive and electro house DJ/Producer Robbert van de Corput. In his short career, Hardwell’s notorious suspenseful buildups have earned him touring rights alongside Tiësto, and consecutive placements on DJ Mag’s Top 100 list. He's come a long way since watching MTV religiously at 13. A brand new studio is in the works to support his record label, Revealed Recordings the I AM HARDWELL debut solo world tour kicks off on April 27.
7. Nicky Romero
Nicky Romero is arguably the most successful house DJ on the planet of his age. He’s only 24-years-old and has already worked with the likes of Tiësto, Avicii, Calvin Harris and David Guetta. His breakthrough single, “Toulouse,” earned him a nod from MTV as the EDM Artist to Watch is 2012. Lately, he’s been busy producing music for Rihanna, and working on his upcoming album, Symphonica.Click here to check out his live set from Ultra 2013 on Soundcloud.
Parisian DJ, Producer and Founder of Bromance Records, Brodinski is a young up and comer known for his affinity for collaborations. The self-proclaimed Internet addict mixes melodic and minimal techno with bass-heavy House music. After spending the week in Miami for Electronic Music Week, Brodinski is setting off on a Japanese tour.Click here to listen to his brand new remix of Woodkid’s, “I Love You,” on Soundcloud.
9. Laidback Luke
Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen, AKA Laidback Luke is one of the forefathers of modern House music. Born in the Philippines, but raised in Holland, Luke has collaborated with just about every major EDM DJ, including A Track, Diplo, Swedish House Mafia and David Guetta. In April, he’ll take residence at the MGM Grand’s new five story club and venue, Hakkasan Las Vegas, alongside Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki, and Deadmau5.Click here to listen to Laidback Luke’s, “Pogo,” ft. Majestic on YouTube.
10. Nicolas Jaar
Averaging at 100 beats per minute, Nicolas Jaar’s minimal brand of house music is markedly slower than most of his contemporaries. The Chilean-American producer, DJ, and record label owner refers to his style as “blue wave.” His essential mix for BBC Radio 1 was rated mix of the year in 2012. Resident Advisor named his debut studio album, Space Is Only Noise, #1 Album of the Year. A brand new 10-inch is slated for release on April 20 in honor of Record Store Day, so stay tuned for new remixes of songs by Brian Eno and Grizzly Bear.Click here to get Nicolas Jaar’s BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix on Gorilla vs Bear.
March 29, 2013 via Pepsi