If 2016 taught us one thing, it’s that the world is crawling with talented producers that are just waiting to be discovered by artists and labels alike. With the rise in technology, music production has become more and more attainable by the day, resulting in bedroom producers across the globe waiting to blow up. Each year, a select few producers catch fire, really putting themselves in the proper position to land in the spotlight moving forward and this past year was no different. While there were countless artists that had standout years across the board, only a true handful stood out among the rest and Dance and Rave took the liberty of trying to narrow that list down to a select 5 curators.
The dude had an absolutely massive 2016 and has shown absolutely no signs of slowing down heading in to the new year. JOYRYDE had about a dozen releases this year, all unique in their own right, that blew crowds away all across the globe. Tracks like ‘The Box’ and ‘Hot Drum’ put his name on the map while records like ‘Damn’ alongside Freddie Gibbs solidified his fate as one of the scene’s most talented artists. With another release on OWSLA coming soon and a massive tour involving a full Dodge Charger as production for 2017, JOYRYDE is sure to be a name you’ll be hearing more of in the new year.
Wooli’s production career has spanned a whopping 6 months. Yet in those 6 months he’s attained more than most hope to achieve over a career. First there was a play in the other-worldly Shambahla Mix from Excision, following the release of his remix for NGHTMRE, which was joined by collabs with Jarvis, Jantsen, and Charlie Zane, and then to end the year Wooli signed with Circle Talent Agency and announced he would be supporting Bear Grillz on his Void Tour. Not a bad couple of months, eh?
Walker & Royce
Walker & Royce have been hand selected time and time again by Claude von Stroke for major roles playing live and releasing on the Dirtybird label. If that isn’t enough of an indicator, take in to account the fact that they’ve done remixes for acts such as Gorgon City, and boast a resume with releases on This Ain’t Bristol, Dirtybird, and Relief Records. The rising duo quite literally came out of nowhere, and appear poised to keep their bouncy, funk laden brand of Tech House around for a while.
The Australian export has steadily seen his stock rise over the last couple of years thanks in large part to invigorating productions and encapsulating performances. Now with continuous support from top talents such as Armin and Giuseppe Ottaviani under his belt, releases on FSOE and Black Hole, and a headlining debut in the United States under his belt, one of the most talented artists out there currently is ready for a breakthrough.
The time is now for Unlike Pluto. Having first made a splash with the remix of ‘Revolution’, Unlike Pluto’s inevitable stardom has been in the making ever since. 2016 alone saw releases on labels such as Monstercat as well as tour time alongside Dubstep heavyweight Seven Lions. With a distinct and unique sound, and all of the potential in the world to spare, Unlike Pluto will be a household name by the end of the year.