Every year brings a fresh wave of talent to look for in the world of music, and the artists that will make your musical year in 2017 may not even be very well-known right now. Things move very fast nowadays and DJs can become prominent in a matter of weeks if they are the right person at the right place and at the right moment. Here are some artists to watch for in 2017 if you are looking for an extraordinary dance floor experience:
1. Nicolas Jaar
Nicolas Jaar is a Chilean-American artist based in New York who has released two studio albums so far, Space Is Only Noise (2011) and Sirens (2016). His debut album received widespread critical acclaim and since that moment he has been pushing limits and becoming more and more successful – Jaar has scored the soundtrack of Dheepan, a film about a family of refugees living in the suburbs of Paris awarded with the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2015, and he has founded the New York-based imprint Other People, which is already known for multiple notable releases.
The French music producer is best known for being the pioneer of the Future House genre and for wearing the black shirt and white collar of a clergyman during his shows. His music is recognizable by the heavily synthetic beats and hid discography includes an extended play, After Life EP (2015), 5 singles, and multiple remixes. Tchami also has production credits for titles of artists such as Lady Gaga or DJ Snake.
3. Julia Govor
Julia Govor started her career in the Russian town called Abkhazia where she performed at a local nightclub. Govor also used to sing in a military band called Moryachka and performed Russian songs every week. Although she started mixing on cassettes and her musical background was not necessarily similar to that of most DJs, she started to take mixing gigs in 2010 and developed a style described as “deep melodic techno”.
4. Cashmere Cat
Cashmere Cat is a Norwegian DJ actually called Magnus August Høiberg who is also a record producer and a turntablist. He emerged on the international scene in 2012 with remixes and song edits after Jeremith, 2 Chainz, and Lana Del Rey. A debut EP called Mirror Maru was released in 2012, and a debut studio album is scheduled for 2017. Out of Cashmere Cat’s more recent activities we mention the release of the Love Incredible song (feat. Camila Cabello) on iTumes, Spotify, and YouTube in February 2017. His music combines dance music and hip-hop production elements and has already earned him major collaborations with Ludacris and Wiz Khalifa.
5. AJ Tracey
AJ Tracey may be new to your ears, but music is an old business for him, as he has been rapping since he was 6 years old. In 2016, the English grime MC from west London has been described as one of the best new acts in the UK by The Guardian. His music is online since 2011, and his debut mixtape, Didn’t Make the Cut, was released in September 2012 and features 21 British hip hop and grime songs. His second grime EP, Alex Moran, was released in December 2015. AJ Tracey’s music is influenced by Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, and Yellowcard.
6. Martin Garrix
Some DJs are too young to enter the clubs where they are mixing, such as Martijn Gerard Garritsen, best known as Martin Garrix or Mar+in Garri×. The Dutch DJ was born in 1996, and he released his first most successful track, Animals, when he was just 17 years old. Animals peaked at number 21 on Billboards’s Hot 100, and this item brought the young DJ stardom in 2013. His career started by playing guitar at age 8 and his interest in mixing was caused by seeing Tiësto performing at the Olympic games in Athens. Garrix has graduated from a production school in Utrecht, the Herman Brood Academy. His discography is already impressive and upcoming collaboration with Justin Bieber was announced for 2017.
7. Porter Robinson
Porter Robison is a DJ, musician, and record producer playing genres like electro house, dubstep, and synthpop. The American DJ was considered one of electro house’s brightest hopes until he chose his way and followed his personal style in Worlds. Robinson has been influenced by video gaming music, by anime, and by the Japanese culture. Three of his records made it to number one on Beatport’s overall chart before he was even 21. One of the last materials released by Porter Robinson was Shelter, in collaboration with his musician friend Madeon.
There are many talented young DJs to be included in such a list, and we are looking forward to finding your opinion on the names that should be mentioned here. Who else should have made it to this list? Which of these upcoming names are you familiar with?