The amazing thing about electronic music is that every year will bring new talent to the stage, guaranteed. The fast-moving rhythms will ensure new discoveries, new boundaries of music to explore. These new stars caught our attention last year, and there’s only one direction they’re heading – up! While not making it to the mainstream just yet, we think these are among the biggest contenders to make it this year. Coming from solid backgrounds, well-established audiences and many concerts held, they will push their limits this year.Be on the lookout for these rising stars.
In 2016, Patrick Holland released four records. The venues of Montreal have been conquered by the artist otherwise known as Project Pablo. He made tours all throughout the year, keeping his name in the attention of the public, and gathering a good audience. A growing interest in lo-fi house has secured a solid foundation for the yo
ung artist. This year, he’s booked for tours in Europe and Australia.
In 2015, Charlie Duff, aka Matrixxman, released a successful first album via Ghostly International – Homesick. Riding that wave of success, he’s made a name for himself. In these past two years, Matrixxman has also received high praise for his productions – released on six different labels. This Berlin-based DJ is also known for his booth
work, a very busy tour calendar keeping him in the high-profile headlines – Primavera Sound, Dekmantel, ADE, Berghain Klubnachts. All of these give him the opportunity to become a huge breakthrough this year.
After a smash-hit on Whities last year that drew the attention and praise of Ibiza headliners and venerated heads alike, Arizona-bred Avalon Emerson launched an intense touring schedule last year, spanning the entire globe. However, the prominent year-end lists didn’t include her, despite the non-stop gigs happening across multiple continents. That indicates that, although Dixon is aware of her, perhaps his followers haven’t quite yet caught on. But we expect that to change after another year on the road and perhaps a few more releases.
After honing her skills as a resident at Brooklyn’s trendy Unter party, Volvox secured tour dates throughout the United States, Mexico, Brazil and more recently, Western Europe — including at Panorama Bar, where she played once in August 2016 and already returned in this past month. Already a recognized name in the DJ booth, she has also endeavored into the realm of record label management by starting her imprint, Jack Dept. 2016 also furnished Volvox with a successful Boiler Room debut, as well as her first featured mix on Resident Advisor. Volvox, constituent of the New York-based collective Discwoman, is destined for big thingsin 2017.