Once upon a time, in a time not so far, far, away, The Chainsmokers made our list of upcoming acts to watch out for at TomorrowWorld. The beauty of dance music is that stars are made overnight, and the debutantes at Tomorrowland are no exception. With Weekend 1 well underway, The Bangin’ Beats has taken the liberty to shortlist the next generation of who’s who in EDM who are bound to impress (or may have already impressed) at the festival’s decadal edition.
1. Robin Schulz If the lyrics “wave after wave, I’m slowly drifting…” off Mr. Probz’ Waves have infected your lyric memory, chances are that the credit should go to Robin Schulz. The German DJ shot to fame (and the Desperados Club stage this Saturday) off the super-chill mix that topped the ‘most shazamed’ list at EDC Las Vegas this year. His other chart-topper that you know you’ve heard and loved but whose name you weren’t sure of, is his re-work of Lilly Wood & The Prick’s Prayer In C. With a discography spanning original songs, like the hat-tip to his heritage with the catchy Willst Du, it looks like Markus isn’t the only Schulz to be making sound waves in the industry.
2. Oliver Heldens Anybody who remixes a Coldplay song will always have a special place in our hearts. Who would have thought that Chris Martin would sound so good with wobbly bass lines? But the 19-year old Dutchman (shocker) achieved the impossible with his deep house mix of the title track off Coldplay’s album A Sky Full of Stars. Oliver Heldens may have snagged Tiësto’s attention with the track Gecko, but he’s more of a chameleon. He’s adapted his sound to Disclosure and Martin Garrix, and is set to do the same, in a rumoured Gecko suit, on the Blue Flame stage again next Friday.
3. Kygo “He keeps it around 100 BPM, he keeps it sexy”, says the king of sexy, Diplo, about the trailblazing Norwegian producer. His genius on the keyboard, both piano and computer, is well evident from his infectious tropical house remixes, that lend themselves to the perfect summer soundtrack. Not to be mistaken, Kygo has a melody for every season, from his breakthrough spring-awakening remix of Syn Cole’s Miami 82, to his smooth wintry take on Ellie Goulding’s High For This. Catch the cynosure this (if not every) season, one set after Oliver Heldens’.
4. Pierce Fulton It had been a long time deserving when this beaut of a producer surfaced on the Dream Island stage this Saturday. His down-tempo electro house oozes a feel good vibe – such as, not surprisingly, his remix of GoldHouse’s Feel Good – and at 21, he must be feeling pretty good about himself. The American producer’s originals include West Egg (The Great Gatsby reference!), but his remixes are as addictive – his remix of one of the newest tracks by his supporters Above & Beyond will leave its Sticky Fingers in your head.
5. Wanklemut If you haven’t heard Wanklemut’s remix of Asaf Avidan’s One Day/Reckoning Song, you must question what you’re doing with life and your playlists. He went from strength to strength last year, releasing My Head Is A Jungle soon after his iconic remix soared to #1 all over Europe. The Berlin based DJ goes by a moniker that translates to “fickleness” from German, but in the best way possible, id est multi-faceted music. He’ll be working his electronica on both editions of Bakermat and Friends stage.
6. Bakermat Hosting his eponymous stage, Bakermat reaffirms the reign of Dutch power over the spectrum of EDM, as the ruler of the minimal side. And he’s only 22. His jazz and soul influences shine through in One Day (Vandaag), a saxophone laden track that samples MLK Jr.’s iconic ‘I Have A Dream’ speech. Expect a silky, superchill penultimate set on Sunday night from the rising star.