14 Artists to Watch in 2014

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Welcome to 2014, the year where every DJ, producer, and promoter will declare it being "their year." We love the determination, but be forreal: everyone can't own a particular year. Nor is it easy to predict. Last year we had Baauer and Disclosure pegged as artists to watch in 2013; do you think we expected the "Harlem Shake" viral explosion, or the massive Settle, to throw them into the limelight? There's no exact science to it, but judging off of what these artists accomplished in 2013 coupled with their potential, we have a feeling that these 14 artists will have a lot to celebrate come the end of 2014. Here are DAD's picks for the artists to watch this year.

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  • Samantha Emmenes

    jeez guys think you could possibly include some NON EDM artists to watch in the feature? EDM up to my eyeballs. Enough already. Yawn!

    • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

      Hello Samantha. I’m going to assume that you’re new to this website but, um, we cover EDM… electronic music… dance music. Whatever you call it. That’s what we do, so if it’s “non-EDM” you’re looking for, you might want to try another site. Sorry!

      • Samantha Emmenes

        not new to the site at all Khai. And i’m perfectly au fait with electronic dance music (EDM) as I’m sure are you with increasing use of the term to peg a specific range of electronica now dominating US festivals and main stages. why not include some names to watch who produce or play techno, afro house, deep house, nu-disco, funk, drum n bass.. ? hoped your list would be more representative. thats all.

        • Soccerkidguy

          Do Androids Dance aims to provide the freshest within electronic dance music, or as the kids like to call it, “EDM.”

        • Oli

          If you want a list that isn’t limited to ‘EDM’ then you’re much better off sticking to Resident Advisor, XLR8R or even Mixmag. Do Androids Dance isn’t going to cover good house/electronic music because they keep it to EDM which essentially means it’s all aimed at 17 year old Americans who know very little about the electronic music genre outside of Swedish House Mafia and Avicii.

          • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

            And you definitely sound like someone who doesn’t check the site on a regular basis. Won’t go back and forth with you, but you’re definitely wrong.

        • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

          Because these are the artists that we feel are going to make the biggest impact in 2014? Guys like Kaytranada, Mr. Carmack, JSTJR, and Cashmere Cat are far removed from whatever “specific range” of dance music you think dominates US festivals, though. We’re not going to ignore guys like Avila, Fong, or Madeon, names who are set to have a big year, in exchange to include “dope producers” who might not be making a bigger impact, which is the full point of this post.

      • SuperCereal

        I’m, um, Khal. Every response…I have is…well…snarky and arrogant. Thanks for patronizing this site that like, um, pays me to be a dick to people.

        • chazbizar

          Great list! Bring it on 2014. Thanks DAD!

        • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

          Oh I’m sorry, let me get on my knees and thank you for berating a site I put a lot of time in with viewpoints that are far from the truth. No arrogance here at all, but I won’t let people make statements that aren’t correct with what DAD’s done for the last year.

          • SuperCereal

            Wasn’t referring to your musical knowledge, viewpoints or expertise. I was talking about the way you handle responding to your readers comments. It seems like a common thread every time I read through the comments section on any of your posts.

            Your picture accurately depicts what you do when someone comments on your posts with anything that you deem unacceptable.

            “Pfft. SMH. Khal’s gonna have to lay down his knowledge on everyone.”

          • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

            The original comment in question was directly about what someone deemed “EDM,” and subsequent comments were aimed at what people say DAD does and doesn’t cover. You can call it arrogance or snarky, but if the obvious claim is “DAD is only covering EDM for 17 year olds” in a post that directly highights us covering both mainstream EDM and stuff that’s far from that, I’m going to respond in kind.

            And I’m not going to sugarcoat how I feel about that stuff. It’s not about things being deemed “unacceptable” – I deem racial comments, ridiculous sexist comments, and more “unacceptable.” But if someone is going to challenge or depict what goes on on this site one way that’s clearly not the way the site goes, I will defend it. And I’m not mincing words.

            Never do I act arrogant, though. Snarky? Sure… definitely. But I’m being honest when I say someone calling DAD a site that caters to one specific demographic of the worldwide is incorrect. Especially in a feature that speaks directly against that claim.

          • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

            The original comment in question was directly about what someone deemed “EDM,” and subsequent comments were aimed at what people say DAD does and doesn’t cover. You can call it arrogance or snarky, but if the obvious claim is “DAD is only covering EDM for 17 year olds” in a post that directly highights us covering both mainstream EDM and stuff that’s far from that, I’m going to respond in kind.

            And I’m not going to sugarcoat how I feel about that stuff. It’s not about things being deemed “unacceptable” – I deem racial comments, ridiculous sexist comments, and more “unacceptable.” But if someone is going to challenge or depict what goes on on this site one way that’s clearly not the way the site goes, I will defend it. And I’m not mincing words.

            Never do I act arrogant, though. Snarky? Sure… definitely. But I’m being honest when I say someone calling DAD a site that caters to one specific demographic of the worldwide is incorrect. Especially in a feature that speaks directly against that claim.

          • SuperCereal

            I totally understand where you are coming from, and what you’re articulating about DAD and it’s mission. All I’m saying is, you come off like an asshole. It’s a negative representation of the DAD brand, When you could be spending time seeking out more amazing music, you waste your time pandering to every troll that leaves a comment. You do so in a way that seems insolent, despite how you feel you sound. You do realize I’m a fan who reads the site and has seen enough of what you do to make this type of assertion, don’t you? I’m didn’t just randomly wander onto this post and strike up a comment battle.

            On top of everything, the DAD fans already came in and defended you and what you do, why not let them sort it out for you? You’re simply wasting your valuable time by partaking in senseless internet banter that will neither change someone’s mind on what type of music your organization is covering, or how well respected you are.

            My advice? Chill out. Stop spending time battling every single comment and do what you’re good at: finding music.

          • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

            1) This isn’t a battle. We’re exchanging opinions about how I’m responding to comments.
            2) You perceive me as an asshole. That’s cool. You tell me to chill out. I’m good. Trust, I’ve lost no sleep over this or any other comments section conversation.
            3) I’m a great multi-tasker. I can walk and chew bubble gum, and can respond to comments while scanning emails.
            4) I will always stand up for this site, and how some perceive it. If people feel some type of way, I’ll just do a blanket apology now.

          • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

            1) This isn’t a battle. We’re exchanging opinions about how I’m responding to comments.
            2) You perceive me as an asshole. That’s cool. You tell me to chill out. I’m good. Trust, I’ve lost no sleep over this or any other comments section conversation.
            3) I’m a great multi-tasker. I can walk and chew bubble gum, and can respond to comments while scanning emails.
            4) I will always stand up for this site, and how some perceive it. If people feel some type of way, I’ll just do a blanket apology now.

          • anon

            you are being ignorant as fuk.

    • ESSBEEDEE

      Dont go to Mcdonalds and ask for a Whopper….its just uncalled for Sammy

  • Dope

    Kaytranada!

  • Pic

    kids producing………….kids djing………. I do not relate to 16 and 17yr olds..

  • charlie marshall

    Eeew Martin Garrix? Oh well, at least DAD do actually disagree with the amount of skill and creativity people make him out to have!! haha :) Just some amateur producer using presets and a formula! :L

    • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

      Yeah, it’s a weird scale. No matter how I feel, it’d be hard for me to deny that he’s being prepped for a big push as an EDM star.

      • charlie marshall

        Yeah. The unfortunate truth. Oh well. It’s all about ‘what sells’ I suppose. However, unless he can change his style, I’m not sure if his career will be long lived. I don’t believe this ‘Big Room’ craze will last for much longer, due to its inability to evolve and stay fresh?!? I could be wrong, we’ll just have to see how this year pans out!!

        • http://twitter.com/djrbtr josh

          Don’t count him out yet. Porter Robinson got his start as a young gun doing ‘complextro’ sounds in the same vein as Wolfgang Gartner and has since completely changed his sound (even if he changed it to an arguably more profitable sound). Someone with the skills Garrix already has stands a decent chance of having staying power, assuming he plays his cards wisely.

  • Lujxio

    I feel like Arca should be here, with his EP dropping this year and all, also he’s pretty much way more forward thinking than anyone on this list

    • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

      Loved his &&&&& (am i missing a &?), but the thing is: what else does he have on the horizon?

      • Lujxio

        He has an LP coming out this year on Hippos in Tanks This year

        • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

          great news.

  • Tim Curry

    Madeon, Big Sound!!!! Great Builds . Hell YA, 2:07 Listening to this track and it makes me feel like being epic some how. Good Job on the breaks. Lets see what the drop sounds like. 2:14, Yep, fucking ridiculous. Thats what I am talking about. Good Use of ENERGY over all. Thanks for the Ride.

  • Tim Curry

    Martin Garrix- Animals , This track sounds like some PHSCYON By Decimort, or the old version of Reason, when it was just Propellerheads. The aftertouch on the synth at 1:18 is dope. I like the feel. Good build. Bad ass choice of drop. Bass and Drive. Nice. Good Track. Not Epic but dope.

  • Tim Curry

    Cashmere Cat. Good shit, Playing around with some new shit here. Sliding keys up to a drop. Not an easy dancable tune, nor do I feel like Turnin up, but it makes me bounce. Cool. Nothing like some ARP.

  • Tim Curry

    Kaytranada, Dope. Just listened to the whole track with out comment. One Word: Polished

  • Tim Curry

    Danny Avila, Cool. Reminds me of other tracks I have heard in abundance today. I guess if I had a something elicit , it wouldn’t matter.

  • Tim Curry

    Mr. Carmack. Ok… Turnt up in a spacey cosmic way, lending the listener to a gelatinous mess of sonic exploration. I can feel it in my mouth. I think I just ate some of these tracks. I feel full. Thanks. P. FUCKIN S. I am gonna follow this Artist.

  • Tim Curry

    Henry Fong. Technically Superior. Soul, um I dont think so. Gran Turismo. Yerp. Decimort has show its face again. :)

  • Tim Curry

    Alex Young is a FUCKING WINNER> DEAL WITH IT!!!!!! He Gets It !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nuff Said!

  • Tim Curry

    MAK J, REV YOUR ENGINES!!!! MIAMI, and SEXY BISHES!!!! Dope. I like this, good choice of chord progression. Good Music.

  • Tim Curry

    Oh.. Victor Niglio….

  • Tim Curry

    Must Die, is ok … Almost IDM.

  • Tim Curry

    Alesia, Good Vibes. Reminds me of partying at PARADOX on a Saturday night. The smell of Alcohol and Sex in the air. SEXY MUSIC> I appreciate the sex filled music.