The DAD Power 20: The Most Influential People in Dance Music Right Now

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If you follow the EDM scene, you know that we're in interesting times. Dance music in America specifically is going through a change, with those who control the dollars looking to invest in EDM for the long haul. The seeds for this recent influx of interest have been sown over the last four years or so, but 2013 is the year that everything is coming to a head, and major power moves are being made. Behind those moves are people who hold the keys to the future of the EDM scene, and wield all kinds of influence over the recording industry, the raver community, and the investors.

Today, we look at the individuals that are in control of the dance music community, primarily in America. From the label heads and concert promoters to the radio broadcasters and A&Rs, we wanted to provide you with the people who are truly in control, and have the power to mold and shape the EDM scene in their image. They have a passion for this scene, and have the ability to create stars (and revenue streams) with whomever they choose. This is the DAD Power 20, highlighting the most influential people in dance music right now.

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  • BEATISRIGHTDRUMSARETIGHT

    Armin van Buuren will forever be the most influental, inspiring and the best dj/producer. So why the fuck don’t you have him on your list? I’m sorry but fuck complex and all these other blogs who does lists, you can’t get shit right you fucking imbeciles. Hire some people who know their shit.

    • charlie marshall

      Are you joking? Armin Van Burren’s influence spreads as far as Trance and that’s it. Diplo is by far the best. Mad Decent pretty much introduced Dubstep to America (Rusko), then Moombahton (Dillon Francis), and has helped bring Trap to the forefront of music (Baauer). He has also made producers become more experimental with genres, and Mad Decent has not long introduced Molly Grit to the world. Diplo has produced for Snoop Dogg, Usher, MIA, and Justin Beiber. Whether or not you like those artists, you cannot deny that their productions are amazing, and his influence reaches much further than Armin Van Buuren’s.

      AVB is a fantastic producer and DJ, but far from the most influential. So, I’m fairly sure these people know their shit! :L

      • BEATISRIGHTDRUMSARETIGHT

        But you’re talking like everything surrounds America, AVB basically made trance mainstream as a whole and opened doors for every damn producer withing that category, I don’t care about these blogs and social platforms like soundcloud, AVB is like the tupac for EDM and trance

  • CDJ9000000

    You’re all losers.

    • Chris Pena

      True. If youve been in the EDM scene since before 2009, you can only laugh at all of these comments. especially charlie marshall’s. He obviously doesnt know who Dave Nada, the history of Skream & Benga, or much about trap whatsoever if he thinks Baauer brought trap to the forefront of music. At least know your facts before you try to shoot someone down and make yourself sound knowledgeable about a certain topic…

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

        you could make a great case that Baauer did bring trap to the mainstream.

        • Kool Karlo

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      • charlie marshall

        Are you dumb? I know my shit. I was just stating how Diplo, and his label Mad Decent had more of a right on this list than Armin Van Buuren. Baauer DID bring Trap into mainstream music globally (The Harlem Shake as the obvious reason).

        Although Flosstradamus revived the sound with their Major Lazer remix, that sound had not gained much attention in mainstream music, (at least here in the UK) until The Harlem Shake videos. Therefore, bringing the sound to the mainstream from the realms of EDM.

        I know how Dave Nada “created” Moobahton when he mixed Reggaeton sounds with the Afrojack remix of Silvio Ecomo’s and Chuckie’s Moombah. Hence the name ‘Moombahton’.Back in ’09.

        As for Skream & Benga. Well, they helped form the basis and structure of Dubstep. Although Dubstep had been starting to be formed before Skream and Benga, it was really Skream and Benga who made that leap from an underground sound, to a recognized genre.

        So. You’re probably wandering why I was just stating Diplo facts in my previous comment? Well if you actually bothered to check the list, rather than slagging other peoples comments off on here. You’d see that Diplo is the highest person on that list purely for his productions and label.

  • TRUTHFULLYSPOKENDJ

    Fuck outta here, what about the people who started electronic music?,The Chicago House music guys? Detroit? if you should honor someone it should be them

    • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

      This list was for the most powerful people right now, not of all time.

  • John

    Learn how to write dawg

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