Craig Kallman, Atlantic Records, Chairman/CEO
Few dance-music businesspeople are as deeply rooted as Craig Kallman, who founded the New York house label Big Beat Records in 1987, sold it to Atlantic, and gradually climbed the ladder to become CEO. Four years ago, he revived Big Beat and signed an ex-emo kid named Sonny Moore after listening to his demos in a hotel room till 4 a.m., giving Atlantic the jump on the EDM boom by a full year. If Skrillex were all Big Beat had, Kallman would still be on this list – his roster also includes David Guetta, Flux Pavilion, Knife Party, Martin Solveig, and Icona Pop ("I Love It" may be the most ubiquitous dance track of the last three years).
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