50 Most Important People in EDM

The movers, shakers and speaker-quakers shaping dance in 2014

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Patrick Moxey, Ultra Music, Owner; Sony Dance/Electronic Music, President

Patrick Moxey
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Since its start in 1995, New York-based Ultra has been one of the largest U.S. independent dance labels, thanks to the guidance of Moxey (a former exec at Virgin and Polygram). Ultra's voluminous catalog has stayed on top of club trends, from Sasha & John Digweed's classic Northern Exposure mixes; to Alter Ego's electro-house hit "Rocker" in 2004; to festival favorites such as Calvin Harris, Kaskade, Benny Benassi, Wolfgang Gartner, Steve Aoki, and Deadmau5, who released four albums with the label before defecting to Astralwerks. Ultra artists have been nominated for, and won, Grammy awards, their YouTube channel has more than 1.5 million subscribers, and now that they've been annexed by Sony, Moxey is the big label's president of Dance/Electronic Music – effectively making him Daft Punk's boss. That's power.

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