10 New Artists You Need to Know: January 2014Meet the rising stars of rock, hip-hop, EDM, country and more acts shaping your tomorrow
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Sounds Like: Euro-smash EDM that'll make you want to dress up like a glam chipmunk and party til you collapse.
For Fans Of: Tiësto, Skrillex, Calvin Harris
Why You Should Pay Attention: This babyfaced 17-year-old Dutch DJ and producer looks like a hair model, but don't hate him because he's beautiful. Hate him because his life is way, way better than yours. He recently scored a massive European hit with "Animals," a throbbingly transporting, relentlessly pounding bit of trance that has been bouncing around the lower reaches of the American Hot 100 for 17 weeks. He's enjoyed massive success on the European festival circuit and will embark on his first U.S. tour later this month before hitting Ultra Festival and Coachella. In an email, he defines his formula succinctly: "Energetic, big drops, PARTY!"
He Says: "It was 2004 and I was watching TV with my parents, who mentioned that a famous Dutch DJ would perform at the Olympics, so we watched it together. It was the first time I ever saw a DJ performing and when I watched how Tiësto was DJing, I just thought it was the coolest thing and wanted to do it myself! I've always done what I love the most: Making music. That my track, "Animals," became so big was just so unexpected! The rollercoaster ride [I'm] experiencing is just crazy! You meet so many new people, get to perform at the most amazing places in the world and get so many amazing opportunities. I feel very fortunate to be able to do this."
Hear for Yourself: Feel free to add to the more than 138 million views of "Animals":
by Jon Dolan