50 Most Important People in EDM

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

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Pete Tong
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7. Pete Tong

The Internet has given Essential Mix, the Saturday-midnight BBC Radio 1 stronghold (it turned 20 in October), a global currency and historical weight that had once been far more scattered. The show's creator and host, Pete Tong, has been adroitly responsive to his new, Web-based audience: The Essential Mix roster has never been so varied, ping-ponging this year alone from EDM (Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, R3hab) to house (MK, Deep Dish) to techno (Magda) to a Lady Gaga collaborator (DJ Snake) in a way that feels natural. Tong is also one of the powers behind the International Music Summit, and he's been increasing his own DJ appearances in the States following his move to L.A.

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