Sounds Like: The kind of hard-but-smooth dance music that doesn't alienate those who aren't quite in the mood to dance.
For Fans of: Duke Dumont, Avicii at his least Avicii, the "toaster" Instagram filter
Why You Should Pay Attention: Schulz has become the go-to-guy for low-key dance remixes, and rightfully so: His two most famous edits turned mostly-acoustic tracks — "Prayer in C" and "Waves" —by barely-known artists (Lilly Wood and the Prick and Mr. Probz, respectively) into the sort of global hits that work equally well on pop radio and main stages. The 27-year-old grew up in clubs, his dad a DJ and his mom handling business behind the scenes. At 14, he started producing, and he kept grinding until the "Waves" went viral on Soundcloud. Now commissions come from giants like Coldplay, David Guetta and Axwell ^ Ingrosso. An album, Prayer, combines the best of these with a handful of original tunes.
He Says: The German Schulz isn't fluent in English, but is still able to communicate his top priority with his infectious deep house tracks. "I try to make the track danceable," he says. "I want to make people freak out on the dancefloor. I want to create music that people can dance to — great voices and great melodies — and of course I want to create emotion from the music as well. I love when I see the reaction from the crowd the first time I play a track."
Hear for Yourself: "Sun Goes Down" proves that the remix kingpin can also start from scratch, swallowing synths, guitar, horn and occasional piano notes under copious amount of melancholic reverb. By Nick Murray