Billboard Dance's 15 Artists to Watch in 2016

Gallant photographed in 2015.
Hayden Belluomini

Gallant photographed in 2015.

Dance music is a youth-driven movement, so it's no surprise that the scene is stacked with rising talent. 

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Wrapping up the Year in Music retrospective (which included ranked lists of the best dance/electronic albums, songs and remixes), here are some of the up-and-comers that Billboard Dance will be keeping its eyes on in 2016.


Coming off a breakout year that saw him collaborate with the likes of Sufjan Stevens and ZHU, the alternative R&B artist is primed for even bigger successes in 2016. Don't believe us? Take it from Elton John, who said he's "going to be huge" on Beats 1 Radio - MM

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?SNBRN made an effortless transition from remixes to originals in 2015 with “Raindrops” featuring Kerli and “Beat The Sunrise” featuring Andrew Watt. His sophisticated “sunset house” sound has already landed him coveted spots at Electric Zoo and Lollapalooza, raising the bar high for the New Year. - DR

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One of dance music's most accomplished ghost producers emerged from the shadows this year with his blockbuster Tiësto collab "Secrets," a series of original and remix releases and a new live show to boot. - MM

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Deadmau5's prolific protégé released a trilogy of EPs and one of the year's best remixes in 2015, emerging as one of electronic music's most exciting rising talents. Expect him to extend his momentum and spread his wings in live performance next year. - MM

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The Honolulu-based producer has established himself as one of electronic music's most versatile rising talents within recent months. His rapid turnaround time has allowed him to release a fleshed-out record head-to-toe nearly every week. Count Diplo, Mat Zo and RL Grime among his supporters. - DR

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Jai Wolf

The so-called "future bass" scene is crowded with talent, so it's rare that an original track stands out to the degree that "Indian Summer" did. Sporting coveted co-signs from the likes of ODESZA and HARD, the New York native should make an impact with his new music next year. - MM


The West Coast export’s eclectic fusion of styles makes it difficult to pinpoint a signature sound and keeps listeners on their toes. Sharing a management team with German superstar Zedd (who signed Grey's breakout "Beautiful Now" remix and hailed him as "hands down the best electronic music act right now"), expect plenty of noise from Grey in the new year. - DR


A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs' tastemaking Fool's Gold imprint played host to one of the year's more unique releases in Madeaux's New Wav EP, which saw the Miami native explore the intersection of hip-hop and dance music in forward-thinking broken-beat arrangements. - MM

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Unlike Pluto

It’s been a pivotal year for Los Angeles’ Unlike Pluto -- who underwent a re-brand and released official remixes for Diplo, Adam Lambert and The Chainsmokers in 2015. With a clear direction, both musically and aesthetically, this former biology student should be on every listener’s radar. - DR

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The Niagara Falls native has turned heads with her dark, downtempo and industrial productions -- most notably deadmau5, who signed her music to mau5trap and brought her on tour, and Gary Richards, who booked her for HARD Summer and his Ship2Ship tour. - MM

Tom Bull

U.K. artist Tom Bull has gained solid momentum going into the new year with his deep and dark sound. With DJ support from Oliver Heldens and Tchami, as well as radio support on Capital Xtra, all signs point towards a very bright 2016. - DR

G Jones

Santa Cruz's rising bass music star sports collaborative co-signs with Bassnectar and DJ Shadow, plus some of the more unique sound design skills in the game. - MM

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Zedd took a major liking to the Indiana artist this year, booking him as support on the Asian leg of his True Colors tour. Sporting classical chops and the backing of Vancouver label Monstercat, the genre-defying producer and pianist has a lot on the horizon in 2016. - MM

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New York's Dan Griffin made his name on official remixes for Interscope artists like Tove LoMaroon 5, and Years & Years this year, but the new year looks primed to be the coming out party for his artistic ambitions. With original releases and a new multi-instrumental live show on tee, it'd be wise to keep an eye on him. - MM

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?David Gtronic

The Colombian Berlin transplant has become a favorite of tINI & The Gang and Vatos Locos due to his nuanced productions and keen mixing ear, which he regularly showcases on his well-respected Terrace podcast. - MM



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