Miami March madness is officially behind us and festival season brightly approaches.
You’re well-versed on the season’s headliners, but what about the mid-range and lower bill names? Who among them do you need to pay close attention to? Sounds like a job for Billboard Dance‘s April 2018 edition of Ones to Watch.
Sweden brings a soft touch of future while L.A. bears a vibrant spectrum from melodic to mosh. A drive north takes us to the bass-cradled Bay Area where an Oakland monster makes a mighty noise. Catch a dark groove wave to the shores of Australia, and you’ve successfully traveled the world with five funkadelic delights.
If you want bass, we got you. You want sing-alongs? They’re here. Peep the upstarts below, because they won’t be upstarts for long.
When The Chainsmokers kicked off their bass-heavy headline Ultra set with a blitzkrieg of wailing sirens and screeching alarm synths, astute listeners recognized the hallmarks of hard trap flag bearer SAYMYNAME. Turns out the unreleased ID is a full-fledged collaboration between the pop duo and the Los Angeles native, born Dayvid Sherman. Even before this major co-sign, SAYMYNAME had been earning support from headliners like Martin Garrix, DJ Snake and David Guetta with well-rinsed releases like “Wanted” with Mercer, and selling out shows across the West Coast and southern states. With forthcoming festival appearances including Coachella, EDC Las Vegas and Lost Lands, expect to hear plenty of hard trap in 2018 — MATT MEDVED
This 22-year-old has uncovered the keys to the world from his studio in Sweden. He built his career with notable releases on trending labels Family Foreign Collective, bitbird and Monstercat. His luscious compositions paint sunset sounds that tickle the senses. His 13-track manifesto, Places We Don’t Know, dropped on Foreign Family via Counter Records earlier this year and peaked at No. 11 on Top Dance/Electronic Albums. It’s a head-boppin’ collection of easy grooves and soulful vocal features that he’s currently taking on a North American tour – but look alive, cities are selling out left and right. With more than three million monthly listeners on Spotify, he’ll soon be a bright light on the established stage. — KAT BEIN
?KRANE is a true artist through and through. He creates his own artwork, sample packs and of course, his exquisite productions which have captured the attention of many in the dance music world. The Oakland-based artist is currently on his FALLOUT national tour which has already nabbed sold out dates in New York, Denver, Austin and more. On the collab front, he’s worked with everyone from Keys N’ Krates on “Right Here” and Ekali on “Akira.” KRANE also made his Ultra debut this year, performing on the Brownies & Lemonade stage. — DAVE RISHTY
Call her “Peaches” or call her CRAY, just make sure you really know what’s up with this 24-year-old singer, songwriter and producer from LA. The rising start is a formidable force in the electronic game. Her high-energy set at Ultra as part of Brownies & Lemonade’s stage takeover had Miami in a sweat, and a recent mix on Diplo & Friends brought her genre-blending style to life with some of her personal favorites and unreleased gems. It’s a fresh blend of future beauty and bossin’ bass, typical of her production style. Her breakout hit “Lotus” from 2017 is right in line with that balance. It’s earned more than a million streams on Spotify, but we’re really looking forward to her new tune “Peaches,” a song about using haters as the fuel to push you toward greatness. “Peaches” drops with a fun, colorful video Friday (April 6). Keep an eye out for it and all of Cray’s next best moves. — K.B.
You may recognize Paul “Fish” Fisher’s name as one-half of Aussie surfer/DJ duo Cut Snake, but his solo output carries a more subterranean, dance floor-focused vibe. Fisher’s new rollicking, bass-driven house single, “Crowd Control,” has already earned him fans in Moby and Erick Morillo and emerged as one of Dirtybird’s most visible releases of the new year. With a slew of upcoming festival appearances at Coachella’s Do Lab, EDC Las Vegas, China and Japan, and Movement, there’s no shortage of opportunities to catch one of the rising talent’s high-energy sets this year. — M.M.