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12 So Bad (w/ Bright Lights)

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12 So Bad (w/ Bright Lights)

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Artist: Black Girl White Girl

It's amazing to see two female Dj's come onto the scene and get it totally right. These two - one from Amsterdam, one from Tel Aviv (aka "black girl white girl")- have been curating the best deep/tech house there is to offer and serving it up via amazing Blackgirlwhitegirl hour-long DJ mixes.

While the electronic music spectrum is full of producers that could be described as unique, you'll be hard pressed to find a female ensemble who mix it up like these two. With an uncompromising love for Chicago house, their sound switches with ease as it takes influence from current styles of bass, garage & R&B. The emerging sound sound is undeniably catered to the dance floor.

BLACK GIRL/WHITE GIRL are currently based and making music in the amazing city of Tel Aviv, Israel. With a steady flow of productions being released, it seems that the girls have built a solid platform from which to take on 2014 and beyond. Make sure to check their entire collection out here . Follow them on and Twitter and Facebook as well. you heard it here first.


Artist: Autograf

Autograf is an anomaly in the pool of super talented music creators. How long have they been making music? Not even a year...that's it. What'd they do before then? Well, just about everything. Sculpting, graphic design, fine arts, basically everything that's artistically challenging. Turns out Autograf is equally gifted in the musical realm.

From starting out with some street art around Chicago with the only identifier being the words 'Autograf' on wheat pastings, these three have quickly figured out how to jump artforms and make deep, powerful and undeniably amazing house tracks. With 1.5 million Soundcloud plays and growing, Autograf has gained critical acclaim in the blogosphere being named to Indie Shuffles annual Best Remixes award along with numerous features on ThisSongIsSick, Thump/Vice, Dancing Astronaut, Gotta Dance Dirty and more. True talent is obvious, and basically, everyone is taking notice.

The future is bright for these super talented producers. Do yourself a favor and check out ALL their songs on their user page. Each is just as brilliant as the next. Follow them on their Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date with new shows, releases, etc. Make sure to share their amazing music and accelerate their rise to stardom. You heard it here first!


Artist: OLWIK

I'm not sure what I was doing at 17 but it sure as hell wasn't producing tracks like Herman Olvik, aka OLWIK. Beautiful, intricate, moving, and dare I say, Alesso-esk, OLWIK knows exactly how to emotionally move people with sounds. His background in music theory provides him with the knowhow to fashion absolutely beautiful melodies...and my god does he put that to good use.

With the biggest stages in the world clearly in his sights, OLWIK masterfully crafts progressive house tunes that somehow, almost effortlessly, breath new life into a genre that has largely become stale since about 2012. With big distorted kicks and 'Animal-esk' upper register percussive sounds reigning supreme, it's awesome to see someone cut through the noise and show that at the end of the day, a drop is fun, but a melody is moving. Well done.

At only 17 the sky's the limit for OLWIK. His initial offerings on soundcloud have been fantastic...from the remix of Pendulum's - 'The Island ' to his original Infinitude , his undeniable talent shines through in every track. It will be a treat to see him climb the ranks considering how relatively unknown he is at the moment. It's our hope we can help speed that process along.

Want to help his inevitable rise to stardom? Make sure you share his OLWIK Spotlight user page with friends and keep up with him on Twitter and Facebook. You heard it here first!


Artist: Alpha Noize

Hailing from Finland, Allan Nyman aka Alpha Noize is an up and coming dubstep producer with some serious skill. With a sound that's somewhere between Point Blank and Must Die, his wonky productions tastefully incorporate big aggressive leads, melodic builds and a ridiculous amount of head-nodding swing. Sure you can make a song drop hard. Sure you can create a massive lead that sounds like the speakers are tearing in half. But that's not really what hooks people. There has to be a balance between melody and aggressiveness, i'll call it musicality, and his tracks tread that line perfectly.

After several collaborations with the likes of Panda Eyes and EH!DE, countless features on the EDM Network, and signing to Raving Badger, this young producer is well poised to explode onto the scene in the near future. His dedication to the craft pushes him to crank out massive tunes on the regular, so make sure to keep up with him over on his Facebook and Twitter. Oh and one last thing, he's working on an entirely free EP that in his words "will be hugee!!". We can't wait :)


Artist: Orphic

Future funk, Electro Soul, Disco Bass... Who really knows what to call it. The fact of the matter is that 21 year old Joel Jakub, aka Orphic, is at the forefront of an emerging genre that combines the smooth soulful sounds of 60's funk with modern techniques and creativity. It's slightly glitch, slightly dub, and undeniably funky, the perfect type of music for a warm summer afternoon, drink in hand, relaxing with good people.

It should come as no surprise that Orphic hails from the creative nexus that is Venice Beach, California. Those who have taken a stroll down the boardwalk will understand how his music shares so many parallels. Modern but not, slightly odd, a little chaotic, familiar but distinctly different. Orphic is a breath of fresh air, demonstrating that EDM has much more to offer than mainstream big room house and aggressive over-done drops.

Graudating from Icon Collective in late 2012, Joel created Orphic in early 2013 and has already put out a full length EP, Fractal Beach . Every track is a testament to why he chose to pursue music in the first place: to make people get up, get down, and wiggle a bit - no matter where they are or what mode they're in. I'd say mission accomplished.

With a ton of collaborations in the works, more live shows being booked all the time, and a fantastic first EP under his belt, 2014 will be a big year for Orphic. Keep up to date with him over on his Facebook and Twitter and make sure to pick up his latest EP, you won't be disappointed.


Artist: Barely Alive

Barely Alive are here to do one thing: destroy dance floors with a brand of dubstep madness that is somewhere between Skrillex and Knife Party. Their madness, however, is very very well controlled. Flawless production quality is the first thing you notice. Every track is perfectly mixed, loud as hell, but still retains enough separation to remain dynamic...that's nearly impossible to do right. Next you notice their creativity matches their technical knowhow. Justin Bieber + dubstep anyone? Sounds like a horrible idea right? Who knew this was possible...mind blown.

Since their first release less than a year ago, the guys have racked up multiple Beatport top 10s, millions of youtube plays and have remixed for Datsik and Getter, Virtual Riot and Astronaut, as well as having some big collaborations in the works. Their brand new EP "Lost in the Internet " comes out today on beatport (2/24) and is a must have.

Considering how much talent these guys have and how relatively new they are to the scene, there's no doubt they are going to do huge things in 2014. Make sure to follow them on their Facebook and Twitter , you heard it here first.


Artist: Jayceeoh

Jake Osher, more popularly known as Jayceeoh, is a Los Angeles based Producer/DJ, world renowned turntablist who focuses on trap, twerk, and electro in his original production and remixes. His debut original release titled DAMN a collaboration with fellow tunrtablist, DJ Scene, dropped on Fools Gold Records in November of 2013. In addition to the release, Jayceeoh was most recently crowned champion of VH1's Master of the Mix TV show 2013.

In the club circuit and live performance realm, Jayceeoh has maintained premier residencies for years across the country in some of the best venues in the US. He's also been afforded the opportunity to play in over 32 countries worldwide, including mainstage at iHeartRadio Festival Village in Las Vegas in September of 2013. In addition to iHeartRadio, Jayceeoh has performed at Light Nightclub at Mandalay alongside both A-Trak and Axwell on separate occasions.

In addition to his busy tour schedule and making a huge splash in the production world, he is also the creator of one of the most renowned and successful DJ mixtape series, Super 7, which is a collaboration of some of the best DJ talent in the world. The Super 7 Series is critically acclaimed and has become an institution in the International DJ community. With nearly 1 million plays and counting, Volume 6 is set to release in Winter 2014, we can't wait. Stay up to date with his releases, shows, ect over on his Facebook.


Artist: MisterMike

MisterMike is an up and coming LA native who recently caught listeners attention with his remix of Kanye West's - I Am God . An unprecedented re-imagining of what can only be described as a musically uninspired original, MisterMike brought bounce, energy, life, and most importantly his unique flavor to an otherwise unremarkable track.

Clearly inspired by hiphop roots, MisterMike laces electric energy into tracks that can't help but make you move. With the deft skill of a master chef he slices and dices the bland, the unoriginal, and the boring, turning them into something completely new. With a dash of bounce, a pinch of hiphop, and a pound of originality, MisterMike breathes new life into every track he touches. Kanye's - Bound 2 is just another example of the radical transformation he brings to every remix. And this is nothing new. take a listen to his EDC 2012 mix for a look at just how far ahead of the curve he was, even then.

MisterMike has been making his rounds in the Hollywood scene, bringing banging tracks to the dance floors of Lure, Supperclub and Tru just to name a few. With a gaze fixed on bigger and better things, MisterMike is sure to make an impression on a larger stage very soon. Stay up to date by liking his Facebook , and do yourself a favor, check him out next time he's at a club near you.


Artist: PARTY FAVOR

Dylan Ragland, aka Party Favor, has an insane ability to create massive bass tracks that are always crowd favorites. He does this in two ways: top notch technical production and clever use of well known vocal samples. Masterful implementation of both of these elements make his tracks fun as hell while at the same time, bone jarringly loud, clear and precise. That's a winning combo, and his latest productions G-String and the Major Lazer remix - Bumaye are must listens. Looking for an hour long set with the same sort of energy? Be sure to check out his featured guest mix for Wantickets

It's been a big year for Party Favor, playing alongside the likes of Dillon Francis, Michael Woods, Hook N Sling, Rusko, and Ken Loi to name a few. He's graced the decks at such notable establishments as Dim Mak Studios, Yost Theater, Avalon, Body English and many others. With the types of moves he's making and top notch tracks he's producing, Party Favor is one to keep on your radar for 2014.

Head on over to his user page here at SpotLightEDM for a listing of all our favorite Party Favor tracks. Also make sure to like him on Facebook and keep an eye out for Party Favor coming to a dance floor near you.


Artist: POSSO

I had the pleasure of meeting these two a few years back and knew they were something special. POSSO consists of two lifelong friends Marylouise Pels and Vanessa Giovacchini. Talented and beautiful, these two do it all: they DJ, write their own music, model AND have their own fashion lines. Needless to say, I was impressed.

Since then, they have performed at clubs and festivals across the globe, with appearances at events such as the Summer Sonic music festival in Japan, Hard festival's Holy Ship cruise, and the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. Their line of leather accessories boasts a celebrity fan base that includes Rihanna and Victoria Beckham, and in 2012 they designed a capsule collection for skate and surf brand Volcom.

Currently, they curate background music for the W Hotels worldwide, work with major fashion brands such as Nasty Gal, Neiman Marcus and Smashbox, travel internationally for DJ gigs, AND are busy writing and producing their first album. Damn that's some dedication! It's no wonder they are blowing up.

Listen to their live sets as well as originals here. Also make sure to stay up to date on their upcoming shows via Facebook


Artist: M35

My good friend and amazing up-and-coming producer Mes (aka M35) is our first featured artist. If you haven't heard of him yet, go check his profile out here and you'll understand why he's poised to pop big time in 2014.

I met Mes a little over 2 years ago at a friends house where we talked a bit about production, exchanged our Soundcloud monikers and went our separate ways. I didn't think much about it at the time, but, the next day I went to check out his Soundcloud and WOW was I surprised. His productions were all INSANELY good, like to the point where I didn't understand how he wasn't already famous, and he only had something like 100 followers...

Since then he's done nothing but put out epic new tunes, play more local shows and build up his following. From scoring a slot at EDC Orlando after winning the Insomniac Discovery Project with his track Moment to collaborating with Makj on Revolution (one of the top 10 tracks of TomorrowWorld ), Mes has been on a tear this last year and is poised to move into the big leagues in the very near future. Keep an eye out for some huge upcoming collaborations as well as live performances in and around LA. Facebook


Artist: TODAY IS THE DAY

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Artist: YOU

This is where I want to highlight awesome artists who link their own work. If you are a producer and want to be noticed over here, link up some of your own tracks, get your friends to vote for them and i'll write up a short piece on you.