Mar 22, 2014

Rolling Stone: 50 Most Important People in EDM

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Written by: Keith Wozniak

Rolling Stone Magazine compiled a list of who they believe are the 50 most important people in EDM and overall it’s a great list but somewhat surprising that someone like Nile Rodgers made the list and two noticeable names missing are Hardwell and Tiesto. There could be some more debate about moving some names around in the list but Rolling Stone covers it all pretty well when it comes to who has the power in the world of electronic dance music. It’s a big world controlled by a few.

Click the link at the end to view their site for more information on everyone.

50. Thristian Richards and Blaise Bellville – Boiler Room

49. Paul Celement and Nick Sabine – Founders of Resident Advisor

48. Annie Mac – BBC Radio 1 DJ

47. James Murphy – Former LCD Soundsystem frontman

46. Tony Andrews – Funktion-One founder

45. Steve Aoki

44. Jason Huvaere and Sam Fotias – Movement Festival

43. Sean Horton – Decibel Festival founder

42. Dave Rene – Interscope A&R

41. Disclosure

40. Afrojack

39. Glenn Mendlinger – Astralwerks General Manager

38. Carl Cox

37. Kathryn Frazier – Biz3 Publicity and OWSLA

36. A-Trak

35. Vello Virkhaus (V Squared Labs) and Martin Phillips (Bionic League)

34. Richie Hawtin

33. Eelko van Kooten and Roger de Graaf – Spinnin’ Records

32. Many Ameri and Torsten Schmidt – Red Bull Music Academy founders

31. Diplo

30. Liz Miller – Big Beat Records general manager

29. Nile Rodgers

28. Ash Pournouri – At Night Management founder

27. Mark Gillespie and Dean Wilson – Three Six Zero Group founders

26. Disco Biscuits

25. Gary Richards – HARD founder

24. Deadmau5

23. Paul Tollett – Goldenvoice President

22. Alexander Ljung – SoundCloud Founder/CEO

21. Maria May – Creative Artists Agency senior agent

20. Matt Adell – Beatport CEO

19. Daft Punk

18. Disco Donnie Estopinal

17. Neil Moffitt

16. Patrick Moxey – Ultra Music Owner, Sony Dance/Electronic Music President

15. Jason Strauss and Noah Tepperberg – Strategic Marketing Group founders

14. Craig Kallman – Atlantic Records Chairman/CEO

13. Armin van Buuren

12. Tom Windish and Steve Goodgold – The Windish Agency

11. Dave Grutman – Miami Marketing Group founder

10. Amy Thomson – ATM Management founder

9. Steve Wynn – Wynn Resorts Chariman of the Board and CEO

8. Skrillex

7. Pete Tong

6. Russell Faibisch – Ultra Music Festival founder

5. Paul Morris – Founder/President AM Only

4. Joel Zimmerman, William Morris Endeavor – Head of Global Electronic Music

3. Robert Sillerman – SFX Entertianment founder

2. Pasquale Rotella – Insomniac Events founder/CEO

1. James Barton – Live Nation President of Electronic Music

For more info visit Rolling Stone (source)

About the Author

Keith Wozniak
Founder of this web site, I have also has been involved with raves since 1999 as a raver, flyer guy, owned a promotion company throwing small and large events and also ran one of the first Dancesafe chapters. I've done it all and have never thought the scene was dead. Also writes for



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