Without a doubt, this has been one of the most difficult years for musicians in a long, long time. Maybe ever. COVID-19 has absolutely decimated the live event space, and many artists booking big shows, opening slots, or festival appearances went without a plan.
Even so, you won't get very far in this industry these days without a strong sense of persistence. Thankfully a lot of artists took the hit and rolled with the hits and still had a phenomenal year.
We already started making this list late last year and expected it to look very different when we factor in live shows and support, but COVID-19 has obviously derailed those plans. Then live streams started and smaller promoters were able to highlight some really talented artists.
This list was created based on our own observations throughout the year, recommendations from industry metrics, and the like Castion, Dr. Ushuu, and Ipsiom of suggestions from our own followers on Twitter.
Like every year, we have selected our 40 artists who we believe will have an incredible year in 2021, not only in their personal careers but across the electronic music scene as a whole. As a reminder, we do our best not to repeat names year after year in order to give the spotlight to new artists. So if you don't see the name of an artist who you think has had a great year and is destined for more, we most likely introduced them in the past five years.
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See your EDMs Artist to see in 2021 List below. Congratulations to everyone who is featured! We expect great things from you next year.
The 40 best artists of your EDM for 2021
Last heroes | acloudyskye | Jon Casey | Rossy | Ekcle | Deadcrow | Darby
Heimanu | Trinergy | Highlnd | OMAS | SpeedStr | Rival | Phonon
Maliboux | Wreckno | MASTERIA | Heyz | House of the Panda | Voltra | Ipsiom
Dr. Ushūu | Farrah | Gyrofield | FREAK ON | euphorian | PAX
Akosmo | Castion | Knock2 | Whales | Super future | Papa Khan
yetep | Ruvlo | Lipless | Cloverdale | Slowpalace | Kumarion | Hex
Photo via Jeremy Verone for Space Yacht x Halcyon