For the second year in a row, Your EDM has chosen a group of small artists for the past year. It's hard to define an artist "in small groups", but for us it's not just about growing presence and strength in the world of streaming.
Last year, we chose Illenium, Rezz and San Holo for various reasons. But above all, they have become absolutely gigantic acts in a short period of time and their fan base is voracious.
For these artists in particular, we compared the performance of publications on our Facebook and other social media to that of publications on larger artists. This year, these artists began to outperform the artist publications on Skrillex, the Swedish House Mafia, etc., thus showing that the engagement and interest of the fans for these artists were increasing, sometimes to an astronomical rhythm.
Our 2018 artists are: Ekali Fisher and Kayzo .
Given two more days at the end of 2017, Ekali would have started this year with his massive collaboration with Zhu, "Blame", so we'll give him that one. During this year, he went beyond his productions by capitalizing on the success of his title "Babylon" with Denzel Curry, remixed by Skrillex.
He teamed with Medasin and Elohim for "Forever", teased a new collaboration in 1788-L, abandoned "Blood Moon" with Tynan and Hekler and released his first EP.
Aside from music, Ekali has been revealed bisexual this year, protesting against homophobia in the same tweet.
With an upcoming album in 2019, Ekali amply deserves the title of Artist of the Debate in 2018.
Our team debated Fisher's inclusion on this list because we also included it in our list of artists to watch for in 2019. But, given the magnitude of its explosion and his Grammy nomination this year, his presence on both lists is more than justified.
Despite the controversy over his involvement in Chris Lake (who is credited on all the tracks on which he has worked), Fisher's personality and presence on stage is what makes him so electrifying to watch. and interact. After racing ACADEMY in Los Angeles earlier in the day, he and Chris Lake have just spent three nights at the Downtown Sanctuary, representing more than 18,000 people.
He must do something good. Hell, he even has the attention of Elon Musk.
You may be thinking to yourself, "Now hang in there, Kayzo is already huge." And he is, yes. But in 2018 in particular, he truly broke through and began to refine his musical identity even more. Not only did he give up his first album OVERLOAD, he also started collaborating with Papa Roach and Underoath.
He also returned to Lollapalooza, where he took Jacoby Shaddix out of Papa Roach, and drew one of the biggest crowds on the weekend's Perry scene, not to mention touring the world. and direct several of his successful shows. He also has a heart of gold.
Kayzo did not leave much music this year, but he grew up as an artist more than many other DJs who have just completed their tour this year.
You could have your own ideas for group artists in 2018, and we want to hear them! Tell us who had a big year in the comments, but know they may already be on our list of artists to watch for 2019.