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Calling All Insomniacs: 2017’s Best DJs to Listen To

January 31, 2017
Written by: Yasha Wallin
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To keep us dancing throughout 2017, we tapped our friends at Insomniac—who organize the world’s biggest electronic music events like Electric Daisy Carnival—to tell us who we should be listening to now. Check out the definitive list below, and for an IRL sonic experience, join us for live performances at sbe venues like Create Nightclub and Hyde Bellagio.

Dj Tigerlily
“I have so much fun when I play; I think people can see that,” says DJ Tigerlily. Fun and high energy are just a few words to describe the Australian-born DJ’s sets around the world. She plays a mix of electro and progressive house; all the while, championing a holistic, healthy approach to living that keeps her looking amazing while into the early morning hours.

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Tiesto
Anyone following electronic music has surely heard the name Tiesto, a pioneer in the genre. The Grammy-Award winner has produced and remixed music for the likes of Beyoncé, Coldplay, and Kanye West, but it’s his work as a DJ, commanding crowds of millions that put this Dutch legend on the map. As he puts it, he’s “addicted to the feeling of DJing.”

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Marshmello
The real identity of music maker Marshmello is a mystery, he performs and works anonymously with a marshmallow mask covering his face. But that hasn’t stopped the synth and bass-heavy DJ from gaining worldwide recognition. He signed with Skrillex’s label in late 2016, so we can expect even more hits like “Alone” which has racked up nearly 300 million views on YouTube.

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Los Angeles-based DJ (and self-proclaimed cookie enthusiast) Jose Guerrero is a regular fixture on the festival scene, and frequent collaborator of big names like Diplo and Ookay. He’s described his sound as “robot music” but we’d say it lives somewhere at the intersection of electro house and trap, even throwing in the odd sample like a KFC commercial. Look out for his new single coming out on Mixmash Records.

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NERVO
Australian sisters Mim and Liv Nervo, aka NERVO, have done everything from acting on a soap opera, to modeling for COVERGIRL to rocking the biggest festivals in the world, and even dropping the Grammy-Award winning single “When Love Takes Over.”
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Morgan Page
American DJ and Grammy-nominated producer Morgan Page is a pioneer in many ways – both through his music, playing the biggest and best festivals the world over, and through his interest and support in the environment and technology. He produced the first-ever virtual reality video for the hit single “In the Air.” Follow Page closely for more futuristic sounds.

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Keys N Krates
This Canadian electro band is as known for their hit sound as they are for their groundbreaking videos, most notably that time they played their music to an Amish community.

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Madsonik
Madsonik, aka Brian Tyler, isn’t your average EDM DJ. In fact, Tyler is more known for his incredible work in the film industry, composing scores for films and TV shows like Iron Man 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the NFL Theme for ESPN. Lest you think composing and DJing are disparate approaches, Tyler explains they both aim to: “transport the listener to another place emotionally and making something sonically exciting and memorable.”

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