6 Feb 2018

Top 5 Dance Artists In The World Right Now

We’ve recently rolled out our online music scouting tool TalentAI to the music industry. Making use of Spotify and social API data with AI processes, the tool discovers the fastest growing unsigned artists and new tracks.

Using this cutting-edge tech, we’ve begun highlighting some of the fastest growing artists unearthed by TalentAI. This week we have picked out the best performing artists in the dance genre and selected out our favourites.

(NB. For those of you already using TalentAI - we applied the following filters: genre is edm_dance, artists have to be on a minimum of two Spotify playlists with over 10k followers & we capped direct followers at 30,000.)

DallasK - 66% increase in playlist following (over 15 million!)

Crossing the boundaries between EDM, indie-dance and viral pop, LA-based producer, songwriter and DJ, DallasK, is one of the most exciting prospects of the current dance generation. DallasK made a name for himself after producing and co-writing Fifth Harmony’s five-time platinum selling-release ‘Work From Home’, but now he is ready to make his own mark as a solo artist with his new single release.

‘All My Life’ sees a shift in his focus from a traditional electronic style, to a free and euphoric anthem, an ode to living life to its full potential. The basslines are bouncy and the snyths are wholesome. His vocal performance also stands strong. The statistics are a real reflection of his potential. TalentAI data illustrates that DallasK’s artist playlist following has increased by 66% in the past 7 days, to over 15m. He also has over 23,000 direct artist followers, a real sign of engagement from the dance community (TalentAI).

Sultan + Shepard - 18m playlist followers

Ossama Ai Sarraf and Ned Shepard met in an after hours club in Montreal in the mid 2000s. They quickly discovered that their dynamic and chemistry was natural and began working on tracks and remixes. Having collaborated with the likes of Dillon Francis, Tiesto and remixed tracks for huge pop acts including Coldplay, Ed Sheeran and Lady Gaga, they have become one of dance music’s finest duos.

Their latest release is a house remix of Sons of Maria’s track ‘Almost Home’. TalentAI data shows that the duo have had an increase of 4.7m artist playlist followers in the past 7 days, taking their total to over 18m followers (TalentAI).

Jay Cosmic - 4.9m increase in playlist followers

Manchester’s Jay Cosmic became obsessed with dance music at the age of 12, when his father bought him a trance compilation for his birthday. The following year, he was experimenting with sounds and producing his own music. Eventually, the producer made waves with huge remixes, including one of DVBBS & Borgeous room filling crowd pleaser ‘Tsunami’. Following such big releases, Jay’s love for a more euphoric sound made for an interesting transition period.

With new drumstep single ‘Ocean Eyes’, the euphoria is layered with a hard-hitting EDM sound, combining what is a fun indie-dance hit with a high BPM dubstep beat. The new track has been playlisted on Spotify by 8 distinct tastemakers with over 10,000 followers, taking the track’s total artist following to over 4.9m . This is a significant proportion of his 9.8m total artist following and truly illustrates the power and potential of his new found sound and style (TalentAI).

M-22 - over 10 million playlist followers

M-22 are another critically acclaimed duo, who’ve written and produced tracks for the likes of Jason Derulo, Pitbull and Flo Rida. It is fair to say they have determined the trajectory of many huge club tunes over the years. With early support from Pete Tong and Danny Howard (Radio 1), Matt James and Frank Sanders are poised to take on the house music world with their own project.

Collaborating with Medina, one of Denmark’s biggest female artists and the voice behind global hit ‘You & I’ (2009), it seems that the duo are well on their way to doing just that. Denmark’s queen of pop carries the catchy number, swooning over a fun house beat. According to TalentAI data, following the release of ‘First Time’, M-22’s total playlist following has increased by 3,004,522  in the past 7 days (29% increase), taking them to a grand total of 10,372,585. Also appearing on 55 playlists including Hot Hits UK, they are a well deserved pick for this weeks top 5 dance artists in the world.

Manilla Killa, Nevve - featured on 46 playlists with over 10k followers.

Philippines-born, Washington-based producer Manila Killa is a true self-taught hit maker. Chris Gavino learnt to play the cello at a young age, but it wasn’t until the 22 year old began producing electronic music in his bedroom that he took music seriously. Inspired by the likes of Daft Punk and Justice, he taught himself to use Ableton and started making dance music.

New track ‘Everyday Everyday’ is a summery EDM banger, featuring vocals from Nevve. Catchy always, funky in places, with a chilled dance-pop undertone, the release has generated a 2.2m artist playlist follower increase. His total artist playlist following now sits at over 8.5 million, with features on 46 playlists including Good Vibes, Fresh Electronic and Young & Free (TalentAI).

To find out how TalentAI can help your music scouting efforts, please get in touch via hello@weareinstrumental.com .