2016 has been a massive year for electronic music; A number of new artists made a name for themselves while many others further cemented their legacies as being some of the greatest to ever hit the stage. Music is a universal language that holds no boundaries, and with the DJ community growing bigger than ever imagined, it leaves music lovers with an endless supply of quality music from around the world. To get you prepared for the winter season,let’s take a look at some international artists you may not know yet, but will definitely know sooner then later.

These are our Top 5 International Artists to look out for.

KAIQ
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top-5-int-kaiqKaiq is an extremely talented DJ & Producer from Curitiba, Brazil. He brings elements of nature, funk and soul into his music production, giving it a classic South American sound. While only being around a few years, he has had his work supported by some of the greats like Roger Sanchez, Richie Hawtin, Dubfire & Luciano. Kaiq has definitely made a name for himself in 2016, but expect him to make a bigger splash in the upcoming year with an endless amount of productions that continue to hit the charts. Kaiq’s January release “Harmonica” under Mushroom Smile has attracted one of the biggest names in the house world; Marco Carola, who constantly played the track throughout the year.

DENNIS CRUZ
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top-5-int-dennis-cruz2016 has been a year to remember for the man from Madrid. Cruz released some of his biggest tracks on many labels this year including Saved, Deeperfect, Glasgow Underground, Suruba X, Stereo Productions, Material and Lemon-Aid Music (just to name a few). His numerous chart topping tracks have been showcased in sets by almost every DJ around the globe and Dennis continues to sit high on the Beatport Top 10. While 2015 saw Dennis receive a nomination for “Best Tech-House Spanish Artist” and “Best Male Spanish Artist” at the Vicious Music Awards, 2016 led him to his first trip to Canada. We expect Cruz to have an even bigger year in 2017; don’t be surprised to see these nominations turn into wins and more countries added under his belt.

 

MATTHEW LIMA
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top-5-int-matthew-limaBorn in Lima, Peru and moving across the world to growing up in Italy has given Matthew Lima the ability to draw from a range of different cultures; it is evident in his work. Lima has worked in the studio with names that resonate with a lot of people; Neverdogs, Leon & Joey Daniel of Music On as well as Martin Patino of Cadenza Music are just a few. But you can bet that after the 2016 season in Ibiza that saw Matthew play an endless amount of afterparties and gigs, the names will continue to grow. His wide range of sound is evident through his own imprints, Amazing Music Recording & his sub-label Amazing Lab. Both labels continue to showcase unique music from artists around the world and will continue to be a label to keep an eye on for 2017.


ENRICO BELLAN
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top-5-int-enrico-bellanComing from Rovigo, Italy, Enrico Bellan is a Tech House DJ and producer who is quickly climbing the ranks as being one of the most exciting names to rise out of Italy. He has a special style that is widely accepted and supported. Bellan has released under a number of big name labels including Azul Tunes, Lemon-Aid Music and Red Drum Music while just adding Deeperfect to the list. His edit of “The Bomb!” with fellow country man, Francesco Squillante made waves across Ibiza summer, being played at Amnesia every week during Music On. He has been a major key in the success of growing labels with his original mixes and remixes receiving support from Marco Carola, Leon & Joseph Capriati to just name a few; This is only the beginning for the young Italian and we expect to see him on the world scale sooner then later.

 

ARNO STOLZ
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top-5-int-arno-stolzLast but certainly not least on our list is Arno Stolz. Arno hails from Antwerp, Belgium and is a youth prodigy of the Belgium based event organizers and record label FloorFiller. At such a young age Arno has already experienced a great deal of success, having been supported by the likes of Richie Hawtin, Marco Carola, and Wally Lopez. He also has releases on well established labels around the globe such as Natural Rhythm, Under No Illusion & Zoo Lab. On top of it all, the young man (born in 1995) founded “Proper Musique”, his own imprint to stand by. We expect the groovy tech and deep house sounds of Arno Stolz to become household in the tech house/minimal community with the sky as his limit!