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Are These The 30 People That Rule EDM?


Earlier today, Billboard put out a new article that focused on the top 30 power players in EDM. These are the people that rule dance music, and focused on artists, CEOs, founders of major companies, record label owners, and much more. This is always a controversial topic, especially when you include people from companies like SFX and Live Nation near the top.

Notable DJs include Diplo, Kaskade, David Guetta, deadmau5, and Skrillex, along with people from Insomniac, HARD, Ultra Records, Justin Bieber's manager, major PR players, and much more. You're never going to please everyone, but the article brings a solid balance to the table. Not just people from one field. It's important to remember that it's a widespread industry, and it takes people in all fields for the industry to function.

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While the list does feature a large amount of DJs, it's hard to knock many of the choices when so many artists also own record labels, throw events, and even festivals. We don't fully agree with some of the names and rankings, but this gives you a ballpark idea of who runs EDM. Read the full list below, and head to Billboard to gain more information and quotes from each person.

1. James Barton (Live Nation)
2. Diplo (DJ/Producer, Mad Decent)
3. Pasquale Rotella (Insomniac Events)
4. Skrillex (DJ/Producer, OWSLA)
5. Paul Morris (AM Only)
6. Calvin Harris/Mark Gillespie/Dean Wilson (Three Six Zero Group)
7. Ritty Van Straalen (SFX Live)
8. Joel Zimmerman (William Morris Endeavor)
9. Gary Richards (Hard Presents)
10. Patrick Moxey (Ultra Records, Sony Music)
11. Scooter Braun (SB Projects)
12. Kaskade (DJ/Producer)
13. David Guetta (DJ/Producer)
14. Ash Pournouri (At Night Management)
15. Kathryn Frazier (Biz3 Publicity, OWSLA)
16. deadmau5 (DJ/Producer, mau5trap)
17. Neil Moffitt (Hakkasan Group)
18. Pete Tong/Annie Mac (BBC Radio 1)
19. Tiesto (DJ/Producer)
20. Martin Garrix (DJ/Producer)
21. Geronimo (BPM/SiriusXM)
22. Tim Smith (Blood Company)
23. Neil Jacobsen (Interscope Geffen A&M)
24. Steve Aoki (DJ/Producer, Dim Mak)
25. Disclosure (DJ/Producer)
26. Amy Thomson (ATM Artists)
27. DJ Snake (DJ/Producer)
28. Zedd (DJ/Producer)
29. Steve Angello (DJ/Producer, Size Records)
30. A-Trak (DJ/Producer, Fool's Gold)

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