|Great crowd shot in Los Angeles from @Zedd|
While the music itself is fairly innocuous combining catchy pop music melodies and earth shaking bass beats, it is the "trance" and "rave" events that scare these teens parents. Many of the young attendees are "rolling" on designer drugs like Ectasy and its powder form, Molly, or psychedelics like mushrooms and LSD.
EDM festivals have begun springing up across the US including Electric Zoo in NYC, Spring Awakening in Chicago, Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas and the Detroit Electronic Music Festival. In addition, the traditional music festivals like Lollapalooza, Coachella and Bonnaroo have all added a lot of top Techno acts to their line-ups.
The Perry's Stage at Lollapalooza has been the most consistently popular stage at the festival for the past two years. Packed with high school and college students, Perry's at Lolla 2013 was a whirling vortex of writhing teens bouncing to the powerful beats of Steve Aoki, Steve Angello, KnifeParty, Major Lazer, Flux Pavillion and many more.
The EDM artists have all embraced social media, and in particular Instagram. They share photos from their travels around the world and often post photos from the stage of their sets. We are highlighting the accounts for some of the most popular EDM artists on Instagram (listed in alphabetical order). Note that if you do not see your favorite Electro artist here, it probably means that we could not find them on IG.
Nick van de Wall (aka Afrojack) is an EDM artist and producer out of the Netherlands. He is one of the most commercially successful of the Techno DJs with several successful radio hits including "Take Over Control" and "Can't Stop Me".
210 photos 170,000 followers
Alessandro Lindblad (aka Alesso) is Techno artist from Sweden. Starting first with remixes of others songs, he has transitioned into an original music artist with several popular EDM songs and his first single release this year called "Under Control" which is a collaboration with Calvin Harris.
240 photos 163,000 followers
Steve Angello is an electronic artist out of Sweden and a member of Swedish House Mafia, whose hits include “Don’t You Worry Child” and "Save the World". He tours as a solo artist and is a headliner at EDM festivals all over the world. Check out the video above to get a taste of the finale from his outstanding performance at Lollapalooza 2013.
600 photos 260,000 followers
|Steve Aoki and Lil Jon at Lolla from @steveaoki|
2,200 photos 620,000 followers
Harry Bauer Rodrigues (aka Baauer) is Trap music artist from NYC. He grabbed international attention with his viral video hit "Harlem Shake". Which is the first single to ever reach #1 on the Billboard charts based on its youtube success without ever achieving major radio airplay. While his original video has been viewed over 20 million times, it has also spawned hundreds of thousands of copycat videos.
370 photos 42,000 followers
Lorin Ashton (aka Bassnectar) is an electronic dubstep music producer from Santa Cruz, CA. Heavily influenced by the metal bands of the 80s and 90s, Bassnectar brings a more edgy mix of techno music to his fans. He travels around the country and has a hardcore group of fans, called Bassheads, that travel to many of his shows.
280 photos 64,000 followers
Alexander Ridha (aka Boys Noize) hails from Hamburg, Germany and is an electronic Techno DJ, artist, songwriter and founder of Boys Noize Records. He has released several albums and singles including a collaboration with Snoop Dogg on "Got It". He recently teamed up with Skrillex to release a few singles under the moniker, Dog Blood, and the two are currently touring together.
280 photos 64,000 followers
|Deadmau5 with a jet engine from @deadmau5|
Joel Thomas Zimmerman (aka Deadmau5) is one of the original progressive house and trance music producers and very well known around the world. His signature "mouse head" is an iconic logo that is instantly recognizable to most people under the age of 30. He has won many awards as an electronic music producer but has not yet received the radio airplay of many of the contemporary techno artists. However, Deadmau5 is doing just fine selling out shows around the world and selling hundreds of thousands of albums.
620 photos 770,000 followers
Dada Life is a Swedish Electro house music duo including Olle Corneer and Stefan Engblom. While they have been rocking out crowds in Sweden since 2006, they have only recently burst onto the international scene with "Kick out the Epic Mother***" and "So Young So High". Their songs typically feature a distinctive child-like computerized voice singing their lyrics.
440 photos 90,000 followers
Thomas Wesley Pentz (aka Diplo) is an LA based Techno DJ, music producer, songwriter and founder of Mad Decent Records. He has worked on production projects with Justin Bieber, Beyonce and Usher. He has released 3 albums and several EPs.
1250 photos 310,000 followers
Dogblood is a side project collaboration between Skrillex and Boys Noize. While each of these EDM stars have their own thriving careers, they are currently touring together after having collaborated on a few singles. Dogblood's music falls into the acid techno music with edgier sounds than typical techno. It falls into the same category with Kill the Noise and Knife Party.
50 photos 11,000 followers
|Stage shot from @flosstradamus|
Flosstradamus is a Chicago-based EDM duo including Josh Young and Curt Cameruci. They have collaborated with several other top hip hop and EDM stars including Baauer, Kid Sister and Diplo.
300 photos 41,000 followers
Joshua Steele (aka Flux Pavilion) is a EDM dubstep music producer from Great Britian and cofounder of Circus Records. His brand of techno dubstep tends to be a bit edgier than most. He has built a devoted following with his distinctive sound such as "I Can't Stop" and "Bass Cannon".
210 photos 30,000 followers
Dillon Francis is an electronic music producer from Los Angeles, CA and one of the pioneers of the moonbahcore form of trance music. After working on a lot of remixes as a DJ, Francis released his first EP of original music in 2010.
800 photos 117 ,000 followers
|David with Steve Aoki from @davidguetta|
David Guetta is a French Electro house music producer who achieved international success with his 2009 release of One Love, which included hit singles "When Love Takes Over", "Sexy Bitch" and "Memories". His follow-up 2011 album was just as successful with hits like "Without You" and "Titanium". He has sold over 6 million albums and 15 million singles worldwide and certainly one of the most successful house music composers to date.
160 photos 600,000 followers
Adam Richard Wiles (aka Calvin Harris) is Scottish electronic artist and producer. He is one of the most commercially successful of the EDM artists releasing three studio albums with several Top 10 Billboard songs including "I Need your Love" and "I'm Not Alone" with Ellie Goulding, "Sweet Nothing" with Florence Welch and "Let's Go" with Ne-Yo.
620 photos 530,000 followers
Keys N Krates
Keys N Krates is a Toronto based EDM band and one of the most unique acts in the Techno universe. Unlike other EDM artists which are primarily behind mixing equipment, Keys actually combines drums, keyboards and mixing equipment with three band members, Adam Tune (drums), David Matisse (keyboards) and Jr. Flo (mixers).
70 photos 1,400 followers
Kill the Noise
Jake Stanczak (aka Kill the Noise) is an electronic music producer from Rochester, NY. His music comes with a definite edge that attempts to bridge the gap between metal and techno music. He has collaborated with metal band Korn and rapper Ludacris.
160 photos 24,000 followers
Knife Party is an Australian electro house duo consisting of Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen. Originally, members of a metal band, they changed course after hearing Konflict’s “Messiah”. Their dubstep style is much edgier than most other electro DJs and fits into the acid house category with Kill the Noise and Dogblood. Only Gareth seems to be an active Instagram user.
210 photos 25,000 followers
|Hamsterballing from @MajorLazer|
240 photos 81,000 followers
Major Lazer is electro reggae project created by Diplo (see above). Diplo and two other artists, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire record and tour as Major Lazer. Their music is unique in the EDM space because of the reggae, island flair. They are also one of the few groups that usually crowd-surfs in a giant hamster ball at their shows.
420 photos 88,000 followers
Modestep is an EDM band from London. Their members include brothers, Josh and Tony Friend, Matthew Curtis and Nick Tsang. Josh Friend is the lead singer and official Instagrammer for the group. He is very active posting pics on and off stage. You can also follow the Official Modestep IG account but it is much less active than Josh.
600 photos 15,000 followers
10 photos 1,500 followers
Paul Oakenfold is an Electro DJ and music producer from Britian. At 50, he is one of the oldest players in the game he is still highly relevant as he has transformed his style with the changes in the industry. He has collaborated with many musical artists and served as agent for The Beastie Boys and Run-DMC back in the day.
210 photos 16,000 followers
Sonny John Moore (aka Skrillex) is an American Techno and Dubstep artist and songwriter from California. Moore started his music career in a hard rock band called From First to Last but left as the techno movement was taking hold to become an EDM artist. He has released 6 EPs as a solo artist and won 6 Grammy Awards. He recently began to collaborate with Boys Noize on Dog Blood, and the two have been touring under that band name.
480 photos 910,000 followers
Tijs Michiel Verwest is a Dutch musician and EDM music producer. He started as a DJ back in the 90s and progressed to one of the new breed of software-enabled Techno musicians in the 2000s. Tiesto has released 5 studio albums and has won a number of European music awards.
570 photos 440,000 followers
|Cal and Rez at Wrigley while in Chicago for Lolla @timeflies|
Timeflies is an American electro music duo consisting of Rob Resnick and Cal Shapiro. The two met at Tufts University in Boston and moved to NYC together after graduating. They released their debut album in September 2011. They released an EP in 2012 and both records did well on iTunes. However, it is their first radio single, "I Choose U", released in April 2013 that is catapulting them to international success.
240 photos 45,000 followers
Anton Zaslavski (aka Zedd) is a Russian-born, German musician and EDM music producer. He is a musical prodigy that began playing instruments at age 4. Zedd is a brilliant songwriter that has created some incredibly catchy songs at a very young age. Zedd released his first album in 2012 and its first single "Clarity" reached #8 on the Billboard charts. However, there are several other songs from this album that are also likely to hit the Top 10 after the receive radio airplay including "Spectrum" and "Follow You Down".
130 photos 144,000 followers