The Top 5 Modern Electronic Music Producers

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A list of the top 5 modern electronic music producers that are currently making waves in the music industry.


Sonny John Moore, professionally known as Skrillex, is an American record producer, DJ, singer, songwriter and musician. He is known for his work in the electronic dance music genre. He first gained popularity as the lead singer of the American rock band From First to Last. He later began his solo career in 2007 and released his debut EP, My Name Is Skrillex.

Early life and beginnings in music

Sonny John Moore, better known by his stage name Skrillex, is an American electronic dance music producer, DJ, singer and songwriter. He first rose to prominence in the early 2010s as a leading figure in the American dubstep scene. He has since won 8 Grammy Awards, including 3 for Best Dance/Electronic Album.

Moore was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He began playing guitar and writing songs at the age of 12. In 2004, he joined the American post-hardcore band From First to Last as the lead singer; he recorded two studio albums with them before leaving to pursue a solo career in 2007.

In 2009, Moore released his first solo EP, My Name Is Skrillex. The EP was heavily influenced by hardcore punk and post-hardcore bands such as Refused and At the Drive-In; it featured instrumentation typical of these genres but incorporated synthesizers to give it a “futuristic” sound. The EP was moderately successful, reaching number one on Beatport’s Top Dubstep Albums chart and number 16 on Billboard’s US Dance/Electronic Albums chart.

Rise to fame

Skrillex began his career as the bassist for the post-hardcore band From First to Last. He joined the band in 2004 and recorded two studio albums with them, Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Body Count (2004) and Heroine (2006). He left the band in 2007 to pursue a solo career in electronic music.

In 2010, he released his debut EP, Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites, which was a commercial success, reaching number one on the US Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart and number three on the US Billboard 200. His second EP, Bangarang, was released in 2012 and topped the Dance/Electronic Albums chart as well as reaching number three on the Billboard 200. In 2014, Skrillex co-produced and performed on four songs of Carnage’s debut album Papi Gordo. In 2011, Skrillex was nominated for a total of six Grammy Awards at the 53rd Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist and Best Dance Recording for “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”, both of which he won.

Musical style

Dubstep, trap, electro house, and future bass

Skrillex is an American electronic dance music producer, DJ, and singer. His musical style has been described as electronic dance music, dubstep, trap, electro house, and future bass.


Joel Thomas Zimmerman (born January 5, 1981), better known by his stage name Deadmau5 (stylized as deadmau5; pronounced “dead mouse”), is a Canadian electronic music producer, DJ, and musician. Zimmerman produces a variety of styles within the progressive house genre and sometimes other forms of electronic music.

Early life and beginnings in music

Zedd was born in September 2, 1989, in Kaliningrad, Russia. He grew up in a musical family; his father, Igor Zhukovsky, is a professional violinist and his mother, Marina Zhukovsky, is a piano instructor. His great-grandfather, AntonÍn Dvořák, was a Czech composer. He moved to Germany at the age of four and grew up in Kaiserslautern.

Zedd’s interest in electronic music production began at the age of twelve when he started to experiment with tracking software. He began producing trance music under the alias “Clarity” after moving to England to study at the University of Manchester as part of his degree requirements. In 2012, he released “Spectrum”, which topped Billboard magazine’s Hot Dance Club Songs chart and peaked at number 17 on the Hot 100 chart in the United States. “Clarity” won two Grammy Awards for Best Dance Recording and Best Dance/Electronic Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

Rise to fame

In the early 2000s, Zimmerman began producing and performing under the name “Deadmau5”, which is pronounced “dead mouse” in German. He named his music project after finding a dead mouse while browsing an online chat room for music producers. At the time, Zimmerman was studying electronic engineering at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. In 2006, he released his debut studio album, Get Scraped.

Zimmerman has released eight studio albums as Deadmau5: Random Album Title (2008), For Lack of a Better Name (2009), 4×4=12 (2010), Album Title Goes Here (2012), While(1<2) (2014), W:/2016Album/ (2016), and Stuff I Used to Do (2017). His latest album, already two years old, is mau5ville: level 1 (2018). He has also worked with other musicians such as Kaskade and Glenn Morrison.

Musical style

Deadmau5’s musical style has been described as house and techno. His early work was influenced by acts such as the Chemical Brothers and Steve Duda, while his later work includes elements of progressive house, electro house, and minimal techno.

Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris is a Scottish DJ, record producer, and singer. He is known for his singles “We Found Love”, “This Is What You Came For”, and “My Way”. Harris has also released four studio albums, 18 singles, and five extended plays.

Early life and beginnings in music

Adams was born in Dumfries, Scotland, the son of Pamela (née Noel) and David Adams. Adams’s paternal grandfather was hairdresser Calvin Harris. He has an older brother, Edward. He attended Dumfries High School, and after leaving school he moved to London to study at thepingry School. While at thepingry School, he started writing songs. When Harris was 18 he released two songs “Da Bongos” and “Brighter Days”. Neither of his first two singles were successful.

In 2002, Harris signed a contract with EMI (publishing) as a writer and producer. The success of his third single, “Let’s Go”, led to a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. He rose to prominence in 2004 with the release of “I Created Disco”, which peaked at number eight on the UK Singles Chart. Its follow-up single “Acceptable in the 80s”, also topped the charts in 2006. In 2007 Harris released his fifth studio album, Ready for the Weekend; it debuted atop the UK Albums Chart and peaked at number three on the US Billboard 200 chart. His second album reached number one in 2009; however its singles “I’m Not Alone”, “Ready for the Weekend” and “Flashback” were only moderate commercial successes in European countries—peaking within top-twenty positions of various European charts—and did not impact significantly in other international territories such as North America or Asia-Pacific.”

Rise to fame

Calvin Harris began creating music in his bedroom in the year 2002. He was born on January 17, 1984, in Dumfries, Scotland. When he was a teenager, he played drums in a band called “The Pressure,” which gigged around local clubs. At the age of 18, Harris started working as a DJ at nightclubs. In 2006, he released his first album, “I Created Disco.” The album reached number eight on the UK charts and included the singles “Acceptable in the ’80s” and “The girls.”

After the success of his first album, Harris released two more albums, “Ready for the Weekend” (2009) and “18 Months” (2012). These albums included the hit singles “I’m Not Alone,” “Ready for the Weekend,” “Bounce,” and “Feel So Close.” In 2013, Harris collaborated with Ellie Goulding on the single “I Need Your Love.” The song reached number one on the UK charts and was certified platinum.

In 2014, Harris released his fourth studio album, “Motion.” The album included the singles “Under Control,” “Summer,” and “Blame.” In 2015, Harris collaborated with Rihanna on the single “We Found Love.” The song reached number one in multiple countries and was certified nine times platinum in the United States.

Musical style

Harris’ musical style has been described as disco, house and electro. Harris’ use of a modular synthesizer was featured on the song “Bounce” from his album 18 Months. In an interview with Digital Spy in October 2012, Harris stated that “I like minimal stuff and I like really hitting, hard-hitting club tracks. I make music for girls to dance to in clubs!” All of the tracks on Motion are dance-oriented.

In an interview with GQ magazine in March 2014, Harris claimed that his music is “not for everybody”, saying “It’s for people who go out and have a great time.” When asked about his biggest musical inspirations, Harris cited funk musicians such as Roger Troutman and George Clinton as well as electronic music duo Daft Punk. Harris stated that he was influenced by Clinton’s work with Parliament-Funkadelic and Troutman’s use of the talk box.


Avicii, real name Tim Bergling, was a Swedish DJ, remixer, and record producer. He was known for his hit songs “Wake Me Up” and “Hey Brother.” Avicii died on April 20, 2018, in Muscat, Oman. He was 28 years old.

Early life and beginnings in music

Avicii was born on September 8, 1989, in Stockholm, Sweden. His real name is Tim Bergling. When he was only 16 years old, he started producing electronic music in his bedroom. He rose to fame in 2011 with his hit song “Levels,” which was certified platinum in several countries. He has since released a number of other successful singles, including “Wake Me Up” and “Hey Brother.” In 2013, Avicii was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording for “Levels.” He has also won several MTV Music Awards and World Music Awards.

Rise to fame

In 2011, Avicii released “LE7ELS,” which topped the charts in several countries, including Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The following year, he released his debut studio album, “True.” The album peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 and featured the singles “Wake Me Up” and “Hey Brother.”

Avicii’s sudden rise to fame sparked a debate among music critics and fans about the value of electronic dance music. Some argued that Avicii’s music was simple and formulaic, while others praised his ability to craft catchy and accessible songs. In any case, there is no denying that Avicii was one of the most popular electronic music producers of his generation.

Avicii died in April 2018 at the age of 28. His death came as a shock to many fans, who had followed his career closely. In the wake of his death, several of Avicii’s songs were re-released and reached new heights on the charts. “Wake Me Up” became Avicii’s first posthumous number-one single in the United Kingdom, and “SOS” topped the charts in several countries, including Australia and Canada.

Musical style

Avicii’s musical style has been characterised as EDM and includes elements of synth-pop, soul, and country music. According to AllMusic, his esteamble work is “crisp, soulful house while also finding new energy in American country music.” Avicii has also been described as a DJ who helped pave the way for future EDM artists; Mike Wass of Idolator wrote that “no artist has done more in the last few years to push electronic music into the mainstream” and that Avicii brought “melodic house to a wider audience.” Peter Robinson of The Guardian characterized Avicii’s early work as “exuberant, blissed-out anthems” and noted his ability to write songs that appeal to both critics and clubbers.


Tiësto, born Tijs Verwest, is a Dutch DJ and record producer of electronic dance music. He was born in Breda, Netherlands on January 17, 1969. Tiësto’s first release was “Leave the World Behind” and was quickly signed to Black Hole Recordings in 1999. In 2000, he released his first studio album, Magik One: First Flight.

Early life and beginnings in music

Tiësto was born in Breda, Netherlands on January 17, 1969. His real name is Tijs Verwest. When he was just a young boy, he loved listening to all different kinds of music and dreamed of becoming a DJ. In the mid-1980s, he started playing at local clubs and events in his hometown. Tiësto became very popular in the Dutch club scene and began to produce his own music. He released his first album, “Magik One: First Flight,” in 1997 and followed it up with “Magik Two: Story of the Fall” in 1998.

Tiësto’s big break came in 1999 when he was asked to play at the inaugural Trance Energy festival in the Netherlands. His performance was so well received that he was asked to headline the second Trance Energy the following year. This catapulted Tiësto into the spotlight and made him one of the most popular DJs in the world. He has since released six studio albums, numerous mix compilations, and has even created his own radio show called “Club Life.”

Rise to fame

Tiësto’s first major release was his second album, titled Magik Two: Story of the Fall. The album was released in April 1999 and consisted of extended trance tracks. Tiësto collaborated with Ferry Corsten for the first time on the track “Gouryella”, which was released as a single in May 1999 and became a hit in the United Kingdom. “Gouryella” was voted by Mixmag readers as the second-best dance record of all time.

Musical style

Tiësto’s early style was typical of the trance music produced at the time, with powerful, often overdriven synth pads, deep basslines and emotional melodies. He has since moved away from trance music and now incorporates elements of house and techno into his productions.

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