Without a doubt, 2020 has been one of the hardest years for musicians. COVID-19 absolutely decimated the live event space and many artists who were coming up and booked major shows, opening slots, or festival appearances were left without a plan.
Still, in this day and age, without a strong sense of perseverance, you won’t get far in this industry. Thankfully, many artists have taken the hit and rolled with the punches and still had a phenomenal year.
Though COVID-19 threw a wrench in plans for all things music-related last year, the EDM movement, spurred by dance music’s rising and established talent, still proved to be an important one. Last year saw some of dance music’s brightest new artists step into the spotlight releasing chart-topping singles and showcasing their talent via live streams.
From unique underground taste makers to soon-to-be festival big shots spanning all spectrum of dance music, we’re proud to present OZ EDM’s 10 artists to watch in 2021.
Qrion | Oliverse | Billy Gillies | Speaker Honey | Mitis | Lucii | Winslow | Lizzy Jane | MYST | Cloverdale
Momiji Tsukada, better known as house dignitary Qrion, has been making waves in the industry, blessing labels such as Moving Castle, Mad Decent, and, most recently, Anjunadeep. Pulling inspiration from the landscape of her hometown of Sapporo, Japan, Qrion’s tranquil and unique signature sound has earned her high praise from her ever-growing fanbase. It has also won her support from firmly established creators, most outspokenly, TOKiMONSTA.
From supporting artists such as Tourist, Porter Robinson, Above and Beyond, and more in recent years to consistently delivering new music throughout 2020 (including an awe-inspiring official remix for Lane 8‘s “Sunday Song”), Qrion is on the rise to the top of house music’s highest echelon—and she’s only just begun.