Best of L.A.: Music — EDM’s Top DJs, Club Nights and Personalities

June 14, 2018

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Best Electronic DJ

Zhu continues to take the EDM scene by storm. Signed to Mind of a Genius, the L.A.-based DJ/producer is an artist who wants to be defined by his music, not his looks; that’s part of why he remained anonymous until 2014. The reveal of his real name, Steven Zhu, had the EDM community in a frenzy. The Chinese-American Zhu wears many hats, including contributing his own vocals to his music. His release of “Faded” in 2014 gained him the international attention he needed to take his music to the next level. Most recently, he dropped a remix of Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa’s “One Kiss,” adding his signature falsettos. —Shirley Ju

Best Dubstep DJ

It’s hard to maneuver through the EDM and dubstep space without coming across Borgore. The L.A.-based Israeli producer, singer, songwriter and rapper left such an imprint on dubstep that he nicknamed the genre “gorestep.” It’s as if each show comes with a money-back guarantee of out-of-this-world bass levels and teeth-rattling trap beats. His past work as a drummer in a punk metal band goes hand in hand with his unique use of heavy drums in his art. The release of #NEWGOREORDER, his debut studio album, had fans wanting more. He continues to give the masses any excuse to turn up. —Shirley Ju

Best Trap DJ

Flosstradamus fans were heartbroken when the news was revealed in 2016 that the duo comprised of Curt Cameruci and Josh Young was no longer. Anyone who hears their 2013 hit “Mosh Pit” can only imagine how wild their live shows got. But don’t worry, Cameruci keeps the momentum going. It’s his unique fusion of EDM, dubstep, house and rap that shuts down the stage each time. Since then, Cameruci has linked up with notable artists such as Waka Flocka, 24Hrs and, most recently, Smokepurpp, for a new single titled “MVP.” This isn’t just trap; this is Flosstradamus’ claim to fame. —Shirley Ju

Best Trance DJ

When you think of trance in Los Angeles, you think of Gareth Emery. Being at the forefront of progressive house and trance, the DJ/producer has yet to disappoint, as those fortunate enough to attend his celebratory Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve countdown at Exchange L.A. can attest. With festival-ready records like “Concrete Angel,” “Sansa” and “Long Way Home,” it’s no surprise Emery has received A State of Trance Tune of the Year award three times already in his career. He experiments with the different elements in dance music to create the most beautiful, uplifting finished product for fans to enjoy. —Shirley Ju

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