Thanks to our friends from Spotify Malaysia, we’ve got the list of some of the most frequently streamed electronic dance music (EDM) artistes. And not just streamed by random people elsewhere in the world, but by Malaysians. Yes, that means you. So, if you’ve ever wondered which tracks have received the most plays in the past year by your fellow #trancefamily or EDM fanboys/fangirls, wonder no more!
We’ve got the lowdown right here:
Disclosure are an English electronic music duo, consisting of brothers Guy (born 25 May 1991) and Howard Lawrence (born 11 May 1994). They first picked up their first significant national radio support upon the release of the “Tenderly”/”Flow” single in January 2012. The single led to significant interest in the subsequent June 2012 EP, “The Face”, released on Greco-Roman. Disclosure had their first UK hit in October 2012, with “Latch” (with the vocals from Sam Smith) which peaked at number 11 in the UK Singles Chart. In June 2013, they released their full debut album, “Settle”, on PMR Records and was met with commercial and critical success, debuting at number one on the UK Albums Chart, as well as charting in many countries across Europe and Australia. “Settle” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Dance Album.
9. Clean Bandit
Clean Bandit is an English electronic group founded in England in 2009, consisting of members Jack Patterson, Luke Patterson, Grace Chatto, and Milan Neil Amin-Smith. Their music has been described as “fusion” music, mixing electronic music with classical and deep-house elements. Most of their music intertwines classical compositions, such as those from Beethoven, Dvorak, etc. (most typically, Mozart for their song “Mozart’s House”). Some of their music also involves tongue in cheek humour. Speaking of humour, the band’s name, Clean Bandit, comes from a translation of a Russian phrase (Chatto and Patterson lived in Russia for a period); the meaning is similar to the English phrase “complete bastard”. Yup.
8. Daft Punk
Daft Punk is a French electronic music duo consisting of musicians Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. Daft Punk reached significant popularity in the late 90s house movement in France and met with continued success in the years following, combining elements of house with synthpop. So much so that Daft Punks’s songs are considered essential in the French house scene. They’re known for emphasising using visual and story components associated with their musical productions, and for using disguises while in public and/or performing; specifically ornate helmets and gloves to assume robot personas in most of their public appearances since 2001. But you already know that ;)
Dutch DJ/producer Tiësto (real name Tijs Michiel Verwest) actually began releasing music from as early as 1994, but it wasn’t until sometime in the late 90s that he quickly gained recognition and shot to fame. And that’s not to say that he’s no longer popular now amongst EDM fans – in fact, the momentum in which is fame grew never quite did see a pause. To date, Tiësto has achieved many things a DJ/producer can only ever dream of achieving e.g. play live on stage at the Olympics for 90 whole minutes, draw a strong crowd and pack whichever stadium to the brim with people, seamlessly switch genres and still produce hits/bangers, have a wax sculpture placed behind a turntable at Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam, start up 2 music labels in his lifetime (Black Hole Recordings, Musical Freedom), successfully wrap up multiple solo tours around the world, need we go on?
6. Ellie Goulding
Elena Jane “Ellie” Goulding is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actress from Lyonshall, Herefordshire, England. Her career began when she met record producer Starsmith and Frankmusik, and she was later spotted by Jamie Lillywhite, who later became her manager and A&R. After signing to Polydor Records in July 2009, she released her debut EP, “An Introduction to Ellie Goulding”, later that year. However, she only really made waves when she released her debut studio album, “Lights, in 2010”. The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and has sold over 850,000 copies in the UK. In 29 April 2011, she performed at the wedding reception of Prince William and Catherine Middleton at Buckingham Palace. By the end of 2013, she has sold an estimated 4 million albums and 15 million singles worldwide.
And now, we know what you’re thinking, who are the top 5 artistes streamed on Spotify Malaysia? Is Calvin Harris on it, having achieved one billion streams? What about David Guetta, considering the fact that he’s wildly popular on radio? Or EDM darling Avicii, for that matter, since he only very recently cinched a top 10 spot in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll 2014/2015?
Find out via Malaysian DJs/producers Simon Lee & Alvin recent Fly Five-O radio show episode 355, featuring the top 10 streamed EDM artistes in Malaysia! Enjoy: