The phrase “artist album” refers to an LP showcasing original work by an artist or group. This term is used to differentiate in cases where the artist has released albums that do not primarily feature their own work, such as compilation albums that include multiple artists on one record.
While in other genres the phrase artist album would be redundant, in the dance music world it is useful because many producers (i.e. artists) are are also DJs who build their reputations by playing other people‘s music. DJs sometimes gain notoriety by releasing compilation albums that they have curated and mixed, which are credited under their name, even if the album does not feature any music produced by the DJ. (Just as editors are credited for compiling anthologies regardless of whether the editor’s written work appears within the book’s pages, compilation albums are credited to the person or people who curated and/or mixed the collection.)
Consider for example the the Anjunabeats Volumes series of compilation albums, which showcase the work of artists on the Anjunabeats label. The albums are compiled and mixed by Above & Beyond, who therefore receive credit for the album, even though the albums typically only feature a handful of songs contributed by the group. Above & Beyond have released several artist albums, including Tri-State, Group Therapy, and We Are All We Need.
In dance music, a dub or dub mix is a version of a track in which the main vocals have been removed. This is also known as an instrumental version, especially in other genres such as pop music.
A dub mix played on episode 083 of Group Therapy Radio. Source: aboveandbeyond.nu
For example, in the track list of episode 083 of Group Therapy Radio, Jeremy Olander is credited for remixing Mendoza‘s song, “Love Druggie.” The term “dub mix” indicates that Jeremy has removed the vocals from this version of the remix.
Dub mixes are a useful tool for DJs to create mash-ups, since the DJ can put vocals from another song on top of the dub mix. Many longtime producers will mash up their own works by putting vocals from old songs on top of dub mixes of their newer songs as a way to please old and new fans and keep the music fresh. However, dub mixes may be enjoyed as finished productions in themselves, without vocals from the original or any other song.
As a side benefit, dub mixes allow other DJs (who did not produce the music) to extract the vocals from the original mix of the song through phase cancellation, creating what’s called an acapella. The DJ can then use the extracted vocals over the dub mix of another song to create a mash-up.
Dub mixes are usually created by the producer him/herself, as it is easy for them to do so from the original project file. It is possible to remove vocals from finished song files, but the process can be tricky and the quality of the final song will suffer.
Producer (n.): In EDM, a producer is a person who creates electronic music. Unlike in other genres, such as pop and hip-hop, in which producers (i.e. “record producers”) oversee the process of making music on many levels, in dance music a producer refers to the artist who creates, or “produces”, the music. Producer is a distinct term from DJ, although producers often are DJs.
A DJ is someone who plays recorded music onstage using decks; the term makes no claim about his or her ability to create music. A producer is the person who creates electronic music; the term makes no claim about his or her ability to play that music, or incorporate it into sets onstage.
Some producers, such as Nigel Good and Mikkas, are not DJs (or at least choose not to DJ), and many DJs are not producers. It is generally acknowledged that producing requires a much larger and more technical skill set than DJing.
These days, most producers are expected to DJ, and, increasingly, in order to get booked at decent gigs, DJs are expected to be producers. Because of this, almost every big-name DJ in the electronic music scene doubles as a DJ and producer. If a DJ is incapable of producing but still wants to achieve fame, he or she may hire a “ghost producer.”
Ever wanted to get pulled up onstage at an Above & Beyond show to push the button? Few of us will ever get the chance to do it in person, but with the magic of Snapchat, you can come close. From Above & Beyond to Skrillex, some of the biggest names in EDM have embraced Snapchat as a way to connect with fans and open a window onto their sometimes-glamorous, sometimes-tedious lives. For your convenience, I’ve pulled together a list of all the DJs I know of who are on it, plus a few other organizations you might want to follow.
The following list is alphabetical by name, with Snapchat handle in yellow. Each entry includes a note on what kind of content you can expect to see from the user (if available). I’ve underlined the people I think are the best and most interesting users – if you only add some of the people on this list, make sure you add them.
DJs and Producers
- 7 Skies – viiskies. “He posts the cutest things, views of Brescia, IT, and his hair.” (Thanks to @veeedoh for the tip!)
- Above & Beyond – aboveandbeyond. Behind-the-scenes snaps from tours, production sessions, and the Anjunabeats office.
- Adventure Club – adventureclub
- Audien – audien
- Afrojack – realafrojack
- Alesso – alesso
- Armin Van Buuren – arminofficial
- Axwell /\ Ingrosso – axwellingrosso
- Barely Alive – BarelyAliveUS
- boreta (the Glitch Mob) – boreta
- Bro Safari – brosafari
- Calvin Harris – calvinharris
- Carnage – djcarnage
- Cedric Gervais – cedricgervais
- The Chainsmokers – thechainsmokers. Partying. Bored snaps. Boobs. Famous people. Sometimes NSFW.
- Christina Novelli – misscnovelli
- Datsik – datsikdubstep
- Deorro – therealdeorro
- Dillon Francis – dillonfrancis. A prolific snapchatter. Lots of goofing around, pranks, and general silliness. Hanging with other Mad Decent artists (especially Diplo, Skrillex, and DJ Snake). Hotel rooms for days.
- Diplo – diplo. Diplo rivals Dillon Francis for most prolific snapchatter on this list. Expect selfies, bored snaps, hardcore twerking, scenes from behind the decks, messing around with Skrillex and Dillon, and adventures across the world. Sometimes NSFW.
- Dirty South – dirtysnapsouth
- DJ Khaled – djkhaled305
- DJ Snake – djsnakeparis. Scenes from Snake’s travels around the world.
- Dodge and Fuski – Dodgeandfuski
- Don Diablo – dondiablosnap
- ediT (the Glitch Mob) – editbeats
- Excision – excisionmusic
- Gareth Emery – realgarethemery
- Griz – mynameisgriz
- The Glitch Mob – theglitchmob. Hope you like cooking, cause there’s nothing these guys enjoy more. This is one big order of food porn, with a side of soundchecks and moments from life on tour.
- Ilan Bluestone – ibluestone. Sometimes snaps from the Anjunabeats office, and has captured a rowdy night with the boys from Cosmic Gate on more than one occasion.
- Joe Lyons – lionsjoe
- Juventa – jordinmaikel. Previews from the studio.
- Justin Martin – mrjustinmartin
- Kill the Noise – killthenoise
- Knife Party – realknifeparty
- Major Lazer – lazersnaps
- Markus Schulz – markusschulz. Apparently quite scandalous.
- Martin Garrix – martingarrix. Happy/silly/drunk snaps from, let’s face it, a pretty adorable kid.
- Max Graham – cycleslive
- Morgan Page – morganpagemusic
- Nicky Romero – nickr89
- Noisecontrollers – ncofficial
- Nymz (Milo & Otis) – djnymz
- Ooah (the Glitch Mob) – ooah
- Pegboard Nerds – pegboardnerds. Pics of nature and life on tour.
- Pierce Fulton – piercefulton. Says he loves getting post-show snaps, so hit this dude up with your concert vids!
- Porter Robinson – porterrobinson. Weird, out-of-context images from his life. So, pretty in sync with the rest of his social media presence.
- R.L. Grime – rlgrime
- Seven Lions – sevenlionsmusic. (Also follow his girlfriend emmibabi who snaps more often.)
- Skrillex – skrilloo. Lots of silly singing and goofing around with friends, especially his Jack Ü counterpart, Diplo.
- Snails – snailmusic
- SNR – snrmusic
- Sound Remedy – soundremedy
- Steve Aoki – aokisteve
- Tiesto – tiesto. This superstar DJ has someone film him from behind the decks and deep in the crowd at massive shows every single day. If you’ve ever wondered what living a “club life” day in and day out is like, this will give you a sense.
- Tritonal – tritonalmusic
- Valentino Khan – ValentinoKhan
- Zeds Dead – hookszedsdead
- Insomniac – insomniacevents
- Dancing Astronaut – snappingastro
- The EDMist – theedmist. Follow me for games, news, music recommendations, podcast previews, snaps from shows, and more.
- The EDM Network – theedmnetwork. These guys resnap a lot of content people send in, so it’s a cool curated look at our own culture, in a way. You can submit your snaps to them via their account or at Snapchat@edm.com.
- EDM.com – theedmnetwork
- The Essential Mix – bbcessentialmix. BBC Radio 1’s venerable weekly radio show. Mostly promos for upcoming shows.
- Sirius/XM electro – sxmelectro. The EDM arm of SiriusXM radio, representing the BPM and Electric Area channels. During Miami Music Week, they were snapping a constant stream of big-name DJs performing and being interviewed at the SXM tent.
- Thump – thumpvice. Snaps from festivals and hanging out with DJs.
- Trance Family SF – trancefamilysf
Did I miss someone cool? Reach out or leave a comment and I’ll update the list! 😀
Last updated: September 26, 2015.