Sure, we?ve all heard about the likes of Armin van Buuren, Tiësto and David Guetta? but these guys were unknowns tearing up the club scene before they hit the big time. We?ve checked out the list of up-and-coming electronic dance music stars-in-the-making and fashioned our top five?
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LA born, Asian-American Jason Chung aka Nosaj Thing is technically not a DJ in the strictest sense of the word. However, this electronic music performer?s live shows get the crowds up and dancing the night away. His cinematic synth-based instrumental sets combine hip-hop with drum and bass, the classical stylings of composer Danny Elfman and even pianist Erik Satie. 2. Tenashar
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Of Spanish and Chinese descent, the Singapore-born, Hong-Kong based model and DJ, Tenashar is a rising star on the DJ scene (her FHM cover shoot must have helped her cause). She combines electro, trance and progressive music into a sexy raging storm on stage. Her shows at the now defunct Avalon club in Singapore led to her inclusion in DJ Magazine?s list of Top 100 DJs. Clocking in at 87, Tenashar is the only female DJ on the list. 3. Dyro
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Sure, a helping hand thanks to a colloboration with rising superstar Hardwell helped Dyro make a mark on the DJ scene in 2013? but this Dutch youngster has the skills to match. Like most of the top DJs, Dyro cut his teeth mixing music in his bedroom. He took bold steps to send his big-room electro tunes out to top DJs such as Hardwell and Tiësto: who not only took a liking to this youngster, but also incorporated his music into their sets. 2013 was the year Dyro made a splash on the scene and there will only be better things to come. 4. Martin Garrix
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He might only be 17 years old, but Martin Garrix stormed into DJ Magazine?s Top 100 list at number 40. He recalls being inspired to the calling of DJ after seeing Tiësto play at the 2004 Athens Olympics opening (Garrix was only eight years old then). When he could use the computer, Garrix downloaded tunes and software to compose dance music. He?s currently enrolled at a music production school in the Netherlands and when not studying, spends his weekends flying to exotic locales such as Ibiza to spin at clubs. 2014 is kicking off to a good start with Garrix playing at the Future Music Festival. 5. Krewella
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The Chicago-based trio Krewella, comprising sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf and producer Rain Man, are rising stars on the electronic dance music circuit. Since forming in 2007, Krewalla have gone from self-producing singles to releasing their first album (with Columbia Records no less). Their style combines house, dubstep, drum-and-bass and hardstyle into a blend of anthemic dance-pop. They?ve since headlined festivals such as Stereosonic, Electric Daisy Carnival and the Ultra Music Festival.