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These Are EDM’s Top 30 Power Players

James Barton leads the way in another mega list about EDM's most influential people and this one comes from Billboard today with their top 30 list. This is not the first time Barton has been #1, he's also been ranked the top dog by Rolling Stone.

The full list features 3 ladies and plenty of DJ's. Among the list – Scooter Braun, whose work with Justin Bieber recently led to a collaboration with two guys on the top five of this list – Diplo and Skrillex of Jack U. While Braun spoke about some of the odd ebbs and flows of change in current events, some were outspoken about the scene.

Steve Angello said, “Nobody’s going to f—ing remember these same-sounding dance records, because they aren’t evergreen.”

Check out the full list below. The original article also has some cool tidbits about each person – including their favorite festival, favorite travel item, advice, reasons for what they do, and other fun factoids.

Billboard's Top 30 EDM Power Players (ages in parentheses):

1. James Barton, Live Nation CEO (46)

2. Diplo, Mad Decent (36)

3. Pasqualle Rotella, Insomniac (40)

4. Skrillex, OWSLA (27)

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5. Paul Morris, Founder/President at AM Only (43)

6. Hakkasan's Team – Calvin Harris (31), Mark Gillespie (34), Dean Wilson (45)

7. Ritty Van Straalen, CEO of SFX Live (41)

8. Joel Zimmeran – Partner at William Morris (36)

9. Gary Richards – Founder/CEO at HARD Events (41)

10. Patrick Moxley, Founder/CEO at ULTRA, president of Sony (49)

11. Scooter Braun, SB Projects (management) (33)

12. Kaskade, Producer (44)

13. David Guetta, Producer (47)

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14. Ash Pournini, Founder of Ash Management (Avicii) (32)

15. Kathryn Frazier, owner Biz3 Publicity – co owner at OWSLA (45)

16. Deadmau5, founder at Mau5trap (34)

17. Neil Moffit – CEO at Hakkasan Group (48)

18. Pete Tong / Annie Mac – CEO host at BBC Radio 1/Clear Channel (54 / 36)

19. Tiesto – Producer (46)

20. Martin Garrix, Producer (19)

21. Geronimo, Director programming Sirius XM Electro BPM (48)

22. Tim Smith, Founder at Blood Company (40)

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23. Neil Jacobson, Interscope Geffen A&M (38)

24. Steve Aoki, Dim Mak (37)

25. Disclosure (brothers), musicians/DJ/producers (21 / 24)

26. Amy Thompson, Founder CEO at ATM Artists (40)

27. DJ Snake, Producer (28)

28. Zedd, Producer (25)

29. Steve Angello, Size Records (SHM) (32)

30. A-Trak, Fools Gold and DJ (33)


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Main Photo: Mark McNulty, Getty Images

Read the full article here on Billboard.


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