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With there being no shortage of talent in the world of electronic dance music, DJ Times has started a monthly series where we will showcase some of the finest up-and-coming artists who we’d like to consider in the on-deck circle because we believe they’re next up! In case you missed it, click here to check out our complete list dating back to our inaugural edition.

(For those who don’t know, the on-deck circle is a baseball term that refers to being next in line to bat.)


The list of blossoming bass music talent is getting longer by the day which is a great thing to see keeping the scene fresh with Nitepunk certainly being in the conversation. Delivering mind-blowing productions primed to give your speakers a run for their money, his sophisticated sound design has already separated himself from the rest of the pack. Drawing influence the chaos from New York, this is one producer that will certainly have listeners on their toes often.

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There seems to be a new wave of dubstep talent popping up each week which is something headbangers love to see with LAYZ being a fresh face making serious ripples throughout the scene with a few bone-crushing originals. Recently making an appearance on one of the compilations on Excision‘s Subsidia label launch, that’s enough of a stamp of approval for sway anyone into her corner. Not serving up tunes or sets for the faint of heart, LAYZ is a name to get familiar with if you’re about the filthy womps and wobbles.

San Pacho
San Pacho

There is certainly no shortage of talent when it comes to the world of house music so it’s easy to lose track of everyone but San Pacho is one name that deserves your attention. Only serving up infectious, club-ready weapons since popping onto the scene about a year again, there is no denying he can be considered one of the most promising producers in the game making a lasting impression with only a sample size of releases. You can simply never have too much house music in your life, and those are the facts, folks!


With bass music reigning supreme here in the United States over the past few years, there’s been a surge in popularity when it comes to the Drum & Bass genre with Bensley continuing to push the genre forward. The Canadian talent has certainly made his presence felt throughout the Monstercat community with a steady barrage of releases this year putting himself in the radar when it comes to fresh faces amongst the relentless genre. For all this indulging in drum ‘n’ bass often, Bensley is one to watch.

Oliver Smith
Oliver Smith

Already receiving high praise from the one and only Armin van Buuren, the UK-based Oliver Smith is one of the trance genres truly shining stars. A fan-favorite amongst the Anjunabeats faithful, his sophisticated, deep and melodic productions are nothing short of magical. If you’re a fan of uplifting gems to get your adrenaline pumping, Oliver Smith’s discography is one to dive into.

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