Initially associated with fist-pumping club rats and glow stick–twirling ravers, electronic dance music is now a global phenomenon. Here we highlight the best Latino DJs and producers doing EDM their way.
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Mexican and Austrian John Tejada, 15-year veteran techno producer, refuses to give up his prolific underground production—he’s released 16 albums since his debut.
Download Now: “Sweat (On the Walls)”
Best Up-and-Coming Artist: If aliens ever descend on a rave in Monterrey, Mexico, Javier Estrada’s special blend of Aztec tribal and futuristic dubstep would be the soundtrack.
Download Now: “Ta Violento”
Best Innovator: Ecuadorean American DJ Dave Nada created moombahton—Dutch house music slowed down to a reggaeton speed—at a high school hooky party. True story.
Download Now: “Moombah (DJ Afrojack Remix/Dave Nada Edit)”
Best in the Flesh: Taking to the MPC like Travis Barker on drums, Dominican and Guatemalan electronic hip-hopper araabMUZIK makes dance beats for the grown and sexy.
Download Now: “The Prince is Coming”
Best Female DJ: Baile funk and drum ’n’ bass had a baby and named her Carioca, better known to the dance world as Brooklyn-based Brazilian and Indonesian badass Zuzuka Poderosa.
Download Now: “Psicodelia”
Best Crowd Pleaser: Peruvian American techno-indie-pop DJ Monikkr, a favorite among New York City club kids, has remixed songs by Rihanna and Gym Class Heroes.
Download Now: “Illegal”
Youngest DJ in Charge: Often considered the Justin Bieber of EDM, 17-year-old Spanish sensation Danny Avila has shared concert bills with David Guetta and the Black Eyed Peas.
Download Now: “Breaking Your Fall”
Most Soulful: Guti, a classically trained Argentinean, Uruguayan and Russian jazz virtuoso, brings emotional house music to a genre often lacking soul.
Download Now: “All the Girls”
Best Fusion: When Dominican and Dutch DJ Munchi first heard moombahton online, he gave the house/reggaeton beats a bachata twist and made it his own.
Download Now: “Sandungueo”
Most Social: L.A.-based spinner DJ Bl3nd, who always wears a creepy Chucky mask, delivers his high-octane live mixes to his fans worldwide via social media—3 million fans on Facebook and over 200 million views on YouTube.
Download Now: “Low Battery”