The 50 Most Powerful People In EDM 2013

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Welcome to the first inthemix Power 50 – the 50 most powerful people in EDM globally. To compile this inaugural list, we conducted an exhaustive process that included speaking to many of the industry’s key figures to help us form a view on where the foundations of power in EDM exist. Not over the course of history, but right now, today, in 2013. The list is peppered with quotes, both attributed and anonymous, from the people who helped guide the construction of this year’s inthemix Power 50.

It’s worth noting this list is not about DJs or artists. Sure, there are some names like Gary Richards and Pete Tong who do make music, but they’re included because we believe their DJing is secondary to their business interests.

So why this list? Why now?

America has woken up to dance music. EDM is suddenly big business. EDM events are some of the most lucrative and fastest growing on the planet. In a recent study of over a million people by EMI, they estimated there were 73 million EDM fans in America alone, an increase of nine million on the previous year. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just about events. According to Nielsen Soundscan, of the five most popular genres of music worldwide in 2012, in terms of total tracks sold, the fastest-growing was Dance/Electronic, with sales surging 35.6%. As the Wall Street Journal put it: “Music’s centre of gravity is shifting again. Like rap and disco before it, the latest surge is electronic music.”

Big business has woken up too. The EDM arms race is well and truly underway. At time of writing, SFX’s purchase of Beatport has been made official, and rumours swirl of the imminent completion of some key acquisitions in the festival space by both Live Nation and SFX, the most prized being Insomniac Events.

So what better time than now, to mark this momentous time in the history of the music we know and love? For many of us who have committed our lives and careers to EDM, this is a golden period when there is the potential to realise your dreams and get the recognition that the industry thoroughly deserves. The spotlight burns brightly on the incredible artistic talent in EDM, but we rarely peek behind the curtain to see the deal-makers at work.

This list marks the start of’s global expansion. From humble beginnings in Australia, inthemix has grown into one of the world’s biggest and most influential EDM communities and content platforms online, viewed by over six million unique visitors in the last year.

Our vision is to unite the industry behind a legitimate, trusted and influential media platform that elevates the quality of conversation around all things EDM.

We look forward to providing the global EDM community with a central home and an independent, credible voice online. So come with us on a journey, as inthemix takes you ‘inside EDM’.

Introducing, the inthemix Power 50.

Neil Ackland
inthemix founder/CEO

Twitter: @NeilAckland

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Errol Flynn

Errol Flynn said on the 26th Mar, 2013

the top 20 is dominated by geriatric Yanks whose only interest in rave is to milk it dry until the next cash cow comes along.
i guess you associate money with power so the list is probably accurate, but at the end of the day they are meaningless to me!
the underground is the true numero uno


Bombalia said on the 27th Mar, 2013

Oh Errol. You misinformed hater.
#3 - James Barton - British
#4 - Duncan Stutterheim - Dutch
#6 - Pete Tong - British
#13 - Amy Thomson - British
And #19 - Richie McNeill & Dror Erez.... AUSTRALIAN.

Who cares if you thing they're meaningless. If you actually read what they've done maybe you might have a clue. All of them have been in the industry for decades shaping it & making it what it is today.
So yeah, this IS the 50 most powerful people in the industry.


sonicc said on the 27th Mar, 2013

Interesting, well researched article. Bonus points for not making Daft Punk no 1. Keep it up ITM

David Guetta

David Guetta said on the 27th Mar, 2013

As if Daft Punk ze not number 1 you buffoons.


funkdupkat said on the 27th Mar, 2013

is that the best article on dance-floor - mover & shakers going around.i think it is.......


Mickstah said on the 27th Mar, 2013

Interesting article, quite concerning how many people are just buying in on the names and the cashflow. The next few years will see big changes for Dance Music, lets hope it is for the better rather than the worse.


DTrancer said on the 28th Mar, 2013

Thought #5 was the mau5 for a second lol..


kidsthatkilleddisco said on the 29th Mar, 2013

If any genre was crying out for it's own Mark Chapman it would be EDM - someone needs to take these idiots down...


diarx said on the 2nd Apr, 2013

Was surprised skrillex didn't get number one until I realised the music he produces can't logically be danced to and thus can't be classed as EDM.


middy5 said on the 2nd Apr, 2013

can you guys publish a link to that EMI study, can't find it anywhere.


jozo said on the 3rd Apr, 2013

The fans are no.1


Markusss said on the 4th Apr, 2013

No Mark James/Future?


vinh_ said on the 5th Apr, 2013

Check out the eye bags on everyone! Needs an eyebag meter


AceJaceAce said on the 10th Apr, 2013

Would like Pete Tong as Number 1 havent missed a Essential Selection in over a year, a must listen for any ITM reader 20% EDM 80% Underground and Exclusive First Plays of all the latest tracks