While the elders will always command the most respect, every year the producers get younger and younger. Porter Robinson, Madeon and Mr. Garrix all got their start before they could drink in the USA, but the kids I’ve got for you today haven’t even graduated high school. Just in case you were feeling like you’d accomplished a lot with your life.
First up, on a tip from EDMTunes, Tronxslyde drops some serious multi-barrel electro. There’s some chip, there’s some euphoric (I didn’t know there could be euphoric electro) and a heavy dose of “when did Madeon release a new track?” There’s so much quality here, and he’s 14. Fourteen. Like, I don’t even think I knew what music was at 14, and this kid’s dropping bompin’ electro. Amazing, and it’s a Free Download.
Just A Gent has been making major waves down under over the last few months, churning out remix after quality remix. This tune has seen daily rotation on my commute and it makes the subway less dismal. Which is a feat, as us Gothamites know. The upbeat remix of the American Authors track is not to be missed, especially as this 16 year old is going to start getting a lot of attention.
Zaxx’s new tune “Annihilate” is about as brutal as the title implies. There’s a big room anthem sound here that can’t be ignored. This is the sound most people try and get by red-lining their shit and failing hard. Never heard of this 16year old but I won’t soon forget the name I don’t think. Drop this on your friends during fist-pump sets.
Another 16 year old, this time a classically trained pianist & cellist, White Raver Rafting tipped me off to this remix of M83’s offering to the Divergent soundtrack. The soundtrack is surprisingly electronic, and Miller Guth does the original & M83 proud. The progressive build is fantastic & the break is exactly what you’re going to hear at every festival this summer, except a little more pretty and a little less Animals’y. There’s a sparkly nature to it that I can
The elder in the group clocks in at 17, and has an astonishing command of a DAW. The production value on this ambient chillwave/future garage is staggering. The talent is serious and there’s a competence with syncopation that we don’t see from producers of any age, much someone who should by all rights still be goofing off in band class. Someone needs to snatch this kid up and make sure he doesn’t turn into the UK Garage version of Bieber.
5 thoughts on “The Kids Are Alright: 5 Tracks From Under 18 Producers That Rock”
I really enjoyed the Just a Gent track, and I never would have found it otherwise! I also liked Tennyson. Thanks for exposing me to new music, especially from kids. I’m happy to find ways to support them. Thanks for sharing!!
Okay, I have to give major props to Tronxslyde. I shared this with a friend who loves electro, and he promptly downloaded it. (And I’m still laughing about your euphoric electro line…)
My faves were Just a Gent and Miller Guth. Just a Gent will see some serious play on my iPod for sure. I also liked tennyson and could imagine listening to that after a long day (or on a Sunday morning while reading the paper and nursing a latte.
Someone should ID these guys. Seriously – there’s no way they can be that young. Wow! Thanks for sharing these great finds!
I believe age shouldn’t be a barrier to any career, so it’s encouraging to see youth doing well in all sorts of industries.
I have to admit that I’m feeling a bit of an underachiever complex after listening to these. The talent level at such a young age is staggering. I really loved the Just A Gent Remix – so good! The future of music seems to be in great hands from what I’ve heard here. Thanks for the exposure to some great young talent. Truly fantastic!
I loved the Just A Gent remix too! Thanks for sharing these and giving them some airplay – lots of stuff here I would NEVER have found otherwise!