EDM music has successfully made its way into just about every city, big multi-genre music festival, radio station, and nightclub. Sure, there aren’t any instruments involved at a Calvin Harris or Bassnectar show, but that’s not what the EDM concert experience is about. EDM concerts are about visually and audibly captivating the audience, matching the biggest drops with the best light shows, and tapping into that instinct to dance. The EDM genre has a huge range—from trance to dubstep—and some shows are not for the faint of heart. Lucky for EDM lovers of all kinds, it’s looking like 2016 will be a beautiful year for EDM concerts and album releases.
Check out our rundown of the best DJs with EDM albums set to release in 2016, in addition to upcoming EDM concerts in 2016.
Upcoming 2016 EDM Album Releases
Adventure Club: Red // Blue
Adventure Club, comprised of Canadian duo Christian Srigley and Leighton James, was majorly influenced by the music of Skrillex and Tiesto. Now, their music ranges from slick EDM to chest rumbling dubstep. Last week, Adventure Club dropped the single “Dreams” off their forthcoming record, Red // Blue. According to the duo, we should expect more meshing of harsh dubstep sound effects with delicate vocals and at times, upbeat melodies. From remixing everything from Fetty Wap to Metric, Adventure Club continues to surprise and innovate the EDM music industry.
Zeds Dead: Northern Lights
Toronto based electronic music producers DC and Hooks first combined forces in 2004, and in 2009, released their debut. And by that time, they had also altered their ego, decidedly moving forward with their project under the name Zeds Dead, taken from a line in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. In each of their records, Zeds Dead tend to embrace both house music and the physical aspects of dubstep. Last month, the duo announced their upcoming album, Northern Lights, will drop in September 2016 and feature artists Pusha T, Jadakiss, Diplo, and others.
Zeds Dead Tour Dates: September 29, 2016 – December 17, 2016
The Chainsmokers: TBA
Best known for their socially conscious hit “#Selfie”, EDM duo The Chainsmokers are pretty new to the scene, which is why they have yet to release a full LP. Comprised of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall, The Chainsmokers have colored their approach to electronic music with upbeat, pop progressive sounds. Their “#Selfie” reputation has been followed by the release of “Roses”, a similarly contagious hit which quickly landed a top 10 spot on the Billboard charts back in June. To start off 2016, the duo decided to drop “Don’t Let Me Down”, a radio-pop ready anthem with a synth driven drop and vocals by Daya. According to Drew Taggart, the duo is very happy with “Don’t Let Me Down”, determining it to be one of the best songs they’ve ever recorded, and how it stands in stark contrast to “Roses”, though doubtfully it will be any less successful. Now with three super-hits beneath their belt, The Chainsmokers should be readying themselves for a 2016 full LP release.
Deadmau5, who hasn’t released a new record since 2012’s While(1<2), has spent most of his time in the public sphere shedding criticism onto other EDM producers including Diplo and Skrillex, but now we can finally expect something from Joel Zimmerman’s own arsenal of work. Fans were given updates on Zimmerman’s in house record studio, which finally neared completion at the end of last year. Now, there is little separating deadmau5 fans from a new record. So far, Zimmerman has teased four clips that are still unconfirmed for the upcoming record. The two uploads feature some aspects similar to past deadmau5 tracks such as ambient, atmospheric and melodic rhythms, but take a turn for the darker, eerie feels. We’re pretty excited for Zimmerman’s next record, and if he sticks to the project he’s been teasing, we can expect to see something that we’ve never seen from deadmau5 before.
Major Lazer: TBA
Major Lazer, the afro-punk, reggae influenced alter ego of EDM mogul Diplo, will be releasing new music this year. And not just one album, but an album plus five new tracks for the reissued version of last year’s Peace is the Mission. His latest effort, which contained the #1 Billboard Dance/Electronic hit “Lean On”, was extremely well received by critics, and will likely experience a resurgence of support for its re-release. In addition to adding five new mixes to Peace is the Mission, Major Lazer will also be dropping new material, including a track with The Weeknd, during Coachella. So, even though we have to wait until April to see the new Major Lazer record, the re-release of Peace is the Mission will include some great new material, including another collaboration with MO. There has been talk of Diplo in the record studio with Ariana Grande and Kiesza, so we wouldn’t be surprised if we see those collaborations surface sometime in 2016.
Upcoming EDM Concert Tours
Miike Snow, comprised of Andrew Wyatt and Bloodshy & Avant, will be releasing their third studio album this Spring. The new record will be promoted on Miike Snow’s upcoming North American Tour, where fans will get to hear the diversified tracks on iii. Miike Snow’s upcoming record will include singles “Genghis Khan”, “My Heart Is Full”, and “I Feel The Weight”.
Miike Snow Tour Dates: July 25, 2016 – October 6, 2016
Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf, the sister EDM duo known as Krewella, is set to tour at the end of Summer through the end of fall. After a turbulent break-up with Krewella’s third member Kris “Rainman” Trindl, the duo had to deal with a lawsuit and falling out with some of their fans, but for those who stuck around to see Krewella rise from the ashes witnessed the release of “Beggars”, a cathartic, dubstep track which incorporates alt-rock and grunge elements. Now, the Yousaf sisters will be on their “Sweatbox” Tour this September in order to promote their recently released EP Ammunition.
Krewella Tour Dates: September 1, 2016 – October 8, 2016
Griz, the 25 year-old EDM artist hailing in from Detroit, has successfully brought vintage hip-hop and funk into electronic mainstream, generating a large following of fans who can appreciate these typically opposing genres. Having learned the alto saxophone and piano, Griz maintained and incorporated live instrumentation in his tracks and performances. His last record, Say It Loud, featured Talib Kweli, Ivan Neville, and an increasing amount of funk.
Griz Tour Dates: February 12, 2016 – November 12, 2016
Can you believe that Diplo’s Mad Decent Block Party started out at twenty dollars a person, red solo cup included? Now, the EDM mogul is party host to an incredibly popular traveling music festival that certainly delivered on its lineup one again. The performers are different for every stop of the Mad Decent Block Party, and this year in Brooklyn’s MCU Park, EDM fans will party to the mixes of Diplo, Tory Lanez, Dillon Francis, and more. The festival lasts two days near the beginning of August, so if you’re unable to attend Electric Zoo later that month, we suggest getting your tickets to Mad Decent Block Party soon!
Diplo Tour Dates: July 30, 2016 – September 17, 2016
We couldn’t have anticipated that Flume would outdo himself to this degree on his sophomore record Skin, but our ears are all the happier for it. With the recruitment of Tove Lo, Vic Mensa, Kai, Vince Staples, and more, Flume successfully created a strong, contagious, and uniquely spread tracklist for his follow-up LP. Now, Harley Streten will take his chart topping moniker around to stadiums everywhere on the “Flume World Tour”. Streten will be supported by some incredible edm acts such as AlunaGeorge, Cashmere Cat, and Shlomo. Skin continues to climb the summer charts, so we definitely suggest catching Flume on his world tour.
Flume Tour Dates: August 4, 2016 – October 2, 2016
Toronto natives Crystal Castles have been producing lo-fi, synth-pop hits and putting on beautifully messy live shows since 2003, and now for the first time without group member Alice Glass are back to tour in promotion of their upcoming record Amnesty (I). Crystal Castles welcomes new member Edith Frances for their upcoming summer tour, the vocalist set to replace Glass. The three singles already released from Amnesty (I) indicate that Crystal Castles are definitely veering in a new direction, a dark and often spooky one that is contagious and bright on its edge. We’re excited for the next era of Crystal Castles and suggest witnessing their rebirth live this summer
Crystal Castles Tour Dates: July 23, 2016 – October 12, 2016
Check out our Music Festivals Calendar for other EDM events that are happening this year!