Billboard Dance’s Ones to Watch: January 2018

Welcome to Ones to Watch, a monthly series where the
Billboard Dance team gives chart leaders
a break and directs your attention to up-and-coming artists we
feel deserve a shining light. There are tons of hard-working
artists across genres pushing the boundaries of sound and
style, bubbling just under the surface in the clubs and online.

Ones to Watch is our chance to show these producers on
the grind the respect they deserve. Some of these faces are
new. Some of them are names you may have heard before. All of
them are ready for the next level, and if you don’t know, now
you know.

Charlotte de Witte

Hailing from Belgium, this 25-year-old has seen her star soar
in the techno scene due to a strong series of releases
on tastemaking imprints like Tiga‘s Turbo Recordings and
prime bookings at the likes of Tomorrowland and Berlin’s
Watergate club.  Keep an eye out for de Witte’s
forthcoming Brussels EP on NovaMute, and don’t
miss her when she touches down Stateside in San Diego to play
CRSSD Festival this March. — Matt Medved


When coming from the same camp as
San Holo, one may think it’d be difficult to compete for
the spotlight. That hasn’t the case for Netherlands
duo Droeloe, who have been quietly crushing over the past
year with a steady flow of eclectic originals and an official
remix of Charlie
Puth‘s “We Don’t
Talk Anymore” featuring Selena Gomez, which has accrued
more than 15 million streams on Spotify. Their mature
electronic style is dynamic, compelling and drenched in
other-worldly emotions. Droeloe are currently on tour with
San Holo and Just a Gent all across North America.
— David Rishty


This Italian-born, Florida-bred producer and DJ has been a
promising talent since he hooked fans with 2014’s “Slow Burn,”
but 2018 is his year to break out. Four years ago, he
moved to L.A. without ever having seen the West Coast. He found
his vision in that city’s dark and dirty night and made a
valuable friendship with Amtrac, with whom he
collaborates musically and ideologically. His recently released
EP Unraveled is the result of much soul
searching and self sacrifice. It’s four tracks of sensual
house grooves that’ll set your mind and body on fire.
Lead single “Pray” features Amtrac, who
released Unraveled on his boutique label
Openers, but we’re in love with the EP’s second track
“Split Wick.” — Kat Bein​

Roman Flügel

Roman Flügel finished 2017 in memorable fashion,
releasing his critically acclaimed 95th installment in fabric’s
legendary mix series in November and ringing in the new year at
London’s Tobacco Dock alongside Maceo Plex, who
invited the German veteran to play at Pacha Ibiza with him
earlier this year. With new music in the pipeline targeted for
spring release, Flügel should be on every techno
fan’s radar going forward — Matt Medved

Two Feet

Bill Dess may seem like your average, everyday New Yorker,
but he’s hooked millions of listeners with his whispery,
devilish vocals, startling guitar basslnes and
in-your-face titles like “Go Fuck Yourself.” Meet Two Feet, the
multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter that has tallied
over 100 million streams on Spotify with
releases that bridge dark pop and electronic music. Victoria’s
Secret recently used his record “Quick Musical Doodles” as the
backdrop for their Sexy Illusions commercial. Even with all the
initial success that has come so far for the Two Feet project,
something tells us we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg for
the 24-year-old heartthrob. — David Rishty