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April 20, 2018
April 20, 2018
With the mass of music that comes out today and the plethora of labels putting out that music, sometimes it’s confusing to remember who is who during all of this. There’s even the difference between agencies, collectives, and lables themselves that people can sometimes forget. Because of this, we wanted to put out a list of the top 10 electronic music record labels to this date who continually pump out the best music and today’s hottest hits. Measured by Soundcloud, Facebook, and Twitter followers.
Defected Records is a British independent record label specializing in house music recordings, events, artist booking and management. Established in 1998 by former AM:PM and Cooltempo A&R man, Simon Dunmore, and initially funded by London nightclub and label Ministry of Sound, Defected’s first release was Soulsearcher’s “I Can’t Get Enough“, which reached No. 5 in the UK singles chart. This early success was followed up with Roger Sanchez’s “Another Chance“, which hit No. 1 in the UK singles chart in 2001. To date, Defected has released more than 300 singles from artists such as Bob Sinclar, Kings of Tomorrow, MURK, Inner City, Dennis Ferrer, Marc Kinchen (MK), Copyright and Yousef. With a total of 878,879 followers on the three social media platforms, they came in number 10 for top electronic music record labels!
9.) Dim Mak
Dim Mak is an independent, Los Angeles, CA-based record label, events company, and lifestyle brand founded by Steve Aoki in 1996. The label has released music in punk, indie rock, hardcore, hip hop, and electronic dance musics. The label is driven by Aoki’s “Do It Yourself” ethos and the company’s “By Any Means Necessary” mantra. Dim Mak has promoted various artists including The Bloody Beetroots, Bloc Party, The Kills, Battles, The Gossip, Andy’s iLL, Klaxons, MSTRKRFT, Felix Cartal, Datsik, and others. In 2014, the label made its 500th release with the King Babies EP from The Death Set. Dim Mak’s current roster includes releases from Garmiani, Ookay, Botnek, Autoerotique, Rain Man, Henry Fong, Morten, Keys N Krates, Dirtyphonics and many more. They charted with a total of 1,166,660 which earns them the spot of number 9 on our list!
8.) Revealed Recordings
Revealed Recordings is a Dutch record label established by Hardwell on April 11, 2010. Revealed mainly focuses on big room house, progressive house and electro house. The label has had some success, including “Apollo” by Hardwell featuring Amba Shepherd, which peaked on No. 26 of the Dutch Top 40; Hardwell’s 2014 single “Dare You” was also successful, entering the UK Singles Chart at No. 18. “Dare You” has also been used on adverts for television programs such as Strictly Come Dancing. They came in with a total of 1,708,397 followers earning them the spot of the 8th best electronic music label.
7.) Ministry of Sound
Ministry of Sound began as the idea of Justin Berkmann. Inspired by New York’s Paradise Garage, Berkmann set out to create London’s first club devoted to the American house music scenes of 1980s New York, Chicago and Detroit. As opposed to striking a balance between the typical hallmarks of a live music venue, Ministry of Sound was conceived as an arena purely dedicated to sound. Berkmann was introduced to James Palumbo, who was working in property finance at the time, by Humphrey Waterhouse to realise the concept. The site, a disused bus garage, was located in Elephant & Castle in Southwark, London. The club opened on 21 September 1991. With opening sets from American house DJs Larry Levan, David Morales, Roger Sanchez and Tony Humphries, Ministry of Sound grew as a clubbing venue. It now attracts around 300,000 clubbers per year and has hosted sets from popular DJs including: Tiesto, David Guetta, Sasha, Pete Tong and Armin Van Buuren. Coming in with 1,913,336 followers, they’ve placed 7th on our list of top record labels!
Monstercat (previously known as Monstercat Media) is a Canadian-based independent electronic dance music record label located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Monstercat was formed during July 2011 by Mike Darlington CEO, and Ari Paunonen, COO. The label signs artists on a non-exclusive single-track basis, allowing artists to freely move between other labels and brands. Monstercat follows a release schedule, where new music is released three times a week, in addition to an hour-long podcast that is live streamed every Tuesday on their Twitch and YouTube accounts. Once Monstercat has released thirty tracks consecutively, a new compilation album is created containing these tracks and two continuous mixes of the album. Coming in with a total of 2,146,248 followers, they’ve earned position number 6 on our list!
5.) Armada Music
Armada Music is a Dutch record label that specializes in releasing electronic music. The name Armada derives from the first two letters of the founders’ first names: Armin van Buuren, Maykel Piron, David Lewis. As of December 2015, the label had won the “Best Global Record Label” award for five years in a row at the International Dance Music Awards (IDMA’s). Armada received two nominations at the 2014 IDMAs. The Academy of Electronic Music, a joint venture between Armada, Google, Point Blank, and DJ Mag, was the recipient of the ‘People’s Voice Award’ at the 2014 Webby Awards. In 2016, Armada Music was one of the 21 labels nominated for the IMPALA FIVEUNDERFIFTEEN campaign shining a light on Europe’s most inspiring young labels and with a total of 3,073,515 followers they’ve climbed halfway to the top at number 5 on our list!
4.) Ultra Music
Ultra Music is an electronic music record label in North America, comprising Ultra Records, Ultra Music Publishing, and Empire Artist Management. The label was formed in New York City in 1995 by former Polygram and Virgin Records executive Patrick Moxey, who is the owner. As of January 23, 2013, Ultra merged its operations with Sony Music in a deal that brought all of Ultra’s artists, music catalogs and licensing rights into the Sony fold in exchange for Sony’s investment in Ultra and promoting Moxey (who will retain ownership) to the newly established role as president of Sony’s Dance/Electronic Music division under CEO Doug Morris. As of January 2013, the label’s physical releases are distributed by RED Distribution in the United States. Coming in at 3,671,857, they’ve landed in the top 5, locking in position number 4!
OWSLA is a record label and creative collective founded by Sonny “Skrillex” Moore and co-founded by Tim “Bitvargen” Smith, Kathryn Frazier, and Clayton Blaha. Skrillex announced the label on 17 August 2011. The label’s first release was Porter Robinson’s Spitfire, which reached number one on Beatport. Prior to the record label, Skrillex had teamed up with Zedd, 12th Planet and Flinch to release a free EP titled Skrillex Presents Free Treats Volume:001in 2011. The 19-track sequel was released on the record label on March 13, 2012. With a whooping 4,895,850 followers, Skrillex and his label come in the top 3 labels, earning himself his fair position of a bronze medal!
2.) Mad Decent
Mad Decent is a Philadelphia via Los Angeles-based American record label spearheaded by Diplo. The label has helped introduce Brazilian baile funkand Angolan kuduro to clubs around the world. Recently, it has popularized moombahton, a genre of electronic dance music created by DJ Dave Nada. The genre on the label was mostly popularized by Dillon Francis after collaborating with Diplo on Francis’s 2012 track “Que Que“. The label is also known for its series of concerts in major cities known as the Mad Decent Block Party. With a crazy, 6.08 million followers on Soundcloud, Mad decent single handedly takes the silver medal at number 2 with just that one platform alone.
1.) Spinnin’ Records
Spinnin’ Records is a Dutch independent record label, founded in 1999 by Eelko van Kooten and Roger de Graaf. Van Kooten is the son of former Dutch radio DJ and businessman Willem van Kooten, and initially worked in the publishing business of his father.Together with the de Graaf, a former employee of the specialist dance retailer Rhythm Import, van Kooten formed Spinnin’ Records in 1999. Initially they concentrated on the pressing of vinyl for DJ’s. Besides their main imprint, Spinnin’ Records hosts approximately forty sub-labels, the majority linked to a specific artist. The company provides A&R, management, publishing and (digital) marketing for the DJ’s they have under contract. Consuming a crazy 9,735,343 followers, these guys will probably hit 10 million by the end of the year, being the first electronic label to amass such a number. Good job Spinnin’ Records!