5 Under 15k is a feature on Dancing Astronaut dedicated to spotlighting talented up-and-coming and largely undiscovered artists who we believe deserve more exposure. Each edition of 5 Under 15k highlights five artists from a wide variety of genres with under 15,000 followers on SoundCloud or Spotify (at the time of writing).
New York has for many musical moons remained a promised land for industry blue chips. Zack Martino, a NY native, has been gradually leveling up—inching nearer to production prestige. Since his inaugural release as a teenager in the mid 2010s, the now 23-year-old musician has remained irreverent towards confining himself to any genre exclusively. Towards the final laps of 2017, Martino ceremoniously pierced his brand into the ears of millions after his charismatic turn of Borgeous’ “Sweeter Without You” received some well-warranted notoriety bestowed by Sirius XM’s BPM channel and YouTube’s notorious dance music curator, Proximity.
An alluring trophy case of releases which include additional interpretations of The Chainsmokers and Galantis in addition to enrapturing originals like his top 10 Billboard Dance record “Hold On To Me” and his most recent summer single, “Mood,” have enabled Martino to aptly position himself for his future ascension. In an exclusive conversation with Dancing Astronaut, Martino characterized his musical approach quite incisively:
“I love making songs that you can sing to, and I love working with vocalists. Sometimes, a hard-hitting beat doesn’t suit the vocalist. Having that balance of the voice and the beat, that’s how I want to portray my music.”
Nearly two weeks removed from one of their most watershed festival appearances thus far at this year’s edition of Electric Zoo Festival in New York City, Midnight Kids have expeditiously inched towards the cusp of superstardom. Kyle Girard and Dylan Lee officially launched their double-headed project nearly two summers ago, as they garnered some nascent exposure with their ethereal indie electronic-inspired renditions on chart-topping EDM efforts, including Major Lazer’s “Cold Water,” Zedd’s “Stay,” and Illenium and Gryffin’s “Feel Good.”
In June of 2018, Midnight Kids propelled into the world of original music with the release of their compelling inaugural single, “Find Our Way” which admirably demonstrated the duo was well-equipped to shed their remix-only reputation. In the time following, the scintillating twosome has only ascended in popularity, appearing as tour support for artists like Gryffin and Alesso, alongside the release of two other enamoring originals: “Serious” featuring longtime Zedd collaborative partner, Matthew Koma and “Those Were the Days,” both of which flaunt their inspiriting, felicitous form.
While Magnificence has consistently churned out vivacious electro and progressive house productions for the better half of the last decade, his high-profile collaborations alongside Nicky Romero and releases through Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings, Robin Klaver & Maurice van der Molen propelled to promising levels of acclaim in March of 2018.
During Swedish House Mafia’s highly anticipated reunion appearance at Ultra Music Festival, the Swedes showcased back-to-back unreleased productions from the Dutch pairing, unbeknownst to the Miami audience, inciting substantial speculation thereafter. Soon, Magnificence formally revealed that they had inked a deal with Axwell’s notorious Axtone Records, subsequently releasing their three-track self-titled EP, which includes both of the Miami-enforced tracks. Following a handful of official remixes for the likes of Zedd and original efforts for Martin Garrix’s STMPD Records, Magnificence most recently doubled down on their Axtone residency this past May with the release of their eclectic four-track sophomore EP, ‘II.’ It’s safe to say this pairing is well-aligned, with sizable talent to back them up.
For those unfamiliar with Dark Progressive movement, Uruguay producer REGGIO has remained emphatically seated in the driver’s seat of the dance music crusade, effortlessly blending the purest components from both the big room and progressive house genres. Flying under the wing of none other than Hardwell, REGGIO has remained an imperative member of the Revealed Recordings roster after his 2016 collaboration, “Mental” with Rivero, became one of the summer’s breakout festival anthems. Continuing to hone his craft in the years following, REGGIO’s exceptionally matured brand has included a triple dose of collaborations to finalize his most recent summer campaign with “More Of Your Love” in tandem with Justin Mylo, “Dominate” with Justin Prime and most recently, “Spectrum” alongside DJ Junior.
If you have attended a music festival in the last year, there’s a high probability you’ve encountered a Cheyenne Giles production—or even the man himself. Over the course of 2019, the San Diego native has spearheaded his impressively unique take on the festival anthem: what he dubs, “bigroom bounce.” In tandem with fellow SoCal resident Knock2, the duo has mercilessly generated insightful revisions of notorious dance music tracks including Fisher’s “Losing It,” Steve Aoki’s flip of “Pursuit of Happiness” and perhaps their most welcomed rendition: Martin Garrix’s “Tremor,” all of which have made their way into countless sets from RL Grime, The Chainsmokers and W&W, respectively. To formally solidify his placement as a soon-to-be force to be reckoned with, Giles caught the attention of the EDM’s Godfather himself, Tiësto and signed his first major original to Musical Freedom with “Blow the Whistle” this past July.