10 EDM DJ Duos Better Than The Chainsmokers

10 EDM DJ Duos Better Than The Chainsmokers

Blast these electro beats instead.
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Electronic dance music doesn't seem to be leaving the pop or mainstream radio scene anytime soon, which is fine by me, but I can only take so much of Halsey telling me about the Blink 182 song that she beat to death in Tucson. In fact, I can only take so much of the Chainsmokers in general. I am still in a grievous shock that they won a Grammy. Now, if another incredibly famous EDM duo played nonstop on the radio, I wouldn't complain. *cough cough Daft Punk cough*

So, I went out to find just a few awesome EDM DJs putting out great tunes that I definitely recommend you check out!

1. Lost Kings



If you like the Chainsmokers, that's fine, no judgement here, but if you like them you'll also like EDM duo Lost Kings who make great pop bops. Their song "Quit You" featuring Tinashe has a fun, upbeat melody perfect for blasting in your car.

2. Hyper Potions



Do you like video games? Do you like music that makes you feel good? Then Hyper Potions is the duo for you. They create a lot of remixes from video games such as Sonic the Hedgehog and the Legend of Zelda, but their original pieces are just as fantastic. With only about 15,000 subscribers, they need all the love they can get!

3. Beacon

An electronic duo from Ghostly International record label, Beacon produces sweet, smooth, ambient music perfect for listening to while writing articles such as this one.

4. Justice



So, JUSTICE may not be entirely unheard of, and if you are unfamiliar with the name, you certainly know their song D.A.N.C.E. JUSTICE, a French EDM duo (thank you France for making the best EDM producers) released an album last year which I suggest you listen to, and "FIRE," a song from their album, just got a music video.

5. ODESZA



ODESZA is a duo I've been following for a bit, and I've always enjoyed the music they put out for their listeners. Their latest upload, a music video for their song "Late Night," is an uplifting and visually gorgeous piece of work that puts "Paris" by the Chainsmokers to shame.

6. Snakehips



Snakehips is another one of those duos who collaborate with artists to create catchy EDM hits. My personal favorite song by them, "Burn Break Crash" is insanely catchy and is definitely a song you would hear in a chic Forever 21-esque store.

7. Vicetone



If you enjoy listening to house, meet Vicetone. This Dutch duo has been creating remixes of popular American pop hits and producing work of their own since 2012. "Landslide," the most recent of their work is a collaboration with indie band Youngblood Hawke that makes for a perfect dance-pop-indie fusion hit.

8. Dzeko and Torres


Wait, the video just says Dzeko, what's up with that? Well, Dzeko and Torres sort of split, and by sort of I mean that Dzeko went to work on solo projects while Torres produces behind the scenes as a sound engineer. They still produce together which is why I am keeping them on this list, and Dzeko's first solo song "Liberty" contains a fanfare of brass with a satisfying drop.

9. Galantis



Galantis's music has changed a bit since their early work, but they are one of my personal favorites on this list. The duo's booming bass lines and well tuned vocals make for an enjoyable listen. If "Hunter" is too mild for you, listen to my favorite song by them.

10. Sick Individuals



Sick in the rad sense more than actually ill, sick individuals is a duo I found about a month ago and have the best buildups and strongest drops out of all the duos on this list. Their progressive music comes from something you would hear at a rave or a music festival. So, if that's the kind of feeling you are going for, check out Sick Individuals.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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