The annual accelerator program from Beatport, Beatport Next, has announced its class of 2024.
Since its inception in 2021, Beatport Next has set out to cement the company’s support for rising talent. The focus is to provide artists with significant exposure across the range of The Beatport Group real estate. This extends to curated playlists, exclusive coverage on Beatportal, live streams, and social media support.
“We are thrilled to announce the Beatport Next Artists’ development program for 2024, growing from 8 to 12 exceptional artists hailing from diverse corners of the globe,” said Emilie Birks, VP of Marketing at The Beatport Group. “This expansion not only emphasizes our commitment to supporting local talent, but also underscores our dedication to showcasing a rich tapestry of musical genres.”
Last year’s eight selections ANNĒ, Closet Yi, Coco & Breezy, Confidential Recipe, HoneyLuv, Junior Simba, Lens & Mala Ikai have all made progress with their careers on the back of Beatport Next. This year, however, there is a 50% increase with twelve new artists across a broad range of sounds.
Here is the Beatport Next 2024:
Ahadadream’s unique drum-focused production draws influence from sounds across the UK, his homeland of Pakistan, the African Diaspora, and beyond. The London-based artist is also an A&R, label-head, event director and one of the UK club scene’s leading tastemakers.
An Iranian-born electronic music producer and DJ, Aida Arko has become a prominent figure in the techno scene. Aida left her academic pursuits in biology to follow her music career and to challenge the status quo as an inspiration to women in the music industry and beyond.
Bristol-based Anaïs’ fierce dedication to DJing is propelling her to the forefront of the scene. She’s earned prime spots at flagship events, including Boomtown, Hospitality, DnB Allstars, and Electric Woodlands, for her dynamic selections and energetic mixing style.
Baalti makes underground dance music with a South Asian flavour. They released their sophomore EP Better Together to critical acclaim and have toured their live show globally, supporting acts like Overmono and Bonobo.
Bianca Oblivion draws lines between US & UK bass music, baile funk, reggaeton, grime, vogue, and beyond. Hailing from Los Angeles, she also works continuously to create spaces for femme, non-binary, queer, and POC artists, most recently with her DJ crew/event series Warp Mode.
The founder of Abantu, one half of The Ascension, and NTS Resident, Charisse C draws her selections from her experience of existing between worlds. Rooted in her Zimbabwean and South African heritage, and raised in the UK, her taste is curious, soundful, and bass-heavy, with a playful and intentional demeanor.
Born in the UK with Zambian heritage, KILIMANJARO is known for combining Afro-centric rhythms with Western elements. He operates his own brand, KILIMANJARO MUSIC, which champions black, POC, female, and other marginalized creatives.
Maruwa blends trance, progressive house, hard-house, and techno. Her signature sound combines the nostalgic elements of the ’90s and early 2000s, enriched with a modern twist. Now based in Frankfurt, she has carved her niche with a number of multifaceted EPs on labels like Steel City Dance Discs and X-Kalay.
Hailing from the vibrant city of Miami, Nala got her start playing in underground nightclubs where she developed a reputation as a reliable tastemaker and energetic performer. Her unique take on Riot Grrrl-style vocals and affinity for analog soundscapes helped garner the attention of the industry’s top producers.
Avid vinyl collector, Olive F has so far released on Moxy Muzik, Seven Dials and Too Many Rules. After several summers in Ibiza and years of record-collecting, it was a natural progression into DJing and producing.
Sinego is the face of a new generation of Latin dance music. Sinego’s live show features him as an orchestrator, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist alongside a band of virtuosic Latin-jazz-trained keyboard and guitar players. As a DJ Sinego is known to mix regional Latin songs with underground techno selections, frequently DJing for 6+ consecutive hours.
Stones Taro is a DJ / producer, based in Kyoto, Japan. He started his career in 2014 and has already released on Scuffed Recordings and Time Is Now to Hardline Sound. Since 2017, he has run NC4K, a dance music label from Kyoto, with Lomax.
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