Ranked number four on DJ Mag’s prestigious Top 100 list, Toronto’s Deadmau5 (known to his mom as Joel Zimmerman) is by far the biggest electronic music act this country has ever produced — and one of the most successful artists, period. In 2011, the man in the giant mouse head took his massive Meowingtons Hax tour to a whopping 53 cities, climaxing with an epic Rogers Centre show in his hometown, and became the first EDM artist ever to headline the main stage at Lollapalooza in the U.S. More proof of his global dominance? The city of Las Vegas declared Jan. 2, 2012 “Deadmau5 Day,” to mark the beginning of his residency at Wynn Las Vegas’s XS Nightclub.
Chicago-born house producer Kaskade (a.k.a. Ryan Raddon) is one of the artists leading dance music’s recent charge into the North American mainstream. Already renowned among the club music cognoscenti for such tracks as his Deadmau5 collaboration “I Remember” and the mad sexy “Fire In Your New Shoes” featuring Dragonette’s Martina Sorbara, he reached new heights in 2011 with a 20-city U.S. tour alongside Steve Aoki, Avicii, Nero and Skrillex, and the release of his career-defining double album Fire & Ice.