Pete Tong's Five Predictions for the Biggest Hits of WMC, Miami Music Week, and Ultra 2014
As the esteemed host of BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix and Essential Selection programs, Pete Tong has kept a finger pressed on the pulse of global dance music for the better part of two decades.
Though broadcasting from the old continent, where electronic dance music dominates the mainstream airwaves, Tong's influence also began seeping into the budding American EDM scene with the launch of Evolution, his syndicated Internet radio show on iHeartRadio in 2012. Add his work as a producer, DJ, and FFRR label head, and it's clear why Pete Tong is so widely recognized as the world's chief electronic dance music tastemaker.
Crossfade caught up with the eminent Mr. Tong to get his top five predictions for the biggest hits of Winter Music Conference, Miami Music Week, and Ultra Music Festival 2014.
Ten Walls' "Walking With Elephants"
"It was the underground anthem at BPM this year and it's been in very limited supply since," Mr. Tong says. "Dark, naughty, and addictive -- like Heath Ledger's Joker."
Guy Gerber & Dixon's "No Distance"
"Guy is probably one of the most underrated producers on the scene, in my opinion -- always weaving beautiful musical patterns and rhythms. And now he teams up with RA's number-one DJ to produce this anthem -- amazing."