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Meet the Artists Shaping the Wave Music Scene – EDM.com

Since debuting as a simple hashtag on SoundCloud in 2017, Wave has become one of the fastest growing trends in the electronic music scene.

Originally championed by Plastician on his weekly show “Rinse FM”, the Wave genre has grown into its own thriving DIY ecosystem, branching out and growing into a real movement.

While trap music was at an impasse and drum & bass had yet to explode in the United States, the Wave scene was thriving. Borrowing influences from British dubstep, cloud rap, grime, witch house and trance, the sound gradually seeped into the underground until it reached the ears of RL Grime. Thanks in part to their support of Skeler’s track “Arcadia” at EDC Las Vegas 2019, Wave was catapulted into the limelight.

Despite the pandemic’s impact on the live music industry, the Wave movement has continued to grow and grow organically. And as the popularity of the genre skyrockets, so does the success of its early adopters.

Read on to learn about the artists shaping the Wave scene.

dead crow

It was 2017 when Annie Nightingale presented Deadcrow on BBC Radio 1, predicting a bright future for the virtuoso producer. Since then, he has quickly become not only a mainstay of the Wave movement, but also its ambassador to the wider bass music scene.

Deadcrow’s forward-thinking approach to Wave often combines hardstyle and dubstep influences, leading to high-profile releases on Grime’s Sable Valley, Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records and UKF’s sister label Pilot. This year he performed at the Belgian Rampage Open Air festival and spent the summer showing off his talents in the United States.


If we had to pick one generational anthem for the Wave movement, it would be Skeler’s “Tel Aviv.” It’s no exaggeration to say that the Australian producer is primarily responsible for bringing the “hardwave” subgenre to the fore. And despite its immense popularity, it is still hidden in the plans.

When his reworking of Hardwell’s “Arcadia” caught Grime’s eye, it kicked off a golden era for the Wave scene. With nearly 20 million views on official uploads alone, his series of “Night Drive” mixes have been a big influence on the selection of trend setters such as Trap Nation and Trap City. His live performances have been limited so far, but his recent signing with Kompass Music Group hints at tour dates on the horizon.

boi barnacle

Producer, DJ, singer and visual artist Barnacle Boi is positioned at the forefront of the Wave scene in the United States. bass-driven music.

His repertoire includes a full album, 2020, and dozens of originals and remixes of mainstream hits, like HER’s “Slide” and tATu’s “All the Things She Said.” When it comes to live appearances, Barnacle Boi has proven to be a force to be reckoned with. At the end of 2022, he will perform at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado.

klasey jones

Klasey Jones is not your typical Wave artist. Although he was one of the first generation of producers to pioneer the genre, his ethereal and intensely visual approach made him a critically acclaimed one-of-a-kind artist.

Over the past five years, Jones has documented his growth and evolution as an artist with terrific storytelling. The British producer scoured sounds that drew on influences ranging from film and video game soundtracks to more dancefloor-friendly genres such as grime and drum & bass. The most recent chapter in its story, “Operation Midnight”, is a multimedia project that includes both digital versions and printed comics.

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Noah B

Hailing from Philadelphia, Noah B has not only been a part of every pivotal moment in Wave history, but has also left an indelible mark by being the first artist from the movement to be featured on UKF. Since his first release on Plastician’s Terrorhytm label in 2016, Noah B has continued to push the genre in new directions.

2020s Heavy armor The album can be seen as the manifesto of his cinematic space-themed sound, but it didn’t stop there. He was instrumental in popularizing the intersection of wave and drum and bass, such as in “Sense Of Time” and “ÆTRNL.22”, in which he also incorporates psytrance influences.


A legend within the Wave universe, Klimeks not only helped launch the genre, but more importantly, he was also the one who formalized the term at the dawn of the movement.

Responsible for such hits as “Eternally Yours”, “Dreamescape ’95” and “Mystic Nights”, Klimeks is the mind behind wavemob’s seminal imprint. Its fame is bolstered by the fact that just as the Wave movement began its ascent into the electronic music space, it suddenly went on hiatus. Earlier this year, he quietly returned to the stage with four new masterpieces, which celebrate the classic Wave sound.


If there’s anyone who has explored the potential of Wave from afar, it’s Juche. As of 2017, the French producer has built a huge catalog that includes releases on Liquid Ritual, vibe.digital, Tribal Trap terrorhtym, IMMINENT and Lowly, to name a few.

With his visionary album future love story, Juche is among those who have experimented the most with 4/4 rhythms, moving the Wave sound away from its bass roots into more trance and synthwave territory. His most recent project, Prologue to the story EP, takes the hardwave and pushes its uplifting potential to new heights.

A brothel

Unpredictable and enigmatic, the prolific Bordel is one of the most fascinating artists on the Wave scene. Beneath the DIY and punk facade hides an artist who, taking Wave as the foundation of his project, has made his artistic production an impossible chimera to frame.

Going through the 12 tracks Brothel has released so far in 2022, we move from anthemic Wave records like “Right Here” and the alternative rock flair of his Lil Peep remix to obscure bangers like “LEGION,” as well as the vibes of smoking chill trap of “tampon”.


Thanks to Sorsari’s dancefloor nature, hardwave may have stolen the show over the past couple of years, but the classic Wave sound is still alive and well. And Sorsari is unquestionably one of its champions.

Active on the scene since day one, the Canadian artist may not be in his most productive time, but every release from him can be considered a masterstroke. His Burning EP and its latest single, “Together”, encapsulates the very essence of Wave and at the same time raises the bar of what this genre is capable of offering.