DJ style: “Versatile.”
Best known for: “Collabs with Garrix, Aoki, Romero and breakthrough single ‘Origami’.”
Fave tune of 2018: “King Princess ‘1950’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Gryffin.”
Not unlike fellow countryman David Guetta, Florian Picasso is a solitary French iris amongst the populous Dutch tulip field that is the EDM scene. However, he’s had little trouble building allegiances with his compatriots from the Netherlands. He’s delivered a swift stream of studio collaborations with the likes of Martin Garrix, Nicky Romero and Laidback Luke over the years, with regular releases on Protocol, Spinnin’, Mixmash and beyond.
This was something that wasn’t lost on fans this year, though it’s been a rather quiet period for Florian, beginning with an announcement back in February that he’d be taking a lower profile. “This year I paused touring and releasing music to focus on a new project,” he tells DJ Mag. “I moved to LA for the winter season with my team, and I loved it because I learned new approaches to producing music with songwriters and musicians. It was a great experience, and now I’m ready for a big musical comeback!” Keep your eyes peeled for phase two of Florian Picasso, set for 2019.
Words: ANGUS THOMAS PATERSON