DJ style: “Tech-house / techno.”
Best known for: “‘Do It To It’.”
Not many people turn spiralling down YouTube rabbit holes into a hit song that's been streamed 12 billion times, but most people aren't ACRAZE. After breaking into the mainstream with his remix of the 2006 R&B tune, ‘Do It To It’ by Cherish, the Staten Island-born tech-house aficionado has taken the world by storm. But his success didn't come overnight. He'd spent years perfecting his craft as both a DJ and producer, and 2022 saw him line up a Las Vegas residency where he finally got the chance to shine. 2023 was even bigger with headlining sets at festivals like EDC, Tomorrowland, and Electric Zoo.
He's been busy on the production front as well — his style of understated but emotional tech-house has reached new heights on tracks like ‘The Otherside’ with Paige Cavell and the late-night summer anthem, ‘Take Me Away'.
Hero of 2023: “Peggy Gou."
Fave tune of 2023: “Anything from Travis Scott’s ‘Utopia’ album.”
Best DJ set you’ve seen in 2023: “Fred again.. b2b Four Tet b2b Skrillex at Coachella. I feel as if this was a big moment for electronic music.”
What was the most exciting tech development of 2023? “AI. Producers can now just upload a vocal into AI and replicate a Kanye West vocal. Game changing.”
Rising star DJ/producer of 2023: either Knock2 & ISOxo or Mau P.”
What gives you hope for 2024? “One thing I love to do most is look back on what I did wrong and right and go into the next year learning from what I did the year before.”