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Poll 2023: 22Bullets

From: Bangkok, Thailand

DJ style: “Electro-house / melodic techno.”

Best known for: “‘Bang Bang’.”

As South-East Asia continues to grow in stature as a dance music hotspot, so too does 22Bullets continue to prove why he's one of Thailand's most celebrated and in-demand producers. As well as an extensive summer tour across Thailand, China, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan and Korea, this year 22Bullets also released a project he’s been working on for some time now — his debut album, ‘Life Begins After Dark’, a moody and melodic ten-tracker that includes a hefty cast of collaborators.

The Bangkok-based artist, real name Varun Sony, boasts an impressive list of previous collaborators too, including David Guetta, Bebe Rexha, Fedde Le Grand, R3HAB, KSHMR, and Timmy Trumpet. Teaming up with other producers and being influenced by other genres adds an extra edge to his tracks, he explains, “letting me see things I have not imagined before, and really helping my craft to glow”. It will be interesting to see where the next artistic partnership takes this rapidly rising talent. 

Hero of 2023: “Anyma.”

Fave tune of 2023: “Swedish House Mafia's ‘Ray Of Solar’.”

Best DJ set you’ve seen in 2023: “Swedish House Mafia at Ultra Miami.”

What was the most exciting tech development of 2023? “AI. It's such a game changer and an open door to so many possibilities when creating music.”

Rising star DJ/producer of 2023: “Grigore — formerly known as Khrebto.”

What gives you hope for 2024? “A positive mindset and self-development, it's all about competing with my own self to create something that makes me happy.”