The world of Electronic Music places so much emphasis on visuals and lighting, yet at the end of the day, people tend to forget that there are visual designers behind the scenes who make it all possible. This one goes out to all the VJ’s out there who are melting faces yet don’t get the recognition they deserve. The following 10-15 names are people who consistently put out amazing work and should get more recognition.
David Wexler, aka Strangeloop is a visual artist and musician based in LA that works with a variety of media, ranging from stop motion to full on CG to generative work. He is the founder of Strangeloop Studios and Teaching Machine and is a part of Brainfeeder. David is perhaps best known for his collaboration with Timeboy producing visuals for Brainfeeder’s founder, Flying Lotus.
Notable Projects: Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu, DJ Snake, Flume, The Weeknd, Machinedrum, Amon Tobin,
John King (AKA Timeboy) is a Los Angeles-based visual artist, composer and VJ. Alongside frequent collaborator Strangeloop, King is well known for his work developing Flying Lotus’ mind-bending LAYER3 and Hypercube visual show, which was rated “Best Light Show’” of Coachella 2015. Notably, he also developed and performed Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Good Kid Maad City’ visual show for Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ Tour, and the 2013 visual production for fellow Brainfeeder artist Daedelus, whom he developed a real-time silhouette projection mapping technique christened “Shadowplay.”
Notable Projects: Flying Lotus, The Weeknd, Prince, Erykah Badu, Thundercat, and Hiatus Kaiyote
Best described as a “digital painter,” Jones has created an immense body of work. He has become well known for his many layered, psychedelic works and live performances using a custom built digital set up. You may have seen his visuals before at a Tipper show. At the center of Jones’ work is spirituality and altered states of consciousness. Described as a digital alchemist, he is determined to alter the viewer’s perception, pushing the boundaries of the imagination through the use of innovative media forms.
Notable Projects: Tipper, Bassnectar, The Grateful Dead, Sydney Opera House, Samskara
If you’ve found yourself at a Pretty Lights show, that means you’ve witnessed firsthand the lighting wizardry provided by Greg Ellis. Appropriately nicknamed Lazershark, Ellis and Derek Vincent Smith have been combining forces to create one of the most unique experiences in electronic music.
Notable Projects: Pretty Lights
SUS BOY has one of the most distinct visual styles I have ever seen. His creations are gritty and weird. I just adore it. He is a member of WEDIDIT Collective and the brother of GROUNDISLAVA. Keep your eye on this suspect.
Notable Projects: WEDIDIT, OWSLA, HARD Events, Dog Blood, Baauer, Skrillex
I don’t know very much about FMK7 except that he is French, but I do know that he has a real talent in visual media. Somebody needs to start getting this guy to VJ their shows.
Steve Smith is an artist, filmmaker, and designer based in Los Angeles. He’s the art director for UK based record label Activia Benz and a founding member of Ghosting TV.
Notable Projects: Activia Benz, Adult Swim, Vice, Funny or Die, Stones Throw, Ninja Tune
Radimir Koch just has the sickest Instagram page. He designs visual content for a couple vibey record labels and collectives. I have never seen his visuals live, but I hope that changes soon.
Notable Projects: Moving Castle, Zen Supremacy, BLVNT RECORDS, Midi Boyz, Surreal Recordings
Elyn is more of a graphic designer than an animator or VJ, but his designs still blow me away and I feel he deserves to be a part of this list. His website boasts a variety Posters, album covers, logo designs and much more. I get inspired every time I look at it.
Notable Projects: The Glitch Mob, Porter Robinson, DJ Shadow, Hotel Garuda, Electric Manits, Party Theives
Jas is one of my favorite Instagram pages to follow. He is consistently sharing a high-quality barrage of images of his travels and visual creations. Working closely with Skrillex and OWSLA, Jas has been the brain behind music of the labels artistic direction.
Notable Projects: OWSLA, Skrillex
Liam is an Aussie director and cinematographer for OWSLA. He makes just the sickest music videos and these crazy 3D photos you’ve probably seen somewhere on Instagram. Nuff said.
Notable Projects: AC Slater, Getter, Skrillex, Josh Pan, Jack U
Eye Supply is a creative video-design, production and operating agency based in the Netherlands, providing custom video content and motion graphics for promoters and artists all across the globe. Their team is made up of video professionals, motion graphic designers, 3D Animators, live video operators and more, yet started in 2003 as a small collective.
Notable Projects: Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, Swedish House Mafia, Markus Schultz
Comix is an independent digital design and entertainment studio based in London specializing in live visuals. As well as our own skilled in-house team we work with directors, artists and designers to offer a range of services including touring VJs, motion graphics, digital design, content production, show concepts, show direction and live visuals operating.
Notable Projects: Alesso, Avicii, Chainsmokers, DJ Snake, Florian Picasso, Martin Garrix, Swedish House Mafia
Black Lake Media is behind some of the most mind-bending visuals you’ve seen to date. The team, based in Ontario, has worked on projects from music videos to short films to live visuals. If you are a Bassnectar fan, you’ve no doubt witnessed the awe-inspiring visual creations producted in synchronicity to his music. If you haven’t already seen their latest creation for Bassnectar’s Other Worlds video, peep it below.
Notable Projects: Bassnectar, Big Gigantic, Andrew Luce, Pitbull, Alunageorge