Top Five Local EDM DJs to Watch in 2014

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Orange County gets a bad rep for not having a real dance music scene. Sure, we have the EDM bros fist pumping through the weekend starting Thursday and bottle rats trying to get into the DJ booth on the regular. But if you look past the fake smiles and excessive plastic surgery in the crowds, you will find there are some DJs who have a real passion for electronic dance music. In fact these are the guys shying away from the club gigs to focus on producing quality music, throwing some of the sweetest parties down the street, or creating their own scene where they see it lacking. We've highlighted the top five local DJs to watch in 2014.

5. Dangerhouse

Dangerhouse is most known for killin' it at his regular weekly gigs all over OC from The Yost Theater, Ten Nightclub, La Cave, Sharkeez, Commonwealth Lounge to Bassmnt in San Diego and beyond. The self proclaimed real local DJ can read a crowd like nobody's business and play old school hip-hop perfectly spliced to tech house, progressive house and mainstream electro. Following the release of his single "Dreamares" produced with Daniel Mihai & Von Ukuf on StellaR's Calamity of Noise Records, he began stepping up his production game on a side project titled Aminal Crackers. As his tech house productions increased, his sets have only gotten better. We can't wait until his collabs with Denver's Shea Delany come out and Barnes gives Orange County more of that underground tech house sound.

4. Kedd Cook

Our 2010 "Best OC DJ" winner has graduated from a nightclub DJ to a stellar artist. Kedd Cook has been getting down at Le Cave Wednesdays which he has thrown with his partner Brendan Thomas for four years strong now. As the Modern Disco Ambassadors, they also throw weekly's at Mesa and one-offs with our favorite deep house institution Focus (which included a major gig with Nina Kraviz at Ten Nightclub this month). Known for bringing out nothing but good vibes with sexy house grooves, Kedd Cook (born Ian Alexander) recently dropped his original "Don't Talk, Listen," proving that his producing skills are just as sharp as the records he plays from LA warehouses to OC Lounges.

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