From influential artists and kingpin executives to pioneering promoters and trusted tastemakers, Billboard's Top 30 EDM Power Players list were determined by an internal panel of experts, who looked at business influence and impact, money earned and overseen, chart performance, touring performance and cultural influence over the past 12 months. See who rules the $6.2 billion global industry.
1. JAMES BARTON, 46 President of electronic music, Live Nation
As the man in charge of Live Nation’s rapidly expanding electronic music division, Barton is at the top of the food chain when it comes to tours, festivals and clubs -- dance music’s biggest cash cows. A native of Liverpool, England, Barton made his name in the 1990s by establishing influential club night Cream, which spawned the Creamfields music festivals, giving EDM icons like Carl Cox and The Chemical Brothers an unprecedented spotlight. In 2012, Live Nation president/CEO Michael Rapino set his sights on dance music and brought on Barton, acquiring his U.K. company Cream Holdings and moving him to Malibu. Under Barton’s guidance, dance has become Live Nation’s fastest-growing genre, adding major players like HARD and Insomniac Events to its portfolio. Recently, Barton’s focus has shifted abroad. Live Nation has added more than 30 dance music festivals to its catalog in the past year, most of which are in such international markets as Toronto, Barcelona and Stockholm, and in March, it acquired a majority stake in SPG Live, the promoter behind Sweden’s EDM fest Summerburst.