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Artists to Watch 2013

19-year-old Australian Walden takes the progressive and electro worlds by storm

By Lauren Salm

As we move forward into 2013, it’s our great pleasure to announce to you the names you’ll be seeing tons more of in the years to come via our annual Artists to Watch feature series. Check back here over the next few weeks for all of tomorrow’s up-and-coming dance-music stars.

Sydney, Australia-based youngster Walden is quickly becoming a part of the unstoppable force that is the progressive/electro house clan. At only 19, John Walden’s debut “Brightness” received an unheard-of double feature on Pete Tong’s Radio 1 show, which in turn drew massive support from the likes of Afrojack, Michael Woods, Morgan Page, Roger Sanchez, Tommy Trash, and even the legendary Tiesto. And yesterday he dropped the exclusive-to-Beatport “Intropial” on Big Beat. Throw in a rigorous touring schedule that most college-aged folks couldn’t bear and his Brightness Sessions mix series, and 2013 is just the beginning for this young hotshot.

There’s been a lot written about you lately. Tell us one thing about yourself that the press has missed.

Well, getting my age right for starters [laughs]. I’m actually 19—not 18 or 17, mind you, those ages do sound better! Honestly, I’m not complaining! [laughs]

Have a favorite track from last year?

Too many to count! But if I had to pick one, it would probably have to be Alesso ft. Matthew Koma’s “Years.” I know, not a very original choice, but I’ve loved that track to death ever since I first heard it.

Besides you, who else should we keep an eye on this year?

I’m a big fan of what Mikkas has been putting out, especially his remix of Emma Hewitt’s “Rewind.” I think he is definitely one to watch!

Any predictions for 2013, music or otherwise?

Well, the world is probably going to end this year… again. Trap is going to be huge, and I think they might just invent the teleporter. I don’t know, probably not that likely, but I am hopeful (and not a fan of airports and planes).

What’s next for you, release-wise and what should we look forward to in the future?

Planning to try and put out an EP this year, more singles, more remixes, and hopefully many more gigs in the US and Australia (maybe even Europe, too?).

Photo by Katie Kaars