Winners of the Beatport Producer Challenge Announced

With numerous submissions and $100,000 in music production prizes on the line, we present the top 10 winners of the Beatport Producer Challenge, representing house, deep house, melodic house & techno, trance, afro house, techno, tech house, drum & bass, minimal, and bass house.

After receiving over 4,000 track submissions, our expert curation team  has spent the past three weeks meticulously sifting through a wide variety of original productions — zeroing in on the top contenders for our Beatport Producer Challenge. 

Teaming up top-of-the-line music gear companies like Loopmasters, Plugin Boutique, LANDR, iZotope, Roland Cloud, and we’re giving away $100,000 in software subscriptions to the top 50 entrants, crowning five winners for each of Beatport’s top 10 genres. Each winner is set to receive thousands of dollars in software, and their tracks will be released and promoted via Beatport.

Paying particular attention to each track’s vibe, mixdown, emotional elements, and potential dancefloor impact, the curation team listened to every submission at least once during the jury process. After filtering the list down to 15-20 tracks in each genre and heartily debating each composition’s merit, Beatport reached out to several respected labels* for input on the tunes that align with their preferred sound. These include Terminal M, Glasgow Underground, Suara PIV, Critical Music, Armada Music, SPINNIN’ RECORDS, Dim Mak, RADIANT., and Night Bass, among others.

After analyzing the best tracks from our final list of 50, we’re proud to present some of the winners that stood out to us below. 

*Please Note: The labels have only committed to listening to the tracks and giving feedback if needed, and not to signing the artist, releasing their music, or any more action with the winners.

HOUSE

Artist: Luttgenau
Country: Germany

Born in Germany and currently a resident in Spain’s Canary Islands, Luttgenau got his start behind the decks and in the studio at an early age. A lover of harmonies, deep sounds, and timeless UK grooves, here we find him pouring uplifting, organic energy to his winning track “Take Me ’90s,” which pays homage to the classic era of house music.

Find more tracks by Luttgenau on Beatport here

Other winners:
Juannan
AUDIO DROPOUT
Dafunky
Jamie Nugent

DEEP HOUSE

Artist: Cultural Blending
Country: Portugal

Defined by his simple mission of “making music for people to enjoy life,” Portuguese DJ/producer Cultural Blending makes no distinction between his passion for both underground and mainstream dance music. The straightforward drum programming and effective chord layering in his winning track “Sunrise” shows us an artist who hits the mark when it comes to maintaining a proper dancefloor vibe.

Find more tracks by Cultural Blending on Beatport here.

Other winners:
Tree Threes
Steve Robinson
Un1que
Light

MELODIC HOUSE & TECHNO

Artist: Igor Bartyuk
Country: Russia

Hailing from Russia, Igor Bartyuk claims that he’s felt an affinity for nonconforming music from an early age. Over time, his passion for techno has grown into a budding career as a producer, releasing music on labels such as Sudam, WHATIPLAY, and Motek. His dazzling track “Through The Thorns” is a true success, bringing listeners on a twisted, trippy, and rolling journey that won’t disappoint. 

Find more tracks by Igor Bartyuk on Beatport here.

Other winners:
Ceren Patron
Qarrassa
Mila Journée
Broken Drum Machine

TRANCE

Artist: Martin Covill
Country: United Kingdom

Coming at us from Peterborough, UK, Martin Covill cut his teeth in the rapturous and hedonistic rave culture of his native country throughout the ’90s. Getting hooked on trance after hearing classic anthems such as “Café Del Mar” by Energy 52, “1998” by Binary Finary, and “Cream” by Blank & Jones, Covill now cites artists Giuseppe Ottaviani, Armin Van Buuren, Aly & Fila, and Paul Van Dyk and his main influences. With its fantastic build and catchy uplifting hookline, his track submission “Iconic” is a well-deserved winner. 

Find more tracks by Martin Covill on Beatport here.

Other winners:
1st in Line
Almar
Cresta
Andy Alsan

AFRO HOUSE

Artist: Elias Kazais
Country: Greece

Born and raised on the historic and energetic island of Samos in Greece, Elias Kazais has always been keen to express his emotions through the medium of music. With releases on imprints such as Defected, Sunclock, Obenmusik, SP Recordings, and more, his “deep net of rhythm and grooves” touch on a multitude of styles. His prize-winning afro house submission, “Alaya,” is a tight-knit tune with impressive instrumentation that keeps in line with the gyrating standards of the genre.

Find more tracks by Elias Kazais on Beatport here.

Other winners:
1MRN
Cory Centric
Gio (CY)
MIGANOVA

TECHNO

Artist: Tusca
Country: Argentina

A recent alum from the Point Blank Music School, where he completed a mixing and mastering program, Argentinian artist Tusca’s knocks it out of the park with his winning submission, “We All Complete.” The track is a genuine, dubby delight with it’s shuffling kick, beautiful sub-bass pattern, crisp hats, and ear-worm melody. A faithful student of music in all its forms, Tusca’s ability to blend organic elements with electronic compositions are bound to take this artist far.

Find out more about Tusca here.

Other winners:
Koichiro Toki
Robin Flux
GANDER
Djayz

MINIMAL / DEEP TECH

Artist: Latrans
Country: United Kingdom

Always on the hunt for vitalizing, groove-based tracks, UK DJ-producer Latrans has locked on to a unique and deep sound of his own after spending hours upon hours fine-tuning his production game. After releasing his well-received debut Future EP last yearhis track “Stations” is an energetic low-end groover with sweet harmonies and finely crafted pads and FX. 

Find more tracks by Latran on Beatport here.

Other winners:
Neither
Jacko Plakinoff
Nuendo
Lim Tzo

DRUM & BASS

Artist: Massive Zebra
Country: Austria

Hailing from the Austrian capital of Vienna, Michael Plank and Pascal Obermayer of the D&B duo Massive Zebra are all about creating epic, punchy, and highly dynamic music. Both with a background in drumming, they’ve combined their furious beat-making skills to come up with a neck-snapping production formula that is sure to impress. Their track “Schlepper” shows fantastic harmonization with large pads and arpeggios that create a superb tension throughout the arrangement. The result? A serious banger!

Learn more about Massive Zebra here.

Other winners:
MVDVY
Alien Exposure
Miso, AeN
Kidsonic

TECH HOUSE

Artist: InfamouZ
Country: Italy

Coming at us from the island of Sicily, 22-year-old DJ-producer Gabriele Domicolo (AKA InfamouZ) has been steadily making headway as a talent to watch in Southern Italy. In his young career thus far, the artist has put out groovy releases on labels such as Flashmob, Low Groove, and Claw Records. His winning track, “The O.G.,” shows us every component of what it takes to get a dancefloor going. With great drums, a killer sub-bassline, sporadic fx, and a catchy vocal, InfamouZ brought his A-game with this original production and came out on top. 

Find more tracks by InfamouZ on Beatport here.

Other winners:
Santez, GIORG
Dj Feders
Non-Essential
Filthy Pitch

DANCE / FUTURE / BASS HOUSE

Artist: Meywenz
Country: Poland

27-year-old Polish DJ-producer Michał Kołodziejczyk, better known by his stage name Meywenz, has been experimenting with music production for over a decade. It was five years ago that he first decided to concentrate on making house music, which eventually evolved into his impressive bass house output. After being signed to FRKNTN for his single “Konnichiwa,” his subsequent remixes have been supported by artists like Marshmello, Jauz, Krewella, Firebeatz, and Timmy Trumpet. After listening to his track submission, “No More,” our panel of judges couldn’t get over the power of this track’s distortion and raw energy. Despite tackling a popular new genre, Meywenz made this track all his own and is fully deserving of this top spot in the competition.

Find more tracks by Meywenz on Beatport here.

Other winners:
N Effect
BXN
João Faria
Xit



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