I'll probably get all kinds of shit for this thread, but it's totally worth it! Fuck yes, techno is the shit.
I'm totally aware that Knob hates to attempt to label music, but I'll try to adhere to some standards that I feel most electronica fans would agree with:
Trance: This is the shit I got started on. It's probably a bit cheesier to the indoctrined, but everyone's gotta start somewhere.
Tiesto - This is as good of a place to start as any. This was the first live show I attended, and I had a sunflower in my system, so I can't speak any ill of it at all. He's a good starter but not a great long term investment, in my opinion.
Armin Van Buuren - I've seen him live twice, and he never fails to disappoint, but once again, he's going to be more of the standard, anthemic trance; for beginners this is great, but for more experienced listeners, this might not be for you.
Progressive: This shit is the next step. Once you get sick of the same old vocals and beats that a trance producer puts out, try to listen to some good progressive shit. Sasha and John Digweed are both excellent DJ's, and when you put them together, well fuck me, it doesn't get much better. PLEASE, DOWNLOAD THE TRACK I HAVE LINKED! YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.
Electro: In my opinion, this is the future of electronica. There are many different artists that make up this genre, but James Zabiela is by far my favorite. Give him a listen and you might never turn back.
Who else do you listen to? Any favorite artists, or good sets to share? I've got more than 15 GB of sets that I have no problem sending to anyone... let me know!