Top 100 DJ by DJ Mag was announced last Wednesday, the poll has become increasingly controversial throughout the last few years and this year was no different with various DJ/Producers taking stabs at the Top 100, however we like to look at it critically and as such we have selected 15 DJ/Producers who we believe deserve a spot in the list.
Note: The list is not organised by “Quality” or “Popularity” but it is organised in an alphabetical order!
The Veteran British Drum n’ Bass DJ isn’t unknown to the Portuguese crowd, he is a fan favorite in Europe always bringing anthems to his sets and mixing with intensity, purpose and quality. Andy C mixes using 4 decks playing simultaneously making this an almost near impossible task for one to behold, Andy C is also the boss to one of the top DnB labels in the world “Ram Records”.
The duo comes from the world’s dance capital, Amsterdam. Cubicolor are one of the most exciting acts to appear in recent times from the underground scene as Pete Tong placed the act in his watch list for 2015. The duo were set to move crowds and so did they with astonishing sets (such as the recent ABGT200) and mind blowing music that gathered heavy support from legends such as Sasha, Kolsch, Joris Voorn and others. Examples of their production skills are the single “Falling” which amassed over 2.5M plays and the recently released album “Brainsugar”
Dimitry Vangelis & Wyman
The Swedish duo that in simple words had a meteoric raise in 2016. Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman released, in 2015, under the label “Size Records” but early this year the duo decided it was time to start their own label: “Buce Records”. This decision might have been what sky rocketed their careers as it allowed the Swedish duo to release tracks at their own pace as they did, releasing “Running to you”, “Empire” and “Daylight (With you)” these tracks gathered support from DJs around the globe. Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman aren’t just a powerhouse at producing, the duo’s sets are full of energy and infectious making everyone dance to the progressive sound. This year they played at the main stage at 2 major festivals in the world Tomorrowland and Creamfields.
Graeme Shepherd aka Grum is a Scotsman who has been in the active since 2007, named “best electronic artist of the year” by UK iTunes in 2013, Grum is nothing short of an amazing producer, a talent that defies genres. Productions such as “Under your skin”, “U” and “Drifting Away” gathered support from BBC Radio 1. As a DJ, Grum also lives up to expectations bringing the same energy, melodies, feels and emotions that only his productions can bring, during the last two years Grum supported Above & Beyond during their tour in Europe and USA as well as opening for A&B at ABGT200.
The most “peculiar” DJ/Producer in this list, Hopkins is 37 and comes from London being in action since 2001, writing and performing his own melodic electronica and dance music. After starting his career playing keyboard for Imogen Heap, he has produced or contributed to albums by Brian Eno, Coldplay, David Holmes, and others. Jon Hopkins had two albums nominated for the “Mercury Award” which awards the best album in the UK & Ireland. Jon is an extremely versatile producer who can produce Techno, minimal, ambient, among other styles, some of his tracks are heavily acclaimed worldwide such as “Complex Heaven”, “Open eye signal” and “Collider” deserving him a spot in the Top 100.
For Danish Native Rune Reilly Kölsch, Kompakt is the “perfect label” to call “home.” The much revered Cologne based imprint released Kölsch’s seminal LP ‘1977’ in 2013, continuing a tradition of providing ground breaking and genre defining cuts. Kölsch’s work proved to rewrite the rule book on techno production, setting it on a melodic, emotion induced course. Last year Kölsch returned once more to Kompakt to relase the long awaited album “1983”.
Ascending from obscurity in England to become one of the most sought after, new names in the dance music scene. The last few years have been exceptiona
Daniel Goldstein, better known by his stage name Lane 8, is an American born musician, electronic music producer, and DJ. Currently residing in Leipzig, Germany, the 27-year-old has released music on Anjunadeep, French Express and Suara recently starting his own imprint “This never happen” which is also the name of Lane 8’s North American tour. Lane 8 is a strong techno, tech-house producer whom has released highly acclaimed tracks such as “Midnight”, “Diamonds”, “Fingerprint” and others, in late 2015 lane 8 released the long awaited album “Rise” which became a success.
Matisse & Sadko
The Russian brothers are Russia’s finest progressive house export since 2010, they were brought to light by Steve Angello as they remixed “SLVR” for size records, later producing hits such as “Tengu” and “Trio” with Arty which earned enough praise from some of the world’s leading DJs and made it into Pete Tong’s essential selection. “Dragon” and “Break Through The Silence” in collaboration with Martin Garrix current DJ Mag number one, are just some examples of what this duo can produce with beautiful melodies and even better drops and break downs, that will absolutely keep you moving.
Richie Hawtin has been pioneering cutting edge dance music for over twenty years under the guise of Plastikman and his legendary ENTER. parties. His expansive knowledge of mixing has earned him an honorary Doctorate of Music Technology degree, while his world-class sets never fail to take listeners on transcendent jouneys. Hawtin is a master of creating mayhem just to the point of chaos and then taking it back under control. Wielding both Ableton Live and Traktor in his set up — and beatmatching between the two — his performances have become a glorious spectacle of live techno.
Henry Steinway aka RL Grime is a 25 year old DJ from Los Angeles, California making him the youngest producer/DJ on this list but not by any means the least talented. RL Grime has redefined Hip-Hop, grime and Trap. RL Grime collaborated with like-minded producer Baauer on the track “Infinite Daps” in November 2013. Both producers toured together throughout July and August 2013, along with Ryan Hemsworth and Jim-E Stack. His debut studio album, Void, was released on November 14, 2014. It features guest appearances from Big Sean and Boys Noize among others.
Solomun has played a major role in redefining European House Music, with productions, remixes and stand-out DJ sets that take the very building blocks of House and sensitively reconstruct them: adding a fresh, ultramodern twist to the genre. His stratospheric rise in popularity kicked off in 2012, after a legendary first season on Ibiza with his own label-inspired Diynamic Neon Nights at Sankeys. Solomun was awarded “Best Producer” by the DJ Awards Ibiza and “DJ of the Year” from Mixmag Magazine. Along side “Neon nights”, Solomun also delivered this summer at Pacha/Ibiza “Solomun +1”. Solomun is also a sight to behold in the studio as he says “Music is Moments” and my music is always emotive, visceral and authentic.
Childhood friends from England Jonathan Macaire (Jonnie Macaire) and Harry Bass, discovered their similar tastes, one of which was to produce “Emotional house music”. Since then, they released on Steve Angello’s label “Size” which helped to sky rocket their career, later in 2015 Third Party started their own imprint “Release Records” which allowed the duo to have more control over their releases. This move helped them gain popularity and further advance their career, Third Party are astonishing when it comes to producing music, releases such as “Thank you”, “Collide”, Power”, “Nation” and their most famous “Everyday of my life”. As DJs Third Party have played on the main stage of the most important festivals in the world as well as starting their own label parties which have sold out Ministry of Sound, Amsterdam, Miami and other venues in Liverpool various times.
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Wiwek is best known as the pioneer of “jungle terror”, a hybrid style of dance music characterized by offbeat kick drums, dissonant lead synths, tribal drum and chant samples. His music has been released on labels such as Barong Family and OWSLA, and led to collaborations with Skrillex and Yellow Claw, such as “Killa” and “Pop It” respectively. He is also the label head of his own jungle terror-based label Rimbu Recordings. Most recently, Wiwek’s The Free and Rebellious EP was used as the soundtrack and score to the short film Still in the Cage, written and directed by Jonathan Desbiens and produced by Wiwek and Skrillex.
This was our list, there are countless others out there who deserve to be in the Top 100 by DJ Mag but like these didn’t make it in, who leave you by, asking you to not limit your tastes to the list and to go out and further discover new artists, thank you!