During the next few days we will be posting several articles regarding the DJMag’s Top 100 DJs. It will be a series of lists containing 10 artists for each genre that, in our opinion, should have been included on the final results.
Shadow Child – After releasing his remix of SL2, “DJ’s Take Control” on his own label Food Music, he’s now invited by Toolroom Records to join Mark Knight, Secondcity, Friend Within, among many more in the Toolroom 15 – The Halloween Homecoming Street Party, he’s also a new instructor at Point Blank Music School, and he really deserves to be part of this top 10 because he’s surely one of the best DJ’s in his genre, and being a DJ, Producer, label owner and having so many side projects helped him to become one of the most respected DJ’s.
Ardalan – I still remember when I first heard Ardalan. It was a Saturday morning and a good friend of mine just sent me the Beatport link to his track with Justin Martin, “Function“. I was playing a lot of Dirtybird tracks at the time and when listening I really thought it would be featured on Dirtybird, the sub bass and the catchy vocal definitely got my ears, and my eyes on him. He was at the Dirtybird Campout 2018 two weeks ago and now heading to Suwannee Hulaween that will happen from 26th October to 28th October in Live Oak, Florida.
Hot Since 82 – Hot Since 82 got me going when first heard his remix of HONOR, “Never Off”, and then started following his work as a DJ/Producer and as a label owner of Knee Deep In Sound. Recently he got invited by Fuse Records, one of most well established labels in Portugal to be the headliner of an event in Lisbon along Analodjica, The Slum Vagabunds, Nox e Side Effect. He’s going to headline the Knee Deep In Sound Halloween Party in Bristol next Saturday 27th October, along KiNK, Melé, La Fleur and Ellis Roberts.
Franky Rizardo – The first track I’ve listened was “Olympus”, when premiered by Danny Howard in BBC Radio 1, and those brass got me boucing my head like no tomorrow. Since then I got the feeling that he wents in a way more into tech-house, techno vibe, which was very pleasing to listen with tracks such as “Killa Bees” on Sola Records and his most recent EP “Tempo” out in Stereo Productions. He also has a weekly radioshow called Flow and he’ll be taking over the Musis Arnhem for New Years for a special Flow event.
Riva Starr – Oh Riva Starr! I remember those nights I used to play his remix of “Tania” by Harry Romero, such good times. Earlier in 2010 I’ve watched the videoclip on Kontor Records Youtube Channel of “I Was Drunk”, the most sucessful track with Noze, which got me with those italian-ish vibes and that groovy drums. Recently released his album “Curveballs” which got very good reactions from fellow DJs and Producers and got featured in DJ Mag Italy.
Low Steppa – The first time I heard Low Steppa was in January 2014, when he released his remix of The Ashton Shuffle, “Tear It Down”, and I’ve starting following both his work and his label Simma Black – a label that has risen through the ranks to be one of the most respected imprints around, regularly dominating the Beatport and Traxsource charts with singles from a wide variety of acclaimed producers and rising stars in the making. He will be one of the headliners of the Defected Manchester New Years Party along names such as Claptone, Purple Disco Machine, Todd Terry, Amine Edge & Dance, among many others.
Sonny Fodera – Sonny released a track that got me thinking about producing more bassy tracks and that it was “I Like That”, as part of his Can’t Deny EP, the 130th release in Suara Records in April 2014. Right now Sonny is just touring the world and about to restart the North America Tour in December this year. He also released a new remix of Calvin Harris & Sam Smith, “Promises” which is already at 9th overall on Beatport.
Eats Everything – Actually I still remember “Entrance Song” as such a dancefloor killer. The female vocals and the vicious bass on the drop just made it one of my Eats Everything favorite tracks, which was championed by the likes of Seth Troxler, Carl Cox, and Jamie Jones. He also had started his own imprint called Edible Beats with Nick Harris and began one of the most listened DJ’s all around the world. Eats Everything will be on tour with Andres Campo next November and December for what is called “2 Guys + 6 Gigs = 8 Reasons Why”.
Golf Clap – I heard Golf Clap when they released their remix of “Get Behind” by Bruno Furlan & Klle Dawid. They delivered releases on some of the world’s most influential house labels already under their belts and have established themselves as in-demand artists and performers in their own right, via an irresistible combination of hard work and talent. Certainly the two guys who are doing his best to stand out and play with various DJs.
Green Velvet – Green Velvet is without a doubt one of the most influent DJs and Producers by producing such enormous tunes like “Robots” with Riva Starr, the Fearless EP with Shiba San. It all started in 1993 when Cajmere created Relief Records. The label became an outlet for he and other producers’ more track-oriented work and also gave birth to the experimental and eccentric, afro wig-wearing entity we know as Green Velvet – a Cajmere alter ego. His track “Deceiver” with Chris Lake is at the 2nd overall at Beatport.
Honorable mentions: Camelphat