Everyone’s favourite popularity contest is over. Martin Garrix tops yet another controversial DJMAG Top 100, where undeserving DJs show up in undeserved places.
There are many who didn’t manage to get a spot, but sadly we can’t name them all. Thus, In no particular order, here are 10 DJs who definitely deserved a spot on the TOP 100:
Porter Robinson – What else can be said about Porter Robinson? At just 26 years old, it seems like he’s been around forever, releasing some of the best music in the business, and this past year was no exception: under his Virtual Self alias, he’s released some truly incredible music, and, with his mind-blowing and ambitious shows, Porter is a shocking absence in this year’s Top 100.
Rufus Du Sol – the trio was a major revelation in 2018. The aussies showed everything they’re capable of, releasing 3 singles and an album, SOLACE, which is probably one of the albums of the year. They will absolutely be on the top 100 next year if they keep up with this pace.
Lane 8 – Pete Tong named him « a rising star » back in 2015, and boy has he been living up to expectations. He showcased all this talent on Anjunadeep, and eventually created his own label. This year, the California native released singles galore, as well as an album back in January. Although he’s still a young talent, Lane 8 is bound for some recognition.
Galantis – With 9 million monthly listeners on Spotify, it’s hard to imagine Galantis out of the top 100, but that’s exactly what happened. Although they had a quieter year compared to the other entries on this list, they still released 3 singles and one remix, which, together with their massive fanbase, should have earned them an entry. Well, there’s always next year.
George Fitzgerald – There’s not much to be said about George Fitzgerald. Several remixes, singles, and an “All That Must Be” album should have assured him an entry on the top 100, but it didn’t. The Englishman has been releasing quality music for years, and we can be sure that next year will be no exception.
Yotto – One word: Hyperfall. That alone should have been enough for an entry on the coveted list. Couple that with a vast amount of singles and remixes, and Yotto should have been on the top 50 at least.
Third Party – The progressive kings have been fighting to keep progressive alive for years, and this year they added two more anthems to their growing list of amazing songs: “Free” and “Midnight”. They also organized several shows and label nights, displaying all the might of their Release Records label.
Kryder – “La Cumbiambera”, “Romani” ft. Steve Angello, and several remixes. Kryder has been on the forefront of everything house related. His funky vibes and all around good music always liven up any venue, and he deserved to bring the funky vibes to the Top 100.
D.O.D – 2018 was an incredible year for Dan O’Donnell. With 5 singles to his name, including 2 collabs, one with Sander Van Doorn and another with Afrojack, D.O.D’s absence is almost a crime.
Matisse & Sadko – “Takeoff”, “Saga”, “Light Me Up” ft. Raiden, “Mystery” and “Grizzly”. The progressive house geniuses had an absurd year, after partnering up with the number 1 DJ, Martin Garrix. Their involvement with STMPD Records has been very beneficial, and we’re sure they will be up there next year.