The feminine version of the renowned DJ Mag reveled the TOP 100 (and Top 200) female DJs (DJanes) in the world.
The publication has been arranging this poll since 2014, so it’s still very fresh in the dance music panorama. However, over the last couple of years it has been picking up some steam, with stereotypical, cringe-named DJanes known for absolutely nothing at all being replaced with some of the most technically gifted ladies in the business.
For the first two years of its life, the pole was topped by internet sensation Juicy M, with noteworthy competition from Nina Kraviz, Eva Shaw and more. But in 2016, Juicy M was dethroned by the always glamorous Nervo twins and “bass queen” Allison Wonderland, who have been the top two names ever since. 2017 also marked the incredible rise of REZZ, climbing up to 7th overall.
Last year, REZZ climbed up to 5th, with former 2-time winner Juicy M climbing down to 10th. We also witnessed a rise of the techno “trend”, as it became less and less underground, thus justifying the even bigger rise of “Holy Trinity” of Techno – Nina Kraviz, Amelie Lens, Charlotte de Witte. Miss K8 also represented the harder styles on the top 10, claiming a strong 6th position.
This year, the pole presents some interesting results. “Space Mom” REZZ continues her domination, with Peggy Gou climbing to Top 10 for the first time. Other important names include MATTN, Mariana Bo, (Portuguese!!) Zanova, hardstyle sensation MANDY – check out our interview with her here! – rounding off the top 20.
Deetox, Maeva Carter, The Black Madonna, Mija, Sophie Francis and more represent very well their respective genres. Top 200 features some criminal offenses, with the main one being Lady Bee being left out of the main 100, on a lonely 105th position.
This top shows great promise, and it’s an excellent opportunity for lesser known but still talented DJanes to climb up the ranks of the mostly men-dominated industry. It’s a beacon of ever-growing hope and equality.