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Top 100 DJs

Hardwell
Hardwell
Down 1

He may have been dethroned after two years at the top of the poll but Hardwell’s bigger than ever. Robbert van de Corput’s 2015 was a very good year even by his bombastic standards.

Up 1

It’s incredible to think that Martin Garrix isn’t legally allowed to drink alcohol at the EDM festivals he's been a fixture at the past few years.

Down 1

“I think it’s a really odd phenomenon,” Armin van Buuren says matter-of-factly down the phone line.

tiesto
tiesto
No change

It’s been yet another year of chart-topping and globe-trotting for Dutchman Tijs Verwest, better known to the world as Tiësto.

Up 1

It's not easy tracking down David Guetta for his Top 100 DJs interview this year.

Down 1

2015 has been a year of metamorphosis for Avicii.

Up 4

If you were to accuse Afrojack of anything, it couldn't be of using a ghost producer.

No change

Forget collaborations with the likes of Usher and Bieber. Forget the six Grammys and the 19 million Facebook fans.

No change

“It's like you're driving a Ferrari at full speed, and that's fun and I love that energy; that adrenaline,” Steve Aoki tells DJ Mag over the phone from his car, but not while driving (we hope).

No change
 
It could be said that 2015 marked the year when Calvin Harris...

Up 22

The ushering in of 'future house' as the “saviour of EDM” last year felt a little premature, but a 22-place climb for Oliver Heldens (Highest House DJ)...

Up 2

Alesso obviously puts as much time and effort into making EDM/pop tunes as he does his hair.

Up 4

Willem van Hanegem and Ward van der Harst's mix-up of trance, electro and progressive house elements have seen them reach out and connect to a wide audience of dance music fans across the world....

Up 4

Before trying their hand at dance music, Canadian duo DVBBS (pronounced ‘Dubs’), made up of brothers Alexandre and Christopher van den Hoef, were members of a local rock band.

Up 0

It's official, Axwell and Ingrosso are married. Not legally of course — even if civil partnerships (unlike some US States) are accepted in Sweden.

blasterjaxx
blasterjaxx
Down 6

“Turbulent” is Blasterjaxx’s adjective of choice to describe their year, speaking to DJ Mag all the way from Shanghai.

Up 12

Like the prom queen that snubs her most persistent suitor year after year, Diplo has declined DJ Mag’s gracious advances yet again, opting instead to let us speculate...

Up 2

Fadil El Ghoul, aka R3HAB, has been on a quick ascent to join his EDM colleagues at the festival main stages, and for proof of his studio prowess, you only need to glance at the tracklist for his...

No change

We think Zedd must have been destined for success from an early age; born to a guitarist father and pianist mother, young Anton was classically trained in several instruments.

KSHMR
KSHMR
New Entry

With releases on Dutch imprint Spinin’ Records, remixes for the likes of Avicii, and a huge collaboration alongside Tiesto, American EDM producer and...

nervo
nervo
Down 3

Australian sisters NERVO are big news. While some have questioned the lack of women in the Top 100 DJs poll, these DJ and production siblings have consistently placed in the upper reaches.

Down 9

Known as much for his personality both online and onstage as he is for his massively successful productions, Toronto native Joel Zimmerman, aka Deadmau5, maintains his place in the DJ Mag Top 100...

dyro
dyro
No change

This year, Dyro (real name Jordy Van Egmond) has gone big.

Down 9

Deorro, born Erick Orrosquieta, started out DJing when he was just 14.

above and beyond
above and beyond
Down 4

Once the mainstay of our Top 10, trance is no longer the dominant sound of the world's big-room clubs.

don diablo
don diablo
Up 52

The dawn of future house in 2014 heralded a new age for EDM, it seemed.

steve angello
steve angello
Down 5

Flying solo and loving it, former Swedish House Mafia man Steve Angello has mostly positive things to say about the state of the scene as he sees it.

Up 33

For a new entrant into the Top 100 last year, DJ Snake’s had a pretty wild year.

kygo
kygo
New Entry

Tropical beats? Sure, Kygo’s got some.

Up 21

A Belgium EDM hitmaker with a close link to newly crowned Top 100 kings Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and their Smash The House label, Yves V kept the hits coming in 2015.

fedde le grand
fedde le grand
No change

“I’ve been incredibly lucky to have been able to make a career out of music,” Fedde Le Grand tells us, humbly.

Down 5

Ummet Ozcan's techno-influenced trance made something of a seamless transition to gain huge popularity amongst EDM fans, but that's come as no surprise to the man himself.

Showtek
Showtek
Down 20

The past 12 months have seen brothers Sjoerd and Wouter Janssen, aka Showtek, capitalising on their hard work over the past few years, as they transitioned from their early dominance in the...

Angerfist
Angerfist
Down 1

Angerfist makes music that matches his name. Known for crafting fast, brutal and, well, angry beats, Angerfist's music sits somewhere between hardcore, raw-edged techno and old school gabba.

bassjackers
bassjackers
New Entry

2015 has been a sensational year for fun-loving Dutch duo, Bassjackers.

Down 16

Trance might have lost its grip on the top-end of the poll to EDM, but nobody can deny the ongoing tenacity of its following.

Down 3

This year, Paul van Dyk released the third in his popular 'Politics Of Dancing' LP series.

vinai
vinai
Up 19

Despite only forming in 2011, VINAI are a duo very much setting the EDM world on fire right now.

alok
alok
New Entry

Alok is a poster boy for Brazil's love of deep mid-tempo forms of house and techno — albeit with a pop twist. It's a subcultural penchant often outshone by the garish lights of EDM. 

jack u
jack u
New Entry

What do you get when you lock Skrillex and Diplo in a studio together? A wildly successful bass child, apparently.

Tom Swoon
Tom Swoon
New Entry

Tom Swoon only discovered Deadmau5 and Daft Punk around five years ago but his early efforts at unofficial remixes soon led to his bootleg of...

shogun
shogun
New Entry

What sets Shogun apart from other US DJs is his work ethic; Andrew Chen is known to spend 12...

Down 1

Koen Bauweraerts, better known as Belgian producer Coone, is one of the elder statesmen of hardstyle.

Down 14

The duo of Ruben Den Boer and Victor Pool, aka Vicetone,inject a strong affinity with melody into their main stage EDM productions, and describe the past year as the “...

Up 39

From the moment Richie Hawtin crossed the river from Windsor, Ontario, to the techno heartland of Detroit, Michigan, the techno savant set in motion a journey that would see the British-born...

Up 32

2015 has been a big one for Steve and Ruben, aka the notorious Wolfpack.

brennan heart
brennan heart
Down 6

 Dutch hardstyle producer Brennan Heart has had one of those years. “I thought 2014 was madness, but 2015 topped it… crazy”, he sighs.

Major Lazer
Major Lazer
New Entry

While at one time Major Lazer seemed destined to be a Diplo side-project devoted to futuristic versions of Jamaican dancehall, made alongside UK producer Switch, it’s become very much the Mad...

Up 2

Inspired as much by video games as he is the sounds of Wolfgang Gartner, it's delightful how Porter Robinson has captured the imagination of the EDM community.

Down 12

For Markus Schulz, life imitates art. Or rather, fantasy. The self-styled unicorn-slayer of trance has found his moniker has presented some surreal encounters in recent years.

Up 12

“I wish I had more time to do everything I have in my mind. I wish the days had 48 hours,” Diego Miranda tells DJ Mag.

New Entry

It’s not only America that’s currently experiencing a dance music epiphany.

New Entry

Danny Avila is a DJ who proves that age really is just a number.

kura
kura
Down 19

It's been business as usual for Kura (aka Rúben de Almeida Barbeiro) in 2015, having placed 42nd in last year's DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll.

New Entry

EDM takes many of its cues from the French touch electro sound that preceded it, so the only surprise in Tchami's dramatic new-entry position this year is that there aren't more like him.

Up 4

With even a periphery knowledge of dance music, you'd be strapped to find a keen clubber who'd never heard the name Carl Cox.

Down 14

He’s been sliding around the Top 100 for some time now, but Laidback Luke wasn’t about to let himself be phased by last year’s results.

New Entry

 We know what you’re going to say: ‘Disclosure aren’t real DJs’.

firebeatz
firebeatz
Down 10

This year’s Top 100 is filled to the brim with duos, but among the most exciting to have emerged in recent times is Firebeatz.

Down 13

Dillon Francis chooses not to talk to us when we try and get in touch, something we can only attribute to him being too busy (ie.

borgore
borgore
Down 27

Asaf Borger, aka Borgore, is something of a musical chameleon.

Down 26

Every year Daft Punk are voted into the Top 100 DJs poll, and every year we have to write a profile for a duo that haven't DJ'd properly since 2001 at London's Fabric.

umek
umek
Up 5

When he first emerged in the mid-’90s, Umek was associated with the loop techno sound.

Up 2

A Maltese duo who juggle the emotive thrills of trance with their love for chillout vibes, Cyprian Cassar and Joven Grech have been working together as Tenishia...

radical redemption
radical redemption
Down 8

Hardstyle has never been more popular than it is right now. One man who’s helped bring the genre to unforeseen heights is the inventively named Radical Redemption.

Frontliner
Frontliner
Down 28

Unlike the vast majority of DJs on this list, Frontliner is a man who plays by his own rules.

Up 13

By now you’ll know the singular synth strokes of ‘Tsunami’, a UK No.1 and the reason its producer shot to fame in 2013.

Re-entry

Apparently Netsky, or Boris Daenen, was too busy for DJ Mag’s interview.

yellow claw
yellow claw
New Entry

Together Bizzey (Leonardo Roelandschap), Nizzle (Nils Rondhuis) and Jim Aasgier make up Yellow Claw, a grouping whose sonic output is a diverse...

Re-entry

Dutch house titan and last month’s DJ Mag cover star Chuckie is going through something of a reinvention.

will sparks
will sparks
New Entry

Will Sparks is a truly passionate guy. He's passionate about his city, about his music and most of all, about his fans.

Up 6

The Dutch DJ, real name Quinten van den Berg, has climbed a further six places in the Top 100 DJs poll this year.

Krewella
Krewella
Down 48

“There is no bigger compliment than to have our amazing support system, our KREW, vote for us without even being asked to do so.

Down 24

Andre Tanneberger, aka ATB, has come a long way since his UK No.1, ‘9PM (Till I Come)’.

makj
makj
Down 21

Makj is the alias of US DJ/producer Mackenzie Johnson.

Kaskade
Kaskade
Down 38

Last year, Kaskade’s management made a song and dance about him answering a few simple questions for our poll.

Up 6

From his early UK chart success with 'Out Of The Blue' under his System F alias to creating a raft of timeless trance anthems alongside Tiesto as Gouryella, Rotterdam's Ferry Corsten has been...

flux pavillion
flux pavillion
New Entry

Repping bass music hard for the UK, Flux Pavilion is the only British producer to hit the Top 100 with a passion for those low-end frequencies.

zatox
zatox
Down 16

“It was a very busy year,” Zatox tells DJ Mag, but from what we can see, that's a big understatement.

carnage
carnage
Down 20

Over the past few years, the world of EDM and hip-hop have grown ever closer.

markus schulz
markus schulz
New Entry

German crowd-pleaser Robin Schulz enjoyed an absolutely huge 2015 that’s catapulted him into the Top 100 DJs poll and transformed him into a genuine crossover house music star, with the rich vocal...

sander van doorn
sander van doorn
Down 39

“Maybe you won’t believe it, but it’s my 10-year anniversary in the DJ Mag Top 100!” gushes Sander van Doorn. We can believe it alright. Sander is worldly-wise...

MaRlo
MaRlo
New Entry

MaRLo sums up his sound when he tells DJ Mag that it is "basically Tech driven chunky beats with plenty of hands in the air moments."

andy c
andy c
Re-entry

Since bursting onto the scene as a young teenager with epic hardcore tune 'Valley Of The Shadows' under the name Origin Unknown in the early '90s, Andrew Clarke has been immersed in breakbeat...

Down 22

Quentin Mosimann’s personal highlights of the year include officially remixing David Guetta and Bob Sinclair and making his debut at Tomorrowland.

miss k8
miss k8
New Entry

There aren’t many female DJs in the Top 100 – and there aren’t many Ukrainians for that matter, either.

tujamo
tujamo
New Entry

Tujamo has the rare distinction of actually having commercial chart success with his productions in the UK, Germany and Holland, something not a lot of dance artists can say.

mike candys
mike candys
Down 12

At only 34 years old, Mike Candys has already positioned himself as one of the globe’s most renowned purveyors of big room progressive and electro vibes.

swanky tunes
swanky tunes
New Entry

Another new entry into the Top 100 this year, Russian trio Swanky Tunes have been producing together for a decade, collaborating for years with heavyweights like Afrojack and Kaskade.

galantis
galantis
New Entry

Sometimes it's hard to know if an artist's 'people' are making the decisions on their behalf, or if they choose for themselves to keep a distance from their fans.

cosmic gate
cosmic gate
Down 30

Every year someone, somewhere, declares the death of trance music, and every year they’re proved wrong — trance is in just as rude health in 2015 as it was in 1999.

knife party
knife party
Down 47

Knife Party don’t do interviews. It’s their thing... well, along with Daft Punk and, err, Burial.