Of all the regions represented in 2014’s Top 100 DJs result, it is Europe that is most dominant. A staggering 70% of the 100 DJs in the list are European. Of the Top ten DJs in the poll, eight are European and five are from Holland - a nation that has turned EDM into a major export over the last decade or two. These are Europe’s biggest DJs, as voted for by you.
The youngest ever winner of Top 100 DJs (in 2013), Dutch DJ and producer Hardwell won the vote again this year and stands proud as The World’s No.1 DJ. He was born in Breda, the same city as his idol, who would later become his mentor, Tiesto. His Revealed Recordings label dominates the Beatport charts and his energetic DJ sets rock stadiums worldwide.
DIMITRI VEGAS & LIKE MIKE
It has been an incredible year for the highest duo in the poll. Belgium brothers Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike are renowned for their hard-hitting sound and interactive, raucous DJ sets that see them crowd surfing, spraying champagne and just about anything else to grab your attention.
ARMIN VAN BUUREN
The King of Trance may not be topping the poll anymore, but the five-time champion is still sitting pretty at No.3, and remains trance music’s biggest star. 2014 was a landmark year for the Dutch DJ & producer. He was nominated for a Grammy, took his ‘Armin Only’ tour global and sold out the cavernous Ziggo Dome in his home city of Amsterdam old several times.
Martin Garrix was a new entry at No.40 in 2013, and has shot up to No.4 in the last 12 months — making him officially one of the biggest DJs in the world. And yet he is still a teenager. The prodigal young artist’s life has changed dramatically since his breakthrough, two years ago. "After ‘Animals’ it’s gone crazy, for one-and-a-half years now it has been really wild” he tells us.
Tijs ‘Tiësto’ Verwest has had a busy year. Not only has the Dutch DJ/producer released his ‘A Town Called Paradise’ album, he’s also been executing gig after gig, travelling the world while fulfilling his residency at glitzy Las Vegas superclub Hakkasan — alongside Calvin Harris. These days, Tiësto’s sets are filled with tunes that fall into the poppier, housier side of EDM — a far cry from the hard, fast, hardcore trance sound that made his name, but his ability to pull and rock a crowd is unchanged.
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