Latin America has traditionally been well represented in the annual Top 100 DJs poll. Until a few years ago artists like Hernan Cattaneo, DJ Vibe and Gui Boratto were mainstays within the list, which is decided by a public vote. However in this EDM era, these DJs have dropped down the rankings, along with the genres they represent.
Yet, in one of the strange occurrences of this year’s poll, Latin America saw the biggest growth of voters, yet saw a reduction of the number of DJs from the region in the final list.
We asked Brazilian artists Carlo Dal Anese and Diego Logic why this could be: [We] have a culture that what comes from outside is much better that what is domestic,“ Carlo suggests. ”So for a DJ to be recognised in Brazil they must play and be recognised first outside Brazil and so people will say˜If he plays outside is because he is good!."
Sage logic. Fortunately, there are still two artists from the region who made the final ranking, as you can read below
Argentinian duo Heatbeat are known for an unlikely, but hugely successful, melding of electro house and electro trance. The duo represent their region by inserting various Latin-style sections into their tracks, making them instantly identifiable, not to mention perfect for the big room stages that they so often frequent
Following in his father's footsteps to become a DJ was an easy choice for 23-year-old Mexican American DJ Deorro, whose electro house rework of Chuckie & Junxterjack 'Make Some Noise' helped earn him a bundle of DJ gigs when it came out in 2012.
Releasing on Hardwell's label in 2013 was a real turning point says the LA-based father-of-two, also known as Erick Orrosquieta. Having a label as big as Revealed supporting you is a blessing.
Deorro has also released electro house bombs on labels including Steve Aoki's Dim Mak and Ultra Records. And, when he DJs, he plays a mixture of progressive, electro and Dutch house. I like to experiment with different sounds, but most of the time it’s my voice, says Deorro, talking about his forthcoming debut album. The voice has no limit when it comes to experimenting.
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