It's time to gear up for the biggest and most influential poll in dance music - it's shaping up to be the hugest year yet with this year's poll powered by www.trackitdown.net - which means a free download for everyone who votes!
Trackitdown.net's Ed Real commented: "By offering each voter a free track to download from our catalogue of 350,000 titles from over 10,000 labels, we can demonstrate how easy it is to find your favourite electronic music legally. "We hope that the Top 100 DJs 2008 powered by Trackitdown.net will be the biggest international celebration of dance culture in the history of the poll."
The DJmag Top 100 DJs is a 100% public vote, so if your fave selector's gonna have a chance of scooping the top prize, you've gotta get in it to help him win it. You can only vote once, so make it count! Didn't like last year's results? Well here's your chance to change things – don't moan, take action to shape this year's poll.
Since its inception in the early 1990s the Top 100 DJs poll has gone from strength to strength. Initially dominated by Brits, it's grown into a genuine worldwide snapshot of the most popular DJs on the planet as the dance scene has mushroomed.
Last year's Top 100 threw up plenty of surprises. Voting increased from 217,000 to 345,000 votes, with the third largest voting contingent coming from nascent clubbing destination China, after the US and the UK, with Germany and Russia close behind. And we had a brand new ruler, too, in the form of adventurous trancer Armin van Buuren, who kept his favourite genre at the top of the shop.
But there was also a large musical shift evidenced in the poll, notably in the dominance of techno, which has crept up to become one of the biggest styles represented. Richie Hawtin was up 14 places, Sven Väth up 17 places, and there were healthy showings from Ricardo Villalobos, Anderson Noise, Jeff Mills, Magda and Laurent Garnier. 2007 was a good one too for the house heads too, with some relative newcomers performing particularly well. Fedde Le Grand was the highest entry, right in at No. 22 with a bullet.
"I was just totally shocked to be honest, I was hoping to be somewhere in there but I was shocked to be so high," Le Grand confessed. The Dutch master reckons that the Top 100 is an important snapshot of where dance music's at, as well as being a spur onwards to bigger and better things.
"I think it's really cool because it's a reward for all the hard work that you've done and also it's the people who vote for it, not the industry so I think it's great," he opined. This time out, Le Grand's hoping that he stays in the upper echelons of the Top 100.
"I just hope that I don't drop down too much, so as long as that's not the case I'll be okay," he humbly conceded.
Last year's poll wasn't without its share of controversy compounded by several instances of suspicious voting – but security has been tightened up even more this year, making it sounder than ever before. It's set to be the biggest DJmag Top 100 so far – so get clicking now at www.top100djs.djmag.com!! Remember that you can vote for any DJs you love, famous or otherwise but bear in mind that voting for a mate who's only played a couple of house parties could be a wasted vote – but that's your call.
The closing date is 24th September, so don't forget to make your clicks count!
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