LOVE SAVES THE DAY
WE ARE WON!
We Are FSTVL have won the coveted Best Dance Festival gong this year, just pipping SW4 to the post...
LHF ‘FOR THE THRONE'
ROISIN MURPHY 'HAIRLESS TOYS'
BENJAMIN DAMAGE 'OBSIDIAN'
THE REVENGE IS SWEET!
Glaswegian DJ/producer Graeme Clark has triumphed in the Best Album category, beating Roisin Murphy's Mercury-nominated long-player with his disco-tinged opus...
ED RUSH & OPTICAL ‘FABRICLIVE 82’
TREVOR JACKSON ‘SCIENCE FICTION DANCEHALL CLASSICS’
MUMDANCE ‘FABRICLIVE 80’
BILL BREWSTER ‘LATE NIGHT TALES PRESENTS AFTER DARK’
SLAM DUNK DA FUNK!
The legendary Scottish duo certainly pushed the boat out when it came to curating a special Glasgow edition in their 'Transmissions' series...
Danny Avila is a DJ who proves that age really is just a number. Having first whet his appetite for dance music in Marbella, at the club his father's friends owned, it wasn't until he suffered a wakeboarding accident aged 14 that he truly had time to sit down and learn his craft.
Now, having racked up close to 80k Instagram followers, he treks relentlessly round the world’s biggest clubs, and the 20-year old explains he's had “a year of innovations and lots of moments of joy! I feel blessed to have had the chance to visit so many countries.”
It was sneaking into a Fedde Le Grande show in ‘09 that made him understand how to really ‘kill it’ in a club, and at that point Danny upped sticks to Madrid.
One of the plaudits he’s earned since is the title of Hakkasan's youngest-ever resident, as well as gaining residencies in Las Vegas and Pacha Barcelona, and this is Danny’s first entry into the Top 100.
“Nothing is more nourishing than to celebrate along with your fans and to feel the rush that comes back from their energy onto the stage,” he gushes. “It’s been the most diverse year of my career so far, with my whole MORE concept coming to life where I take people on a journey through a vast variety of electronic music.”
For Nicky Romero, 2015 was another typically hectic year. Playing at all the biggest festivals across the world, including Ultra Miami, Europe and Japan, at EDC Las Vegas and Tomorrowland in Brazil and Belgium, the DJ/producer still found time to drop the first installment in his new ‘Lighthouse’ trilogy of productions.
Nicky also knuckled down to get his Protocol label bubbling more than ever before.
“We’ve got some seriously great talent on our roster,” he says, “and we had our 50th release at the beginning of the summer. We’re also taking our Protocol nights around the world, and they’re always great fun. I’m so proud of everything that is coming out there.”
Da Tweekaz have had quite a year. The Norwegian duo, made up of Kenth Kvien and Marcus Nordli, have long wanted to DJ in the US and, after many years on the hardstyle circuit in Europe, they finally got their wish in June, playing at Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas.
Back home, the size and stature of their bookings have also been growing. In the past year, the pair have appeared at Kings Of Hardstyle and Defqon.1 Festival. The latter was a dream come true for Kvien and Nordli, who tell us
After a prolific 2014, in which the pair released a song every month, Da Tweekaz have focused on honing and developing their sound. ‘Wodka’, released in August, comes after a period of bunkering down in their studio and has been Kvien and Nordli’s most successful single to date.
Back in 2008, the two were releasing music on internet forums for a small but dedicated following. In the years since, they’ve cemented their place as one of Europe’s most loved hardstyle acts.
Dutch house titan and last month’s DJ Mag cover star Chuckie is going through something of a reinvention. The Dirty Dutch superstar, real name Clyde Sergio Narain, has recently been dabbling in ‘traphall’, aka trap x dancehall — the genre he’s now spearheading.
Speaking about the last 12 months, Chuckie reveals he’s had an amazing year. “I travelled around the world many times and played some of the biggest festivals in the world,” he says.
Having always embraced a multitude of genres, he has this year debuted his Metamorphosism world tour — a mega showcase of floor-fillers spanning between five and nine hours, and an antidote to the (allegedly sometimes) pre-recorded 45-minute festival set.
Despite having encountered many corners of the globe in 2015, Chuckie’s only lament is that he wishes he “could have had more time in the studio. It was almost impossible to combine it with my hectic tour schedule.”
In our cover story, over a cup of builder’s tea, he admitted to flying 452 times last year, and he explains how “all flight attendants and pilots are allowed to fly only a certain amount of time because of safety measures. We all know that DJs fly way more than whatever is healthy”, the chameleonic producer finishes. FELICITY MARTIN
Apparently Netsky, or Boris Daenen, was too busy for DJ Mag’s interview. He’s certainly been keeping active in 2015, with gigs at Amnesia, Ibiza (for Together), at UMF in Miami and Tomorrowland Brazil just for starters. He’s also had the honour of remixing Jack Ü’s mega hit ‘Take Ü There’, and recently unleashed new single ‘Rio’ featuring the improbably named Digital Farm Animals.
His glossy, ultra-clean take on drum & bass has made him an unlikely regular appearance in the Top 100 DJs poll. Netsky’s got a pop sensibility that chimes with the youthful EDM audience.
Already two albums deep into his career, both appearing on accessible d&b label Hospital, he’s recorded with Beth Ditto and rising producer Metrik, and now finds himself playing the sort of stadium affairs normally reserved for the EDM big dogs. Those Stateside gigs for Mad Decent and Ultra are obviously paying off.
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.
But rather than trundle through the endless rumours of their imminent return, we thought we’d share with you a story from Eats Everything who recalls when he saw Thomas Bangalter DJ at Space, Ibiza.
“I saw Thomas Bangalter play the best DJ set I’d ever seen in my life on the Terrazza at Space,” explains the Bristol-based producer. “He was playing two copies of the same record, reversing the other backwards in sync, throwing massive 909 kick-drums into the mix... and then began cradling the mixer in his arms.
We were like, 'What the fuck is he doing?' He yanked the phono leads out the back of the mixer and started playing a bassline with the feedback. He was creating this enormous roaring sound with nothing but his clammy hands — and this curly-haired, terrified-looking Frenchman didn’t look up once for four hours, I swear to God.”
Quite literally the stuff of legends, and let's not forget the duo haven’t ruled out a return to the stage. When last album 'Random Access Memories' was released, the duo said if they did return for a new live show it would be an “all-encompassing set list”.
We know what you’re going to say: ‘Disclosure aren’t real DJs’. While they are predominantly a live outfit, they do DJ a lot, especially at their Wild Life shows, and considering DJing is generally pressing a succession of buttons these days, no one can accuse Disclosure of not pressing buttons — given the size and complexity of their live shows.
2015 has been a busy year for the Lawrence brothers; they scored a No.1 album with ‘Caracal’, a collaborative album that saw old faces like Sam Smith rub shoulders with new artists like Lion Babe.
As well as a new album, they’ve somehow found the time to put on their own festival, Wild Life, in Shoreham (near Brighton), and more recently Las Vegas, and they’ve also been quietly creating their own underground hit factory with their Method White imprint that has seen a spate of club smashes from Jonas Rathsman, with ‘Wolfbane’, MJ Cole with ‘Bouldaz’, and more recently Eats Everything’s pulverising rerub of Tiga vs Audion’s ‘Dancing’.
Who knows what else the brothers have in store for the rest of the year. Don’t bet against a raft of killer remixes of Caracal’s juiciest cuts, a new live show, which is even more impressive that their last from what we’ve seen, and a few surprises too.