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Poll 2015: Dillon Francis

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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. uploading pictures of Dillon Francis-branded tampons to Facebook, and getting up to general mischief with Zedd and Steve Aoki on tour).

Credited with bringing moombahton to the masses, the Mad Decent, Dim Mak and Fool’s Gold affiliate got crowds feeling the effects of excess gravity last year with his DJ Snake collaboration, ‘Get Low’.

When he’s not operating under one of his aliases (DJ Hanzel, DJ RichAF, Becky, Rave Dad, Greg, Fetty Hat) or dressing up as a giant iced doughnut, he’s in the studio working on new productions, often with other EDM heavyweights. His ‘Money Sucks, Friends Rule’ album of last year — and his debut full-length — gathered together the unlikely crew that was Twista, Panic! At The Disco's Brendon Urie, and Martin Garrix.

Dillon has just dropped a new ‘This Mixtape Is Fire’ EP (which he advises people to throw onto their hearth for instant flames), and is a return to his reggaeton-inspired roots, with sautéed latin beats featuring collaborations from Skrillex, Calvin Harris and Kygo. For evidence of its heat potential, the release shot to No.1 on the iTunes dance charts within the first hour.

Not limiting himself to music, he’s also starring in a film, ‘Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse’, where (spoiler alert) his head explodes. So that’s nice. 

FELICITY MARTIN

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-16 14:20

Style: 
Moombahton, electro-house
Best known for: 
Dillon Francis & DJ Snake ‘Get Low’
From: 
LA

Poll 2015: Swanky Tunes

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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. However, they’ve achieved plenty in the past 12 months to warrant the extra attention, and they don’t need much prompting to start rattling off their achievements.

“The past 12 months have been the most busy and successful year of our artist life and music career,” they say.

“Firstly, we hit the charts in Russia with our single ‘Fox Me’, which also became a real crossover international radio and club hit in the UK and the rest of Europe. And our single ‘Wherever U Go’ got amazing support from US dance stations and generated more than 1.5million streams on Spotify in the first couple of months after it was released on Dim Mak.”

The trio also relaunched their label imprint SHOWLAND and teamed up with Armada Music on distribution, and well as renewing their publishing deal with MusicAllStars and Spinnin’. 

“We’ve actively toured all year round with a three-continent tour of the USA, Europe and Asia, leaving only Australia and South America uncovered. On top of it all we sold 4000 tickets for our show in our hometown of Smolensk, that’s an all-time record for a solo event by a DJ act hailing from the Russian Federation.”

ANGUS PATERSON

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-16 15:14

Style: 
House, progressive house, electro-house.
Best known for: 
Fast & Furious 6 soundtrack, collab with Tiesto, producing music for 17 years.
Tune of the year: 
Swanky Tunes & Playmore ‘I Need U’.
From: 
Russian Federation
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
Arston
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
Great musical taste.
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
Absolutely, and Swanky Tunes will do the best to make it brighter together with all the other producers and DJs!
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
Of course. It makes your mind wide open, and gives you a bunch of points of views in different situations.
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
Taking Swanky Tunes’ music to the world.
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
Studio 54.
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
I guess it’s all about DJing history, where the men came first to it. But we’re very welcome to see more girls performing as DJs.
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
“If a DJ has an idea of a brilliant track, then it doesn’t matter who produced this track.”

Poll 2015: Firebeatz

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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. An all-Dutch duo consisting of good friends and musical sparring partners, Tim Benjamin Smulders and Jurre van Doeselaar, the boys have left their mark on the EDM scene thanks to heavily endorsed hits such as 'Dear New York', 'Here We F*cking Go' and 'Helicopter'. 

As prolific in the studio as they are on the decks, the past twelve months have also seen them team up with everyone from Martin Garrix to Tiesto to Calvin Harris. “We’ve been touring all around the world, had some amazing experiences and produced a lot of new music,” they tell DJ Mag. Their polling in this year’s poll, we gather, is the cherry on top. 

STEPHEN FLYNN

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-16 14:18

Style: 
Electro-house
Best known for: 
“'Helicopter' and our energetic DJ sets.”
Tune of the year: 
“Our own tune, 'Invincible'.”
From: 
Netherlands
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
KSHMR
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
“Reading the crowd.”
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
“We think that EDM is still one of the most popular genres around there. Music will always evolve, and that’s a good thing.”
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
“It’s hard, because you need to recharge at home from time-to-time. Family and friends are really important, and it’s amazing to share all of these experiences with them.”
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
“Cocoon club in Frankfurt — that place was just amazing. We had some amazing gigs there at the beginning of our career.”
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
“Maybe because too many people in the industry have a 'boys club' mentality.”
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
“We understand some DJs just don’t have the time or knowledge to produce, and without productions it’s impossible to tour around the world. Those DJs use 'their' music as a marketing tool but for us it’s hard to understand.”