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Poll 2015: Disclosure

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 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.

ANDREW RAFTER

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-16 14:12

Style: 
House/garage
Best known for: 
A succession of poppy house/garage hits
From: 
UK

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.”

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