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Poll 2015: Tenishia

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A Maltese duo who juggle the emotive thrills of trance with their love for chillout vibes, Cyprian Cassar and Joven Grech have been working together as Tenishia for over a decade, taking their career to the next level when they were signed a few years ago by Armada Music. They subsequently released their records across several of its sub-labels like Coldharbour and A State Of Trance.

“The past year for us has been the best year of our career,” says Grech. “We really have been so fortunate to have played in so many countries and at some of the world's best festivals. The highlight was probably playing Tomorrowland for the third time in four years.”

Big on the agenda this year has been the release of two particularly successful vocal singles, ‘Don’t Give Up’ in June as well as the smash hit ‘Don’t Let Go’ that dropped just before the Top 100 results were released.

Otherwise, they say, they’re preparing the third edition of their ‘Stoney Roads’ chillout album for release next year, as well as prepping some high-profile collaborations. They also point to particularly strong growth across Asia over the past year.

“Asia has been crazy for us, our fans are awesome and we love being out there. MTV have even given us our own show that is broadcast in eight different countries! We’re really excited to see what 2016 brings.” 

ANGUS PATERSON

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-16 14:30

Style: 
“Melodic and emotional electronic dance and chill out.”
Best known for: 
“‘Where Do We Begin’ and ‘Frozen Roads’ chillout albums.”
Tune of the year: 
“Cosmic Gate ‘Yai (Here We Go Again)’.”
From: 
Malta
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
“Yotto.”
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
“Mixing and reading a crowd is starting to sound old school, as most DJs in the EDM scene prefer to be showmen."
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
“Dare we say this is only the beginning? After the boom in America, the way we see it is that the Asian market is surely looking as bright as ever.”
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
“Too much flying makes it impossible to keep up a good physique, and also messes up your time with your loved ones and family."
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
“Innocent children with whatever problem.”
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
“The Government in Canada.”
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
“Let’s hope for an increase of women DJs who are music- rather than image-related. That said, one has to mention the great skills of Monika Kruse and Nicole Moudaber in the techno scene.”
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
“It’s not news that a lot of DJs are manufactured nowadays. One can have great skills in DJing and not in producing, and there’s nothing wrong with that.”

Poll 2015: Danny Avila

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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.”

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-16 12:23

Style: 
“Electro house, deep and tech house.”
Best known for: 
“High-energy DJing in many genres.”
Tune of the year: 
“Eric Prydz ‘Opus’.”
From: 
Madrid
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
“Tujamo.”
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
“To be able to read the crowd and lead them to the best time they can imagine.”
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
“I’ve never liked the word ‘EDM’. Electronic music is bigger than ever before, and it’s a great time to try out new stuff that might have been too experimental for crowds in the past.”
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
“Not really. I have been touring since I was 15. You can get used to it if you know how to spend your time efficiently while travelling.”
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
“There are a lot of homeless people in Madrid. When I’m there, I try to bring them food and something to cheer them up, though I always feel pretty helpless seeing so many of them.”
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
“Dreamers, Marbella. I had some of the best nights of my life there when I was 14.”
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
“I think the profession of being a DJ is still led by men. So, in relation to the amount of female DJs in the world, there are much fewer DJanes in the Top 100.”
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
“I think the original idea has to come from the artist himself. He has to be involved in the creative process. But there are great sound engineers that can help bring the track to the next level, which is a great thing.”

Poll 2015: tchami

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EDM takes many of its cues from the French touch electro sound that preceded it, so the only surprise in Tchami's dramatic new-entry position this year is that there aren't more like him.

Bloody Beetroots and Germany's Boys Noize might have represented Gallic-inspired noise in this poll over the years and subsequently dropped out, however it's as part of EDM's new wave that this hip Parisian finds himself rubbing shoulders with the big guns.

One of the few managing to straddle a line between mainstream success and underground credibility, Tchami has been spotted dropping everything from EDM bangers to silkier, bass-inflected house beats on gargantuan festival stages as well as the cooler, more demure rooms of clubland in 2015.

On the one hand acknowledged as a pioneer of the future house sound — to the point where comparisons between this summer's 'After Life' and Oliver Heldens' breakthrough tune 'Gecko' have raised one or two eyebrows — he also sits comfortably alongside trap/EDM and brostep names such as DJ Snake and Nero.

Reaching No.2 in the UK charts earlier this year with 'Promesses', he's already proved a darling of Britain's house-loving public and his After Life tour has just visited the US. 

A compatriot of fellow Frenchmen Madeon and Martin Solveig (both notable absences in the poll this year), Tchami — as the namesake of his associated genre suggests — really does appear to be the future. Not just for house, but EDM as a whole.

ADAM SAVILLE

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-16 14:06

Style: 
Future house/EDM
Best known for: 
'After Life'
From: 
Paris, France

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