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Poll 2015: Umek


When he first emerged in the mid-’90s, Umek was associated with the loop techno sound. Nowadays he’s far more visible as a key resident at Carl Cox’s Space Ibiza Revolution parties, and as a headliner at countless gigs and festivals across the world.

Accordingly, there’s a house music timbre to his sets nowadays. Still, Umek remains an anomaly in the Top 100, one of the last bastions standing strong against the EDM tide.

He claims he’s returned to his techno roots this year. “I’ve really enjoyed coming back to my own 1605 label after a while, re-launching my classic aliases Zeta Reticula (electro-infused techno; check out ‘Fonon’) and Alba Patera (techno) along the way. Maybe that wasn’t so obvious but I’m really enjoying exploring electro and proper techno realms right now.”

He’s enjoyed some big back-to-back sets with Spanish selector Coyu in 2015 too, at Ultra Europe and in Ibiza at Join The Revolution, and “a never-ending world tour with approximately a hundred gigs, including some top class clubs and festivals in Europe and the USA”. 


Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-16 14:27

“Not much change there since previous years!”
Best known for: 
“Being a big sneaker addict.”
Tune of the year: 
“Kölsch feat Gregor Schwellenbach ‘Talbot’.”
Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
“Being capable of selecting good music and presenting it in a way that people feel excited about it.”
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
“Yes, especially during winter when I get less sunlight. I have quite an aerophobia that I’ve luckily learned to cope with, but it’s still very stressful for me flying around.”
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
“Right now we’re gathering money and means for refugees from Syria, the Middle East and Africa that are coming to Europe in large numbers.”
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
“I always had a good time performing at Palazzo in Bingen, Germany and the old Tresor club in Berlin.”
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
“It looks like we boys are still more skilful in this business, though I would expect at least some of the ladies such as Nina Kraviz to be part of the DJ Top 100 list in future.”
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
“This is a reflection of the fact that DJs are being booked not for their DJ skills but the ability to produce and promote hit songs.”

Poll 2015: Kygo

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Tropical beats? Sure, Kygo’s got some. Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll, our highest new entry from Bergen, Norway — a beautiful city that sparkles with cold, glacial fjords and snow atop its windswept peaks — has been busy warming up house music in 2015 with his beach-ready vibes.

Hailed by fans and peers alike as the harbinger of change to an electronic music scene in need of new life, the young artist makes his DJ Mag Top 100 debut in his biggest year to date…

with no signs of slowing down. From the release of his first original single, ‘Firestone’, which amassed over 100 million YouTube views, to headlining some of the world’s biggest festivals, Kygo assures us that “the whole year has been amazing.”

Closing out the LIVE stage at Ultra Music Festival with the debut of his new show and playing the Mojave Tent at Coachella are at the top of his favorite moments list, but of course, it’s hard to choose just one or two from a year full of musical madness.

As expected, there have been some crazy moments, too — such as preparing to perform at the finale of Germany’s Next Top Model and having to evacuate the arena due to a bomb threat. We’d say that qualifies, but we’re pretty sure that 2016 will bring even more for this rising star as he continues to warm hearts and dancefloors the world over with his uplifting, laidback grooves. 


Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-13 11:53

Tropical House
Best known for: 
Bergen, Norway
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
“I think so, but we as artists have a responsibility to change things up and continue pushing the boundaries of what electronic music is.”
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
“At times, of course, but going on stage and performing is always the best remedy for me.”
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
“My family for sure.”