It has been another incredible year in electronic music. New genres have sprung up, new parties born, and we have had to say some sad goodbyes. These were the most pivotal moments in dance music in 2016.
SPACE IBIZA GOES OUT WITH A HISTORIC FINAL PARTY
Afrojack first entered the Top 100 DJs poll in 2010, but having hit the top of the charts all over the world last year with his Nicki Minaj and David Guetta collaboration, ‘Hey Mama’, the Dutchman — real name Nick van de Wall — has seen a huge change in both his musical output and the industry as a whole in that time. Following his shift into pop last year, 2016 has seen the EDM star adopt trap, dubstep, hip-hop, alternative music and more into his sprawling sets.
Meet the DJs and producers who picked up awards in 2016’s Top 100 DJs poll.
MARTIN GARRIX - THE WORLD’S NO.1 DJ
The prodigious Dutch star became the youngest ever Top 100 DJs winner, having shot to prominence off the back of his 2013 No.1 hit ‘Animals’.
ARMIN VAN BUUREN - HIGHEST TRANCE DJ
Armin Van Buuren has had more Top 100 DJs No.1 positions than any other DJ. Although he's no longer in the top spot, there is no doubting his position as the king of trance.
If we had to pick the DJ's DJ of EDM, few names would fit the bill better than Oliver Heldens. Someone who prides himself on creative tune selection, he's just as likely to play tech-house as he is future house and disco in an EDM set. And that's just when he's playing as Oliver Heldens. His more underground alter ego HI-LO is strictly driving tech-house and techno. “I play tech-house but I'm not a techno DJ. I play mainly house — future house,” he tells DJ Mag. “I play anything that's groovy, old house stuff or electro-house.”
Listen to Mixcloud sets from 2016’s Top 5 DJs, picked from this year’s Top 100 DJs poll.
MARTIN GARRIX LIVE FROM UMF IN MIAMI
The youngest ever Top 100 DJs winner, Martin Garrix, brings his energetic, progressive sound to Ultra Music Festival in Miami. It is a perfect example of the qualities that won him this year’s No.1 position.
This year’s Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) will go down in history. Last month over 350,000 dance music fans and industry players converged on the Dutch city for five days of panels, club nights and networking events that made Amsterdam the centre of the global clubbing world for a five day period! As always, DJ Mag was on hand throughout. These are the five moments that defined ADE 2016.
This year’s Top 100 DJs is the biggest yet! Our worldwide poll cracked over a million votes for the first time ever, with dance music fans from virtually every country on earth voting for their favourites.
The most votes were from the US, followed by India, Brazil, Mexico, Belgium, Netherlands, UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Russia, China, Japan and Guatemala — ably demonstrating what a global poll this is.
Diplo and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have collaborated on a new track called ‘Hey Baby’ which has been released through Mad Decent. You can listen to it below.
The track comes just days after 2016 Top 100 DJs runners up Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike dropped a festival-ready electro-house remix of Major Lazer and DJ Snake's 2015 smash hit ‘Lean On’.
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