Makj is the alias of US DJ/producer Mackenzie Johnson. Famed for his take on all things electro-house, this prolific producer has also worked alongside a varied crew of musicians, with everyone from Hardwell to Lil’ Jon to M35 rubbing shoulders with the Tomorrowland main-stager.
Another on this list who’s signed his music to the likes of Spinnin’ and Ultra, Makj is also a talented DJ and by no means simply a talented producer – which is no real surprise considering he got his first pair of Technics at the tender age of 15. 2015 marks his second year in the Top 100…but all the signs would indicate that he’s here to stay for some time yet.
Dutch DJ & producer Willem Rebergen, better known as Headhunterz, pulls off an admirable balancing act between his own creative freedom and the high expectations of success. He’s blazed his own trail, making music his very own, open-minded playground. In the past 15 years, Headhunterz has shown to be following his inner flow, with a unique sound that’s ever genre-bending, yet truly his. Outstanding performances at festivals like Tomorrowland, Electric Daisy Carnival and Ultra Music Festival, as well as more intimate venues like Ruby Skye, LA Exchange, ZOUK and Ushuaia, have wowed fans all across the globe. Following golden records, chart-topping remixes for Avicii, Armin van Buuren, Hardwell and Zedd, collabs with KSHMR, Hardwell, R3hab and Steve Aoki, and many, unforgettable moments on stage, Headhunterz is sure to continue wandering the infinite options of electronic dance music.
So says Krewella – and to give the guys their dues you would indeed be hard pressed to find a more loved female duo in the EDM world right now. Consisting of sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf, this all-conquering pair have a style that’s very much their own. And in
spite of Kristopher "Rain Man" Trindl’s much publicised resignation, the Krewella party rolls with distinction…
Hardstyle has never been more popular than it is right now. One man who’s helped bring the genre to unforeseen heights is the inventively named Radical Redemption.
Still only 25 years old, 2015 is the second year in a row the burgeoning Dutchman has made the Top 100. With his own show coming up in November at Amsterdam’s infamous Heineken Music Hall, it seems the only way is up for the “Prostitute” producer…
Despite only forming in 2011, VINAI are a duo very much setting the EDM world on fire right now. Setting their stall out early with a series of club-ready cuts such as the ubiquitous EDM hit “Raveology”, these Italian brothers have seen their stock soar over the past year thanks to a reciprocal relationship with the all-conquering Dutch label, Spinnin’.
Collaborations with the likes of DVBBS, R3hab and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike prove that they’re not afraid of mixing it alongside their big-name peers either. Watch out for their new track, the curiously named “Techno”, which is out now on Spinnin’ – naturally - and promises to showcase a side of the boys we’ve never witnessed before. Brothers gonna work it out, eh?
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.
It’s been yet another year of chart-topping and globe-trotting for Dutchman Tijs Verwest, better known to the world as Tiësto. For the man who has been going strong in the EDM scene since before such a genre classification existed (fellow ‘90s ravers, we know you remember the days), life appears to be a continuous whirlwind of success.
From his residency at Vegas super-club Hakkasan to headlining the biggest festivals on the planet, to his popular Club Life radio show and compilation album, the superstar DJ/producer holds steady in the upper echelons of the DJ Mag Top 100.
Tiësto’s sound has evolved along with the scene as he replaced the fast-paced, euphoric trance that he made his name on with a decidedly more mainstream, pop-EDM sound — but his popularity keeps growing, year after year, despite the stark shift in fan base.
2015 has seen the superstar collaborating with plenty of other superstars, such as Martin Garrix, The Chainsmokers, and Don Diablo. While this year didn’t see an artist LP release, Tiësto kept fans satiated by delivering another mixed compilation album in May.
‘Club Life: Volume Four New York City’ is the fourth installment of his successful ‘Club Life’ compilation series and reached the #2 spot on Billboard’s US Dance/Electronic Albums chart.
Among the more popular tracks on the album is ‘Secrets’, a collaboration with Kashmiri-American producer KSHMR featuring Australian singer Vassy on vocals that charted in 12 countries — certainly, nothing new for Tiësto but a repeat occurrence that serves to underscore his popularity. What Tijs Verwest touches, often turns to dance chart gold.
Massive popularity comes with massive responsibility. While plenty of artists eschew it, the 46-year-old veteran producer appears not to take it lightly. Recognizing the contribution of women in dance music, for instance, Tiësto told The Miami New Times in an interview earlier this year, “I’m very aware and appreciative of [women’s roles in EDM].
I don’t really know why there’s not more of a female DJ presence out there. I mean, there are some great female names on the scene, but it would be great to see more.” He went on to admit, “female artists have been crucial to the development of dance music.”
Indeed, the dance music world sees a plethora of women featured on vocals, particularly in the brand of music Tiësto and his peers produce, but relatively few behind the decks.
In keeping with his pursuit of quality, though, he also acknowledges that he will only feature what sounds good — x and y chromosomes regardless.
One thing is certain: if the ever-influential, Dutch superstar can do for up and coming female DJs what he has done for equally promising male talent in recent years, the world of EDM will likely see the gender scale start to balance.
Unlike the vast majority of DJs on this list, Frontliner is a man who plays by his own rules. This is evident in the fact that he never campaigns or for votes in the poll. Even so, he’s a feature in the list again this year – which is testament to his increasingly loyal group of fans, for whom he’s eternally grateful. “It means the world to me to see so many people vote for me on their own accord” he told us recently. “It’s what keeps me going in the studio.” We bet.
Australian DJ duo and EDM superstars, Nervo, will spin at this year's DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Party at the iconic O2 Brixton Academy in London.
Set to kick off on Saturday 18th October, and hosted in association with Lock N Load Events, the girls join already announced headliners Aly & Fila, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, Dash Berlin and many more.
Thank you to all those who have registered for the DJ MAG Top 100 show. We’re delighted to announce that over half of the tickets have already been snapped up for the event!