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!
Armin Van Buuren is one of the most successful DJs of all time. He has hit the Top 100 DJs No.1 spot on a record five occasions, and created a global movement around his beloved trance sound. He remains the highest ranking trance DJ in the 2014 poll, and No.13 in the world - not a bad place to be at all...
Top 100 DJs London - our biggest ever show in the capital - takes place at 02 Academy Brixton on Saturday October 18th.
The line up is shaping up nicely! The World’s No. 1 DJ - will be flown over from the Amsterdam show - and joined by Dash Berlin, Showtek, and a whole host of acts due to be announced in the coming weeks!
Hey bird brains! You know what really gets on my wick? What really fucking winds me up? DJs, producers, artists (I use the term loosely) who practice the subterfuge known as “anti-publicity”. You know the ones, who take to social media, normally Twitter, and pretend they don't like something, slagging it off to their many gormless followers. The something they're pretending to hate, that they're pouring obloquy upon, might be something which has given their career a huge boost.
A hardcore guitar band from Melbourne, Australia have made history — by being the first band to play a track from all of DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs 2013 list in sequential order!
The band, named Bareback Titty Squad, evidently have their tongues firmly in their cheeks as they plough through snippets of tracks from all of the DJs in the poll, starting with hardstyler Ran-D at No.100 and working down.