It’s that time again! 2016’s Top 100 DJs poll launches on 6th July. The world’s biggest music poll, which attracts 1 million annual voters and inspires huge debate throughout the electronic music scene, is the definitive guide to the planet’s most popular DJs.
Ahead of the voting launch, we summarise this year’s big talking points...
Can Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike win again?
With the votes rolling-in for DJ Mag’s annual Top 100 DJs in their thousands — we’re really excited to announce the first phase line-up for our huge Top 100 DJs party at London’s Brixton Academy on Saturday 22nd October.
Confirmed to play — in what is the biggest indoor celebration of dance music in the UK — will be Ferry Corsten: Presenting Gouryella, Markus Schulz and Marlo.
Whether industry hack, diehard dance fan or something in between, there's little doubt that Amsterdam Dance Event is a must-do. Kicking off every October in the pristine Dutch capital, ADE celebrated its 20th year in 2015, touting their biggest and best programme yet.
Enigmatic producer KSHMR has taken the electronic music space by storm over the last twelve months.
Following a string of Beatport No.1 singles, the LA-based producer shot to No.23 in 2015’s Top 100 DJs Poll, powered by 7UP!
As the highest new entry in the poll KSHMR was awarded with the Next UP Award - a fitting end to a phenomenal year.
As you can see, it's peppered with a fair few who have dropped out from 2014, a number of newcomers, and stalwarts who never campaign such as Sasha and Fatboy Slim whose enduring popularity is never in any doubt...
102 3 ARE LEGEND
103 DJ FEEL
105 RAN D
109 CARL NUNES
111 DJS FROM MARS
112 INFECTED MUSHROOM
115 MERK & KREMONT
118 VINTAGE CULTURE
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.”
Belgium brothers Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have been crowned as the No.1 DJs in our annual Top 100 DJs poll, powered by 7UP.
The stadium-filling pairing, are the first ever winners from Belgium and also the first duo to take the No.1 spot.
They moved up one position, dethroning the two-time winner Hardwell. "It really hasn't properly sunk in yet. We just can't believe it" the duo told DJ Mag in the official first interview.
DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs party is set to take over Brixton's iconic O2 Academy on Saturday 17th October with a headline slot from the Top 100 poll winner.
Alongside 2015's number one DJ — who'll be crowned in room one at the special London event — there'll be appearances by trance duo Aly & Fila and Dutch wonder Ferry Corsten, plus German favourite, Markus Schulz.
Room two's line-up has now also been announced and includes much-loved UK DJ Martin Ikin, alongside Apexape, Kalyde, My Digital Enemy and Technik, plus Toolroom-signed producer and BBC Radio 1 favourite, Kokiri.
Our annual Top 100 DJs poll is a comprehensive list of the world’s biggest DJs, as voted by you. Each year the internet goes wild with DJs eager to remind you why they deserve your vote.
Some campaigns are boring, some are hugely misguided, but we have to take our hats off to the guys who’ve made us laugh along the way!
These are the five funniest Top 100 DJs campaigns of all time…
The introduction of Aly & Fila, Markus Schulz and W&W really set the tone for this extravagant event as three of the biggest names in dance music pledged their allegiance to the Top 100 party. With this being the ONLY Top 100 party to hit the UK this year, demand has been overwhelming and the latest announcement of artists will see this demand increase even further.