"I'm a loner. I’m happy alone,” says Claptone. When he speaks — always in earnest, mostly with a sombre tone — you’re never sure whether this mysterious German artist is talking about the character he’s created, or the man himself. Truth is, there is probably very little difference between the two.
Hardwell, the 2013 No.1 DJ in DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs poll, was the surprise guest at the Top 100 DJs poll launch party in Amsterdam at the weekend. Hardwell joined his label-mates Dannic and 2013's Highest New Entry Dyro for the Paradiso show, with Highest Climber Andrew Rayel and Dubvision also on the bill.
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After an accident that nearly took his life in 2016, it was a long road back for Paul van Dyk. But his millions of trance disciples were more than happy to wait, and in 2017 he has taken up his throne once more. He’s been back on the road playing supersize shows all over the planet, but also busy in the studio working on his eighth studio album.
As well as touring and studio work, Paul continues to host his own radio show — VONYC Sessions — on Dash Radio, and his latest instalment was a retrospective that looked back on his “journey through music from 1994 to 2017”. It’s been quite the ride, and stylistically has stayed true to teary-eyed emotions, big room synths and high-energy drums that unite thousands each and every weekend.
He’s also just released ‘I Am Alive,’ the fourth single from the upcoming ‘From Then On’ album, and it’s one he called his most personal track yet. “It's a song full of energy and passion — a celebration of life,” said the track’s accompanying blurb, which was the first one he wrote after that accident last year. Fans will surely be happy he is back.
Having debuted in 2015 but dropped back out the following year, Danny Avila returns to the chart after a jam-packed 12 months which have seen him take his career to the next level. Alongside the usual hectic tour schedule (Asia, Europe, US, Ibiza — the works!), the Spaniard has been showcasing his wider tastes through his new live stream show, Style Sessions, playing everything from drum & bass to trance and moombahton.
Danny also joined members of the DJ Mag team and the organisers of Untold festival as a judge in NewYorker clothing’s NYDJAY competition, helping unearth a new talent for the EDM pool. What’s even more exciting though is what Danny has in store for the near future. “This year has been one of my most creative years in the studio so far and I can't wait to release all the new music really soon,” he tells DJ Mag. And what’s more, he’s just signed an international deal with Sony Music. “It has definitely been an absolutely crazy year so far,” he adds.
“Happy!” is how Fadi Wassef Naguib feelsabout the way Aly & Fila’s 2017 has gone. In context, he might be playing that down a bit. Egypt’s finest have once again spent their year staging considerably-sized events in some comparably historic locations. “Our weekly Future Sound Of Egypt radio show passed its 500th episode in the summer,” says the duo’s ever-genial frontman. “To celebrate, we hosted a show at the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. We also did one at Zurich’s Street Parade and had our own F.S.O.E. stage at Tomorrowland, which were both incredible experiences,” Fadi says.
The pair put out ‘Beyond The Lights’ — their new artist album — in September, front-ended by some particularly trailblazing singles. Among them were 'The Chronicles' — which featured an all-Egyptian co-production line-up of Philippe el Sisi, Omar Sherif and Karim Youssef — and its DJ Mag Money Shot-attracting title track.
And what have been the high points along the club trail in 2017 for the pair, we wonder? “Well, we played Hi Ibiza for Armin van Buuren’s event this summer — that was one ‘high’, certainly,” he deadpans. “Over the summer we also resumed our residency at Cream, Amnesia, which was wild, and played some pretty big festivals too — EDC, Creamfields, Ultras in Miami and Brazil, Beyond Wonderland, A State Of Trance, Transmission, Electronic Family, Something Wicked and more. All in all, it’s been another amazing year!”
Riding the trance resurgence in America during a six week tour, ATB played over a dozen shows in the States, including gigs in Chicago, New York and Seattle, proof that nearly two decades on from his dazzling debut, the German DJ and producer is just as relevant to the dance music scene. Further proof came with his tenth studio album — yes, you read that right, his tenth album. “2017 has been an amazing year so far,” nods Andre Tanneberger. “I released my tenth studio album 'neXt' and did an exciting world tour. But I also took some weeks off to relax and fill up my batteries.”
A wise move from an experienced head, who’s collected so many air-miles on his DJ travels he could surely start his own airline. 18 years after his global smash '9PM (Till I Come)', ATB is still producing spine-tingling trance: just check out his new single 'Never Without You' for serotonin-chasing proof.
How has your year been so far, Yves, DJ Mag asks? “Amazing, I’ve been touring my favourite places including Brazil and Asia, and also had a new addition in my family,” he tells DJ Mag.
It's a year that saw him play the main stage at Tomorrowland again, and led into a summer that included playing at Amnesia in Ibiza. “I love that island and the whole vibe and feel,” he says. “On one side everyone wants to go crazy and party, on the other the wonderful seafood and yoga, health and wellness makes it one of a kind.”
Ever since he first debuted in the Top 100 DJs list, Yves V has noticed the love that is shared online for him. “As for thanking you all, I hope to see you all at a show soon to do this in person,” he says.
When Yves V premiered his collaboration with Carta at Tomorrowland, his fans went crazy. This tune will see the light of day courtesy of Spinnin’ before the end of the year is out.
Life has been one epic tour for Portugal’s most prominent EDM artist, Diego Miranda, as he continues to take his heavyweight blend of euphoric electronica and thundering anthems across the world, just as he has done for well over 10 years. From a heavy profile in Ibiza at the likes of Hi, Ushuaia and closing Amnesia to extensive tours across China, Indonesia, Europe and key festivals such as Tomorrowland, Diego’s feet have barely left the ground. Quite literally, in the case of his epic, bouncy big room productions…
This year has been a smasher for Miranda, as he’s dropped a clutch of titanium crowd-movers that have had crowds leaping in their thousands. Portuguese imprint Less Is More have given us two massive Miranda-flavoured festival fire-ups in the form of the incendiary ‘Blaze’ and ‘Viking’ this year while his acid-attack, break-bust collaboration with Wolfpack, ‘Point Break’, has been a major hit on Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike’s Smash The House imprint. On the flip-side, he’s also been teasing fans with the tropical soul-burner 'Deeper' with Cosmo Klein. An internet hit and key set moment for Diego throughout the summer, hype and demand are rising for what could be his biggest crossover hit to date.
Miss K8 is no stranger to the Top 100 DJs poll and is a certified queen of hardcore. Ukranian born Kateryna Kremko is well known for her anthemic productions and high-energy DJ sets across the globe. She’s the lady behind the certified No.1 hardcore smash of last year ‘Raiders Of Rampage’, and this year she’s continued to ride the wave of stardom. Before then, her debut album 'Magnet' was a sell-out across the stores.
2017 has been her busiest year yet — it has seen her play USA, China and Finland for the first time, and her Mexican debut show is coming up. She’s enjoyed closing several festival main stages including Reverze and The Qontinent in Belgium, and Q-Bas in Germany. However, her supersonic touring schedule hasn’t kept her out of the studio; this year she created the official anthem for Syndicate Festival in Westfalenhallen, Dortmund that racked up 60,000 plays in two weeks from her loyal fanbase and beyond. We're excited to see what poll position she'll be awarded next year.