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Questions Top100 DJs 2011 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:09

Best known for: 
Flipping Beethoven's '5th' into an electro anthem, and 2011 club classics 'Illmerica' and 'Space Junk'
Tune of the year: 
Sneaky Sound System 'We Love (Bart B More Remix
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2011: 
Tom Staar
What's the future of DJing: 
Whatever we make it
Favourite app: 
Yelp. Always leads me to the best restaurants
Discovery of the year: 
New TV show Louie on FX, starring the always-brilliant Louie CK
Rediscovery of the year: 
CJ Bolland 'Sugar Is Sweeter (Armand Van Helden Remix)' - so twisted! Had to make a 2011 edit.
Awkward Moment: 
A particular pair of jeans which had a habit of unzipping themselves without my knowledge at gigs.
Style or substance: 
Anybody can imitate any style. The substance separates the wannabes from the real thing
Pet Hate: 
?TSA security workers in the UK and USA. Some of them try and do their job a little too well.
It's been four years since electro house supremo Wolfgang Gartner reincarnated himself from disco house DJ Joey Youngman, a name which is now consigned to ancient history. “The fans who listen to my stuff now don't even know about my past,” he states. “I would never go back to doing that thing now.” He's managed to shake off another tag too; that of 'the new Deadmau5'. Although that comparison once made sense, given Gartner's similarly epic electro house, all-conquering festival appearances and sets comprised largely of his own music. “60% of what I play is other people's material, but they're such extreme re-edits that it's basically my own music,” he claims. Not that the Californian Gartner can't come up with his own raw materials, recently unveiling his debut album 'Weekend In America', featuring guest spots from will.i.am and Eve. “I listen to rap to relax and dance music for work,” he explains. “It just made sense to combine two musics I love.” So with a black book full of rappers and a tour diary full of European and American dates, maybe we should call him 'the new David Guetta' instead? PAUL CLARKE