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Questions Top100 DJs 2012 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:22

Best known for: 
Tune of the year: 
Zedd & Nicky Romero 'Human'
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2012: 
Dillon Francis
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be: 
To fly, so I could check out the crowd from every angle.
Should you play to the crowd or for yourself: 
Always for the crowd. It's my deep philosophy.
What does EDM mean to you: 
Elderberry and dragon muffin.
Should celebrities be DJs: 
Should DJs be celebrities?
Have you ever been thrown off the decks: 
Oh yes. It was in France and a billionaire client of the club asked for a track I don't like. I refused, the owner asked me to play it, I refused again, and they turned off my decks and played it anyway. And I left. That was last year.
Are you a DJ if you don't beat match: 
Yes. David Mancuso was not beat matching anything. The music is stronger than the technique.
Where's the next dance music capital: 
New York

For Martin Solveig, 2012 was the year that he went from skirting the peripheries of pop-house stardom to world touring support man for Madonna. Oh, and he also produced a sizeable chunk of her album 'MDNA'. Nothing trivial, then. "Let's say it takes a bit of organisation," he says of his current schedule.

"Sometimes we have played three shows in one day, in three different countries. We did Hungary, Germany and Belgium in the same day. It's a lot of adrenaline." He impressed Madge so much on her jaunt through Europe, that she invited him on to the US leg, too.

But have all these arena-hopping, five-star hotel shenanigans changed him? He bursts out laughing.

"That's some question! But I guess everything you do in your life makes you change, right? But I try to keep my feet on the ground. Did I manage? I certainly hope so. Well, except for when I crowd surf. I enjoy doing that a lot. And it's now part of my sports programme." He has big plans for 2013, but he won't say what. But if they're anything like 2012, expect much more crowd surfing to come.A