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Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-16 14:18

Best known for: 
“'Helicopter' and our energetic DJ sets.”
Tune of the year: 
“Our own tune, 'Invincible'.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
“Reading the crowd.”
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
“We think that EDM is still one of the most popular genres around there. Music will always evolve, and that’s a good thing.”
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
“It’s hard, because you need to recharge at home from time-to-time. Family and friends are really important, and it’s amazing to share all of these experiences with them.”
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
“Cocoon club in Frankfurt — that place was just amazing. We had some amazing gigs there at the beginning of our career.”
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
“Maybe because too many people in the industry have a 'boys club' mentality.”
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
“We understand some DJs just don’t have the time or knowledge to produce, and without productions it’s impossible to tour around the world. Those DJs use 'their' music as a marketing tool but for us it’s hard to understand.”

This year’s Top 100 is filled to the brim with duos, but among the most exciting to have emerged in recent times is Firebeatz. An all-Dutch duo consisting of good friends and musical sparring partners, Tim Benjamin Smulders and Jurre van Doeselaar, the boys have left their mark on the EDM scene thanks to heavily endorsed hits such as 'Dear New York', 'Here We F*cking Go' and 'Helicopter'. 

As prolific in the studio as they are on the decks, the past twelve months have also seen them team up with everyone from Martin Garrix to Tiesto to Calvin Harris. “We’ve been touring all around the world, had some amazing experiences and produced a lot of new music,” they tell DJ Mag. Their polling in this year’s poll, we gather, is the cherry on top.