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Although he’s dropped eight places since our 2015 poll, Angerfist retains the hard dance crown, and if you’ve ever listened to one of his sets, we’re sure you’ll agree when we say, rightfully so. Angerfist is harder than playing a Dark Souls game blindfolded!

After dropping his fifth full-length effort ‘Raise & Revolt’ last year, Angerfist spent 2016 on the road, bringing the hardest of the hard to his devoted fans. Now, DJs and musicians are often given a hard time when they talk about the rigours of touring — it’s not hard to travel around and play records, right? Wrong! Angerfist is living proof of how tough it can be, suffering a serious injury after falling off a stage in Austria. “I needed to go to the hospital by ambulance and had to walk with crutches for weeks,” recalls the Dutchman. 

Naturally however, this was only really a minor inconvenience, and you can still catch Angerfist playing across Europe this winter, with dates in Mannheim, Glasgow, Bordeaux to name just a few. BEN HINDLE

What have been the new frontiers for you this year?

“I’ve visited a few new countries such as Croatia and Vietnam, which was great.”

Is electronic music taken seriously enough as an art-form?

“From my personal perspective and looking at the hardcore techno genre in particular, I’ve noticed that people from ‘softer’ genres sometimes tend to look down on it, when, at the end of the day, it takes a lot more effort and patience to create a solid hardcore kick-drum and balanced-sounding track than most other genres.”

What’s the best new bit of DJ/production technology, and why?

“I really like the new Spectrasonics banks. Good stuff.”

If you had to switch your style to another genre, what would it be?

“Probably drum & bass.”

As a fan, what is the top price you would pay to see yourself DJ?

“A quality hardcore live set is priceless!”

What can be done to prevent drug-related deaths at dance music events?

“People will always find ways to get drugs into clubs or festivals, and also some will take too much of it. Maybe educate party people in general better on what to do if someone’s having an overdose? That might be more effective than the endless attempts to keep people from doing it.”

How can we increase diversity in dance music?

“Dance music is pretty diverse already in my opinion. There are endless lists of genres and sub-genres.”