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Poll 2023: Topic

From: Germany

DJ style: “Melancholic dance music.”

Best known for: “‘Breaking Me’, ‘Your Love (9PM)’, ‘Kernkraft 400 (A Better Day)’.”

The Croatian-German DJ and producer, Topic, is best known for his chart-topping hits including 2015’s certified platinum ‘Home’. This summer Topic embarked on an extensive tour across Europe, India and the UK which saw appearances at festivals such as Tomorrowland, Glücksgefühle Festival and Parookaville alongside a headline show at London’s Ministry of Sound. This year he also made his Ultra debut at Ultra Taiwan, and another highlight was his track ‘Breaking Me’ hitting one billion streams on Spotify.

As always, Topic’s release activity has been nothing short of relentless, putting out a string of original tracks such as ‘Lucid Dream’, ‘Forget You’ with FAST BOY, ‘Sleepless’ with Restricted and GoldFord, ’Saving Me’ with Sasha Alex Sloan and A7S, all released via Virgin Records, where Topic is a long-time signee. Aside original tracks, Topic also produced a bunch of remixes for none other than David Guetta and Lewis Thompson’s ‘Take Me Back’ and, most recently, ‘Tattoo’ by the Swedish singer-songwriter, Loreen.

Hero of 2023: “Afterlife.”

Fave tune of 2023: “John Summit, Hayla ‘Where You Are’.”

Best DJ set you’ve seen in 2023: “Boris Brejcha [at] Untold.” 

What was the most exciting tech development of 2023? “Insane sounding AI vocals.”

Rising star DJ/producer of 2023: “John Summit.” 

What gives you hope for 2024? “The diversity of electronic music.”