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Poll 2021: Tom & Collins

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From: Mexico City
 
Rising star DJ/producer of 2021: “John Summit.”
 
 
Having burst into the Top 100 list just two years ago, Tom & Collins have managed to up the ante even in the face of a global pandemic over the past year. Already some of Latin America’s most beloved DJs, Juan Pable Escudero and Jorge Corral of Mexico last year launched their very own record label, Terms and Conditions, and in 2021 alone the label has put out a staggering amount of music (almost 50 releases and counting), including the increasingly vital series of compilations called ‘Hidden Jams’, featuring some of the finest up-and-coming talent from the Latin American tech-house scene.
 
On the road, the duo has been busy making up for the time lost over lockdown, splitting their time equally on either side of the Mexican/US border and visiting South American countries as they too open up after the big pause. Expect them to close out the year with the same enthusiastic gusto at their shows and another slew of impeccable party bangers from the label.

 
How was your first gig back after lockdown?
 
“It was a very unique feeling. We were a bit rusty and hadn’t tried out tracks in a long time. In the end, it was a great gig.”

 

How have the last 18 months changed how you view your work/life balance?
 
“It has definitely made us more aware of what we do, the amount of time we dedicate to each thing, and the impact of positive habits such as working out and meditation.”
 
 
What further steps should the industry take to combat climate change? 
 
“If we spread awareness on the subject people can get involved locally, join organisations, and back up politicians that have climate change as a priority.”
 
 
What’s the best bit of tech you’ve added to your studio or DJ setup this year? 
 
“Pioneer DJM-V10 mixer. The performance is crazy. So many new features on the effects.”
 
 
What’s the best album you’ve heard this year?
 
“‘Actual Life’ by Fred again.. Super emotional but still fun album that felt super fresh.”

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2021-10-12 10:31

Style: 
“House/tech-house.”
Best known for: 
“House music icons in Latin America.”
Tune of the year: 
“Melé 'Groove La Afrika’.”

Poll 2021: Daddy’s Groove

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From: Italy
 
Rising star DJ/producer of 2021: “Topic.”
 
 
Lockdown provided the members of Daddy’s Groove, Carlo Grieco and Peppe Folliero, precious time to focus on family (quite the apt brand alignment), as well as an opportunity to immerse themselves in the studio where they continued their longstanding tradition of pumping out bangers. 
 
The Italian duo ended 2020 on a comparably high note when they unleashed ‘When We Fall’, a groovy house melter featuring the passionate vocals of fellow Naples native, Iossa. The pop-adjacent track, which was released via Spinnin’ Records’ SOURCE sub-label last November, offered an uplifting respite to fans as clubs sat shuttered. 
 
Their newest release ‘Back 2 Future’ EP is a synth-laced journey that trance and progressive house heads will no doubt appreciate. Brimming with high-powered throwback energy, ‘Back 2 Future’ EP manages to sound effortlessly fresh for the guys who have numerous shows in store for 2021 and 2022 as venues in Europe and Asia reopen. These days, Carlo serves as the DJ while Peppe sits in the co-producer seat (hence why Carlo is pictured solo here). 
 
 
How was your first gig back after lockdown?
 
“It was astonishing. One of my best experiences ever. It wasn’t easy to handle my mood without the warmth of the crowd.”
 
 
How have the last 18 months changed how you view your work/life balance?
 
“More focus on little things in life, more time with my kids and family, more focus on the music in the studio. Everything has changed, but not always in a bad way.”
 
 
What further steps should the industry take to combat climate change?
 
“Considering that there’s no more time left, environmental sustainability has to be the priority before anything happens in all fields.”
 
 
What’s the best bit of tech you’ve added to your studio or DJ setup this year?
 
“Lately in the studio, we’re using a lot of the plug-ins developed by our friends at Acustica Audio, for mixing and mastering purposes. They have really changed the impact and quality of our sound in the last two years.”

 

What’s the best album you’ve heard this year?
 
“Camelphat’s ‘Dark Matter’ album: it’s a masterpiece.”

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2021-10-12 10:23

Style: 
“House/electro.”
Best known for: 
“‘Stellar’ and ‘Bvulgari’.”
Tune of the year: 
“David Guetta & MORTEN ‘Impossible’.”

Poll 2021: Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano

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Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano
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From: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
 
Rising star DJ/producer of 2021: “QG — don’t ask, you’ll hear all about it soon.”


They’re “the world’s most energetic house duo.” At least, that’s what their Facebook page tells us. However, the Dutch duo (real names Sunnery Gorré and Ryan de Lange) had to spend a chunk of the past 18 months in what was for them an odd position — as homeschooling dads. “But we also had a lot of time in the studio, so we were able to explore, and venture into many different genres,” the pair tells DJ Mag. “And since we’ll pick up touring again, you’ll get to hear much of it soon."
 
We wouldn’t expect those new genres to be all that far removed from Gorré and de Lange’s self-described “body-rocking tribal house filled with drums and vocals” — after all, that’s what’s kept them going since they debuted in the late-’00s, and that’s why their legions of fans love them. The pump-action thrust of 2011’s ‘Tribeca’, the syncopated squelch of 2018’s collaboration with Armin van Buuren ‘You Are Too’, or the melodic grandeur of last year’s ‘Life After You’ — those are the songs that got them onto the Top 100 DJs list, and that’s the kind of music that will undoubtedly keep them there.

 

How was your first gig back after lockdown?
 
“Can’t describe it. Being amongst great people, doing the thing you love the most… we needed that.” 
 
 
What’s the best bit of tech you’ve added to your studio or DJ setup this year?
 
“We bought a SPHERE from Mischa Jacobi.”

 

What’s the best album you’ve heard this year?
 
“Blxst ‘No Love Lost’.”

 

 

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2021-10-12 10:10

Style: 
Bigroom house
Best known for: 
Sexy By Nature events and radio show
Tune of the year: 
“The Tom Staar remix of our track ‘Amanzi’.”

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