Tomorrowland has revealed the fifth wave of artists for its 2017 events, which are set to take place on two consecutive weekends from 21st to 23rd and 28th to 30th July in the city of Boom, Belgium.
Meet the DJs and producers who picked up awards in 2016’s Top 100 DJs poll.
MARTIN GARRIX - THE WORLD’S NO.1 DJ
The prodigious Dutch star became the youngest ever Top 100 DJs winner, having shot to prominence off the back of his 2013 No.1 hit ‘Animals’.
ARMIN VAN BUUREN - HIGHEST TRANCE DJ
Armin Van Buuren has had more Top 100 DJs No.1 positions than any other DJ. Although he's no longer in the top spot, there is no doubting his position as the king of trance.
From: The Netherlands
DJ style: “Hardcore.”
Best known for: “‘Raise Your Fist For Angerfist’.”
Fave tune of 2018: “Little Jon x Skellism feat. Terror Bass ‘In The Pit (Angerfist Remix)’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Sefa.”
Up 11 places from last year to No.29, it’s fair to say that hardcore stalwart Angerfist is having a pretty exciting 2018. At the end of 2017, the masked Dutchman released his highly anticipated sixth LP ‘Creed Of Chaos’ to scene-wide acclaim. Tracks like ‘Pennywise’, ‘The Promqueen’s Finest Drug’ and the Breaking Bad-referencing ‘Knock Knock’ showcased a producer at the helm of his genre’s animated identity.
Since, the DJ/producer — real name Danny Masseling — has practically been on a non-stop tour, playing to huge crowds at clubs and festivals around the globe, including Tomorrowland, Defqon. 1, EDC Las Vegas, Hardraise and many more. He’s showing no sign of slowing down either, with a pretty full schedule lined up for the remainder of the year, featuring shows in Sweden, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands and California. Angerfist also has new music in the pipeline after a brief break. With the promise of “several solo tracks, remixes and collabs” on the way, it appears to be full steam ahead for the hardcore don.
Words: EOIN MURRAY
“I’m proud to be back in the list, and it’s a good thing to get a global spotlight on hardcore music again,” Angerfist tells DJ Mag. 2017 has been a great year for him and he's played a lot of new festivals that have recently introduced hard stages. It something he's clearly passionate about. “In the past few years hard music has grown a lot. I can see that the crowds at events are growing and the people are getting more into it than before,” he says.
This year he collaborated with Furyan, Bodyshock and most recently Radical Redemption. “I’m proud of the remix I did this year of Tha Playah’s 'Why So Serious' as well,” he goes on to say. But right now it's all about his new solo album 'Creed Of Chaos’, which will feature collabs with several artists that he hasn't worked with before.
His highly anticipated album release will be presented at a special no-holds-barred Angerfist event on the 2nd of December at AFAS Live in Amsterdam, which in turn will launch the Creed Of Chaos 2018 World tour. As his fans would say, ‘Raise your fist for Angerfist'!
Angerfist makes music that matches his name. Known for crafting fast, brutal and, well, angry beats, Angerfist's music sits somewhere between hardcore, raw-edged techno and old school gabba.
He released his fourth LP 'The Deadfaced Dimension' at the close of 2014, and has spent much of this year working on his upcoming world tour for his popular event Raise & Revolt, where he'll debut a bunch of new slammers and collabs, plus some new visuals.
He's also dropped full-throttle mixes for Defqon.1 and Masters Of Hardcore, plus spun at mega-fests including Dominator, Partyraiser and Las Vegas's EDC over the last 12 months. A big fan of Jaegermeister and “his morning omelette”, it seems Angerfist's sonic (if slightly aggressive) boom is here to stay.
From: The Netherlands
Style: “Hardcore techno.”
Best known for: “'Raise Your Fist For Angerfist'.”
Tune of 2015: “Furyan 'For What?!'”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: “Furyan.”
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?
“The ability to adapt to the atmosphere.”
Is the future still bright for EDM?
“Sure, it might shift shapes a bit but it’s definitely here to stay.”
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?
“I can feel that the weekends sometimes take longer to recover from. Maybe I should cut down on the Jaegermeister a bit, who knows?”
What cause is closest to your heart?
“Well, I take my morning omelette quite seriously.”
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?
“I can’t really think of any club that has died that didn’t have it coming, and the clubs that I really like are still there.”
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?
“I’m not sure. The amount of female DJs is definitely growing. It’s probably a matter of time.”
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?
“It’s so integrated in the music business. Who cares?”