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Poll 2018: DJ L

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From: Shanghai, China
DJ style: “Big room, progressive house.”
Best known for: “First Chinese DJ ever to enter the Top 100 DJs poll.”
Fave tune of 2018: “‘Made In China’, remixed by DJ Snake.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “DJ Snake.”

Shanghai's ChengLong (Leon) Zhou, aka DJ L, made his debut into the Top 100 last year, and rightly so. Over the last few years he’s fast established himself in Asia and beyond, riding off the back of some big hit singles last year including ‘Kraken’ and ‘Avalon’ with AvAlanche & Flash Finger. Think big room trap and bass for the masses, and the hype has subsequently spurred plenty of non-stop touring ever since. This year alone he’s played over 100 shows across Asia, USA, America and Europe. Some of the most memorable shows have also been a landmark in his career so far, including Pacha Ibiza in Spain this summer, Ministry Of Sound in London, Papaya in Croatia and Illuzion in Phuket. As if he wasn’t busy enough, DJ L also spends his time programming the music at one of Shanghai’s most important nightclubs, MYST — the 2,000-capacity venue that entered the Top 100 Clubs poll at No.41 this year.

Words: ANNA WALL

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2018-10-10 14:05

Poll 2018: Wildstylez

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From: The Netherlands
DJ style: Hardstyle
Best known for: “My produced music/ own style.”
Fave tune of 2018: “‘Legends Never Die (Wildstylez Remix)’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Sound Rush.”

Dutchman Joran Metekohy has had a busy year by anyone’s standards. He’s managed to spend plenty of it in the studio and has collaborated with fellow hardstyle giants like Hardwell (sort of) and Headhunterz, and also remixed tracks for W&W, Vini Vici, Armin van Buuren and more.

“My style is constantly evolving and I’ve combined forces with big artists from other dance genres to explore boundaries,” he says. “The best examples of this are my Chakra and Great Spirit remixes, and ‘Shine A Light’ with Hardwell.” The latter has been a big hit, with more than five millions streams clocked up in quick time.

Although he says that the constant travelling (again this year all across Asia, America and Europe) takes its toll, he says he still gets a thrill from exploring “new countries, events and communities”.

He also found time to start his own new label, Art Of Creation, with Headhunterz, and debuted Project One — a new collaborative show with the same artist — at ADE. One of the singles, ‘Children Of The Drums’ soon got one million streams and proves the label has already connected DJs and dancers alike.

Words: KRISTAN CARYL

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Poll 2018: Marco Carola

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From: Naples, Italy
DJ style: Techno/minimal techno
Best known for: Design Music and the Music:On parties

Rising to prominence during the ‘90s, Marco Carola came to define the Neapolitan techno sound during that period. Together with his friend and close colleague Gaetano Parisio, aka Gaetek, Carola’s lean, rolling releases on his Design Music and 1000 imprints set the benchmark for hard-edged techno. Coupled with his three-deck sets, these key releases led to Carola becoming one of the world’s most in-demand underground DJs.

However, there were always different sides to Carola’s musical identity. This was clear from as early as his 1998 debut album, ‘Fokus’, which saw him experiment with breakbeats and deep synth sounds. It came as no surprise, then, that Carola’s love of stripped-back club music shifted towards minimal house during the new millennium. This culminated in the ‘Play It Loud!’ album, issued on Richie Hawtin’s Minus label, and led to Carola moving from underground techno basements to the big rooms of Ibiza to appear at Sven Väth’s Cocoon parties.

This year, Carola returned to Amnesia, this time to his own Music:On parties on Fridays, joined by veterans such as Derrick May, Carl Craig and Green Velvet.

Words: RICHARD BROPHY

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Poll 2018: Cedric Gervais

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From: France
DJ style: “House music.”
Best known for: “My remix of Lana Del Rey’s ‘Summertime Sadness’.”
Fave tune of 2018: “Mistajam’s new single ‘Rotate’ is FIRE!”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Chris Lake was already an amazing DJ and producer but made an incredible comeback.”

Grammy award-winning producer/DJ Cedric Gervais is living the life right now — residing in Miami, he’s friends with David Guetta and Hollywood film director Michael Bay, and has even had his own starring roles in movies like Patriots Day and The Rock’s Pain & Gain. However, it’s his music that has gained him global notoriety; his Lana Del Rey remix exploded him into the mainstream and he’s worked with the likes of Miley Cirus and Guetta. “This year has been super-busy, I’ve done more sessions and producing than ever before,” says Cedric. “I have a number of releases ready to drop, including a collaboration with Just Kiddin, and I’m super-excited about 2019 and putting a LOT of new music out there.”

He’s also been putting plenty of elbow grease into his own imprint, Delecta, that he runs with record label giants Armada Music. New signings this year include a major EP upcoming from MistaJam as well as plenty of new music from the man himself to come. Stay tuned!

Words: ANNA WALL

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Poll 2018: MaRLo

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From: Australia.
DJ style: “Trance.”
Best known for: “Altitude shows.”
Fave tune of 2018: “Avao ‘Activate’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Avao.”

Australia has long nurtured plenty of international DJ talent, but few are more wellknown than Dutch-born trance superstar MaRLo, who just capped off another huge year. And while 2018 highlights included the launch of his label, Reaching Altitude, and the release of hits like ‘Enough Eco’, Marlo Hoogstraten says the year was big for another reason. “I finally found that important balance between touring, family and producing music,” he says. Which is impressive, considering MaRLo’s life is split between touring his own sell-out Altitude events, nurturing new talent like Avao on his label, and playing festivals like Tomorrowland, A State Of Trance, Ultra Music Festival, EDC, Creamfields, Transmission and many more.

But balance doesn’t necessarily mean he’s slowing down, and MaRLo says he can’t wait to bring his own Altitude concert shows to more cities worldwide. He also has a message for all his fans: “I love you all so much, and couldn’t do what I love without you.”

Words: CHANDLER SHORTLIDGE

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Poll 2018: Deorro

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From: Los Angeles
DJ style: “Bounce.”
Best known for: “‘Five More Hours’ and catchy bounce tunes.”
Fave tune of 2018: “Marshmello ‘Happier’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Rezz.”

Mexican-American Erick Orrosquieta, aka Deorro, is not afraid of hard work; he’s been DJing from the age of 14 and got his big break in 2012 after remixing Chuckie’s massive single ‘Make Some Noise’ — before then he had produced a string of releases under the name of TON!C.

As well as juggling regular world tours and enjoying chart success, he also runs his own label Panda Funk Records. He’s collaborated with the likes of Chris Brown, Steve Aoki, R3hab, Laidback Luke... the list of megastars goes on. When we ask him about his 2018 he tells us he’s been “working on new music, all kinds. More club tracks, some Latin vibes, and of course, more Melbourne bounce!”

Aside from being in the studio he’s been touring across America and Canada, hitting Las Vegas, Seattle and Texas. He’s also been tearing up the festival circuit playing EDC in Mexico, Electric Love Festival in Austria, Festival Riverside in Quebec, plus Lollapalooza in Buenos Aries, Chile and Brazil.

Words: ANNA WALL

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Poll 2018: Andy C

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From: Hornchurch, Essex, UK
DJ style: Drum & bass
Best known for: Drum & bass, baby!
Fave tune of 2018: “Bungle ‘Cocooned VIP’.”
Breakthrough DJ/ producer of 2018: “Benny L.”

Andy C is a man of contrasts; last year’s biggest moment for him was his 13- week residency at London’s XOYO where he took things back to the intimate underground setting in which he cut his teeth and developed his style. This year’s biggest moment will be his largest ever headline show as he takes over the Wembley Arena for one of his famous six-hour All Night sets on 17th November.

He’ll be the first artist ever to perform there with a late licence. “It’s surreal,” admits Andy, who’s spent another year headlining festivals and touring almost every continent. “The amount of people I see who say ‘see you at Wembley mate’ is mad. It seems to have struck a chord with people, and I love that.” Despite his infamous gig schedule, he’s been in the studio “for months — probably more than ever before”, and will drop new music in 2019. “Each year I’m thankful that I’ve got the best job in the world, I get to play the music I love and help other artists get heard,” he tells DJ Mag.

Words: DAVE JENKINS

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Poll 2018: Solomun

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From: Hamburg, Germany (born in Bosnia)
DJ style: Melodic house

Producer and DJ Solomun began releasing music back in 2005, but his career really took off in 2012 with his first Ibiza residency at Sankeys, Diynamic Neon Nights, and then the launch of his infamous Solomun +1 residency at Pacha the following year. Since then he’s DJ’d at Ultra Europe, Exit Festival, Melt! Festival and Tomorrowland as well as holding down various residencies including Destino and Ushuaïa, whilst Solomun +1 remains one of the most popular parties in Ibiza.

Solomun’s production sound is a compelling, melodic take on house, drawing on techno, prog and electro influences, featuring big metallic synth riffs and emotive chords atop precision-tooled tech-beats. Over the course of his career, he’s remixed the likes of Depeche Mode, Tiefschwarz and DJ Hell and this year turned in great sounding remixes of Marc Romby & Stephan Bodzin, Made By Pete feat. Jem Cooke, and a classy re-rub of Gorge’s ‘Garuna’.

Along with co-founder Adriano Trolio, Solomun runs his Diynamic and 2DIY4 labels, home to many Solomun productions, although throughout his career he’s also put out tunes on Sonar Kollektiv, Compost Black, Pokerflat and more. Diynamic dropped their 100th release this year, and appropriately it was from Solomun himself, his first full EP in three years, the killer three-track ‘Customer Is King’.

Words: HAROLD HEATH

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Poll 2018: Lucas & Steve

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From: Netherlands
DJ style: “House.”
Best known for: “Feelgood, uplifting energetic sound.”
Fave tune of 2018: “Fisher ‘Losing It’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Retrovision.”

They may have slipped from No.64 last year, but smiley Dutch duo Lucas de Wert and Steven Jansen have made sure every second counted in 2018. “It was a big year for us!” they say. “We’ve been busy at the studio making many tracks that had more impact than we could have ever dreamed of.” By “tracks” they mean summer anthems like ‘I Could Be Wrong’, written with none other than US singer Brandy, a hit that saw support from names like Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Afrojack and Robin Schulz. There was also their future house bomb, ‘Source,’ and the undeniably sunny big-room smash ‘Anywhere.’

They got the chance to tour all that new material in plenty of new places this year, too. “We’ve hit a personal record: we did the most and best shows ever, including Tomorrowland and Creamfields,” they tell DJ Mag.

They also played Mysteryland, and saw their mix show Skyline Sessions near 100 episodes. The future is bright for this pair.

Words: CHANDLER SHORTLIDGE

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Poll 2018: Markus Schulz

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From: Miami, Florida
DJ style: “Unicorn-slaying trance.”
Best known for: “Open to close solo sets at some of the world’s greatest clubs.”
Fave tune of 2018: “Adam Beyer & Bart Skils ‘Your Mind’.”
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2018: “Arkham Knights.”

Trance and progressive powerhouse Markus Schulz does not work in half measures. His trademark is playing from start to finish. And along with countless gigs each year playing for millions of fans at festivals and clubs in cities nearly everywhere, he’s also somehow managed to write dozens of hit singles and EPs, helm a record label and an internationally syndicated radio show, and produce a whopping six artist albums, with number seven having just been released.

It’s this staggering work ethic and obvious talent that has kept the German-American in the DJ Mag Top 100 for so many years since 2004. He just dropped out of the 100 last year, but has now bounced back in again. Along with his album, ‘We Are the Light’, he’s just released singles ‘Safe From Harm’ with Emma Hewitt and ‘Upon My Shoulders’ with Sebu from Capital Cities.

“The concept album under my Dakota alter-ego titled ‘The Nine Skies’ is also out now,” Schulz says. “And I’m honoured to mix the legendary ‘In Search of Sunrise 14’ CD series.”

Words: CHANDLER SHORTLIDGE

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