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Poll 2015: Markus Schulz

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For Markus Schulz, life imitates art. Or rather, fantasy. The self-styled unicorn-slayer of trance has found his moniker has presented some surreal encounters in recent years. “Now it’s gotten so big, I don’t know where it’s going to end. I played a show at Avalon in Los Angeles a few years ago and they had a full life-size unicorn statue at the front of the club!”

In 2015 he’s focused on his City Series project, making a track a month dedicated to his favourite worldwide clubs or festivals. He’s also excited by the ongoing success of his New World Punx project with Ferry Corsten.

“We’ve made even more strides this year, highlighted by the first-ever performance at the legendary Coachella festival. We have a few dates together before the year rounds out — in Buenos Aires, Santiago, Moscow and of course the Top 100 DJs party for DJ Mag in Minsk on 29th November.”

BEN MURPHY

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-16 11:17

Style: 
“Unicorn-slaying trance.”
Best known for: 
“Music for the soul, life-changing marathon sets and being scandalous on Snapchat.”
Tune of the year: 
“Markus Schulz feat. Delacey ‘Destiny’ and Gouryella ‘Anahera’.”
From: 
Miami, Florida
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
“Nifra.”
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
“Understanding the art of DJing. DJs are taking this same festival formula into their traditional club sets, and I don’t think that’s right.”
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
“The hard, aggressive sounds of modern-day EDM are slowly being phased out, and the more melodic deep house movement is becoming more prevalent.”
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
“Undoubtedly, the most difficult aspect of the job by far is the travel involved. The two most important things are being dedicated and disciplined.”
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
“I’m actually a big animal lover, and supporting them in everyday situations is very important to me.”
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
“Paradise Garage in New York City. When I was growing up, I would be inspired by reading all of the wild stories emanating from that venue.”
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
“There should be, but there must be a change in attitude within the scene for that to happen. I’ve named Nifra from my Schulz Music Group artist agency as my pick for breakthrough this year.”
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
“I think the fans can conclude fairly easily whether a track is from the genuine article simply by hearing what comes out of the speakers.”

Poll 2015: Aly & Fila

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In September, Aly & Fila made history. They performed a show within the grounds of one of the last-standing wonders of the ancient world, The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt. Only a small list of select names, including Sting and Kyle Minogue, had previously had the honour.

And what a fitting venue it was! The Egyptian duo who created a sub-genre of trance dedicated to their homeland have had another storming year. They've celebrated 400 episodes of their Future Sound Of Egypt (FSOE) radio show with eight big gigs — including that one in Giza — and played everywhere from Canada to China. 

As ever, the tracks and remixes have come thick and fast and they've released two compilations ('FSOE Vol.3' and 'FSOE 400') all in 2015, so it's no surprise that their loyal fanbase have voted in full force once again.

ADAM SAVILLE

Questions Top100 DJs 2015 - Jon Dommett - 2015-11-16 10:27

Style: 
“Uplifting, melodic trance.”
Best known for: 
“Future Sound of Egypt.”
Tune of the year: 
“Matt Darey 'See The Sun (Dan Stone Rework)'.”
From: 
Cairo, Egypt
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2015: 
“Standerwick/Ferry Tayle and Dan Stone.”
What’s the most important skill a DJ should have?: 
“As a DJ you should always be able to read the crowd, judge what they are feeling on the dancefloor, and also the interaction with the crowd is extremely important.”
Is the future still bright for EDM?: 
“For dance music as a whole, 100%, each country you can see all the genres growing and growing.”
Does the constant travelling and DJ lifestyle ever take its toll on you mentally?: 
“Yes, it is very very tiring. But it's great when you meet so many amazing people, and the reaction to our music from the crowd is such a great feeling to have.”
What cause is closest to your heart?: 
“Peace on earth (which we don't think will happen anytime soon, unfortunately).”
Which club would you like to bring back from the dead?: 
“The Republic in Sheffield.”
Why aren’t there more women in the Top 100 DJs poll?: 
“That is a very good point, if there are any female producers out there, please send us your demos to [email protected] We will be happy to help.”
What do you think of DJs who use ghost producers?: 
“They know themselves and they should be ashamed.”