British publication DJ Mag has released its 2017 edition of Top 100 DJs. With a respectable reputation, both fans and artists alike keep a watchful eye on this list and campaign to get the top spot on the poll. Four of the top five coveted winners are (unsurprisingly) Dutch, with number two being of a different European descent.
The “Godfather of EDM,” Tiësto is showing us how to age gracefully. He’s been active in the music scene since 1994 but he’s still bagging awards and being honored for his influence and work two decades later. He left his Trance roots a decade ago and jumped ship to House, but his reason for the transition remains valid, “…the 16 and 18 year olds who are producing house music see me as kind of a godfather, and it’s really cool to be in touch with them. I think if I’d still been a trance DJ, they’d have been so disconnected with that sound that I wouldn’t be much inspiration for them, and vice versa.”
Prior to being dethroned by Martin Garrix last year, Hardwell was the previous record holder of the youngest Top 100 DJs winner. His participation in competitions in his hometown of Breda garnered him local popularity at a young age; by 14, he had his first release that eventually led him to sharing the stage with hometown hero Tiësto. From Tomorrowland to Ultra Music Festival and Electric Daisy Carnival, he grabbed the title as number one DJ in the 2013 catalog and retained it for one more year.
3.) Armin van Buuren
When he’s not on the decks, Armin van Buuren is busy hosting an episode of his weekly radio show “A State of Trance” to more than 37 million listeners. Some of the milestones he’s achieved during his career include being one of the four trance artists to receive a Grammy Award nomination, the only DJ to have a trance album debut at number one in the Dutch album charts, the holder of most entries on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart, and the record holder of most overall wins and consecutive wins.
2.) Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike
Apart from staying on the top spot of the Billboard Dance chart and creating sensational anthems for Tomorrowland, brothers Dimitri and Michael Thivaios are also occupied with their own label Smash The House. Their annual Bringing the Madness concert features unreleased IDs and records from the label backed by the organizers of Tomorrowland. In 2015, the show sold out all 40,000 tickets in just 40 minutes, encouraging the brothers to add an additional third day and increasing capacity to 60,000. Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike dethroned two-time winner Hardwell to take number one in last year’s Top 100 DJ list.
1.) Martin Garrix
Retaining his throne this year is none other than the one, the only, Martin Garrix! His win from last year currently makes him the youngest recipient at 20 years old, and the DJ didn’t even campaign for votes. DJ Mag wrote, “At the time there was a feeling that 2016 wouldn’t be the last time the young Dutchman claimed the title — there was a buzz about him that nobody else could really match, an ability to traverse the line between dance music and pop that nobody else could achieve quite as well — and now, a year on, he’s proved that hunch correct. Martin Garrix is still the world’s number one DJ.”
Other winners in the top 20 include The Chainsmokers at number six, Steve Aoki and Marshmello at nine and 10 respectively, Calvin Harris at 15, Skrillex at 16, and R3HAB at 18. Congratulations, Martin Garrix!
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