DJ Magazine

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DJ Magazine
DJ Magazine (February 2012 cover).jpg
February 2012 cover
Editor Carl Loben
Categories Music, technology, nightlife, style
Frequency Monthly
First issue January 31, 1991; 25 years ago (1991-01-31)
Company Thrust Publishing Ltd
Country U.K.
Language English
Website djmag.com
ISSN 0951-5143

DJ Magazine (also known as DJ Mag) is a British monthly magazine dedicated to electronic dance music and DJs.[1] Founded in 1991, the magazine is adapted for distribution in UK, USA, Spain, France, Italy, Latin America, China, S.Korea and Indonesia.

DJ Mag is also available online via their global website www.djmag.com.[2]

Top 100 DJs[edit]

The magazine's biggest property is a list of the World's most popular DJs, called Top 100 DJs. The poll attracted over 1 million votes in 2015, making it the World's biggest music poll.[3]

English DJ Carl Cox was the first winner of the Top 100 DJs Award and Armin van Buuren currently holds the record of most overall wins with five and a record four consecutively.

The awards party for the poll was traditionally hosted at the Ministry of Sound nightclub in London. For the 2011 poll, the event was hosted outside of the UK for the first time in its history, being staged at the 2011's edition of the Amsterdam dance event. The 2012 and 2013 award shows were both held on 19 October at the same event.[4][5] Until 2002, the top three had consisted of at least one British DJ, since the same year at least one Dutch DJ has featured in the top three. In 2015 the Top 100 DJs Awards Party took place as the headline moment of the Amsterdam Music Festival. Over 40,000 guests witnessed the crowning of 2015's winner's Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike.[3] Following the Amsterdam event, the winning DJs were flown to London, where they performed to a sold out Brixton Academy for the Top 100 DJs London show.

Top 100 DJs is considered to be hugely important to DJs as an influencer of booking fees and their current level of popularity. DJs regularly campaign for votes, a process which is allowed by the magazine.[6] Dutch DJ Hardwell once did a skydive as part of his campaign video;[7] David Guetta regularly creates animated videos as part of his voting campaign;[7] Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike released an exclusive mix to their fans as part of their 2015 campaign.[8] However due to the weight that is placed on Top 100 DJs ranking by bookers worldwide, there have been criticisms of the poll.

Criticisms of Top 100 DJs[edit]

Top 100 DJs has been criticised as being heavily influenced by the marketing power of DJs, rather than their skill or ability. A recent article that appeared in the US edition of the Huffington Post explores this claim. Its journalist, Kevin Yu, featured an article in July 2013 entitled "DJMag Top 100 (Marketable) DJs" where he states "Over the past few years, DJ Mag has been criticized that the list is not a true representation of their skills, but instead the amount of money they can put towards "marketing."

Yu asks "Has the DJMag list transformed into a popularity contest or is it still a resemblance of the DJs talent?".[9] The list has also been criticized for not including a more balanced reflection of artists from other Electronic dance music styles and showing rankings based on less commercial mainstream DJs. A feature in The Guardian in 2010 by the journalist Ben Child entitled "What does DJ Mag's top 100 poll tell us about UK dance music? Not much" explores this further, noting that

What's surprising, at least to those of us who don't enjoy the more mainstream genres, is the paucity of artists from outside the house and trance scenes in the top 100. This has pretty much always been the case, with the odd Drum 'N' Bass or Breakbeat acts occasionally making it into the lower reaches in years gone by, but this year's situation is particularly extreme. There is just one artist Andy C whose music is not based on the standard four-to-the-floor beat pattern adopted by mainstream dance music in the top 100 - and he has been around for more than a decade and a half.[10]

As the poll is publicly voted, DJ Mag have no direct input into which DJs are featured.[6]

DJ Magazine Top Lists[edit]

Top 3 DJs 1991- present[edit]

DJ Mag top DJs voted by the Magazine (Not called Top 100 DJs)
Year 1st 2nd 3rd
1991 England Danny Rampling England Graeme Park England Mike Pickering
1992 England Smokin Jo [11][12][13] unspecified unspecified
1993 England Aba Shanti-I [14] Argentina Alfredo England Stu Allan
1995 England Judge Jules [15] unspecified unspecified
1996 Barbados Carl Cox[16] unspecified unspecified
Top 100 DJs - Publicly Voted Lists
Year 1st 2nd 3rd
1997 Barbados Carl Cox England Paul Oakenfold Wales Sasha
1998 England Paul Oakenfold Barbados Carl Cox England Judge Jules
1999 England Paul Oakenfold Barbados Carl Cox Wales Sasha
2000 Wales Sasha England Paul Oakenfold England John Digweed
2001 England John Digweed Wales Sasha United States Danny Tenaglia
2002 Netherlands Tiësto Wales Sasha England John Digweed
2003 Netherlands Tiësto Germany Paul Van Dyk Netherlands Armin Van Buuren
2004 Netherlands Tiësto Germany Paul Van Dyk Netherlands Armin Van Buuren
2005 Germany Paul Van Dyk Netherlands Tiësto Netherlands Armin Van Buuren
2006 Germany Paul Van Dyk Netherlands Armin Van Buuren Netherlands Tiësto
2007 Netherlands Armin Van Buuren Netherlands Tiësto England John Digweed
2008 Netherlands Armin Van Buuren Netherlands Tiësto Germany Paul Van Dyk
2009 Netherlands Armin Van Buuren Netherlands Tiësto France David Guetta
2010 Netherlands Armin Van Buuren France David Guetta Netherlands Tiësto
2011 France David Guetta Netherlands Armin Van Buuren Netherlands Tiësto
2012 Netherlands Armin Van Buuren Netherlands Tiësto Sweden Avicii
2013 Netherlands Hardwell Netherlands Armin Van Buuren Sweden Avicii
2014 Netherlands Hardwell Belgium Greece Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Netherlands Armin Van Buuren
2015 Belgium Greece Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Netherlands Hardwell Netherlands Martin Garrix

Top 100 DJs 2015[edit]

  • Awards as given by DJ Mag[17]
Place Name Nationality
1 Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Belgium Greece
2 Hardwell Netherlands
3 Martin Garrix Netherlands
4 Armin van Buuren Netherlands
5 Tiësto Netherlands
6 David Guetta France
7 Avicii Sweden
8 Afrojack Netherlands
9 Skrillex United States
10 Steve Aoki United States
11 Calvin Harris United Kingdom
12 Oliver Heldens Netherlands
13 Alesso Sweden
14 W&W Netherlands
15 Dash Berlin Netherlands
16 DVBBS Canada
17 Axwell Λ Ingrosso Sweden
18 Nicky Romero Netherlands
19 Blasterjaxx Netherlands
20 Diplo United States
21 R3hab Netherlands Morocco
22 Zedd Germany Russia
23 KSHMR United States India
24 NERVO Australia
25 deadmau5 Canada
26 Dannic Netherlands
27 Dyro Netherlands
28 Deorro Mexico United States
29 Above & Beyond United Kingdom
30 Don Diablo Netherlands
31 Steve Angello Sweden Greece
32 DJ Snake France
33 Kygo Norway
34 Yves V Belgium
35 Fedde Le Grand Netherlands
36 Ummet Ozcan Netherlands Turkey
37 Showtek Netherlands
38 Angerfist Netherlands
39 Bassjackers Netherlands
40 Andrew Rayel Moldova
41 Paul van Dyk Germany
42 Aly & Fila Egypt
43 VINAI Italy
44 Alok Brazil
45 Jack U United States
46 Tom Swoon Poland
47 Shogun United States
48 Headhunterz Netherlands
49 Coone Belgium
50 Vicetone Netherlands
51 Richie Hawtin Canada United Kingdom
52 Wolfpack Belgium
53 Brennan Heart Netherlands
54 Major Lazer United States
55 Porter Robinson United States
56 Markus Schulz United States Germany
57 Eric Prydz Sweden
58 Diego Miranda Portugal
59 Rain Man United States
60 Danny Avila Spain
61 Kura Portugal
62 Tchami France
63 Carl Cox United Kingdom
64 Laidback Luke Netherlands Philippines
65 Disclosure United Kingdom
66 Firebeatz Netherlands
67 Dillon Francis United States
68 Borgore Israel
69 Daft Punk France
70 Umek Slovenia
71 Tenishia Malta
72 Radical Redemption Netherlands
73 Frontliner Netherlands
74 Borgeous United States
75 Netsky Belgium
76 Yellow Claw (DJs) Netherlands
77 Chuckie Netherlands Suriname
78 Will Sparks Australia
79 Da Tweekaz Norway
80 Quintino Netherlands
81 Krewella United States
82 ATB Germany
83 MAKJ United States
84 Kaskade United States
85 Ferry Corsten Netherlands
86 Flux Pavilion United Kingdom
87 Zatox Italy
88 Carnage Guatemala United States
89 Robin Schulz Germany
90 Sander van Doorn Netherlands
91 MaRLo Australia Netherlands
92 Andy C United Kingdom
93 Quentin Mosimann Switzerland
94 Miss K8 Ukraine
95 Tujamo Germany
96 Mike Candys Switzerland
97 Swanky Tunes Russia
98 Galantis Sweden
99 Cosmic Gate Germany
100 Knife Party Australia

Top 101-150 DJs 2015[edit]

[18]

Place Name Nationality
101 Twoloud Germany
102 3 Are Legend United States Belgium
103 DJ Feel Russia
104 Bobina Russia
105 Ran-D Netherlands
106 Zomboy United Kingdom
107 Noisecontrollers Netherlands
108 Kryder United Kingdom
109 Carl Nunes Guatemala
110 Adaro Netherlands
111 DJs From Mars Italy
112 Infected Mushroom Israel
113 Atmozfears Netherlands
114 Flume Australia
115 Merk & Kremont Italy
116 FTampa Brazil
117 MOTi Netherlands
118 Vintage Culture Brazil
119 Tony Junior Netherlands
120 Alvaro Netherlands
121 The Chainsmokers United States
122 Jamie Jones United Kingdom
123 Maceo Plex United States
124 Felguk Brazil
125 Wasted Penguinz Sweden
126 3LAU United States
127 TJR United States
128 Omnia Ukraine
129 DubVision Netherlands
130 Julian Jordan Netherlands
131 Orjan Nilsen Norway
132 E-Force Netherlands
133 Heatbeat Argentina
134 Angger Dimas Indonesia
135 Arty Russia
136 Jay Hardway Netherlands
137 Marco Carola Italy
138 Dzeko & Torres Canada
139 Dada Life Sweden
140 Psyko Punkz Netherlands
141 Sasha United Kingdom
142 Paul Kalkbrenner Germany
143 Bobby Puma United States
144 Fatboy Slim United Kingdom
145 Gunz For Hire Netherlands
146 Loco Dice Germany
147 Korsakoff Netherlands
148 Seth Troxler United States
149 Danan Kavicana Indonesia
150 Flosstradamus United States

Top 100 Clubs[edit]

DJ Mag also run an annual poll called Top 100 Clubs[19] Since 2013, Top 100 Clubs has been powered by Miller Genuine Draft. In 2015, almost half a million people from around the World voted, including Brazilian footballer, Neymar Jr who posted on his social media channels promoting his favourite nightclub, Green Valley,[20] who are the current No.1 Club.

Top 3 Clubs 2008–present

DJ Mag top Clubs
Year 1st 2nd 3rd
2008 England Fabric Spain Space Spain Amnesia
2009 West Germany Berghain England Fabric Spain Space
2010 England Sankeys England Fabric Spain Amnesia
2011 Spain Space England Fabric Brazil Green Valley
2012 Spain Space Brazil Green Valley Spain Pacha
2013 Brazil Green Valley Spain Space Spain Pacha
2014 Spain Space Brazil Green Valley Spain Pacha
2015 Brazil Green Valley Spain Space United States Hakkasan

Awards[edit]

  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2003[21]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2004[22]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2005[23]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2006[24]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2007[25]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2008[26]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2009[27]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2010[28]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2011[29]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2012[30]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2013[31]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2014[32]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2015[33]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About DJ Mag (History)". DJ Magazine. Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "DJMag". www.djmag.com. Retrieved 2016-03-14. 
  3. ^ a b "TOP 100 DJS 2015: POLL ANALYSIS". DJMag. Retrieved 2016-03-14. 
  4. ^ "DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll 2012 Receives Record Number Of Votes". Trackitdown.net. Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  5. ^ DJ Mag Top 100 Awards Show – Friday 19 October – Program – Amsterdam Dance Event 2012
  6. ^ a b "10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT #TOP100DJS". DJMag. Retrieved 2016-03-14. 
  7. ^ a b Hardwell (2014-07-12), Hardwell Skydiving - The DJ MAG Bet, retrieved 2016-03-15 
  8. ^ Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (2013-07-15), Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike - DJMAG TOP 100 DJs Exclusive Mix - Smash The House Radio #16, retrieved 2016-03-15 
  9. ^ Yu, Kevin. "DJ Mag Top 100 (Marketable) DJs". 26 July 2013. The Huffington Post. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  10. ^ Child, Ben. "What does DJ Mag's top 100 poll tell us about UK dance music? Not much". 29 October 2010. The Guardian Newspaper UK. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  11. ^ Guide, DJ. "Artist:Smokin Jo Biography". 2013. DJ Guide on-line Magazine. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  12. ^ DAYANI, ALISON (October 15, 2004). "Jo's back on track". Birmingham Evening Mail (England). Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  13. ^ "Smokin Jo Talks". 2014. The Ransome Note Music Magazine. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  14. ^ Cunningham, Katie. "You won't believe who's on the 1993 DJ Mag Top 100". 30 October 2013. In the Mix Webzine, Australia. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  15. ^ Gregory, Andy. "The International Who's Who in Popular Music 2002". 2002. Psychology Press, 4th Edition, page 267. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  16. ^ Williams, Melysa. "DJ Mag Top 100 flashback: Carl Cox goes back to back". June 2014. DJ Mag. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  17. ^ http://djmag.com/top100dj
  18. ^ Ludovic Rambaud. "Top 100 DJs 2015 : les 50 suivants (#101-#150) !". Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  19. ^ "Top 100 Clubs | DJMag". djmag.com. Retrieved 2016-03-14. 
  20. ^ "Neymar Jr. - Galera !! Acabei de votar no Green Valley... | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-03-14. 
  21. ^ "Nominees / Winners for Year the 2002". WinterMusicConference.com. Archived from the original on 21 April 2008. Retrieved 9 September 2008. 
  22. ^ "Nominees & Winners for the Year 2003". WinterMusicConference.com. Archived from the original on 1 May 2008. Retrieved 9 September 2008. 
  23. ^ "Winners for the 20th Annual International Dance Music Awards". WinterMusicConference.com. Archived from the original on 21 April 2008. Retrieved 9 September 2008. 
  24. ^ "21st Annual International Dance Music Awards Nominees & Winners". WinterMusicConference.com. Archived from the original on 20 April 2008. Retrieved 9 September 2008. 
  25. ^ "22nd Annual IDMA Nominees & Winners". WinterMusicConference.com. Archived from the original on 1 May 2008. Retrieved 9 September 2008. 
  26. ^ "23rd Annual International Dance Music Awards Nominees & Winners". WinterMusicConference.com. Archived from the original on 1 May 2008. Retrieved 9 September 2008. 
  27. ^ "24th Annual International Dance Music Awards Nominees & Winners". WinterMusicConference.com. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  28. ^ "25th Annual International Dance Music Awards Nominees & Winners". WinterMusicConference.com. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  29. ^ "26th Annual International Dance Music Awards Nominees & Winners". WinterMusicConference.com. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  30. ^ "27th Annual International Dance Music Awards Nominees & Winners". WinterMusicConference.com. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  31. ^ "28th Annual International Dance Music Awards Nominees & Winners". WinterMusicConference.com. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  32. ^ "29th Annual International Dance Music Awards Nominees & Winners". WinterMusicConference.com. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  33. ^ "30th Annual International Dance Music Awards Nominees & Winners". WinterMusicConference.com. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 

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