The top 100 DJ Mag has been revealed and the controversy and argument has begun. Despite how you might feel about the top ten it is our job here at Underground Sound to just let you know what is what. We won’t say that we have an opinion -Armin van Buuren is God- or that we are biased -America you are the land of the free and the Top 40 hits- but we are a little confused -Daft Punk, you rock but how do you do it?-. Either way, here ya’ go friends.
Armin Van Buuren
“WOOHOO! Just picked up @top100djs no.1 for 5th time! I can’t say thank you enough…!!!” -Armin Van Buuren Instagram
“This feels surreal,” says Armin van Buuren, now back on top after a year off. His fifth year as #1 on top of the DJ Mag Top 100. Just in time for ASOT 600. . . which will be in New York.
Its been a long journey for Tiesto:He has changed from his usual style to something a little more acceptable to the American ears. Tijs Verwest -Tiesto“- said, “They – and also everyone in the EDM world – has accepted me with my new style. I’m always getting great feedback on my music and the shows have all been packed. I gained a lot of new fans and most of those don’t even know the older tracks I did. I love it, because I can’t imagine anything more boring than to play the same style of music for decades!” Recently he announced his newest business venture, AKG By Tiësto, the world’s first headphones designed specifically for electronic music.
‘Levels’ might have been the track that rocketed Avicii to superstardom in 2011 (who remember the Avicii ICE CREAM TRUCKS and PLANE at WMC?) but perhaps this year will be something different. We can’t say we are sick of hearing ‘Levels’ 15 times a night. . . . oh wait we are. Listen to this though.
Signed to van Buuren’s Armada label, and with a recent remix of Corsten in the box, Dash Berlin has now fully risen to the status of superstar. “‘The New Daylight’ album and this year’s follow-up ‘#musicislife’ couldn’t be more Dutch if it came clad in clogs; all bombastic breakdowns, epic trance riffs and vocals that don’t so much tug at the heartstrings as ping them around like yo-yos.” Says DJ Mag. . . we have to kind of agree. I will show up dancing at Ultra or Global Gathering in wooden clogs if anyone can send a pair my way.
Above & Beyond
Trance titans Above & Beyond show no sign of slowing down as they enter their second decade together. The trio brings Trance Around The World for all to hear in their amazing shows, Group Therapy. I think I have said enough about how incredible A&B are here.
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2012: “.” AfroJack was already a huge star before 2012 kicked in. . . and before he kicked out his ex “DJ” girlfriend, Paris Hilton. Not going to say I am upset that he helped her make herself look like a bigger fool, but I am. I am super confused why she is not in the Top 100 though!
Sonny John Moore having three Grammys under one arm and Ellie Goulding on the other. Rock background but now taking over every music festival where EDM is even a slight whisper. Who else saw him randomly in Quebec this past summer? Or on a random Wednesday night in NYC? Or in a warehouse in Brooklyn? How does he go everywhere with me? Tell me.
TOP 100 DJs 1-100
ARMIN VAN BUUREN / TIESTO / AVICII / DAVID GUETTA / DEADMAU5 / HARDWELL / DASH BERLIN / ABOVE & BEYOND/ AFROJACK / SKRILLEX / HEADHUNTERZ/ SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA/ MARKUS SCHULZ/ GARETH EMERY / STEVE AOKI / PAUL VAN DYK / NICKY ROMERO/ SANDER VAN DOORN/ ALY & FILA/ ALESSO/ ATB/ FERRY CORSTEN / AXWELL / DADA LIFE / W & W / FEDDE LE GRAND / NOISECONTROLLERS/ ARTY / LAIDBACK LUKE / KASKADE / CALVIN HARRIS/ ORJAN NILSEN/ KNIFE PARTY / SEBASTIAN INGROSSO/ CHUCKIE/ ZATOX / COONE / DIMITRI VEGAS & LIKE MIKE / COSMIC GATE/ PORTER ROBINSON / WILDSTYLEZ/ ANGERFIST/ INFECTED MUSHROOM/ DAFT PUNK/ CARL COX/ NERVO/ PETE THA ZOUK/ MARTIN SOLVEIG / BRENNAN HEART / TENISHIA / ZEDD / ERIC PRYDZ / BOBINA / MADEON/ JOHN OCALLAGHAN/ DJ FEEL / STEVE ANGELLO/ OMNIA / UMEK / WOLFGANG GARTNER/ AN21/ TOMMY TRASH / FRANCIS DAVILA/ D BLOCK AND S TE FAN / TRITONAL/ BINGO PLAYERS/ PSYKO PUNKZ / SHOGUN / PAUL OAKENFOLD/ BENNY BENASSI/ TYDI / MAT ZO / R3HAB/ QUENTIN MOSIMANN / WASTED PENGUINZ / DIRTY SOUTH / ANDREW RAYEL / RICHIE HAWTIN/ FRONTLINER / MYON AND SHANE 54/ HEATBEAT / THOMAS GOLD/ NERO / ROGER SHAH/ FEED ME/ MIKE CANDYS/ ANDY MOOR / RAN D / RICHARD DURAND/ FELGUK/ PAUL KALKBRENNER / MOONBEAM / SEAN TYAS/ BOB SINCLAR/ NETSKY / NEELIX/ MARK KNIGHT/ JOHN DIGWEED/ DA TWEEKAZ / PROJECT 46