Well, you knew this post was coming… DJMag’s Top 100 DJs poll has been released and the reactions all across the world have been interesting, to say the absolute least. Many are happy, many are pissed, and some (like me) are left scratching their heads at some of the results. Let me just start off by saying I am very disappointed to see that Armin van Buuren has been dethroned from his #1 spot to land at #2. Sure, a 4 year reign as the king of DJs and electronic dance music as a whole is pretty much unheard of (the previous streak was Tiesto with 3 years at #1), but many in the trance community believed he was due for a 5th go around as the top dog. I certainly did. Who wouldn’t? Some could argue this year was as big as last year if not bigger. With the release of his Mirage Remixes album, Armin Only dates, continued world tour, and let’s not forget: ASOT 500! I can’t stress this one enough. ASOT 500 alone was a worldwide event that alone should have had the power to catapult any DJ to the #1 spot. The whole world was tuned in during all 5 dates in 5 different continents. It was such a massive event with so much hype, even twitter couldn’t handle the #ASOT500 tweets that were flooding the twitter servers; resulting in a ban of the hashtag. In my humble opinion, no other DJ has the capability of connecting the world like that through music and technology. I’m sure he was somewhat disappointed as well, but in a way expected. Can’t be the top guy forever (just ask Tiesto). Music is changing, tastes are changing, and new names are coming into the ranks. Which brings me to our new #1 winner…
|Passing of the torch|
-I knew Arty would come in big and strong. Way to make an impact!
-Glad to see Dada Life has climbed up the ranks quite a bit. They still deserve higher though.
-Wolfgang Gartner is only at 56? wow.
-Noticeable omission: Michael Woods! I thought the man had a killer year! Killer past couple of years actually. Really shocked about this one.
-Overall, trance as a whole went down and the house genre continues their rising popularity. It seems like most of the trance artists had to work harder just to even maintain their ballpark spot.