TOP 100 DJS

1. Armin van Buuren

DJmagDB October 21, 2012 2012

Style: “Trance.” Best known for: “A State of Trance.” Tune of 2012: “Omnia & IRA ‘The Fusion’.” Breakthrough DJ/producer of…

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2. Tiësto

DJmagDB October 21, 2012 2012

Style: “Progressive/electro house.” Best known for: “Being a legend.” Tune of 2012: “Gotye ‘somebody I used to know (Tiësto remix)’.”…

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100. Laurent Garnier

admin January 4, 2012 2007

Laurent Garnier has been working hard over last few years to change his public image and become a live performer, dabbling in film, jazz and even classical music. A natural and restless pioneer, his search for new experience and experiments has been the unstoppable driving force behind everything he’s done.

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99. Erol Alkan

admin January 4, 2012 2007

ONE of the hottest DJs and producers on the circuit, Erol Alkan’s rise to fame was hardly a rushed affair. Starting his now legendary Monday club Trash in the late-’90s, he built his reputation in the time-honoured way. As the club’s reputation grew, so did Erol’s. Both became associated with the emergence of guitars on the dancefloor, the rise of no wave and electroclash, electro-house, disco-punk and nu-rave.

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97. Adam Beyer

admin January 4, 2012 2007

Swedish techno pioneer Adam Beyer has toured the US, Japan and Australia this year and been a fixture at all of the usual festivals – I Love Techno, Nature One, Awakenings and Mayday – but he’s also performed in some more unusual places. One of his favourite gigs was at the Pawn Shop during WMC in Miami.

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98. Dirty South

admin January 4, 2012 2007

English-born Dragan Roganovic has lived in Melbourne from the age of 13, and started DJing through the lo-fi method of making mixtapes on his cassette deck by masterfully pressing the ‘play’ and ‘pause’ buttons. That he would eventually transfer his mixing skills to decks was inevitable.

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95. Wally Lopez

admin January 4, 2012 2007

Madrid-born Wally Lopez first began his musical career at the age of 13 as a radio DJ and presenter, broadcasting on Top Radio and other renowned Spanish stations Loca FM, Flaix FM and Maxima FM. A background on the airwaves has stood him in good stead for the currents of dancefloor adoration he achieves.

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96. Booka Shade

admin January 4, 2012 2007

Newcomers to the Top 100 DJs poll, Frankfurt’s Booka Shade – Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier – rocketed to fame on the back of an amazing run of 12″s, which pretty much every DJ wanted to play, whatever their usual style.

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94. Chus & Ceballos

admin January 4, 2012 2007

Chus & Ceballos are the Madrid-based duo behind Stereo Productions and the iconic ‘Iberican Sound’, which they have been busy pushing throughout clubland in 2007. By far their busiest year to date, the duo have pretty much done the world circuit visiting a long list of clubs, including personal favourites like Stereo in Montreal (where they hold a residency), Cielo in New York, Pacha in Ibiza and Zouk in Singapore.

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92. Westbam

admin January 4, 2012 2007

Germany’s Maximilian Lenz, aka WestBam, has been at the forefront of the scene for well over two decades already.

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93. Sébastien Léger

admin January 4, 2012 2007

And Sébastian Léger thought 2006 was a bit of a crazy year! Turns out it wasn’t a patch on 2007, his busiest to date. With a host of high profile remixes to kick things off, including reworks for Justin Timberlake and Duran Duran, he has also been busy adding his magic touch to a host of other DJ/producer types too, including Ida Engberg, Groove Armada and Eric Prydz, to name just a few.

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91. Richard Durand

admin January 4, 2012 2007

“I’ve played for eight or nine years in Holland,” says Dutchman Richard Durand of his career before 2007. “And Holland’s not so big! Now I can play my music all round the world and that’s really nice.”

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89. Victor Calderone

admin January 4, 2012 2007

“It’s been a pretty incredible year,” says New York’s Victor Calderone, the man whose golden touch earned him numerous remixes for Madonna during the late-’90s and beyond. “I’ve made a whole transition with my sound, made it a little bit more underground and techier.”

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90. Dave Clarke

admin January 4, 2012 2007

Dave Clarke is the UK’s original techno rebel, once famously declaring, “I may be established but I’ll never be establishment.”

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88. Dave Seaman

admin January 4, 2012 2007

“It’s my 20th anniversary in the industry,” says Dave Seamen of a career that started back before the original Summer of Love. “I thought my days in the Top 100 were numbered!”

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86. Armand Van Helden

admin January 4, 2012 2007

Armand Van Helden is the bad-boy of house, as instantly recognisable to clubbers everywhere for his goateed appearance as his unique sets and production nous.

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87. Magda

admin January 4, 2012 2007

It’s been another busy year for Polish-born, US-raised techno DJ Magda. One of the key players in contemporary minimal techno and a close friend and associate of Richie Hawtin, Magda’s technology-driven, bumping bass sets saw her travel the world this year, spinning at well-known clubs like DC-10, Panorama Bar and Robert Johnson, as well as at festivals in Norway, Romania, Switzerland and Serbia.

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85. Lee Burridge

admin January 4, 2012 2007

“The year really has been excellent musically and personally,” says Lee Burridge. “I only had two requests. Both made me laugh and were on the same night. The first was for ‘Insomnia’ by Faithless and then a chap over 50 asked me to play Westlife.

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83. Lisa Lashes

admin January 4, 2012 2007

One of the first ladies of hard dance and original Tidy Girl, the eternally voluptuous Lisa Lashes has enjoyed another year as packed as the corsets she habitually squeezes into.

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84. Filo & Peri

admin January 4, 2012 2007

Trance fans will already be aware of New York duo Domenick Filopei and Bo Pericic from their production work on labels such as Baroque and Vandit. But if 2006 marked the official lift-off for Filo & Peri into the Top 100, 2007 has seen their name go stellar on a global scale, thanks in no small part to their Paul van Dyk championed track ‘Anthem’.

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