Top 100 DJs
Dutch powerhouse DJ/producer and scene leader extraordinaire Armin van Buuren has historically been the highest performer in the Top 100 poll, holding onto the No.1 spot for an unprecedented four year
He won DJmag's Top 100 DJs poll three times in the early noughties (2002-4), but if anything, Tijs Verwest aka Tiësto is bigger than ever now.
Deadmau5 holds steady at No.4 in the poll this year, despite not campaigning whatsoever (and moaning on Twitter about others who did). But is it right that he appears at all?
The notion of the 'supergroup' belongs with kaftans and interesting tricks with Mars bars in the antediluvian annals of rock music.
Aside from a touring schedule that's been as hectic as ever, 2011 has otherwise been an unusually quiet year for German icon Paul van Dyk.
Surely, after the successful explosion of DJ collective Swedish House Mafia in 2009 and solo achievements in 2010, Axel 'Axwell' Hedfors must have had a comedown in 2011? Guess again.
Given that Gareth Emery played to over two million people in 40 countries over the last year, you wouldn't think the Southampton-born trance DJ would sound so surprised that he sold out his debut seve
In his own words, it has been “an absolutely incredible year” for Fedde Le Grand, who enjoyed massive success both live and with his production, also concentrating on mediating between the two.
Andre Tanneberger, known to the world as ATB, doesn't do things by halves.
It must be a million miles by now,” laughs Sander van Doorn when we catch him in an airport Business Lounge and ask him to contemplate his career total airmiles.
Water and plug sockets. Chilli sauce and blowjobs. Certain things should always be kept apart. Including hardstyle and dubstep, you'd think.
I'm in the middle of the artist album, coming out in February, and we have a very big show coming up in Moscow next month,” Ferry tells DJmag.
Even though DJmag interviewed him only a few weeks ago, we weren't able to track down Sonny Moore, aka Skrillex, in time for his Top 100 interview this year.
Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen rather betrays the Laidback part of his assumed DJ/production moniker.
Infected Mushroom, aka Erez Eisen and Amit Duvdevani, had something of an epiphanic show this year, among the most important of their careers.
The last 12 months have been fantastic for Egyptian trance titans Aly & Fila, the latter tells DJmag.
Despite some internet snipery in 2011, Steve Angello has not been held back.
Just 23-years-young, fresh-faced, Dutch born-and-bred, Hardwell is already at the top of his game.
The Top 100 throws up many familiar faces but the supersonic rise of Russian artist Arty, who barely looks legal to be allowed in a club, let alone play to thousands around the world, demonstrates tha
Despite his place pretty much atop the pile of house music superstars in 2011, Sebastian Ingrosso is both humbled and humble when DJmag catches up with him.
Italian DJ/producer Benny Benassi holds steady in the poll, figuring in the Top 30 where he has been more or less since 'Satisfaction' stormed the international floors.
Since time began, or at least as far as the Top 100 DJs poll goes, Daft Punk have made an appearance in it, despite their distinct lack of actual DJing gigs.
The most memorable achievement of the past 12 months for Martin Solveig? “I wouldn't know where to start,” he says.
For America, this is a very exciting time,” says Kaskade, aka San Francisco-born Ryan Raddon - croaky-voiced after a late-night gig - on the explosion of house music in his native country.
For the ever-progressive Carl Cox, 2011 has been a rich mix of musical mediums, with the DJ and producer hitting up festivals, playing storming club sets and utilising technology to connect to fans.
The last few years haven't exactly been quiet for veteran German trance duo Cosmic Gate, but 2011 saw them pick up the pace again. “Overall the year was super-busy but very inspiring,” they confirm.
It's not just been a big year for Bobina, aka Russian producer Dmitry Almazov, it's been a big year for his homeland too.
The momentum of 2011 has been absolutely incredible,” says Canadian techno wonder Richie Hawtin on the continued flowering of his creativity, which seems to grow ever more visionary with age.
Hosting an Ibiza residency isn't something to enter into lightly - you've got to know you can deliver the goods.
“I did experiment a lot this year, trying to evolve my sound in different directions,” says Italian hardstyle chief Zatox when asked why he thinks he made the poll this year.
“I don't think age really matters as long as you're writing big songs and playing great DJ sets,” says one of the youngest DJs in 2011's Top 100.
We interrupt Norwegian DJ Orjan Nilsen just as he's taking a well-deserved break from a punishing four months spent constantly on the road. “I've worked my ass off.
In last year's Top 100 issue, trance mainstay Andy Moor from the UK vowed to concentrate more on production this year. So did he manage to do this?
Amazingly, despite the sun-kissed, optimistic glare of his Balearic-trance sound, this summer was the first time that German DJ and producer Roger Shah held a residency in Ibiza, at Gatecrasher.
It's been a year of extremes for tech-trance DJ John O'Callaghan, spending the first part of 2011 in the studio working on his 'Unfold' album, followed by non-stop touring after its release, including
2011 has been another strong year for Astrix - Avi Shmailov - with live performances of his euphoric, pounding psy-trance sets having been the producer's main focus.
You don't reach your 13th season at Pacha, Ibiza, without the kind of tireless charisma and drive, both on and off the decks, that Erick Morillo exudes.
“The quality of tracks from the underground scene this year has been amazing,” John Digweed tells us, showing that his passion for the music he loves remains as strong as ever.
It's been four years since electro house supremo Wolfgang Gartner reincarnated himself from disco house DJ Joey Youngman, a name which is now consigned to ancient history.
Noted for his work as an official ambassador for the Dance4Life foundation (promoting awareness of HIV/AIDS), DJ Feel is at the forefront of Russia's bid to become a world superpower in dance music, b
One of several appearances for the Dutch hard dance scene in the Top 100, prominent hardstyle act Showtek (made up of siblings Sjoerd and Wouter Janssen) have used 2011 to expand their sound, building
Having been hotly tipped by Tiësto a few years ago, Richard Durand has done his trance forefather proud in the ensuing years.
“Being the Father of the Slovenian techno scene” may be a bold claim, but in Umek's case it's bang-on.
When Skazi's third album, 'My Way' hit the eardrums of metal-loving psy-trance heads worldwide this September, the inclusion of the rough, syncopated rhythms of dubstep was hardly a surprise.
Despite his all-conquering Judgement Sundays events, 44-year-old Judge Jules still cites the show he does on BBC Radio 1 each week as his first and foremost love.
Matt Darey is widely recognized for his weekly Nocturnal podcast broadcast across 35 countries, which was nominated for the Best Podcast at Miami's Winter Music Conference and for Best Radio Mix Show
Paul Oakenfold's story is woven so tightly into the fabric of what we know as 'dance music' that he surely needs no introduction. Yet he is still pushing boundaries.
After a blistering rise to prominence, it's hardly surprising that Alessandro 'Alesso' Lindblad enters the Top 100.
year?', but having 72 out of the Beatport Top 100 all on your own label must come a very close second.
According to NY-born, Switzerland-based trance man Sean Tyas, the electronic storm over the US Billboard Charts won't influence the music he makes one iota; he does, however, find it extremely encoura
“I wanna move away from calling my music trance,” Mat Zo tells DJmag over the phone on a September morning. “It's just dance music, basically. I am not really thinking in terms of genre.”
“I don't listen to that much non-dance, I give my ears a break when I get the chance,” Stuart Langelaan tells DJmag, and that's quite understandable when you take into account the boundary-crossing wo
Known for playing a keytar over high-octane live electro sets, producing tunes with the likes of Jean Michel Jarre, David Bowie, Kylie Minogue and three albums with David Guetta, and a genuine belief
The old adage, “you don't get paid for DJing, you get paid for travelling” is especially true for Si Patterson, who has just had his busiest year to date with almost weekly gigs over Australia and Nor
For Francis Davila, his inclusion in the Top 100 is more than just an ego boost.
One of the newer players in the Dutch hardstyle scene, Psyko Punkz have made a big impact in a short time, storming into the Top 100 after being flagged up in the 'Breakthrough DJ/producer' category l
“We're really blown away, this is the nicest surprise of the year!” says Dimitri Vegas of the news he and his brother, Like Mike, have blasted into the Top 100 for the first time in 2011.
“Hardstyle is a very intense music style, mostly focused on partying instead of a whole world around it,” Joram Metekohy AKA Wildstylez tells DJmag.
Despite being a veteran of the house scene, 2011 has still been an exciting year for American DJ/producer Roger Sanchez.
When Maxi Jazz declared, “God is a DJ”, he clearly didn't mean it literally.
2011's been a busy one for Texas duo Tritonal - Chad Cisneros and Dave Reed to their respective mums. So tuned-in are the pair that they claim to “finish each other's musical sentences”.
After several years of hard work, Industria - the club masterminded by acid-tinged tech house artist DJ Vibe - opened in Portugal last year.
“It's been like a dream,” says AN21, reflecting on a year in which he's played over 100 shows and almost finished his debut album with production partner Max Vangeli.