A lot of people questioned the results of the DJ Mag Top 100 polls, after some rather unusual rankings that left many fans bewildered on the credibility of the poll. Shortly after the rankings were revealed, DJ Mag released an analytical article examining the trends in the Top 100.
For starters, this year’s poll had 24 new entries, and one re-entry in the form of Boy George (the most surprising inclusion).
When we take a look at the top 10 of the list, 5 of the DJs present are Dutch (Hardwell, Armin van Buuren, Martin Garrix, Tiesto and Nicky Romero). Taking a further view, 10 of the Top 2o are Dutch, and if we go even further, nearly 30 DJs in the Top 100 are Dutch. Impressive stats, huh?
Even though Hardwell retained his numero uno spot, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike jumped up 4 spots to push down Armin van Buuren from the 2nd spot. While it maybe great news for them, it still raises questions on how they campaigned for votes. A Facebook post by Salman Khan asking for his fans to vote for the Belgian duo did seem a little out of the blue, seeing that Salman Khan doesn’t have anything to do with dance music. During Tomorrowland, their promotional team went around the festival with iPads, asking for people to vote for them (where they had no other choice than voting for Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike)
DJ Mag also points out towards the shifting landscape of EDM, with only MAK J describibg his style as “EDM“, while other DJs are moving onto “energetic” and “returning to groove“, while Laidback Luke has been championing “future house” – deep house meets EDM. Also pinpointing towards the rise of more Hardstyle producers moving up the list, however naming producers such as Vinai, TJR and Firebeatz as Hardstyle producers doesn’t make a very strong argument.
Moving towards Techno, where only UMEK, Carl Cox and Richie Hawtin made it to the list, it says “There are probably a couple of reasons for this — techno DJs don’t really campaign for votes, and — like clubbers from the drum & bass scene — techno aficionados don’t really vote in the poll anymore, as few of their favourites get into the chart. It’s like a vicious circle.”
Concluding the analysis with bass and trap, with Skrillex being the highest bass DJ an number 9, while DJ Snake being the highest Trap DJ at number 65. “DJ Snake is the Highest Trap DJ, helped considerably by spending much of the year on tour with Skrillex and by his big ‘Get Low’ tune with Dillon Francis. It looks like trap is here to stay.”
Source: DJ Mag