Festival season is upon us and it is generally a great time to be an EDM(electronic dance music) fan.
But it is that time of the year where everyone finds themselves in debates whether or not it should be producers or DJs on that list, to tell you the truth those are not really the criteria I go by when voting for DJ Top 100.
I voted Markus Schulz at No. 1. He has been doing a lot of great work with building his label, Coldharbour Recordings by signing lesser known trance artists and exposing their stuff on his Global DJ Broadcast show which is great because it remains consistent with the sound. He is currently working on a new artist album, and he recently collaborated with trance veteran, Ferry Corsten and made “Loops & Tings“. Check it out.
My second pick was Arnej. Toronto has been setting a landmark of House artists to come up such as MSTRKRFT, deadmau5, Adam K and Zeds Dead but not much has been happening for trance, however Arnej is an exciting artist to emerge from Toronto and Markus Shulz has signed him on Coldharbour. I saw him at Toika lounge, and his set was perfect for the venue which was small, but people still had a ton of fun. He deserves more exposure and Toronto needs to show that we love trance too!
My third choice goes to Armin van Buuren. I voted him No. 1 last year and I wasn’t intending to vote for him again but then I saw him at the Kool Haus and I was blown away even though his set wasn’t super amazing or anything but the energy was just amazing. Definitely deserves to remain on the map as a top dj.
My fourth choice was Ben Gold. His sounds are energetic and dynamic, basically everything trance should be. He has done some great colaborations with Tritonal and he has potential to be huge. Also he kinda looks like Jamie Oliver.
My final choice was W&W. Their sound is unique and it stands out, they have a lot of energy and they know how to move the crowd. I will never forget the night they dropped “Punk (Arty Remix)” at the Kool Haus. Unforgeable, also here is a reel summarizing their year:
Be sure to vote, and please don’t vote DJ Paris Hilton!
Thanks for reading. My next blog post will probably be from Greece.