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Slam Featuring Dot Allison – “Visions” (Vitalic Remix)…

Posted in Music with tags , , , , on November 22, 2012 by eljmayes

Truly magnificent.

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DJ Magazine Top 100 DJs 2010 Analysis…

Posted in DJing, Music with tags , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2010 by eljmayes

Due to a leak on Twitter the results of this year’s poll are available earlier than ever. Here they are in full: –

1 Armin van Buuren (non-mover)
2 David Guetta (up 1)
3 Tiesto (down 1)
4 Deadmau5 (up 2)
5 Above & Beyond (down 1)
6 Paul van Dyk (down 1)
7 Gareth Emery (up 2)
8 Markus Schulz (non-mover)
9 Ferry Corsten (down 2)
10 Axwell (up 4)

11 ATB (non-mover)
12 Sander van Doorn (down 2)
13 Infected Mushroom (down 1)
14 Steve Angello (up 6)
15 Dash Berlin (new entry)
16 Sebastian Ingrosso (up 9)
17 Laidback Luke (up 10)
18 Judge Jules (up 26)
19 Afrojack (new entry)
20 Aly & Fila (up 2)

21 Fedde Le Grand (up 8)
22 Carl Cox (down 4)
23 Swedish House Mafia (new entry)
24 Cosmic Gate (down 5)
25 Bobina (down 10)
26 Benny Benassi (non-mover)
27 Sasha (donw 14)
28 Simon Patterson (up 14)
29 John Digweed (down 12 )
30 Eric Prydz (up 4)

31 Richie Hawtin (down 3)
32 Andy Moor (down 17)
33 John O’Callaghan (down 9)
34 Roger Shah (down 13)
35 Kaskade (up 16)
36 Headhunterz (new entry)
37 Chuckie (up 25)
38 Bob Sinclar (down 3)
39 Avicii (new entry)
40 Kyau & Albert (down 3)

41 Feel (down 11)
42 Moonbeam ( up34)
43 Joachim Garraud (down 7)
44 Daft Punk (down 11)
45 Lange (down 14)
46 Sean Tyas (down 1)
47 Eddie Halliwell (down 6)
48 Erick Morillo (up 5)
49 James Zabiela (down 11)
50 Umek (down 11)

51 Paul Oakenfold (down 28)
52 Matt Darey (up 2)
53 Mark Knight (up 8)
54 Richard Durand (down 5)
55 Martin Solveig (down 8)
56 tyDi (down 4)
57 Hernan Cattaneo (down 25)
58 Sven Väth (down 10)
59 Astrix (down 4)
60 Super8 & Tab (up 22)

61 Andy C (up 39)
62 Myon & Shane 54 (up 29)
63 Marcel Woods (up 11)
64 Roger Sanchez (down 4)
65 Wally Lopez (down 3)
66 Mat Zo (new entry)
67 Marco V (down 17)
68 Leon Boiler (down 5)
69 Ronski Speed (non-mover)
70 Wolfgang Gartner (new entry)

71 W&W (new entry)
72 Boys Noize (down 4)
73 D-Block & S-TE-FAN (new entry)
74 Dubfire (down 28)
75 Dirty South (down 16)
76 John B (up 16)
77 Daniel Kandi (up 10)
78 Arty (new entry)
79 BT (new entry)
80 Boy George (new entry)

81 Pete The Zouk (new entry)
82 Fatboy Slim (up 12)
83 Skazi (down 2)
84 Paul Kalkbrenner (new entry)
85 Pete Tong (down 2)
86 Bloody Beetroots (new entry)
87 Arnej (new entry)
88 Joris Voorn (new entry)
89 Dada Life (new entry)
90 Noisecontrollers (new entry)

91 Showtek (new entry)
92 Laurent Wolf (down 26)
93 Claudia Cazacu (new entry)
94 Calvin Harris (new entry)
95 Luciano (down 6)
96 Marcus Schossow (down 17)
97 Sied Van Riel ( down 12)
98 The Thrillseekers (down 41)
99 Justice (down 34)
100 DJ Vibe (new entry)

It seems as though those DJs who are actively using new media to garner votes are at a big advantage, the Top 100 is sprinkled with a few odd names amongst established DJs. The era of getting in the chart via extensive gigging are numbered, with a DJ more likely to chart highly if he/she produces literally anything remotely tuneful.

The lack of DJs playing non four to the floor music is worrying- especially when you consider how dubstep has emerged as a genre in the last twelve months. You have to go all the way down to No. 61 to find the first non trance/house/techno DJ Andy C. Unless David Guetta has changed his style from “house” to Mongolian breaks recently.

If you wish to increase your chances of getting into the chart you must consider changing a) your style of music to trance or b) your name to something Dutch sounding. The chart nowadays is nothing more than a bit of harmless fun (if lucrative monetarily) which DJ Magazine publishes to keep their profile high throughout the year.

Thomas Bangalter Presents Trax On Da Rocks – “Outrun”…

Posted in Music with tags , , on October 21, 2010 by eljmayes


Visceral dark dirty house from 1995.

Swayzak – “I Dance Alone”…

Posted in Music with tags , , on March 9, 2010 by eljmayes


It literally cost pennies to clothe the model and to film the video, Swayzak couldn’t have been the most popular artistes on K7!’s roster:). Mild blurry nudity and therefore adult themes:).

Hardcell & Grindvik – “Square”…

Posted in Music, Uncategorized with tags , , on December 28, 2009 by eljmayes


One of the best techno records of the decade from the ever consistent Drumcode label:).

FPU – “Crockett’s Theme” (Mateo Murphy Remix)…

Posted in Music with tags , , , , on November 18, 2009 by eljmayes


This is one of those club records that never really got the attention it deserved when it was released, in 2002 on Turbo Recordings. Strong pastel coloured themes;).

DJ Magazine Top 100 DJs 2009 Analysis…

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , on October 29, 2009 by eljmayes

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The chart in full incase you haven’t seen it: –

1. Armin van Buuren (non-mover)
2. Tiesto (non-mover)
3. David Guetta (up 2)
4. Above & Beyond (non-mover)
5. Paul van Dyk (down 2)
6. Deadmau5 (up 5)
7. Ferry Corsten (down 1)
8. Markus Schulz (non-mover)
9. Gareth Emery (up 14)
10. Sander van Doorn (up 3)
11. ATB (up 14)
12. Infected Mushroom (down 2)
13. Sasha (down 6)
14. Axwell (up 6)
15. Andy Moor (up 3)
16. Bobina (up 12)
17. John Digweed (down 8)
18. Carl Cox (down 6)
19. Cosmic Gate (up 43)
20. Steve Angello (up 43)
21. Roger Shah (up 37)
22. Aly & Fila (up 9)
23. Paul Oakenfold (down 9)
24. John O’Callaghan (up 36)
25. Sebastian Ingrosso (new entry)
26. Benny Benassi (up 13)
27. Laidback Luke (up 19)
28. Richie Hawtin (down 13)
29. Fedde Le Grand (non-mover)
30. DJ Feel (up 25)
31. Lange (up 6)
32. Hernan Cattaneo (down 16)
33. Daft Punk (up 5)
34. Eric Prydz (down 13)
35. Bob Sinclar (up 5)
36. Joachim Garraud (down 9)
37. Kyau & Albert (down 15)
38. James Zabiela (down 21)
39. Umek (down 6)
40. Christopher Lawrence (re-entry)
41. Eddie Halliwell (down 22)
42. Simon Patterson (up 22)
43. Offer Nissim (up 8)
44. Judge Jules (down 12)
45. Sean Tyas (up 9)
46. Dubfire (down 16)
47. Martin Solveig (up 5)
48. Sven Vath (down 24)
49. Richard Durand (up 17)
50. Marco V (down 6)
51. Kaskade (new entry)
52. Tydi (new entry)
53. Erick Morillo (up 17)
54. Matt Darey (down 20)
55. Astrix (down 12)
56. Menno de Jong (down 8)
57. The Thillseekers (down 12)
58. Nick Warren (up 26)
59. Dirty South (up 15)
60. Roger Sanchez (down 3)
61. Mark Knight (down 19)
62. Wally Lopez (up 13)
63. Leon Bolier (down 32)
64. Blank & Jones (down 3)
65. Justice (up 8)
66. Laurent Wolf (up 1)
67. Astral Projection (up 27)
68. Boys Noize (new entry)
69. Ronski Speed (up 28)
70. Sander Kleinenberg (down 11)
71. Ricardo Villalobos (down 35)
72. Chuckie (new entry)
73. Sharam (new entry)
74. Marcel Woods (up 9)
75. Lisa Lashes (up 2)
76. Moonbeam (new entry)
77. Rank 1 (re-entry)
78. Sebastien Leger (up 11)
79. Marcus Schossow (new entry)
80. Steve Lawler (up 11)
81. Skazi (re-entry)
82. Super8 & Tab (new entry)
83. Pete Tong (down 5)
84. Tocadisco (up 14)
85. Sied van Riel (new entry)
86. Tiga (re-entry)
87. Daniel Kandi (new entry)
88. Mike Koglin (down 1)
89. Luciano (re-entry)
90. Yahel (down 34)
91. Myon & Shane 54 (new entry)
92. John B (new entry)
93. Simon Posford (new entry)
94. Fatboy Slim (down 2)
95. Robbie Rivera (re-entry)
96. Antoine Clamaran (new entry)
97. Nic Fanciulli (down 1)
98. Gui Boratto (new entry)
99. Alex M.O.R.P.H. (new entry)
100. Andy C (down 50)
101. Greg Downey
102. Talla 2XLC
103. Armand Van Helden
104. Deep Dish
105. Dash Berlin
106. The Chemical Brothers
107. Danny Tenaglia
108. Sesto Sento
109. Peter Rauhofer
110. Dj Vibe
111. Danny Howells
112. John Dahlbäck
113. Showtek
114. David Vendetta
115. Dj Dan
116. Laurent Garnier
117. Magda
118. Crookers
119. Loco Dice
120. BT
121. Chris Lake
122. Anderson Noise
123. Pendulum
124. Chris Liebing
125. Gabriel & Dresden
126. Nitrous Oxide
127. Yoji
128. Marco Carola
129. Chicane
130. Adam Beyer
131. Mauro Picotto
132. Mstrkrft
133. Joris Voorn
134. Jody Wisternoff
135. Bad Boy Bill
136. Stoneface & Terminal
137. Don Diablo
138. Valentino Kanzyani
139. Darude
140. James Holden
141. Tritonal
142. Spartaque
143. Heatbeat
144. Victor Calderone
145. The Bloody Beetroots
146. 2Manydjs
147. Manuel Le Saux
148. Hybrid
149. Lisa Pin-Up
150. Mat Zo

The first thing I wish to mention is the lack of coverage that the list is getting online- DJ Magazine themselves haven’t updated their site to announce the results yet! The list has been available since Monday so that has something to do with the muted response, as does the fact that the top ten is virtually the same and lower down is dominated by obscure trance DJs. I can see that next year DJ Magazine pulling out of the poll entirely since it’s not really fitting in with their mission statement to cover all genres of dance music.

With well over half the top one hundred now trance DJs it’s clear that the followers of the likes of Van Buuren, Tiesto et al are very adept with the internet and new media. Or (more likely) that followers of every other genre don’t bother to vote for their favourite DJs as they feel they stand little or no chance in making an impact in the chart.

It’s very easy to get hung up on issues arising from the chart, like a DJ from Russia who knows how to spam effectively can actually rank higher than Carl Cox, Dave Clarke doesn’t even place in the top one hundred and that Graeme Le Saux’s Spanish brother almost made it into the chart. Thats why I believe the chart should now be treated as a bit of fun. Admittedly a bit of fun that generates millions of pounds for those who place in the top one hundred, but a bit of fun notheless.

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