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DJ Magazine
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EditorCarl Loben, 2011–present
CategoriesMusic, technology, nightlife, style
FrequencyMonthly
First issueMay 1991;31 years ago (1991-05) [1]
CompanyThrust Publishing Ltd
CountryUK
LanguageEnglish
Website djmag.com
ISSN 0951-5143

DJ Magazine (also known as DJ Mag) is a British monthly magazine dedicated to electronic dance music and DJs. [2] Founded in 1991, the magazine is adapted for distribution in the United Kingdom, the United States, Spain, France, Italy, Latin America, China, South Korea, Indonesia, and the Netherlands.

Contents

History

An earlier version of the magazine appeared towards the end of the 1980s when it was then known as Disc Jockey Magazine. The name was then changed to Jocks Magazine, [3] however, the publication underwent re-branding shortly afterwards. After this process the first issue of DJ Magazine launched in the middle of 1991; [3] it was initially produced as weekly publication with Chris Mellor as its first editor. [3] The magazine at this point was already the UK's top-selling disc jockey magazine and was widely regarded as one of the magazines of choice in the burgeoning house and rave music scenes.

The first edition featured artists such as Frankie Knuckles and the Ragga Twins. [3] In 1992, the magazine decided to switch to bi-weekly publishing due to increasing workload which would remain in place till 2008. [3] During its first two years the editorial staff of the magazine voted for their DJ of the Year: [3] initially this was a short list, however this was later expanded to become a Top 100 list that first appeared in the magazine's 100th edition on 21 October 1993. [3]

In 1994, the band Underworld featured on the cover due in part to their breakthrough album. Other artists featured that year included established names such as Armand van Helden, Erick Morillo, but also breakthrough DJs such as DJ Rap. [3] By the summer of 1995, the magazine began to regularly feature Ibiza due its increasing popularity as a clubbing destination; the magazine also set-up stall at the Winter Music Conference held in Miami, United States. [3] In 1997, the magazine featured new British house duo Basement Jaxx on its front page. Artists appearing on the cover of the magazine towards the end of the 1990s included Jeff Mills, Deep Dish, Orbital, Laurent Garnier, and Danny Tenaglia. [3]

In 1999, the magazine would feature DJs on its front page exploring the rise of Trance Music. The publication wrote extensively about the use of drugs and their prevalence within the dance music scene. [3]

Beginning in late 2000, the magazine launched its first pilot website. [3] By November 2000, Highbury House Communications had bought Nexus, the magazine's publisher, and the magazine moved its editorial offices to Kentish Town, North London. In 2001 dance music journalist Lesley Wright, who was then editor of Scottish dance publication M8 magazine was hired to replace Chris Mellor as editor-in-chief after 10 years running the editorial staff. [3]

In 2002, Fatboy Slim was featured in the July issue after his free event held in Brighton, England attracted approximately 250,000 clubbers. [4] In 2003 the parent company of the publication merged with the magazine publisher WVIP. [3] From 2005 the magazine started to expand its publication overseas to include places like Central and South America, Germany, France and Spain. [3] In 2006 the magazine was sold to Future plc, one of the largest UK media companies. [5] Since 2008 the title has been owned and operated by independent publishing company Thrust Publishing Ltd.

In 2011, the magazine was launched in the USA. After 10 years at the helm of the magazine, editor Lesley Wright left and was replaced by Carl Loben. In 2012 the publication switched production to a monthly format. Currently the owners of the publication are looking to expand into new markets through licensing deals in the Middle East, Australia, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan and China. [5]

The current format for the magazine includes sections on dance music industry news, regular features, reviews covering clubs, EDM/dance music, technical equipment; it also includes current Top 100 lists as well as coverage of up and coming EDM events. DJ Mag runs a number of awards including its Top 100 DJ Poll, Top 100 Club Poll, Top 100 Festivals Poll, Best of British Awards and its Tech Awards. [5]

Current components

DJ Magazine currently includes: [6]

Top 100 DJs

Hardwell holding his plaque after being crowned number one DJ in 2014. Top-100-DJs-2014-results-Hardwell-1.png
Hardwell holding his plaque after being crowned number one DJ in 2014.
David Guetta being crowned number 1 DJ for the second time in 2020 David Guetta DJ Mag number 1 2020.jpg
David Guetta being crowned number 1 DJ for the second time in 2020

The magazine's biggest property is a public poll of the world's 100 most popular DJs. The poll attracted over one million votes in 2015, making it the world's biggest music poll. [7] Danny Rampling was the first to be named as the number one DJ in the world by the magazine's journalists in 1991. [8] [9] In 1992 Smokin Jo was named the number one DJ by the magazine editors and is the only female DJ to have ever earned the top ranking. [10] [11] [12] In 1993 to celebrate the 100th edition of DJ Magazine, [13] the magazine introduced a Top 100 list that was still compiled by its staff until 1996. For the previous five years, the system for nominee selection and voting to determine the winners was similar to that of current Grammy Awards [14] and the Brit Awards [15] in that dance music industry specialists (in this case music journalists) decided on who was nominated and who won the award. However, in 1997 the decision was taken by the publication to let the readers of the magazine decide who they thought was the world's top DJ, and in 1997 British DJ Carl Cox was the first winner of the Top 100 DJs Award by public vote. As of 2017, Fergie holds the record for the highest new entry in the poll's history, achieved when he placed 8th in 2000. [16] Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren currently holds the record of most overall wins with five and a record four consecutively..

The awards party for the poll was traditionally hosted at the Ministry of Sound nightclub in London. For the 2011 poll, the event was hosted outside of the UK for the first time in its history, being staged at the 2011's edition of the Amsterdam dance event. The 2012 and 2013 award shows were both held on 19 October at the same event. [17] [18] Up until 2002, the top three had consisted of at least one British DJ, since the next year (2003) at least two Dutch DJ's have featured in the top three. In 2015 the Top 100 DJs Awards Party took place as the headline moment of the Amsterdam Music Festival. Over 40,000 guests witnessed the crowning of 2015's winners Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. [7] Following the Amsterdam event, the winning DJs were flown to London, where they performed to a sold out Brixton Academy for the Top 100 DJs London show.

Top 100 DJs is considered to be hugely important to DJs as an influencer of booking fees and their current level of popularity. DJs regularly campaign for votes, a process which is allowed by the magazine. [19] Dutch DJ Hardwell once did a skydive as part of his campaign video; [20] David Guetta regularly creates animated videos as part of his voting campaign; Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike released an exclusive mix to their fans as part of their 2015 campaign. [21]

Criticisms

Top 100 DJs has been criticised as being heavily influenced by the marketing power of DJs, rather than their skill or ability. An article that appeared on the US section of the Huffington Post in July 2013, entitled "DJMag Top 100 (Marketable) DJs", explores this claim. [22] Its author, Kevin Yu, stated that "Over the past few years, DJ Mag has been criticized that the list is not a true representation of their skills, but instead the amount of money they can put towards marketing". Yu asked, "Has the DJMag list transformed into a popularity contest or is it still a resemblance of the DJs talent?". [22]

The list has also been criticised for not including a more balanced reflection of artists from other electronic dance music styles and showing rankings based on less commercial mainstream DJs. A feature in The Guardian in 2010 by the journalist Ben Child entitled "What does DJ Mag's top 100 poll tell us about UK dance music? Not much" explores this further, noting that:

What's surprising, at least to those of us who don't enjoy the more mainstream genres, is the paucity of artists from outside the house and trance scenes in the top 100. This has pretty much always been the case, with the odd Drum 'N' Bass or Breakbeat acts occasionally making it into the lower reaches in years gone by, but this year's situation is particularly extreme. There is just one artist Andy C whose music is not based on the standard four-to-the-floor beat pattern adopted by mainstream dance music in the top 100 – and he has been around for more than a decade and a half. [23]

Results

DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJs is an annual poll run by DJ Magazine to decide the worlds number one DJ. The poll started in 1991 and for first two years the magazine's journalists selected their top 100 DJs of the year. [24] 1993 saw the poll expand to a top 100 poll where the journalists would decide their top 100 DJs in the world. [13] In 1997 the magazine opened the top 100 list to a public vote which has remained the used format to this day.

1991–1996

Top 3 DJs – Voted by DJ Magazine
Year1st2nd3rd
1991 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Danny Rampling [8] Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Graeme Park Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Pickering
1992 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Smokin Jo [25] [26] [27] unknownunknown
1993 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Aba Shanti-I [28] [29] Flag of Argentina.svg Alfredo [30] Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Stu Allan [31]
1994unknownunknownunknown
1995 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Judge Jules [32] unknownunknown
1996 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Carl Cox [33] unknownunknown

1997–present

Top 5 DJs – Voted publicly
Year1st2nd3rd4th5thRef.
1997 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Carl Cox [34] Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Oakenfold Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sasha Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Judge Jules Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tony De Vit [35]
1998 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Oakenfold Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Carl Cox Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Judge Jules Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Pete Tong Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sasha [36]
1999 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Oakenfold Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Carl Cox Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sasha Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Judge Jules Flag of Germany.svg Paul van Dyk [37]
2000 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sasha Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Oakenfold Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Digweed Flag of Germany.svg Paul van Dyk Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Carl Cox [38]
2001 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Digweed Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sasha Flag of the United States.svg Danny Tenaglia Flag of Germany.svg Paul van Dyk Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Oakenfold [39]
2002 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tiësto Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sasha Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Digweed Flag of Germany.svg Paul van Dyk Flag of the Netherlands.svg Armin van Buuren [40]
2003 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tiësto Flag of Germany.svg Paul van Dyk Flag of the Netherlands.svg Armin van Buuren Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sasha Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Digweed [41]
2004 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tiësto Flag of Germany.svg Paul van Dyk Flag of the Netherlands.svg Armin van Buuren Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sasha Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ferry Corsten [42]
2005 Flag of Germany.svg Paul van Dyk Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tiësto Flag of the Netherlands.svg Armin van Buuren Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sasha Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ferry Corsten [43]
2006 Flag of Germany.svg Paul van Dyk Flag of the Netherlands.svg Armin van Buuren Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tiësto Flag of the United States.svg Christopher Lawrence Flag of the United States.svg DJ Dan [44]
2007 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Armin van Buuren Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tiësto Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Digweed Flag of Germany.svg Paul van Dyk Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sasha [45]
2008 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Armin van Buuren Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tiësto Flag of Germany.svg Paul van Dyk Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Above & Beyond Flag of France.svg David Guetta [46]
2009 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Armin van Buuren Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tiësto Flag of France.svg David Guetta Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Above & Beyond Flag of Germany.svg Paul van Dyk [47]
2010 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Armin van Buuren Flag of France.svg David Guetta Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tiësto Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg deadmau5 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Above & Beyond [48]
2011 Flag of France.svg David Guetta Flag of the Netherlands.svg Armin van Buuren Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tiësto Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg deadmau5 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Above & Beyond [49]
2012 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Armin van Buuren Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tiësto Flag of Sweden.svg Avicii Flag of France.svg David Guetta Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg deadmau5 [50]
2013 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Hardwell Flag of the Netherlands.svg Armin van Buuren Flag of Sweden.svg Avicii Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tiësto Flag of France.svg David Guetta [51]
2014 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Hardwell Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Flag of the Netherlands.svg Armin van Buuren Flag of the Netherlands.svg Martin Garrix Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tiësto [52]
2015 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Flag of the Netherlands.svg Hardwell Flag of the Netherlands.svg Martin Garrix Flag of the Netherlands.svg Armin van Buuren Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tiësto [53]
2016 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Martin Garrix Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Flag of the Netherlands.svg Hardwell Flag of the Netherlands.svg Armin van Buuren Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tiësto [54]
2017 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Martin Garrix Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Flag of the Netherlands.svg Armin van Buuren Flag of the Netherlands.svg Hardwell Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tiësto [55]
2018 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Martin Garrix Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Flag of the Netherlands.svg Hardwell Flag of the Netherlands.svg Armin van Buuren Flag of France.svg David Guetta [56]
2019 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Flag of the Netherlands.svg Martin Garrix Flag of France.svg David Guetta Flag of the Netherlands.svg Armin van Buuren Flag of the United States.svg Marshmello [57]
2020 Flag of France.svg David Guetta Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Flag of the Netherlands.svg Martin Garrix Flag of the Netherlands.svg Armin van Buuren Flag of Brazil.svg Alok [58]
2021 Flag of France.svg David Guetta Flag of the Netherlands.svg Martin Garrix Flag of the Netherlands.svg Armin van Buuren Flag of Brazil.svg Alok Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike [59]

Statistics

Most years voted as number one DJ
DJYears
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Armin van Buuren
5
Flag of France.svg David Guetta
3
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Tiësto
3
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Martin Garrix
3
Flag of Germany.svg Paul van Dyk
2
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul Oakenfold
2
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Carl Cox
2
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Hardwell
2
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
2
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sasha
1
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Digweed
1
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Judge Jules
1
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Danny Rampling
1
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Smokin Jo
1
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Aba Shanti-I
1

Top 100 Clubs

DJ Mag on their 2013 Top 100 Clubs tour at Space Sharm, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Dj Mag Top 100 Clubs tour at Space Sharm.jpg
DJ Mag on their 2013 Top 100 Clubs tour at Space Sharm, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

DJ Magazine also runs an annual poll called Top 100 Clubs used to decide the worlds number one club, which began in 2006. [60] The 2021 poll was postponed from its usual dates in March to August due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [61] The 2022 vote was also delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however only to May in this instance. DJ Mag announced that the poll would return to normal rules as in 2021 club scenes outside of the previous 12 months could be considered aimed many closures due to the pandemic. [62]

Results

DJ Mag top Clubs – Voted publicly
Year1st2nd3rdRef.
2006 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Fabric Flag of the United Kingdom.svg The End Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Turnmills [63]
2007 Flag of Spain.svg Space Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Fabric Flag of Spain.svg Pacha [64]
2008 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Fabric Flag of Spain.svg Space Flag of Spain.svg Amnesia [65]
2009 Flag of Germany.svg Berghain Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Fabric Flag of Spain.svg Space [66]
2010 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sankeys MCR Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Fabric Flag of Spain.svg Amnesia [67]
2011 Flag of Spain.svg Space Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Fabric Flag of Brazil.svg Green Valley [68]
2012 Flag of Spain.svg Space Flag of Brazil.svg Green Valley Flag of Spain.svg Pacha [69]
2013 Flag of Brazil.svg Green Valley Flag of Spain.svg Space Flag of Spain.svg Pacha [70]
2014 Flag of Spain.svg Space Flag of Brazil.svg Green Valley Flag of Spain.svg Pacha [71]
2015 Flag of Brazil.svg Green Valley Flag of Spain.svg Space Flag of the United States.svg Hakkasan [72]
2016 Flag of Spain.svg Space Flag of Brazil.svg Green Valley Flag of Spain.svg Amnesia [73]
2017 Flag of Spain.svg Space Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Fabric Flag of Brazil.svg Green Valley [74]
2018 Flag of Brazil.svg Green Valley Flag of Spain.svg Ushuaïa Flag of Singapore.svg Zouk [75]
2019 Flag of Brazil.svg Green Valley Flag of the United States.svg Echostage Flag of Spain.svg Ushuaïa [76]
2020 Flag of Brazil.svg Green Valley Flag of Spain.svg Hï Ibiza Flag of the United States.svg Echostage [77]
2021 Flag of the United States.svg Echostage Flag of Brazil.svg Green Valley Flag of Spain.svg Hï Ibiza [78]

Statistics

Most years voted as number one club
ClubYears
Flag of Spain.svg Space
6
Flag of Brazil.svg Green Valley
5
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Fabric
2
Flag of Germany.svg Berghain
1
Flag of the United States.svg Echostage
1
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Sankeys MCR
1

Top 100 Festivals

Since 2015,[ citation needed ] the voters of the DJ Magazine's top 100 clubs have also voted on the world's number one festival. No poll was held in 2018. In 2019, the DJs themselves voted on their favourite festival in a top 50 format similar to the DJ and club poll run by the magazine. [79] In 2020, the format was changed to a 20% DJ vote and 80% public vote, and was increased to a top 100 format. [80] However results were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Results

2015–2017

YearWinnerRef.
2015 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Tomorrowland [81]
2016 Flag of the United States.svg Ultra Music Festival [82]
2017 Flag of the United States.svg Ultra Music Festival [83]

2019–2020

Year1st2nd3rdRef.
2019 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Tomorrowland Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Glastonbury Flag of the United States.svg Ultra Music Festival [79]
2020Voting opened; results never published

Statistics

Most years voted as number one festival
FestivalYears
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Tomorrowland
2
Flag of the United States.svg Ultra Music Festival
2

Best of British Awards

The Best of British Awards was launched by DJ Mag in 2007 to celebrate dance music talent and platforms within Great Britain.

Best DJ

Best Breakthrough DJ

YearWinnerNominated
2007DeepgrooveDemi, Jamie Jones Serge Santiago, Sinden, Streetlife DJs
2008 Rusko Alex Metric, Anil Chawla, Dan Beaumont, Foamo
2009FunkagendaHannah Holland, Ikonika, Mark Henning, Toddla T
2010 Jackmaster Burns, Burnski, Doc Daneeka, Ramadanman
2011Subb-an Jamie xx, Jordan Peak Julio Bashmore, T.Williams
2012 Bicep Adam Shelton, Alexis Raphael, Dusky, Richy Ahmed
2013Citizenn Daniel Avery, Leftwing & Kody, Lil Silva, No Artificial Colours
2014 Hannah Wants Flava D, Krankbrother, Mak & Pasteman, Pedestrian
2015Jasper James Eli & Fur, Sam Divine, Tough Love, Weiss
2016SolardoDax J, DJ Barely Legal, Felix Dickinson, Shanti Celeste
2017Or:laArchie Hamilton, Jay Clarke, Mollie Collins, Saoirse
2018WillowDebonair, Donna Leake, Jamz Supernova, Mason Maynard
2019SHERELLEAfrodeutsche, re:ni, Sally C, Tiffany Calver
2020AnzCromby, Danielle, Ewan McVicar, Tash LC

Awards for DJ Mag

DJ Awards

The DJ Awards organises the annual electronic music DJ awards event. It is the only international ceremony for DJs and also the oldest, held once a year at Pacha club in Ibiza, Spain. It is one of the most important accolades. [84]

YearCategoryWorkResultRef.
2005Outstanding Dedication AwardDJ MagazineWon [85]

International Dance Music Awards

The IDMAs is a major event which is part of the Winter Music Conference, a weeklong electronic music conference, held every March since 1985 in Miami Beach, Florida, United States. DJ Magazine has won the award for Best Music Publication 14 times, winning every year this category has been awarded.

YearCategoryWorkResultRef.
2003Best Dance Music PublicationDJ MagazineWon [86]
2004Won [87]
2005Won [88]
2006Won [89]
2007Best Music PublicationWon [90]
2008Won [91]
2009Won [92]
2010Won [93]
2011Won [94]
2012Best Music Media ResourceWon [95]
2013Won [96]
2014Won [97]
2015Won [98]
2016Won [99]

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