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30th Annual IDMA Ballot



Here is my voting record. Many things I didn’t vote for because they are out of my scope of interest or experience so those were left blank.

  1. Best Underground Dance Track: Drew Hill – Talk To You (Groove Armada Remix)
  2. Best Alternative/Indie Rock Dance Track: Paramore – Ain’t It Fun
  3. Best Indie Dance Track: Hercules & Love Affair – Do You Feel The Same?
  4. Best Latin Dance Track: Enrique Iglesias ft. Descemer Bueno – Bailando
  5. Best House/Garage/Deep House Track: Kiesza – Hideaway
  6. Best R&B/Urban Dance Track: Jeremih Feat. YG – Don’t Tell ‘Em
  7. Best Electro/Progressive House Track: Martin Garrix & MOTi – Virus (How About Now)
  8. Best Rap/Hip Hop/Trap Dance Track: Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – Fancy
  9. Best Trance Track: Andrew Rayel – Dark Warrior
  10. Best Dubstep/Drum & Bass Track: Sigma ft Paloma Faith – Changing
  11. Best Tech House/Techno Track: UMEK ft. Jay Colin – Burnfire
  12. Best Chillout/Lounge Track: Melosense – Connected
  13. Best Commercial/Pop Dance Track: Calvin Harris ft. John Newman – Blame
  14. Best Compilation or Full Length DJ Mix:
  15. Best Global DJ: Calvin Harris
  16. Best North American DJ: Porter Robinson
  17. Best European DJ: Avicii
  18. Best Break-Through DJ: Duke Dumont
  19. Best EDM/Pop DJ: Avicii
  20. Best Trance DJ: Markus Schulz
  21. Best House/Garage/Deep House DJ: Dusky
  22. Best Indie Dance/Underground DJ: Madeon
  23. Best Progressive House/Electro DJ: Fedde Le Grand
  24. Best Techno/Tech House DJ: UMEK
  25. Best Dubstep/Drum & Bass DJ: Netsky
  26. Best Hardstyle DJ:
  27. Best Podcast or Radio Mixshow DJ:
  28. Best Artist (Solo): Calvin Harris
  29. Best Artist (Group): Cash Cash
  30. Best Break-Through Artist (Solo): Kiesza
  31. Best Break-Through Artist (Group):
  32. Best Full Length Studio Recording:
  33. Best Featured Vocalist Performance – Title, Vocalist/Artist:
  34. Best Music Video: Kiesza – Hideaway
  35. Best Producer: Calvin Harris
  36. Best Remixer: R3hab
  37. Best US Club:
  38. Best Global Club:
  39. Best Music Event – Event, Location:
  40. Best Radio Station (Internet, Terrestrial, Satellite, App): Digitally Imported
  41. Best Music Media Resource (Online or Print): DJ Mag
  42. Best Music App: Digitally Imported
  43. Best EDM/Dance Music Retailer:
  44. Best Global Music Label: Spinnin’ Records
  45. Best American Music Label: Ultra Music
  46. Best Indie/Underground Music Label:
  47. Best Music Label Promoter Or Exec In-House:
  48. Best Independent Music Promotion/Marketing:
  49. Best Promo Subscription Service/Music Pool:
  50. Best New Product of the Year:
  51. Best Manufacturer of the Year:
  52. Best Studio Product of the Year:
  53. Best DJ Software:
  54. Best Mixer:
  55. Best DJ Controller:
  56. Best Media Player:
  57. Best Headphones:

DJ Mag Top 100 – 2013

In reverse order…
100: Ran-D

99: Ummet Ozcan

98: Solarstone

97: Umek

96: Matt Darey

95: DJs From Mars

94: Diego Miranda

93: Mat Zo

92: Paul Oakenfold

91: DJ Bl3nd

90: Stafford Brothers

89: Benny Benassi

88: Bob Sinclar

87: Tenashar

86: Da Tweekaz

85: DJ Skazi

84: Tiddey

83: Pontuz & Jon

82: John O’Callaghan

81: Heatbeat

80: Cosmic Gate

79: Myon & Shane 54

78: Felguk

77: Martin Solveig

76: Richie Hawtin

75: DJ Adaro

74: Dannic

73: Dillon Francis

72: D-Block & S-TE-FAN

71: Blasterjaxx

70: Project 46

69: Quentin Mosimann

68: Antoine

67: Mike Candys

66: Noisecontrollers

65: Tenishia

64: Diplo

63: Gunz For Hire

62: DJ Feel

61: Brennan Heart

60: Vicetone

59: Madeon

58: R3hab

57: Arty

56: Wildstylez

55: Tommy Trash

54:Eric Prydz

53: Infected Mushroom

52: Bingo Players

51: Gareth Emery

50. Zatox

49. Orjan Nielsen

48. Omnia

47. Bobina

46. Carl Cox

45. Coone

44. Krewella

43. Chuckie

42. Ferry Corsten

41. Porter Robinson

40. Martin Garrix

39. Sander Van Doorn

38. Steve Angello

37. Frontliner

36. Kaskade

35. Dada Life

34. Angerfist

33. ATB

32. Paul Van Dyk

31. Laidback Luke

30. Dyro

29. Fedde Le Grand

28. Andrew Rayel

27. Showtek

26. Swedish House Mafia

25. Knife Party

24. Zedd

23. Headhunterz

22. Daft Punk

21. Markus Schulz

20. Aly & Fila

19. Axwell

18. Sebastian Ingrosso

17. Above & Beyond

16. Nervo

15. Calvin Harris

14. W&W

13. Alesso

12. Deadmau5

11. Skrillex

10. Dash Berlin

09. Afrojack

08. Steve Aoki

07. Nicky Romero

06. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

05. David Guetta

04. Tiesto

03. Avicii

02. Armin van Buuren

01. Hardwell


DJ Gareth Emery: A Hero Of A Different Type


It is not often that a celebrity makes me take notice. For the most part, I don’t even know their names, much less do I know what they are doing, who they are doing, or what trouble they are in. I often joke that the only celebrity I know is Oprah (I probably know more politicians than I do celebrities).

With that said, the only celebrities I do know are EDM DJs. I heard this little story about Gareth Emery that brought a smile to my face. While many DJs are Facebooking, Tweeting, blogging, and spending money on ads to encourage their fans to vote for them Emery is telling his fans to NOT vote for him in the DJ Mag voting but instead vote for what charities he should donate to (instead of spending on advertisements for the DJ Mag competition).

What a guy. For 2012 he was ranked 14th, for 2011 he was ranked 13th, for 2010 he was ranked 7th, for 2009 he was ranked 9th, for 2008 he was ranked 23rd, and for 2007 he was ranked 31st. I’ve seen him and he put on a good show – I’ve voted for him on the DJ Mag Top 100 in the past as well (I think 2009).

I’ve said this before, but EDM is a special kind of music genre. Some of these guys have their own personal jets – they make some serious cash for only playing a few times a week. For granted, they work hard when they aren’t playing live. Unlike other genres, many of them make their music from scratch. No autotune singing or buying songs from real song-writers. Even when they perform they many times go out into the crowd or reach over the wall and shake their fans hands. I was 5 feet away from one of the biggest DJs – Armin Van Buuren. And even when he was playing he had fans in his booth with him. When he was coming to the booth he also walked through the crowd so even then I rubbed shoulders with him. When House 7340 was still going on here in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the end of his set another big name, Paul Van Dyk just walked out of the club like a nobody. I told him nice set and he walked off to his car. I doubt you would ever see this type of thing from many other musicians in other genres. In many other genres THEY are the celebrity and you are just a mere dollar sign. With EDM, you are family. As the old saying goes… PLUR.

Below is the blurb he wrote about his decision.

Just took a bizarre unsolicited phone call from a publicity company who help DJs promote themselves for the Top 100 poll, who told me I should be aware one of my ‘competitors’ (as she put it) was spending $15,000 on Twitter advertising alone, and unless I got on that sort of level, I would find it ‘hard to compete’. Obviously not going to say who the DJ was, but I was nearly sick in my mouth.

So here’s an alternative Top 100 message: Don’t vote for me. Seriously, when you buy a ticket to see me in a club, I consider that a vote. When you blast my music in your car, or share it on Facebook, or tell your friends about it, that’s a vote too. Those votes, and the amazing support you’ve shown over the last year, is what matters to me.

If you did plan on voting for me, give that vote instead to the DJs you see spending their money on promoted tweets, sponsored stories, banner adverts, rebranded twitter pages, etc. If they care that much about their number, just let them have it.

In return for your non-votes, rather than spend an amount on a campaign that would probably buy a school in Africa, I am going to donate the same amount to charity, and maybe some good can come out of this.

Actually how about this… I’ll post a poll of my own tomorrow with some various charities that I like and you guys can vote to decide which ones I will donate to. Together we can do something good. A poll where I’ll be proud, rather than ashamed, to ask for your votes.

Back soon,



Paul Oakenfold – Como Tu

It is songs like this that make it hard for me to not want to vote for Paul Oakenfold in the DJ Mag Top 100.


"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth... For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it." - Patrick Henry

"Politicians and diapers both need to be changed, and for the same reason." - Anonymous

"Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it." - William Penn

"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country" - Hermann Goering

"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do this I keep on doing." - Romans 7:18-19

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain