House and Techno Topple EDM in DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll

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After a significant decade-plus run dominating clubs, festivals, radio and charts in the U.S., EDM, electronic music’s most artistically vacuous style, has been floundering as of late. Major U.S. festivals like Ultra Music Festival and Electric Zoo have veered their programming toward booking more house and techno artists, and the ripple effect is certainly felt in DJ mag’s 2017 Top 100 poll. Artists from the genre who had been regulars on the top of the poll either faced massive drops on the chart or fell off altogether.

Some things went as expected on this year’s DJ mag Top 100 poll: EDMer Martin Garrix (pictured) retained the number one spot for a second year, and mainstays like Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin van Buuren, Tiësto, David Guetta, Afrojack and Steve Aoki all placed well.

Here’s where the story begins to shift: Solomun, Claptone and Black Coffee made impressive debuts; Richie Hawtin and Paul Kalkbrenner returned to the chart; Loco Dice, Marco Carola, Adam Beyer, Jamie Jones, Green Velvet, Seth Troxler, Nina Kraviz and Kölsch all made extremely strong showings in the 2017 DJ mag Top 100 poll.

Full list of poll results is below. Let us know if you feel this chart is indicative of EDM’s slow demise.

TOP 100 DJS POLL 2017 – THE FULL LIST

World’s No.1 DJ – Martin Garrix
Highest Duo – Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
Highest Trance DJ – Armin van Buuren
Highest Techno DJ – Carl Cox
Highest Drum & Bass DJ – Andy C
Highest Hard DJ – Headhunterz
Highest Climber – Alan Walker (Up 38)
Highest New Entry – Lost Frequencies
15 New Entries
7 Re-entries
5 Non-movers
Over 1,000,000 votes cast

2017 DJ Mag Top 100 poll results

1 Martin Garrix Non-Mover
2 Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Non-Mover
3 Armin van Buuren Up 1
4 Hardwell Down 1
5 Tiesto Non-Mover
6 The Chainsmokers Up 12
7 David Guetta Down 1
8 Afrojack Up 2
9 Steve Aoki Down 2
10 Marshmello Up 18
11 Don Diablo Up 4
12 KSHMR Non-Mover
13 Oliver Heldens Down 5
14 W&W Down 1
15 Calvin Harris Down 1
16 Skrillex Down 7
17 Alan Walker Up 38
18 R3hab Up 3
19 Alok Up 6
20 Dash Berlin Down 3
21 Axwell ^ Ingrosso Down 5
22 DVBBS Up 2
23 DJ Snake Down 1
24 Kygo Up 2
25 Diplo Down 2
26 Lost Frequencies New Entry
27 Above & Beyond Up 20
28 Avicii Down 17
29 Zedd Up 630 Quintino Up 2
31 Vintage Culture Up 23
32 Vinai Up 5
33 Headhunterz Up 3
34 Eric Prydz Up 32
35 Bassjackers Down 1
36 Blasterjaxx Up 7
37 Alesso Down 17
38 Ummet Ozcan Down 19
39 Fedde Le Grand Up 11
40 Angerfist Up 6
41 Wolfpack Up 22
42 Nervo Up 3
43 Timmy Trumpet Up 3744 Radical Redemption Up 24
45 Major Lazer Down 1
46 Tujamo Up 32
47 Tom Swoon Up 9
48 DJ Kura Up 3
49 Deadmau5 Down 18
50 Nicky Romero Down 21
51 Paul van Dyk Up 9
52 Danny Avila Re-entry
53 Aly & Fila Down 1
54 ATB Up 7
55 Yves V Up 7
56 Diego Miranda Up 2
57 Yellow Claw Down 9
58 Miss K8 Up 30
59 Brennan Heart Non-Mover
60 Mike Williams New Entry
61 Dannic Up 9
62 Carl Cox Up 12
63 Carl Nunes Up 23
64 Lucas & Steve New Entry
65 Warface New Entry
66 Galantis Down 27
67 Da Tweekaz Up 4
68 Jay Hardway Up 21
69 Claptone New Entry
70 Martin Jensen Up 12
71 Florian Picasso Down 33
72 Vini Vici New Entry
73 Jauz Up 10
74 Cat Dealers New Entry
75 Sam Feldt Up 12
76 Robin Schulz Down 7
77 Andy C Re-entry
78 Carnage Up 6
79 Andrew Rayel Down 14
80 Richie Hawtin Re-entry
81 Solomun New Entry
82 Steve Angello Down 52
83 Will Sparks Down 10
84 Mariana BO New Entry
85 Black Coffee New Entry
86 Dillon Francis Down 22
87 Flume Up 7
88 Shogun Down 46
89 Alison Wonderland New Entry
90 Ferry Corsten Up 9
91 Maceo Plex New Entry
92 Carta New Entry
93 Mosimann Re-entry
94 Julian Jordan New Entry
95 Tchami Re-entry
96 Porter Robinson Down 6
97 Paul Kalkbrenner Re-entry
98 DJ L New Entry
99 Swanky Tunes Down 72
100 Disclosure Re-entry

Funk D’Void Interviewed By His Remixers

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Lars Sandberg (a.k.a. Funk D’Void) has been crafting techy house tracks for more than two decades. Hailing from Glasgow and presently based in Barcelona, Sandberg has continually evolved his sound over the trajectory of standout releases for Bedrock, Cocoon, Octopus, Suruba, Tronic, Tulipa and Urbantorque.

In addition to releasing music on his own label, Outpost Recordings, he’s lent his remix touch to tracks by a range of artists including New Order, Underworld, Kevin Saunderson, Deetron, and Laurent Garnier.

Related: Onionz x Funk D’Void: The Big Shot Interview

This month Sandberg presented his latest magnum opus called “Feels So Good” for On It Recordings, a new Manchester-based label run by rising producer ONYVA. It’s a deep, melodic track with a tinge of ’90s nostalgia that effortlessly skirts the border of house and techno.

A handful of choice remixers — Tuff London, Brett Gould, ONYVA and Mark Holmes — have reimagined “Feels So Good” so we thought it would be interesting to have them interview the big man himself. Read on for an incredible Q&A touching on Sandberg’s early days and current studio set-up.

Out of all the tracks you have written, which one are you most proud of and why?
— Tuff London

Good question! I do lose the connection with my tracks over time after not hearing them for so long. I don’t dwell on my productions after completing them, but I guess “Diabla” falls into that category. I spent a good few weeks nailing that and knew it was something special after testing it out with friends whose opinion I trust. The arrangement and elements all fell into the right place.

I still remember Grooverider playing at a rave and making me think, Yeah, I want to learn how to do that. So did you ever have a particular moment when you realized you wanted to be a DJ, producer and get to the top of the game?
— Brett Gould

At school discos when I was 15 I was fascinated at the power of the DJ, high up in his booth/stage commanding the direction of the dance floor. That’s how it all started I guess … I’ve never had a plan to “make it big” or whatever. In the beginning I just saved up money for some bits of gear and set up a small studio (Atari 1040, TR808, Roland S10, R8, JD800, Novation Bass-station) in my bedsit at the time and carved together the Jack Me Off EP and went to Soma with a demo tape cassette.

Big fan of all your work over the years and tracks like “Diabla” have been a massive inspiration. What did you use for the sounds in this track (particularly the LFO bass) and do you have any musical training, or is it by ear?
— Mark Holmes

I used the Sequential Circuits Pro-One monosynth for bass, Roland JV2080/JD800 for strings/pads, microKorg for the vocoder sound, and an old rave pad intro sample as the basis for the melody. I’m classically trained up to grade 5, but I just play around and usually use my ear for making/processing sounds … I’ve been winging it since day one.

What does your current set-up look like and how has that evolved over the years? Could you also briefly describe your music-making process?
— ONYVA

I used to have a museum of analogue gear, but I’ve sold most of it due to my home studio space restrictions. My basic set-up now is a 2006 Power Mac running Logic 9, a Korg Triton, Roland JV2080 with full XP cards, a completely fucked JD800 and a Yamaha Tenori-On all connected to a basic 12-channel Allen & Heath studio mixer. I’m about to pick up some of the Roland Boutique range, namely the TR-08, 09, SE-02, SH-01 and the D-05 ― the size of the units are perfect for me and look and sound like a lot of fun.

Pioneer Unveils Stand-Alone DJ Sampler

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Seeing how more DJs are supplementing their DJ sets with additional instruments and devices, Pioneer DJ will introduce a stand-alone DJ sampler this month that allows DJs to layer beats and melodies as well as record and sample audio on-the-fly.

The DJS-1000, which will retail at SRP of €1,299 including VAT (roughly $1,535), features an easy to navigate user interface brandishing 16 multicolored step input keys, 16 multicolored Performance Pads, a host of inputs and outputs, plus various other performance features

The unit allows DJs to make beats and sounds in advance of their sets or produce them on the fly, then sequence and loop them as they wish. The Live Sampling feature allows DJs to freely sample input sounds and work them into their mix as effects or tracks.

More details below as well as a promo video. Continue Reading

Björk Says She Was Harassed by Danish Director

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This weekend the #MeToo hashtag popped up on social media, and droves of women bravely came forward with tales of abuse, sexual harassment and assault.

On Sunday Björk entered the fray, posting on Facebook that she too had been sexually harassed by a Danish director. Though she did not name him, her story led many to assume she was calling out Lars Von Trier, who directed her in 2000’s Dancer in the Dark.

Noting that she comes “from a country that is one of the worlds place closest to equality between the sexes and at the time i came from position of strength in the music world with hard earned independence , it was extremely clear to me when i walked into the actresses profession that my humiliation and role as a lesser sexually harassed being was the norm and set in stone with the director and a staff of dozens who enabled it and encouraged it.”

She went on to state that “when i turned the director down repeatedly he sulked and punished me and created for his team an impressive net of illusion where i was framed as the difficult one.”

Lars Von Trier denied treating her badly, telling Danish paper Jylannds Posten that while he and Björk had conflicts during the filming of Dancer in the Dark — which were widely reported at the time — he did not act inappropriately.

On Sunday Björk took to Facebook in a follow-up post, where she wrote “in the spirit of #metoo i would like to lend women around the world a hand with a more detailed description of my experience with a danish director.” In the post she recounted six incidents that transpired with the Danish director, including “after each take the director ran up to me and wrapped his arms around me for a long time in front of all crew or alone and stroked me sometimes for minutes against my wishes.”

As more brave women step forward, we can only imagine how many more horror stories will come to light in the coming days.

S-File October 2017 Chart

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  1. S-File – Shelter (GND Records)
  2. Seph – Aces (Dumb Unit)
  3. Ben Sims – Acid OD (Deeply Rooted)
  4. Rod Malmok – Blackstabber (Clone)
  5. Housemeister – Epsilon (Ray Kajioka Remix) (GND Records)
  6. Johannes Heil – Gospel Eleven (Odd Even)
  7. S-File – Broken (GND Records)
  8. Planetary Assault Systems – Random Kingdom (Mote Evolver)
  9. Alden Tyrell – Take it Slow (Clone)
  10. Vincent – How I Feel (Klockworks)

DJs, submit your top 10 chart along with a photo and we’ll publish.

Reggie Dokes October 2017 Chart

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  1. Ju Ju and Jordash – Sis-boom-bah! (Dekmantel)
  2. Various Artists – Genesis Tracks Vol. 2 (Sistrum Recordings)
  3. Various Artists – We Play House Recordings 10 years (WPH10Y)
  4. Various Artists – Nightfall and Other Stories (Release Sustain)
  5. Reggie Dokes – Black Lives Matter (Rawax)
  6. Reggie Dokes – WPH Ten-5 (We Play House Recordings)
  7. Blaze – Wishing You Were Here (Slip ‘n’ Slide)
  8. Cevin Fisher – Submission (4 To The Floor Records)
  9. Fingers, Inc. – Another Side (Alleviated Records)
  10. Alton Miller – Bring Me Down featuring Maurissa Rose (Sound Signature)

DJs, submit your top 10 chart along with a photo and we’ll publish.