Jun 28, 2012 —
So long, rock gods! The DJ is the new king of the music world.
The last few years have witnessed an explosion of electronic dance music (EDM) onto the mainstream music scene, and everyone from the hottest divas to the biggest record labels are paying a premium for the latest electronic DJ tracks (for better or for worse is up to you).
This is the age where 250,000 tickets to the Electric Daisy Carnival sell out in ten minutes, electro artists are paid more than pop-stars, and millions worldwide hang posters and make Kandi bracelets of their favorite DJ. The most exclusive clubs on the planet, meanwhile, shell out tens of thousands of dollars to bring in the top mixers whose blends of house, trance, jungle, drum & bass, and dubstep leave sell-out crowds satisfied and begging for more.
Whether it’s performing for a hundred thousand neon-clad fans with pupils the size of saucers while wearing a flashing LCD mouse head, or releasing a new set to a screaming Ibiza nightclub in the middle of summer, the best in the world are much more than just disc jockeys moving the pitch slider between tracks. These top five DJs are artists, producers, and entertainers, who – depending on your love of EDM and its subculture – put on life-changing shows for the millions of fans that follow them.
DJ / House / Trance / Electro House / Vocal House / Dance
Born in 1981 in Ontario, Joel Zimmerman, better known as deadmau5 (pronounced “dead mouse”), has become a legend in electronic music. He is most recognizable by his costume mouse head, called the “mau5head.”
His career began in the 1990s with a number of self-released compilations of original tracks that he created on his
DJ / Trance
Born in 1976 in the Netherlands, Armin van Buuren is a Dutch trance DJ and producer, voted number one in DJ Magazine’s “Top 100 DJs” four consecutive times.
In 2001, Armin started hosting his two-hour weekly radio show, A State of Trance (ASOT), which has become one of the most listened-to radio shows in the world with 15 million
Electronic / House
Ryan Raddon, better known by his stage name Kaskade, was born in 1971 in Chicago. Since the release of his first single, “What I Say,” in 2001, Kaskade has become one of the top DJ/producers in the world, known for his immense energy and creativity.
A legend in the world of progressive/trance house, his signature sound of melodic
Dance / Electronic / House
Tijs Michiel Verwest, known as Tiësto, is a Dutch DJ and record producer. Born in 1969 in the Netherlands, superstar Tiësto has played an integral role in the growth of electronic dance music.
In 1997, he founded the label Black Hole Recordings, which featured not only his own releases, but also tracks by artists such as Ferry Corsten and Armin van
Dubstep / Electronic
Sonny John Moore, known by the stage name of Skrillex, was born in Los Angeles in 1988 and has since become a regular household name and one of the biggest artists in electronic music. He is best known for bringing the loud, hardcore dubstep genre (sometimes referred to by critics as ‘bro-step’) to the mainstream, culminating in five Grammy