About a year ago, Martin Garrix became the youngest DJ to ever win the Top 100 DJs poll, leaving behind such huge names like David Guetta, Hardwell, Tiësto, Armin van Buuren and Skrillex. At the time, Martin managed to generate an unmatched buzz around his name and performance, but we all felt like he couldn’t repeat his success two years in a row.
Here are the 10 biggest DJs currently on the scene:
Of course, our list wouldn’t be complete without Sonny John Moore, aka Skrillex. Although this extremely popular DJ and producer started his career as an emo/post-hardcore artist with his band “From First To Last,” Skrillex managed to strike the right chord only when he started making music on his own. He soon became one of the pioneers of modern electronic dance music, as well as dubstep, and the rest is history.
Another big name in the genre is definitely Steven Hiroyuki Aoki. This guy does wonders mixing dubstep, electro and progressive house into his own, rather distinctive dance sound. Paul Rosenberg, Eminem’s manager, once described him as a “genre-defining musical entity that the world needs more of.” Need we say more?
Nick van de Wall, aka Afrojack, is one of the biggest DJs, record producers and remixers to ever come from Holland, the country that has always been a pretty fertile ground for DJs. Back in 2014, Afrojack released his kick-ass debut album “Forget the World,” and ever since that day, he’s been regularly featured in the top 10 of DJ Mag Top 100 DJs.
Another enormous name coming from The Netherlands. Robbert van de Corput, aka Hardwell, entered the game pretty early in his life – he was only 14 when he first signed a record deal! Today, he’s quite possibly the biggest name in the EDM arena.
Thomas Wesley Pentz, or Diplo, is known for his work with the dancehall music group called “Major Lazer,” as well as through his collaboration with Skrillex as an electronic duo “Jack Ü,” but his work as a standalone DJ has been remarkable as well. His sound and style are always evolving, making Diplo one of the most influential DJs and producers currently on the scene.
Perhaps the least “mainstream” name on our list, Joel Zimmerman, aka Deadmau5, is certainly one of the most unique artists on our list. His mesmerizing set at Tomorrowland 2016 with Eric Prydz helped his career skyrocket, and he’s been rocking all significant venues ever since.
Tiësto is among the most experienced DJs currently on the music scene, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping him from rocking just as hard as he first started back in 1994.
This fiery Scotsman has been dancing on the thin line between dance and pop music ever since he somewhat unexpectedly emerged on the world’s DJ scene back in 2007. It doesn’t matter if you are a hardcore EDM fan, or you are just entering this amazing sonic landscape, Calvin Harris definitely has something for your taste.
Should we even bother wasting words on this dude? Guetta has been aiding the music scene since the late 80s and early 90s, while lately he’s career as a DJ has been hitting the stratosphere. His 2009 track “When Love Takes Over” (featuring Kelly Rowland) was declared the best dance-pop collaboration of all time by Billboard in 2013.
So, as you probably predicted, we are closing our TOP 10: Biggest DJs in the World list with currently the most relevant child prodigy of the electronic music world – Martijn Garritsen, aka Martin Garrix. This amazingly talented DJ was only 17 when his solo release “Animals” took the world by storm in February 2013, and his career has been on the rise ever since.