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Alternative Top 100 DJs chart, powered by Beatport

For the past couple of years DJ Mag has used Top 100 DJs data to calculate and reflect the international popularity of DJs from the house and techno scenes.

Now, this poll is co-presented by Beatport, integrating sales trend data alongside votes from DJ Mag fans to create the Alternative Top 100 DJs chart – a way to recognise the incredible popularity of these scenes.

  1. Carl Cox

As we all know, Cox is one of the best DJs on the world. He is a titan of the worldwide electronic music scene, a global ambassador whose effervescence and joie de vivre behind the decks is absolutely infectious.

Carl has also been working hard on his new label, Awesome Sound Wave, and found time to appear in the What We Started doc with Martin Garrix, with Paul Oakenfold at Stonehenge, and at assorted Resistance parties and more. Coxy is unstoppable — OHYESOHYESOHYES!

  1. Claptone

International man-of-mystery Claptone has been leaving his mark on nightlife since 2013, when he first came to prominence through the subtle charms of his massive release ‘No Eyes’ featuring Jaw. He has spent much of 2018 taking his large-scale event The Masquerade to the major cities of South America, the US and Europe. He also managed to squeeze in an Ibiza summer residency and gigs at Defected at Eden, Pacha, Cuckoo Land at Ibiza Rocks, Glitterbox at Hï Ibiza and indeed played at “more mind-blowing festivals and clubs than any regular human being ever could”.

  1. Richie Hawtin

Richie Hawtin never stops. For the best part of three decades, the Canadian DJ and producer has worked tirelessly to redefine techno. From the early days of the Plus 8 label — home to then-emerging artists like Speedy J, Kenny Larkin and Dan Bell — and his expansive F.U.S.E. project, into the menacing, acid-soaked minimalism of his Plastikman alter ego, Hawtin was an innovative artist and ground-breaking label owner.

  1. Adam Beyer

The founder of the Drumcode label and one of the architects of tough Swedish techno during the late ‘90s traversed Europe and the US this year, bringing the sound of Drumcode to well-known clubs and festivals like Berghain, Cocoon at Pacha, Creamfields and Tomorrowland.

Speaking of festivals, 2018 also saw Drumcode put on its first festival in Amsterdam in August. Run in association with Awakenings and spread across four stages, it featured well-known names like Beyer, Pan-Pot, Joel Mull and Dense & Pika sharing the line-up with emerging stars like Amelie Lens and Boxia.

  1. Marco Carola

Rising to prominence during the ‘90s, Marco Carola came to define the Neapolitan techno sound during that period. Together with his friend and close colleague Gaetano Parisio, aka Gaetek, Carola’s lean, rolling releases on his Design Music and 1000 imprints set the benchmark for hard-edged techno. Coupled with his three-deck sets, these key releases led to Carola becoming one of the world’s most in-demand underground DJs.

This year, Carola returned to Amnesia, this time to his own Music:On parties on Fridays, joined by veterans such as Derrick May, Carl Craig and Green Velvet.

  1. Solomun

Producer and DJ Solomun began releasing music back in 2005, but his career really took off in 2012 with his first Ibiza residency at Sankeys, Diynamic Neon Nights, and then the launch of his infamous Solomun +1 residency at Pacha the following year. Since then he’s DJ’d at Ultra Europe, Exit Festival, Melt! Festival and Tomorrowland as well as holding down various residencies including Destino and Ushuaïa, whilst Solomun +1 remains one of the most popular parties in Ibiza.

  1. Paul Kalbrenner

Paul Kalbrenner has become one of techno’s biggest global artists. The Berlin producer has achieved this by focusing on album production and an unexpected career side-step: in 2004, the film director Hannes Stoehr commissioned him to provide the soundtrack for the movie Berlin Calling. This led to Kalkbrenner performing in the leading role. The film became a surprise hit, and drew audiences all around Europe. Crucially for Kalbrenner, the soundtrack went platinum and the single ‘Sky & Sand’ spent over 120 consecutive weeks in the German singles charts.

While a documentary about Kalkbrenner’s life on the road followed in 2010, he has exclusively focused on his own production work, releasing a total of eight studio albums to date.

Last year, he celebrated his underground roots with his ‘Back To The Future’ mixtape series, a trilogy that chronicles his personal history of electronic music’s arrival to Germany. The series went viral, amassing over 1.5million downloads. A 10-date country tour sold out within minutes.

2018 saw him release his eighth studio album, ‘Parts Of Life’, a deeply personal work that embodies his entrancing techno sound.

  1. Nina Kraviz

Emerging from Russia in 2009 with releases on Rekids and Underground Quality, she has subsequently become one of the biggest names on the house/techno circuit. The fact that she has achieved this on her own terms and without any regard to fads and fashions — Kraviz is known for occasionally playing old trance records, for instance — is all the more staggering.

Like most of her colleagues in this poll, Nina says that she has been touring relentlessly. Aside from production, she explains that “the rest is my touring life, which has been a bit tough lately, but that’s not new”. Nina adds: “I’m making a lot of music at the moment. Especially remixes. I‘ve done so many this year. Some already came out and even more are coming. Talking about remixes, I am currently working on a very interesting remix album project for an incredibly talented American artist. Plus, there’s new releases on my Trip and Galaxiid labels — finding new talent is a constant agenda.”

  1. Black Coffee

Black Coffee is on an ever-upward trajectory, after making a succession of award-winning albums and launching new artists with his Soulistic label.

  1. Steve Lawler

He is a true stalwart of the UK club scene. In what is approaching three decades of dedication, the Birmingham-born DJ/producer has done it all – from early days of throwing infamous raves under the M42 to being crowned the ‘King of Space’ during his nine-year residency at the legendary Ibiza club.

2018 has been another banner year for the UK stalwart, with a remix of Groove Armada under his belt, a number of other releases dotted about and a hectic touring schedule. Nearly three decades in the game, and Lawler is as busy as ever.

Rest of the list you find HERE.

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