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DJ Mag’s 2012 Top 5 in Review

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DJ mag’s website recently released its annual list of the world’s best DJs from around the globe. And we are going to zoom in on the top five.

Armin Van Buuren

If taking the number one spot for a record fifth year is not enough, this Dutch DJ and producer has a staggering list of achievements to boot. Armin’s trance music has showered him with awards and accolades from around the globe.

Some of the most celebrated awards include the prestigious Royal Distinction from Queen Beatrix of Netherlands in 2011, the ‘Gouden Harp’ which is the highest honor conferred on a Dutch artist in 2010 and ‘Best Global DJ’ at the International Dance Music Awards.

Despite his successful radio show and fan crazy tours, he seems genuinely surprised to have topped the list this year, given the rule of dance music over trance for a brief period last year.


He's got everything including a wax statue at Madame Tussauds! With numerous awards from MTV and even a Grammy nomination tucked safely under his belt, this DJ dared to venture out of his comfort zone in trance music and moved onto progressive/electro house.

What’s more? He managed to get his fans following him there too! His sold out shows and the success of his last album 'Club Life Volume Two: Miami' are testament to this.

Voted by Mixmag as ‘The Greatest DJ Of All Time’ in 2011, Tiësto has also worked with a host of superstars like Katy Perry, Coldplay, Kanye West, Nelly Furtado, Goldfrapp and many others.


His enthusiasm to create something new in EDM has lulled this young DJ into the third place on the list. He may not have years of experience to bank on, but somehow he seems to know his audience's pulse.

After his two tracks "Levels" and "Silhouettes" catapulted him to great heights, Avicii is looking forward to getting back in the studio and producing. He credits his fans for his achievements and showed them his appreciation by releasing the track “2 million” and uploading it for free for his 2 million followers on Facebook.

David Guetta

This French DJ’s fall from the number one spot is mainly due to criticism about the pop influence in his music. His collaborations with Kelly Rowland, Akon and The Black Eyed Peas reflect that to some extent. But he’s been around long enough to shake away any negativity around his music and entertain his hordes of fans.

Guetta started performing in Paris at the age of seventeen, when house music was desperate for opportunities to establish itself. Having done his part to introduce house music to the world, he certainly deserves all the success that has come his way.


His controversial statements aside, Deadmau5 seems to be riding the EDM wave as well. In 2008, he became the first DJ/producer to win the most number of awards at the Beatport Music Awards. He has an impressive four Grammy nominations and three Juno wins.

He has headlined some of the biggest shows in the past couple of years. In 2008, Deadmau5's "Move for Me" collaboration with Kaskade reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard magazine's Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart. After this, the Canadian DJ has had three other tracks that reached the number one spot in the list, all of them collaborations with other artists.

In conclusion

Hopefully reading a little into the lives of the worlds best DJs will give you the inspiration you need to take your own journey of learning how to become a DJ to the next level.

Ben Drohan

About the Author: Ben Drohan is the original founding partner and creator of DJ Master Course. His entrepreneurial skills have been recognised by major music industry leaders including CEO’s, A&R label executives and some of the world’s most prolific DJ talent including the Stafford Brothers.

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