Resident Advisor Top 100 DJs 2013

So the top 100 DJs have been announced with a pleasantly
surprising number 1.
There is an alternative top 100 DJs poll by DJ Mag but quite
frankly if you like the DJs on that poll then you have a shit taste of
music.  Sorry, I mean a different taste
in music.
Resident Advisor only give 3 days to registered members to
vote, and you can only choose DJs from events you have clicked attending to
during the year.

Beautifully, there isn’t an EDM DJ in sight.  After all, this is the site where Adam Port has more fans than David Guetta, and Ricardo Villalobos is 10 times more popular than Tiesto.
And guess what?  I have thoughts on the matter.
Only 1 DJ in the list that I have not heard of – Rødhåd.  Unlike the aforementioned poll of trash which
is a who’s who of who the fuck?
Those I voted for were:
5. Nina Kraviz
4. Craig Richards
3. Apollonia
2. Sven Vath
1. Ricardo Villalobos (I bet that surprised you)
Four of them based on my favourite DJ sets that I experienced live this year, Apollonia I have not seen but really excite me from what I have heard.  Apollonia didn’t make it as a collective into the Top 100 but their three component DJs did.
A surprising 7 DJs in the list actually played in my adopted town of Reading this year – Justin Martin, Lee Foss, Heidi, George Fitzgerald, Dusky, Jackmaster
and Eats Everything at 86, 85, 74, 50, 43, 21 and 11.  I know Skream played too but that was before
his conversion to disco and nobody on RA likes dubstep.  Surely?
I hope to see even more in Reading next year.
Craig Richards only made position number 94 – such an
under-rated DJ.
Subb-an made it to 83 – I am a huge fan.
James Zabiela at 64 – do people still like him?  And James Holden – does he still DJ?
Dubfire at 46 – the most dull DJ in the top 100 surely?
Carl Cox at 39, probably the most well-known of the top 100.
Nina Kraviz at 32. 
Gaining more fans by the year.
Solomun at 24 and Jamie Jones at 9 playing the most
commercial music of the top 100 by far. 
Oh yeah and Luciano…remember him?
Sven Vath at 20. 
Legend but slowly dropping down the list year by year.  Outstanding the other weekend.
Maya Jane Coles at 18 – the most over-rated DJ on the
list?  Seriously don’t get her.  Though some of her productions are
superb.  Some.
John Digweed at 17. 
How many people fell asleep to him?
Marcel Dettmann at 13 – I am not the hugest techno fan in
the world but I love his sets.  Really
want to see him.  As long as there is some house music to escape to when it gets too much!
tINi at 12.  Hasn’t
quite done it for me this year like in 2012, disappointing when I saw her live
and the loss of her weekly radio show from Ibiza this year was the biggest
musical hole of 2013.
Ben UFO at 10 is a really interesting DJ with a unique
Interesting to see RA argue that Loco Dice at 8 has
alienated his core fans.  They could be
onto something.
Ricardo Villalobos at 7.  My
number 1 of course.  He was exceptional the first time I saw him this year but on a weird fast-tempo trip the second time.
Maceo Plex at 6.  I
cannot argue.
Seth Troxler at 5.  I am a big fan.  Clearly the best at self-publicity too.  But has the DJ skills to match – nice to see him playing vinyl again.
Ben Klock at 4 – Played my favourite techno set of the year.
Richie Hawtin at 3 – Yawn central.
Tale Of Us at 2. 
Hugely deserved, I have been a huge fan of their productions and DJ sets
for a few years now, still to see them and top of my haven’t seen but must see
list.  I cannot recommend them highly
Dixon.  Trance at
number 1 in the underground.  Oh yes.
What do you think?

Resident Advisor Top 100 DJ Poll

It’s that time of year to vote for your favourite DJs (I assume that my readers are cool enough to ignore the bullshit poll from the crap magazine).

To vote, you had to be a member before 20th November and only have until midnight on Thursday 22nd November to vote.  I approve of this short time to vote, to reduce the time for ‘campaigns’.  And you can only vote for someone that you are on the rollcall for from an event.

It should provide an accurate as picture as possible as to the most popular DJs in the underground.

My votes as follows:

1. Ricardo Villalobos – Simply the best DJ I have ever known. Was masterful at fabric and cannot wait to see him again this Saturday.
2. tINI – OK I haven’t actually seen her but I did mean to go twice this year and I will do.  I absolutely love her music, she has re-introduced me to minimal and very stripped-back underground house through her weekly radio shows and I cannot recommend her enough.
3. Craig Richards – Absolutely never lets me down, and given that fabric is my favourite club and most-visited club, I just have to include Mr Richards as a mark of respect for what is achieved every single week at that most wonderful nightclub.
4. Nina Kraviz – I love her style of music and well just everything about her.  Only seen part of her set at Eastern Electrics as there were too many people in the tent and I wanted to be outside but she was top notch.
5. Cassy – I was really impressed with her set at Cocoon In The Park, very real sounding music and an excellent warm-up.  Really looking forward to seeing her again in 10 days time.

All of these DJs play vinyl.  Co-incidence?  I didn’t choose them because of this but perhaps that they play vinyl is a large reason as to why I have enjoyed them so much.

One person is missing – Sven.  I have to say both times I have seen him this year, he hasn’t quite done it for me.  His music style went too hard and dark.  Still a favourite but time for others to have their moment.

I look forward to all my votes from everyone on the rollcall from Free House Project.

Resident Advisor DJ Poll 2011 Results/Bitchyness

Everyone knows that the DJ Mag top 100 is wank.

Resident Advisor is the one that represents those that like their dance music underground.  But you don’t have to be a total boring snob to appreciate underground music, it can be fun music too.  I slated the DJ Mag top 100 poll, due to my relative music snobbishness, so I shouldn’t moan when the RA poll is released and people are banging on “oh how the hell can he be number 1”, etc.

But I will say one thing – Jamie Jones being number one is a mile better than Tiesto/David Guetta.

Why is it suddenly cool to hate Jamie Jones?

Because he is successful.  Because he plays all the big clubs, because he plays a slightly less boring style of house music – because 21 year old girls like him – because his remix of Hungry For The Power is easily the most popular tune and was completely ubiquitous in Ibiza, from the West End to Cocoon, to Pacha…it was everywhere.  And he DJ’ed everywhere – 142 gigs according to RA.  And they won’t be counting the secret ones.  And I have met people who know him – they all say he is genuinely a lovely guy – and we all have met DJs who are pricks.

Get over it people.  He is successful.  He deserves it.  He might not be my favourite but it was always going to be him.  His style is the hottest style right now, love it or loathe it.  It won’t last forever, such is the ever-changing roundabout of dance music.

Anyway, so number 1 was Jamie Jones.
Number 2 – Seth Troxler.  Again, a very affable guy, very funny, a little crazy and sometimes his music is spot on – his set at Cocoon In The Park was truly excellent.  Though his set at fabric wasn’t.
Number 3 – Richie Hawtin.  This is one I don’t understand as I don’t like DJs who split tracks trying to be clever.  But everyone I know who has seen him this year has been well impressed so who am I to argue?  Just like what I wrote for JJ.  Only one of the top 10 I haven’t seen this year.  Wow I have done well!
Number 4 – Ricardo.  I’ve talked about him enough in the past – my number 1 this year for CITP.
Number 5 – Maceo Plex.  His debut in the top 100.  I only saw him live, and it must be his productions that have got him so highly placed.
Number 6 – Art Department.  My number 3 if I recall correctly.  Awesome at fabric.  Fantastic producers.
Number 7 – Loco Dice – saw him at SW4 but didn’t hear him, again saw him briefly at Cocoon in Ibiza but had to get back to Sven.  Very good DJ though.
Number 8 – Dixon – He was at the Dr Cagliari thing I went to at The Roundhouse, didn’t see the DJs for long but I can understand why he is so highly rated.
Number 9 – Maya Jane Coles – her productions grow on me, slowly, and she was quite good at fabric’s birthday.  Deserves another chance from me.
Number 10 – Ben Klock – saw him too at fabric’s birthday, too tough for me but I can see why the techno-heads would love him.

Others of note:

11 – Marco Carola – I don’t get him.
12 – Luciano – Cheese fest – don’t even try getting me to go to Ushuaia – it is not who I am.
13 – John Digweed.  Probably the most boring DJ I have ever seen in my life, both musically and as a person behind the decks – it is ok to move or perhaps even smile, you know.
14 – Soul Clap – Saw them play a Madonna track at fabric.
15 – Tale Of Us – must be there for their productions.
16 – Sven – What are you doing this far down?  He was really on form whenever I saw him this year, all 3 times absolutely superb – though Ricardo’s set at CITP was even better.
17 – Sasha – seriously?  Saw some of his set at Ushuaia on some live Ibiza clubbing stream and it was so dull.  Not as dull as Digweed though.
18 – Lee Foss.  Biggest disappointment at fabric’s birthday.  Worth another try though, if only because he attracts lots of girls to the dancefloor.  Oh and I like some of his productions.

26 – Dubfire?  Really – lamest excuse for a DJ set that I put on my ipod-type thing in 2011.
55 – Danny Daze – Very impressive at fabric, and I love the Your Everything track, one of my favourites this year.
56 – Levon Vincent – I would like to see him, some of his tracks are fantastic.
60 – Nina Kraviz – As per RA, “What to expect from a Nina Kraviz DJ set?  House and techno with a nod to the past.  And more than likely some mistakes”.  I saw her at Cocoon in Ibiza, and yes I can vouch for the amount of mistakes!  Even Sven made less.  She is hot, and hates Traktor.  My perfect woman.  Except she is Russian so probably secretly just wants access to the UK government.
76 – Craig Richards – I would never want him to be in the top 10, as he is our little secret (those of us who go to fabric).  The day he plays Cocoon in Ibiza will be the day the world changes.  (ps, I am more likely to play Cocoon).
90 – Heidi – why so low down?  Really want to see her.  She needs to start producing to get higher up though.

And for all you Guardian-reading feminists out there – there are actually 8 birds in the top 100.  It was only 3 years ago that there hadn’t even been 3 birds behind a pair of decks.

I am being facetious before I get shot.  I even voted for a woman DJ this year.  Check me out and my modernism.

That’ll do.  I wasn’t too snobbish or bitchy was I?!

I Am Friends With The 1497th and 15422nd Best DJ’s In The World – I’m So Cool

Wow, I feel like a true groupie now.  My dreams have come true.

The attached link will take you to the page where you can search for the position of your favourite DJ in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJ poll.

My friends, Tina Martin came 1497th, and Matt Powell 15422nd.

Perhaps nothing you might think, but as it seems nearly everyone I know claims to be a DJ, I think these are creditable results and I am celebrating them.  Congratulations, guys.

Sadly, I do not figure in the list.  It seems nobody voted for me.  Not even me.  Nobody remembers the hour or so in 108 bar back in January, or the impromptu set after a night at Cocoon that I did at some wild villa party out in Ibiza in the summer of 2009.

I will endeavour to make it into the list next year, so I can have one of those fine polished aluminium blocks with my name and position.  I trust that my blog will be the promotional tool that I need to feature in the poll.  That is my next goal in life.