Alright.. I finally decided to vote for this retarded popularity contest…
but let me explain these kind of random choices.
A&B: These guys deserve to be as high as possible. They’re my idols, and while I miss TATW and am kind of put off by ABGT, tracks like Small Moments Like These are just magic. Plus, they played acoustic shows.. proof they have real musical talent, a trait many EDM-haters try to deny any DJs have. I also saw them at Electric Zoo, my 2nd time seeing them, and it was just as amazing. I was flat out sobbing when they played Sun In Your Eyes and after thinking about that moment, they are undeniably #1. (I mean, I painted their faces for god sake).
Seven Lions: Okay.. if I didn’t have some deeprooted faithfulness to trance being my #1, Jeff Montavlo would be taking my top spot. His work is just fucking magic. He made me completely change my close-mindedness of being a fan limited to trance and only trance. There is not one track of his that I DON’T like, and he’s already planning brilliant collabs. My only beef is with Strangers, which is great except for the ugly trouse which is clearly from M&S54 and not Jeff. He is the only artist who can successfully get signed to Owlsa and still play a guest mix on ABGT.
Armin Van Buuren: I was very torn about putting Armin on this list at all. My primary reasoning for voting for him is because I’d prefer a trance artist at #1, and he is the only DJ capable of reaching it right now. ASOT 600 was mindblowing, but his album Intense shot down so much respect I had for him. Don’t get me wrong, he is an awesome guy with some fantastic work under his belt, but my god, Intense needs to be burned and doused in holy water. This Is What It Feels Like went platinum in the Netherlands and it’s probably the most crappy, mainstream piece of pop Armin has ever spit out. I’m disappointed in him for disappointing me and a ton of the trance community. However, I’ll always love him like how you love that family member who knocks someone up or something, so he gets a spot this year.
Kaskade: The real-est DJ out there right now, in my honest opinion. If you follow Kaskade on any social media, especially twitter, you will see explanations for most of his actions. He is in it for the fans, for the the love of music and for the love of DJing. The third aspect is very important to me, considering my father and I have many conversations about DJing now and it’s evolution. The Redux tour blew me away. I listened to the recorded portion at least 20 times within a month and never, ever grew tired of how flawless it was. The simple fact that Kaskade decided to throw all ‘proper famous DJ’ routine under the bus by playing tiny, intimate club settings made me incredibly happy. Can you imagine someone like Guetta doing that? Kaskade can sell out massive arenas but still have the balls to play in small clubs and love what he does. And to top it all off, Atmosphere is my favorite album of this year, and perhaps my favorite modern house album ever.
Coyote Kisses: So instead of including some shrugoff, mild enjoyment kind of DJ that I would feel guilty about writing, I decided to put Coyote Kisses because they are honestly in my personal top five. They have absolutely no chance of being in the top 100, but let me tell you, they are amazing. If you haven’t heard them, look them up. They were definitely my artist of the year.
Best DJ of 20 years - Solarstone: I have been listening to Solarstone since I came out of the womb… My dad still shows me his tracks from 1997 on vinyl and lets me sit back and listen in a dreamstate while he spins them. I have multiple worn out CDs that I used to play in my stereo that my dad burned and that I stole when I was a kid that are all of Solarstone’s old mixes and albums. He completely changed my outlook on what defines music before I was even in the 5th grade. For that, I am eternally grateful. The most defining reason behind this choice is that he still continues so strongly within the community. He hasn’t bashed the shit out of the scene or cried because its not the same. He just sticks to his roots while simultaneously continues to be a leader in everything pure trance. His remixes are always amazing. Solarstone is timeless.
And yep, there are my explanations behind this year’s votes.