Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Hardwell – the same names always pop up on these sorts of lists. But usually, that’s because they earn the most money, sell the most records, or fill the biggest arenas.
So, without further ado, here they are: the 10 most talked-about DJs in the world according to DJMag.com.
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9 – Steve Aoki
Steven Hiroyuki Aoki is an American electro house musician, record producer, DJ, and music executive. In 2012, Pollstar designated Aoki as the highest grossing dance artist in North America from tours. He has collaborated with producers and vocalists such as will.i.am, Afrojack, LMFAO, Linkin Park, Iggy Azalea, Lil Jon, Laidback Luke, BTS, Louis Tomlinson, and Fall Out Boy and is known for his remixes of artists such as Kid Cudi. Aoki has released several Billboard-charting studio albums as well, notably Wonderland, which was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronica Album in 2013.
8 – Afrojack
Nick van de Wall, better known by his stage name Afrojack, is a Dutch DJ, record producer and remixer from Spijkenisse. In 2007, he founded the record label Wall Recordings and in 2014 he released his debut album Forget the World.
7 – David Guetta
Pierre David Guetta is a French DJ, songwriter, record producer and remixer from Paris who has sold over nine million albums and thirty million singles worldwide. He is among the first DJs to get into the EDM scene and is known as the “grandfather of EDM”.
6 – The Chainsmokers
The Chainsmokers is an American DJ and production duo consisting of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart. The EDM-pop duo achieved a breakthrough with their 2014 song “#Selfie”, which was a top twenty single in several countries. Their debut EP, Bouquet was released in October 2015 and featured the single “Roses”, which reached the top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100. “Don’t Let Me Down” became their first top 5 single there and won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording at the 59th awards ceremony, while “Closer” became their first number-one single on the chart. They have also won two American Music Awards and five iHeartRadio Music Awards. The duo’s second EP Collage was released in November 2016, succeeded by the release of their debut studio album, Memories…Do Not Open, in April 2017.
5 – Tiesto
Tijs Michiel Verwest better known by his stage name Tiësto, is a Dutch DJ and record producer from Breda. He was named “the Greatest DJ of All Time” by Mix magazine in a poll voted by the fans. In 2013, he was voted by DJ Magazine readers as the “best DJ of the last 20 years”. He is also regarded as the “Godfather of EDM” by many sources.
4 – Hardwell
Robbert van de Corput , better known by his stage name Hardwell, is a Dutch electro house DJ, record producer from Breda, the Netherlands. Hardwell was voted the World’s No. 1 DJ on DJ Mag in 2013, and again in 2014. Hardwell is best known for his sets at music festivals, including Ultra Music Festival, Sunburn and Tomorrowland. Hardwell first gained recognition in 2009 for his bootleg of “Show Me Love vs. Be”. He founded the record label Revealed Recordings in 2010 and a radio show and podcast Hardwell On Air in 2011. He has released eight compilation albums through his label, as well as a documentary film. His debut studio album, United We Are, was released in 2015.
3 – Armin Van Buuren
Armin van Buuren is a Dutch DJ, record producer and remixer from South Holland. Since 2001, he hosts the A State of Trance radio show, which is broadcast to more than 37 million weekly listeners in 84 countries on over 100 FM radio stations. According to Djs And Festivals, “the radio show
propelled him to stardom and helped cultivate an interest in trance music around the world.”
2 – Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike is a Belgian DJ and record producer duo, composed of brothers Dimitri Thivaios and Michael Thivaios. They are both of Greek origin.
1 – Martin Garrix
Martijn Gerard Garritsen, known professionally as Martin Garrix , is a Dutch DJ, record producer and musician from Amstelveen. In 2016, he founded the label STMPD RCRDS months after leaving Spinnin’ Records, before signing with Sony Music. In 2017, he was announced as a resident DJ at Hï Ibiza. Garrix also writes tracks for other artists, and despite this, only one in fifty of his tracks have made it out to the public.