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DJ Magazine

DJ Magazine
DJ Mag Logo.png
Editor Carl Loben, 2011-present
Categories Music, technology, nightlife, style
Frequency Monthly
First issue 31 January 1991; 27 years ago (1991-01-31)
Company Thrust Publishing Ltd
Country U.K.
Language English
ISSN 0951-5143

DJ Magazine (also known as DJ Mag) is a British monthly magazine dedicated to electronic dance music and DJs.[1] Founded in 1991, the magazine is adapted for distribution in the United Kingdom, United States, Spain, France, Italy, Latin America, China, South Korea, Indonesia and Netherlands.


An earlier version of the magazine appeared towards the end of the 1980s when it was then known as Disc Jockey Magazine the name was then changed to Jocks Magazine [2] however this name was quickly dropped and the publication underwent re-branding. After this process the first issue of DJ Magazine or DJ Mag launched in the middle of 1991:[2] it was initially produced as weekly publication with Chris Mellor as its first editor.[2] The magazine at this point was already the UK's top-selling disc jockey magazine.

The first edition featured artists such as Frankie Knuckles and the Ragga Twins.[2] In 1992 the magazine decided to switch to bi-weekly publishing due to increasing workload which would remain in place till 2008.[2] During its first two years the editorial staff of the magazine voted for their DJ of the Year:[2] initially this was a short list, however this was later expanded to become a Top 100 list that first appeared in the magazine's 100th edition on 21 October 1993.[2]

In 1994 the band Underworld featured on the cover due in part to their breakthrough album. Other artists featured that year included established names like Armand van Helden, Erick Morillo, but also breakthrough DJs such as DJ Rap.[2] By the summer of 1995, the magazine began to regularly feature Ibiza due its increasing popularity as a clubbing destination; the magazine also set-up stall at the Winter Music Conference held in Miami, United States.[2] In 1997, the magazine featured new British house duo Basement Jaxx on its front page. Artists appearing on the cover of the magazine towards the end of the 1990s included the likes of Jeff Mills, Deep Dish, Orbital, Laurent Garnier, and Danny Tenaglia.[2]

In 1999, the magazine would feature DJs on its front page exploring the rise of Trance Music. The publication wrote extensively about the use of drugs and their prevalence within the dance music scene.[2]

Beginning in late 2000, the magazine launched its first pilot website.[2] By November 2000, Highbury House Communications had bought Nexus, the magazine's publisher, and the magazine moved its editorial offices to Kentish Town, North London. In 2001 dance music journalist Lesley Wright, who was then editor of Scottish dance publication M8 magazine was hired to replace Chris Mellor as Editor-in-Chief after 10 years running the editorial staff.[2]

In 2002 Fatboy Slim was featured in the July issue after his free event held in Brighton, England attracted approximately 250,000 clubbers [3]. In 2003 the parent company of the publication merged with the magazine publisher WVIP.[2] From 2005 the magazine started to expand its publication overseas to include places like Central and South America, Germany, France and Spain.[2] In 2006 the magazine was sold to Future plc, one of the largest UK media companies.[4]

In 2011 the magazine was launched in the USA. After 10 years at the helm of the magazine, editor Lesley Wright left and was replaced by Carl Loben. In 2012 the publication switched production to a monthly format. Currently the owners of the publication are looking to expand into new markets through licensing deals in the Middle East, Australia, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan and China.[5]

The current format for the magazine includes sections on dance music industry news, regular features, reviews covering clubs, EDM/dance music, technical equipment; it also includes current Top 100 lists as well as coverage of up and coming EDM events. DJ Mag runs a number of awards including its Top 100 DJ Poll, Top 100 Club Poll, DJ Mag, Best of British Awards and its DJ Mag, Tech Awards.[6]

Current components


  • DJ Mag -- (monthly print magazine, launched in 1991 it is currently published under licence by Thrust Publishing Ltd).
  • -- (the publications website launched in 2000).
  • DJ Weekly -- (a free downloadable flipbook produced by the magazine).
  • DJ Blackbook -- (EDM music industry contact directory produced annually by the magazine for DJs, producers, club owners and promoters).
  • DJ Mag Ibiza -- (specialist printed magazine published in Ibiza Spain and has print run is over 100,000 copies.
  • Top 100 DJs Poll -- (this is the world's leading DJ Poll and currently attracts a large number of voters per year and an estimated 10 million people viewing the result of poll when published).
  • Top 100 Clubs Poll -- (this is a survey to determine best clubs in the world the poll was originally only open only to DJs to vote on it was switched to public vote in 2010).

Top 100 DJs

The magazine's biggest property is a list of the World's most popular DJs, called Top 100 DJs. The poll attracted over 1 million votes in 2015, making it the World's biggest music poll.[8]

Danny Rampling was the first winner named as the number one DJ in the world by the magazines journalists in 1991.[9][10] In 1992 Smokin Jo was named the No1 DJ by the magazine editors and she is still the only female DJ to have ever won DJ Magazines highly coveted DJ of the Year award.[11][12] In 1993 to celebrate the 100th edition of DJ Magazine.[13] the magazine introduced a Top 100 list that was still compiled by its staff until 1996 for the previous seven years the system for nominee selection and then voting to determine the winners was similar to that of current Grammy Awards [14] and the Brit Awards [15] in that dance music industry specialists ( in this case music journalists) decided on who was nominated and who won . However, in 1997 the decision was taken by the publication to let the readers of the magazine decide who they thought was the worlds top DJ and in 1997 English DJ Carl Cox was the first winner of the Top 100 DJs Award by (public vote). As of 2017, Fergie holds the record for the highest new entry in the poll's history, achieved when he placed 8th in 2000.[16] Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren currently holds the record of most overall wins with five and a record four consecutively.

The awards party for the poll was traditionally hosted at the Ministry of Sound nightclub in London. For the 2011 poll, the event was hosted outside of the UK for the first time in its history, being staged at the 2011's edition of the Amsterdam dance event. The 2012 and 2013 award shows were both held on 19 October at the same event.[17][18] Up until 2002, the top three had consisted of at least one British DJ, since the next year (2003) at least two Dutch DJ's have featured in the top three. In 2015 the Top 100 DJs Awards Party took place as the headline moment of the Amsterdam Music Festival. Over 40,000 guests witnessed the crowning of 2015's winner's Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike.[8] Following the Amsterdam event, the winning DJs were flown to London, where they performed to a sold out Brixton Academy for the Top 100 DJs London show.

Top 100 DJs is considered to be hugely important to DJs as an influencer of booking fees and their current level of popularity. DJs regularly campaign for votes, a process which is allowed by the magazine.[19] Dutch DJ Hardwell once did a skydive as part of his campaign video;[20]David Guetta regularly creates animated videos as part of his voting campaign;[20]Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike released an exclusive mix to their fans as part of their 2015 campaign.[21] However, due to the weight that is placed on Top 100 DJs ranking by bookers worldwide, there have been criticisms of the poll.

Criticisms of Top 100 DJs poll

Top 100 DJs has been criticised as being heavily influenced by the marketing power of DJs, rather than their skill or ability. An article that appeared on the US section of the Huffington Post in July 2013, entitled "DJMag Top 100 (Marketable) DJs", explores this claim.[22] Its author, Kevin Yu, stated that "Over the past few years, DJ Mag has been criticized that the list is not a true representation of their skills, but instead the amount of money they can put towards marketing". Yu asked, "Has the DJMag list transformed into a popularity contest or is it still a resemblance of the DJs talent?".[22]

The list has also been criticized for not including a more balanced reflection of artists from other Electronic dance music styles and showing rankings based on less commercial mainstream DJs. A feature in The Guardian in 2010 by the journalist Ben Child entitled "What does DJ Mag's top 100 poll tell us about UK dance music? Not much" explores this further, noting that:

What's surprising, at least to those of us who don't enjoy the more mainstream genres, is the paucity of artists from outside the house and trance scenes in the top 100. This has pretty much always been the case, with the odd Drum 'N' Bass or Breakbeat acts occasionally making it into the lower reaches in years gone by, but this year's situation is particularly extreme. There is just one artist Andy C whose music is not based on the standard four-to-the-floor beat pattern adopted by mainstream dance music in the top 100 - and he has been around for more than a decade and a half.[23]

DJ lists

Notes: The magazines journalists selected their top 3 DJ's for the years 1991-1992,[24] on the 21st October 1993 for the 100th issue they expanded this by introducing a top 100 Best DJs in the world list - in the opinion of all the staff - were chosen.[13] In 1997 the magazine opened the top 100 list to a public vote which is still the current format.


Top 3 DJs - Voted by DJ Magazine
Year 1st 2nd 3rd
1991 United Kingdom Danny Rampling [25] United Kingdom Graeme Park United Kingdom Mike Pickering
1992 United Kingdom Smokin Jo [26][27][28] unspecified unspecified
1993 United Kingdom|Antigua and Barbuda Aba Shanti-I [29] Argentina|Spain Alfredo United Kingdom Stu Allan
1995 United Kingdom Judge Jules [30] unspecified unspecified
1996 United Kingdom|Barbados Carl Cox[31] unspecified unspecified


Club lists

The magazine also runs an annual poll called Top 100 Clubs.[33]


Top 3 Clubs 2006-present


International Dance Music Awards

The IDMA is a major event which is part of the Winter Music Conference (WMC) a weeklong electronic music conference, held every March since 1985 in Miami Beach, Florida, United States. DJ Mag has won the Best Music Publication Award 13 times.

  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2003[34]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2004[35]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2005[36]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2006[37]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2007[38]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2008[39]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2009[40]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2010[41]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2011[42]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2012[43]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2013[44]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2014[45]
  • IDMA Best Music Publication 2015[46]

DJ Awards

The DJ Awards organizes the annual electronic music DJ awards event it is the only international ceremony for DJs and also the oldest, the awards are held once a year at Pacha club in Ibiza Spain it is one of the most important accolades.[47]

See also


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "20 Years of DJ Mag - A Retrospective". DJ Mag. 9 October 2012. Retrieved 2017. 
  3. ^ Chambers, Suzanna (14 July 2002). "Chaos as 250,000 swamp Fatboy Slim beach party". Retrieved 2017. 
  4. ^ Malt, Andy. "CMU: TGE 2017: New music media business models - DJ Mag | Complete Music Update". Complete Music, 23 May 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  5. ^ Malt, Andy. "CMU: TGE 2017: New music media business models - DJ Mag | Complete Music Update". Complete Music, 23 May 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  6. ^ Malt, Andy. "CMU: TGE 2017: New music media business models - DJ Mag | Complete Music Update". Complete Music, 23 May 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  7. ^ "DJ Mag: Overview". Thrust Publishing Ltd, 2017. 9 October 2012. Retrieved 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "TOP 100 DJS 2015: POLL ANALYSIS". DJMag. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ Beck, Jürgen (2017). Living Legends - Die Enzyklopädie der besten DJs der Welt (in German). Jazzybee Verlag. p. 153. ISBN 9783849679743. 
  10. ^ Mannix, Mike. "Danny Rampling - Exclusive - Interview". Iconic Underground Magazine, 3 June 2017. 
  11. ^ Richards, Grant (16 July 2015). "Smokin Jo - It is still hard for women to get in the so called big leagues, hard to say if now another female could achieve (DJ Mag Top 100) it as the top is all the EDM guys - Decoded Magazine". Decoded Magazine. Decoded Magazine, London, 16 July 2015. Retrieved 2017. 
  12. ^ Harrison, Angus. "Calm Down: Paris Hilton Isn't the World's Biggest Female DJ". Thump. Thump Magazine, 18 March 2015. Retrieved 2017. 
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  14. ^ McDonlad, Heather. "Do You Know How Grammy Winners Are Picked?". The Balance. The Balance Magazine, 14 October 2016. Retrieved 2017. 
  15. ^ "Voting Academy refreshed for 2017". BRIT Awards. The Brit Awards, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  16. ^ "Fergie DJ - Nutter". Retrieved . 
  17. ^ "DJ Mag Top 100 DJs Poll 2012 Receives Record Number Of Votes". Retrieved 2015. 
  18. ^ DJ Mag Top 100 Awards Show - Friday 19 October - Program - Amsterdam Dance Event 2012
  19. ^ "10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT #TOP100DJS". DJMag. Retrieved . 
  20. ^ a b Hardwell (2014-07-12), Hardwell Skydiving - The DJ MAG Bet, retrieved  
  21. ^ Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (2013-07-15), Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike - DJMAG TOP 100 DJs Exclusive Mix - Smash The House Radio #16, retrieved  
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  23. ^ Child, Ben. "What does DJ Mag's top 100 poll tell us about UK dance music? Not much". 29 October 2010. The Guardian Newspaper UK. Retrieved 2015. 
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  25. ^ Beck, Jürgen (2017). Living Legends - Die Enzyklopädie der besten DJs der Welt (in German). Jazzybee Verlag. p. 153. ISBN 9783849679743. 
  26. ^ Guide, DJ. "Artist:Smokin Jo Biography". 2013. DJ Guide on-line Magazine. Retrieved 2013. 
  27. ^ DAYANI, ALISON (15 October 2004). "Jo's back on track". Birmingham Evening Mail (England). Retrieved 2013. 
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  29. ^ Cunningham, Katie. "You won't believe who's on the 1993 DJ Mag Top 100". In the Mix Junkie Webzine, 31 October 2013. Retrieved 2016. 
  30. ^ Gregory, Andy. "The International Who's Who in Popular Music 2002". 2002. Psychology Press, 4th Edition, page 267. Retrieved 2015. 
  31. ^ Williams, Melysa. "DJ Mag Top 100 flashback: Carl Cox goes back to back". June 2014. DJ Mag. Archived from the original on 27 July 2014. Retrieved 2015. 
  32. ^ Whitehurst, Andrew (21 November 2013). "HALL OF FAME: CARL COX". DJ Magazine, 21 November 2013. Retrieved 2017. 
  33. ^ "Top 100 Clubs | DJMag". Retrieved . 
  34. ^ "Nominees / Winners for Year the 2002". Archived from the original on 21 April 2008. Retrieved 2008. 
  35. ^ "Nominees & Winners for the Year 2003". Archived from the original on 1 May 2008. Retrieved 2008. 
  36. ^ "Winners for the 20th Annual International Dance Music Awards". Archived from the original on 21 April 2008. Retrieved 2008. 
  37. ^ "21st Annual International Dance Music Awards Nominees & Winners". Archived from the original on 20 April 2008. Retrieved 2008. 
  38. ^ "22nd Annual IDMA Nominees & Winners". Archived from the original on 1 May 2008. Retrieved 2008. 
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  42. ^ "26th Annual International Dance Music Awards Nominees & Winners". Retrieved 2011. 
  43. ^ "27th Annual International Dance Music Awards Nominees & Winners". Retrieved 2012. 
  44. ^ "28th Annual International Dance Music Awards Nominees & Winners". Retrieved 2013. 
  45. ^ "29th Annual International Dance Music Awards Nominees & Winners". Retrieved 2014. 
  46. ^ "30th Annual International Dance Music Awards Nominees & Winners". Retrieved 2015. 
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