Thursday, January 31, 2013

[NAMM 2013] Behringer iQ Series Networked Loudspeakers

The new Behringer iQ Series of Professional Loudspeakers is the new flagship lineup of speakers for the Behringer Brand meaning these will perform the best and also include all the best technology. The Behringer iQ Speakers come with signal processors by KLARK TEKNIK, acoustic design by TURBOSOUND, and BEHRINGER's iNuke Class-D amplifiers. The iQ speakers come in four different 2-way-full-range size models (iQ15, iQ12, iQ10 and iQ8) and two different powered subwoofer models (iQ18S and iQ15S) to suite all Mobile DJ and performers' needs.

We've already tested out multiple Behringer Eurolive Speakers and amplifiers which all performed really well for the price. These new iQ model speakers look to be better than the Eurolive systems in every way. I'll be sure to get in touch with Behringer after the NAMM show to see if we can get a set of these for a full out review. Check out our previous Behringer Speaker and Amp Reviews listed below, then read the full press release on the new iQ models to learn more...

BEHRINGER Launches iQ Series Networked Loudspeakers with TURBOSOUND Drivers and 2,500 Watts of iNuke DSP Power
1/23/2013 — BEHRINGER has launched the all-new iQ Series networked loudspeaker line as their flagship range in the live speaker segment. Boasting networking and signal processing technologies from KLARK TEKNIK, acoustic design by TURBOSOUND, and built around BEHRINGER’s iNuke Class-D amplifiers, the iQ series sets a new standard for connectivity, precision and performance. Users of BEHRINGER’s mixers incorporating ULTRANET can now route digital audio across a network of connected speakers using only CAT5 cable.

“Our design objective was advanced integration between our growing digital mixer family and this new, high-performance loudspeaker line,” comments Al Walker, Senior Product Manager for parent company MUSIC Group. “The iQ Series breaks new ground for active, portable live sound speakers by adding zero-configuration digital audio networking over our proven ULTRANET technology, while simplifying connections, eliminating ground loops and other typical problems.”
The iQ Series consists of four full range cabinets — iQ15, iQ12, iQ10 and iQ8 — that share a common set of features but differ only in low-frequency driver size. All are powered, 2-way design with 1.75” titanium-diaphragm compression drivers for exceptional high-frequency reproduction. High acceleration 15”/12”/10”/8” LF drivers provide incredibly deep bass and acoustic power. Two powered subwoofer cabinets — the iQ18S and iQ15S — round out the series and utilize the famed TURBOSOUND 18”/15” long-excursion transducers with high-temperature voice coils.
Among the unique set of capabilities within the iQ series is the DSP power of KLARK TEKNIK. Total system control and driver protection-plus speaker modeling of some of the industries most respected loudspeakers (available on the full-range models only)-is just the start. This digital engine controls a phase/time-correction crossover, EQ, noise gate, automatic feedback eliminator and much more to maintain optimal performance. Set up and adjustments can be done using the LCD display on the speaker or remotely using a computer and BEHRINGER’s free software download.
Understanding that high performance loudspeaker cabinets require high-powered amplification, the iQ series uses BEHRINGER’s class-leading iNUKE power amplifiers in every system; each packing a whopping 2,500 Watts. Professional-grade locking PowerCon AC input and loop-through connectors minimize cable runs while ensuring that the show goes on, even after the lighting guy trips over the power cable.
The BEHRINGER iQ Series is affordable enough to be used in smaller venues such as theaters, schools and houses of worship; yet powerful enough to take on festival stages, dance clubs and corporate convention center gigs.

Pioneer CDJ-2000nexus Traktor HID Tutorial

The new Pioneer CDJ-2000nexus has a lot of new functions and updates from the original CDJ-2000 that will allow DJ's to sync songs together with the touch of a button and it can also work in perfect harmony with the new Traktor Pro 2.6 DJ software. We reviewed the CDJ-2000nexus and showed you just how easy it is to get the CDJ-2000nexus working with the Traktor Pro 2.6 software, but Pioneer DJ does one better with a full video tutorial showing DJ's how to connect and use them in seamless HID mode. Check out the video tutorial below right after you check out our HD-Video review in the link provided...

Pioneer CDJ-2000nexus Review

NAMM 2013: Numark Mixtrack Pro II and NS7 II

The Numark Mixtrack Pro II was just announced earlier today at this year's NAMM 2012 show as the new successor to the Numark Mixtrack Pro original DJ controller. The Mixtrack Pro II will come bundled with Serato DJ Intro, but the folks at Serato have already started working on the upgrade path to the full Serato DJ software. Serato has just sent out a quick video demo of the Numark Mixtrack Pro II working in perfect harmony with Serato DJ.

In the video, we can see the DJ using the Numark Mixtrack Pro's 16 performance pads to trigger cue points, the SP-6 samples, and effects. The Jog wheels are also given a good workout and users of the original Mixtrack Pro can rest assured that the new Mixtrack Pro II will have good scratching resolution to get the job done.


Numark NS7 II

What It’s Got: Slick touch-capacitive knobs for EQ, effects, and filters.
What It’s Not: Much lighter or smaller than the original NS7
Price: To be determined
Software: Serato DJ

Numark Mixtrack Pro II/Mixtrack II

What It’s Got: More pads! A good replacement of hard plastic buttons.
What It’s Not:
Price: $299 / $199
Software: Mixtrack Pro II:Serato DJ (comes with Intro) / Mixtrack II: Virtual DJ LE
The sentiment at NAMM 2013 seems to be very much “let’s throw some pads into our controller!” but in the case of Numark, it’s likely a wise refresh to their most successful products. The NS7 and Mixtrack Pro were both great successes that put Numark solidly into the controller game. If you’re looking for something more innovative and these updates aren’t your speed, Numark debuted the Orbit wireless controller at NAMM 2013  

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Check out control vinyl being made!
In a revealing blog post, DVS heavyweights Serato have published a collection of photos from their pressing factory!This is where they make the multi-coloured control vinyl for their DJ software. The photos chronicle the whole process starting from bags of coloured Resinoplast and ending with the finished article, ready to slap on to turntabled worldwide!

We were lucky enough to get a tour of RTI, the manufacturers of our official Serato Control Vinyl. Watch out for lots more exciting new control vinyl coming this year! 

[NAMM 2013] Pioneer’s Platinum Limited Edition DJ Gear

Pioneer DJ is offering something special to DJ's who want to stand out from the crowd but still want the same latest and greatest features found in the flagship Pioneer DJ Setup. For NAMM 2013, Pioneer DJ has announced its Platinum Limited Edition setup which will include two platinum edition CDJ-2000nexus-M CD decks and a DJM-900nexus-M DJ mixer all for the cool price of $8500. The platinum limited edition RMX-1000-M is also available for $1200. All of these pieces are in a limited run and won't be available forever. The setup will be available sometime in February 2013 at your local Pioneer DJ retailer so start saving your pennies now. Check out the full press release and video performance below for more information.

Pioneer DJ Platinum Limited Edition Setup

Pioneer DJ today announced the creation of “Platinum Editions” of the CDJ-2000nexus professional multi-player, DJM-900nexus performance digital mixer, and RMX-1000 Remix Station.  The Platinum Edition models will have a limited run of 4,000 units for the CDJ-2000nexus, 2,000 units for the DJM-900nexus, and 2,000 units for the RMX-1000, which will be available at Pioneer DJ authorized retailers worldwide and released in February 2013. The limited Platinum Edition series products will feature an ultra-sleek mirror chrome finish, each with a distinctive plaque engraved with the production run and serial number to indicate its authenticity.  A system, which includes two CDJ-2000nexus-M and one DJM-900nexus-M, will be sold as a set with a suggested retail price of $8499, while the Platinum Edition RMX-1000-M will be offered separately with a suggested retail price of $1199.
CDJ-2000nexus-M features include:
• Users can choose their media source from a USB storage device, SD memory card, CD- or DVD-ROM Disc, DJ software via MIDI/HID or even using music stored inside Wi-Fi®1/USB-connected smartphones and tablets
• rekordbox™ music management software for analysis, management, and playback of music files. 
• Pioneer’s PRO DJ LINK2, which enables up to four digital CDJ players to be connected for sharing music files stored on a single USB device and/or SD card
• High efficiency Wolfson® Microelectronics digital-to-analog (D/A) converter for accurate sound reproduction, faithful to source material
• Slip and Quantize functions, which enable reliable performance without changing the flow of the original track.  Using the My Settings feature, the function settings of a player can be saved to an iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch®, USB storage device, or SD memory card. For additional convenience, the settings can also be can be made ahead of time on the rekordbox app or software, allowing users switch to their settings when a connection is made to the CDJ-2000nexus.
• Up to 35 controls on the surface of each player can be used to trigger other devices, such as DJ effectors and software by way of HID and/or MIDI
• Active Loop function automatically starts loops when playback begins from a specified point
• Load Previous Track feature provides playback of prior music that has been loaded to the player
• Rating on the Go function allows users to rate tracks during play for easy reference or sorting
• Auto Standby function switches power to standby mode when no operation or input is detected for a certain period of time
DJM-900nexus-M features include:
• Multitude of effects options including six types of Sound Color FX and 13 types of Beat Effect
• Built-in 24-Bit / 96 kHz high performance USB soundcard3
• Built-in “X-Pad” for controlling multiple parameters with a touch to enhance the user’s performance
• Ability to connect Pioneer® digital players that support the PRO DJ LINK feature for highly accurate BPM and beat location information, resulting in precise beat matching4
• Built-in high performance 32-bit digital signal processor to suppress digital and analog circuit noise
• Highly durable high-performance channel fader
• Auto Standby function
• Gold-plated RCA PIN ports
RMX-1000-M features include:
• Knobs, buttons and layout of unit ensure intuitive operation and control
• Remixing options are virtually endless with Scene FX, Isolate FX, X-PAD FX, and Release FX controls
• Supports VST5/AU6/RTAS®7 plug-ins to utilize effects from DJ play for song production
• Includes special remixbox™ editing software, enabling effects and customization
• High-quality sound design delivers clear and powerful DJ sound
• QUANTIZE function enables real-time music analysis and synchronization of effects along with the beat of the music
• AUTO BPM function automatically measures and follows the tempo of music
• Compact design for portability

• Ability to be used as MIDI controller via included USB-MIDI standard

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Best Livestreams and Podcasts For DJs

In any artform, it’s critical to constantly be studying and observing the people at the top of their field, and DJing is no exception. Listening to well-assembled sets and watching DJs perform is one of the best practices that a DJ of any caliber can do to improve their craft. Today we’ve put together a list of the best podcasts and livestreams that every DJ should know about – read on to see our picks and suggest some of your own!


Podcasts rock because they’re so easily integrated into everyday life – subscribe to one and have it automatically push itself to your music players on your computer and mobile devices. In the DJ world, they’re the guest columns, the editorials, the coming attractions and the closing arguments. Check out some of the best podcasts for DJs below:

XLR8R Audio Podcast

Recent DJ Hosts: Disclosure, Azari & III, Tom Demac
Updated: Weekly, with some exceptions.
Why It’s One Of The Best: XLR8R hosts one of the strongest electronic music podcasts online, with a wide array of DJs and producers holding down hosting duties each episode with exclusive mixes crafted for the show. The podcast is hailed for its variety of contributors and fresh tracks – all chapter-marked in iTunes, allowing you to skip over a track you’re not feeling or back for your own rewind.
Links:  official site | iTunes

Annie Mac’s MiniMix

Recent DJ Hosts: Russ Chimes, AlunaGeorge
Updated: Weekly
Why It’s One Of The Best:  There’s a reason that this podcast holds the number one slot at the top of the UK iTunes Music charts – it’s one of the more unique mix series on this list! Give a DJ five minutes of mix airtime – no more, no less – and it challenges them to create something unique with that format, much like DJ battleformats have done in the past. 
Links: Official Site | iTunes

Resident Advisor Podcast

 Recent DJ Hosts: Art Department, Danny Daze, Joy Orbison
Updated: Weekly
Why It’s One Of The Best: Resident Advisor is renowned for highlighting rising stars on their way up the charts – and while some criticize their tastes as airing towards eccentric or elitist, they’re regularly spot on with their podcasts.
Links:  official site | iTunes
Also check out: RA Exchange: interviews with artists, labels, and promoters

  BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix (DJ SCHOOL LEBANON the sponsors of BBC Radio1 all shows 24/7 in Lebanon )

 Recent DJ Hosts: Eats Everything, Hardwell, Thomas Gold
Updated: Weekly
Why It’s One Of The Best: Do we even need to write anything here? Pete Tong’s legendary show on BBC Radio one hands over the reigns each week to a electronic dance music DJ. The mood of the mixes dramatically varies from week to week – with last year’s mix of the year going to the master of BPM  Nicholas Jaar
Links:  official site


A State Of Trance

 Genre/Host: Trance / Armin Van Buuren
Updated: Weekly
Why It’s One Of The Best: Curated and mixed by one of the most popular DJs in the world, Armin Van Buuren, A State of Trance is tied only with Tiesto’s Clublife show for the repuatation that it carries. ASOT is just on the cusp of entering its 600th week in a row, making it 11 years old regularly plays live broadcast episodes live from a gig. Armin does a superb job of combining new tracks alongside classic tracks and tracks that are currently defining the genre.
Link to subscribe: official site | iTunes
See Also: Tiesto’s Clublife – is it any surprise that these “top two DJs” hold down weekly podcasts?


Livestreaming is one of the best ways to watch a DJ perform in a club environment without being there – to see how they craft a mix, how they interact with the crowd, and yes, even how they screw up and recover. We’ve collected the best of the regular shows here, and even included an “in the booth” rating on just how good the stream is at showing you what the DJs are doing.

Why It’s Essential:
Be-At.TV takes their name very seriously – they partner with festivals and venues to livestream entire DJ sets, bringing online viewers into the audiences and DJ booths at events like the BPM Festival. Last year, we watched James Zabiela tear it up on the RMX-1000 at WMC before we’d seen it used expertly anywhere else.  Additionally, Be-At.TV has probably one of the coolest archive systems – allowing users to rate the sessions, post comments, and provide track listings for mixes.
“In The Booth” Rating: 4/5 –  They’re not afraid to put multiple cameras in the DJ booth and really show what’s going on. It’s counterbalanced with an appeal for non-DJs – showing the club, the crowd, and festival shots that appeal to punters in general.


Beatport Live

How Regularly: Once a week (sometimes more!)
Why It’s Essential: Beatport has a DJ booth in their office, and being a major distributor, it’s no surprise that they have special guests eager to jump into the booth and put on an awesome live performance on their uStream channel.
“In The Booth” Rating: 5/5 - You’re right in the mix – sometimes camera tends to stay straight at the DJ’s face from an audience perspective, but there are plenty of overhead and side shoots of the booth to balance it out.
Favorite Episode: It’s an old one, but seeing Porter Robinson and Zedd play around in the booth together for a joint session was great fun.

Mixmag’s DJ Lab

How Regularly: Every Week
Why It’s Essential: Mixmag hosts a weekly show that’s comparable to Beatport’s – live from their office, with special guests who happen to be in town. They’re very much on a “kick off the weekend” focus, broadcasting Friday afternoons in their UK headquarters, so it’s more of a club atmosphere than Beatport’s stream.
“In The Booth” Rating: 4/5 – very similar to Beatport’s livestream in this respect – you’re right in the DJ’s face the whole time.
Favorite Episode: The recent Skream episode was top notch.

Boiler Room 

How Regularly: Weekly, sometimes more often.
Why It’s Essential:
Boiler Room books underground DJs in four cities around the world to livestream their performance: Berlin, London, New York, and LA. The show is very much a party atmosphere – and is a great way for DJs to see how crowds react and behave differently in other continents. You should see the faces some American viewers make the first time they see a promoter do a rewind on a DJ’s decks! 
“In The Booth” Rating
: 4/5 – in terms of angles, this show is absolutely more focused on the sounds and the overall performance than really giving DJs a technical view, especially when compared to Beatport and DJSounds. Still a front row seat, though!
Favorite Episode: Bonobo’s mix during the Ninjatune takeover last year.

DJsounds Show

 How Regularly: Roughly every month
Why It’s Essential: Pioneer’s video mix show isn’t technically a livestream, more of a monthly video blog with sets from featured Pioneer-using DJs. If there’s one drawback to the show, it’s that you don’t see unique performance styles on alternative controllers – but in some respects, that makes it a more appropriate learning tool for an industry standard set of kit.
“In The Booth” Rating: 5/5 - there’s a camera that’s directly above the decks the entire show. Now that’s a DJ perspective!
Favorite Episode: The episodes with Laidback Luke are epic.

 Read more: Live Streaming Your DJ Sets? Getting Started!



Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Mixvibes Releases CrossDJ for iPhone

CrossDJ turns your iPhone into a complete DJ system. Mix tracks in perfect sync, add effects, loops and much more.

Building on MixVibes’ 10 years of expertise, we made our app easy to use for music lovers, and powerful for experienced DJs. Achieve the same level of performance as with real decks !



CrossDJ provides direct access to your iPhone’s iTunes library and playlists. It’s the best way to get a feel for DJing, without any feature limitation. 
Scratching, loops, effects, hot cues: CrossDJ is the first app for iPhone that provides professional DJ features in an intuitive design.
Stepping up to CrossDJ for iPad or to regular decks will be easy thanks to the app’s standard layout. 
You can now mix anytime, anywhere.



Based on the same engine as our Mac and iPad apps, CrossDJ for iPhone provides the most reliable synchronization engine and BPM analysis of the market.

The layout of CrossDJ replicates the industry standard DJ setup: jog wheels, Cue /Play/Sync buttons, full-fledged mixer.
The smart tab layout and big controls make mixing on the iPhone screen a breeze. 
Plus, you can visually preview your mix using parallel waveforms and sync meter.

Gramatik Interview | Production Tools and Performing Live

Slovenian-born and Brooklyn-based producer Gramatik has been a musician since elementary school – but only in the past few years has he received global recognition for his production work on Pretty Lights Music label. In this interview, learn more about the tools he uses in the studio, onstage, and how he combines live instruments into the mix during shows. Watch the full thing inside!

Worth noting is another one of Gramatik’s more interesting projects since this interview was filmed is teaming up with fellow producer GRiZ to form GRiZmatic. Check out this pretty awesome onstage footage of the duo in action – even more great behind-the-booth peaks at gear and equipment in this video. Additionally, if you’re into Gramatik’s music, feel free to support him by checking him out on Beatport to listen and learn more.
Here’s the tracks that were in the video:
Want to ask Gramatik even more questions about his production and live performance setup? Try him on Twitter, @Gramatik

TOP 100 DJs 2012-2013 | DJMAG.COM

Armin Van Buuren
"This feels surreal," says Armin van Buuren, now back on top of the DJ Mag Top 100 after a year off to let David Guetta keep his throne warm.
You have to hand it to Tiësto: despite being an all-conquering trance god for many years, the Dutchman was no longer feeling the music he was playing around the world back in 2010.
'Levels' might have been the track that catapulted him to superstardom in 2011, but it's perhaps this year's 'Silhouettes' that best sums Avicii, and indeed the whole EDM 'explosion', up.
David Guetta
Of all the winners of the DJ Mag Top 100, David Guetta has been arguably the most controversial. Not for what he's said, or what he is, but for what he does.
As the stateside EDM storm continues to gather pace, Canadian Deadmau5 finds himself right at the centre of it all.
"I've DJed in nearly every single country in the world this year," says 24-year-old progressive and electro house DJ/producer Hardwell.
Dash Berlin
You wouldn't think that, having dominated the international dance scene for nigh on a decade, the Dutch DJ elite like Tiësto, Ferry Corsten and Armin van Buuren would really be suffering from what
Above & Beyond
Anjunabeats bosses Above & Beyond show no sign of slowing down as they enter their second decade together.
Breakthrough DJ/producer of 2012: "."
Sonny John Moore might have three Grammys under one arm and Ellie Goulding on the other, but it wasn't the gongs and the celebrity girlfriend that really confirmed Skrillex had reached a whole new
Willem Rebergen has stormed up the Top 100 this year, illustrating perhaps that the influence of the hardstyle splinter of dance music is gaining further momentum.
Swedish House Mafia
In June this year, the Swedish House Mafia announced they were to split. It was unexpected. So for them, 2012 signified having done what they set out to do.
Markus Schulz
"My year's been another super one, seeing how, in the US, dance music keeps growing and growing and to be one of the ambassadors of the sound here has been very rewarding," beams trance star Markus
Gareth Emery
Touring, says British house/trance producer Gareth Emery, "got the better" of him this year.
Steve Aoki
Steve Aoki had to air his laundry in public recently, after an anonymous online post revealed he requests six pairs of underpants on his rider.
Paul van Dyk
One of Paul van Dyk's principal achievements this year has been the release of his sixth artist album, 'Evolution', and the ongoing global dates he's played to support it.
Nicky Romero
The word wunderkind was pretty much invented for the likes of 23-year-old producer Nicky Romero. In the past year, things have really got out of hand.
Sander van Doorn
Sander van Doorn has ensured his continued hot streak of form in the upper echelons of the Top 100 by fighting on a multitude of fronts.
Aly & Fila
This is Aly & Fila's third consecutive appearance in the Top 100, and as such the Egyptian pair are doing as much for their country's electronic music scene as anyone out there.
Swedish house producer Alesso has had such a big year that even the Daily Mail picked him out as one to watch back in summer.
André Tanneberger's back catalogue stands as a testament to his continuing productivity, with eight studio albums and six mix compilations spanning a successful 15-year international career.
Ferry Corsten
"This year has mostly been taken up with the release of my latest album 'WKND'," says superstar Dutch DJ Ferry Corsten.
It's been a rollercoaster of a year for Axwell.
Dada Life
"Cooking a lot of hot chilli" is the answer that comes back when DJ Mag questions Dada Life's Olle about the highlights of his year.
Hot off the back of releasing their double-CD mix compilation 'Mainstage 2012', W & W are gearing up for a busy December.
Fedde Le Grand
2012 has been a hugely important year for Fedde le Grand, allowing him to refine the skills that accorded him superstar status.
Noisecontrollers have perhaps got the most descriptive name with regards to what a DJ does in the whole of the Top 100 DJs chart.
"I did a lot of shows around the world in both Americas, Asia and Europe," beams Russian firebrand Arty, quantifying the highlights of his 2012 so far.
Laidback Luke
Presumably just to spice things up a little, Laidback Luke set himself a challenge back in January.
Ryan Raddon's rise from purveyor of deep, soulful house music for the likes of San Francisco's Om Records to euphoric stadium gauge EDM (taking in remixes for the likes of Katy Perry and collaborat
Calvin Harris
Multi-award-winning DJ/producer Calvin Harris has had another momentous year, culminating in the imminent release of his new album '18 Months' that features a veritable who's who of modern pop musi
Orjan Nilsen
Ørjan may only look about 13-years-old in some of his press photos, but he's actually 30.
Knife Party
Knife Party is probably one of the worst-kept secrets in dance music: If you don't know, we aren't about to spoilt it for you, but this Australian, electro house cum dubstep duo are not exactly new
Sebastian Ingrosso
When DJ Mag tracks him down, Sebastian Ingrosso is in Las Vegas.
Regardless of what you may think, the sound Chuckie has made famous across the world in recent years, dirty Dutch house, is not just about house music.
Having smashed his way into the chart last year, Italian hardstyle DJ, Zatox, has again pummeled his way into the Top 100.
Young DJ and producer Coone is singlehandedly changing the face of hardstyle.
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
In just a few short years, party-starting house duo Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have been propelled well-and-truly into the big league. "It's been an amazing year," they confirm.
Cosmic Gate
2012 has seen Nic and Bossi touring last year's 'Wake Your Mind' album globally. Playing over 140 shows this year, it's a wonder they can pinpoint their favourites.
Porter Robinson
He might only just be out of school, and he might be seen as one of the figureheads of the new EDM craze sweeping America, but that's not stopping Porter Robinson from evolving his own way.
It's been quite a year for Dutch hardstyle DJ/ producer Wildstylez.
In terms of Dutch hardcore, it doesn't get much hardcore-r than leading exponent Angerfist, mixing techno with gabber, euphoria, industrial and straight-up hardstyle, accompanied by MC Prozac's dar
Infected Mushroom
Listening to their latest album 'Army Of Mushrooms', it seems Infected Mushroom have caught a case of the wobbles, since tracks like 'U R So Fucked' on the Israeli-born, California-based Amit Duved
Daft Punk
Tucked away in a hidden location (probably) somewhere in the environs of Paris, France, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have this year mostly been working hard on an album they're
Carl Cox
Carl Cox is as chatty and buzzing as ever when DJ Mag catches up with him: Not bad given his long service to electronic music and enduring place in the Top 100. So what's his secret?
Twin sisters Miriam and Olivia Nervo are delighted when we get in touch to inform them that they've been voted into the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs list this year - and have come in as the Highest Female DJ
Pete Tha Zouk
Pete Tha Zouk has had a busy year. Ricocheting between the studio and the airport, so he can fly off to one of his well-attended gigs, he says he's had hardly any time to think.
Martin Solveig
For Martin Solveig, 2012 was the year that he went from skirting the peripheries of pop-house stardom to world touring support man for Madonna.
Brennan Heart
This year Dutch hardstyle DJ/producer Brennan Heart fulfilled one of his lifelong dreams.
While a certain other island grabs all of the attention, Tenishia continue to put Malta on the dance music map.
Despite his huge prominence on the US EDM scene this year, Zedd is actually Anton Zaslavski, a German DJ and producer from Kasierslauten.
Eric Prydz
For the first time in a long time, Eric Prydz found himself in the US in 2012, embarking on his first proper tour since 2007.
While Bobina, or Dmitry Almazov, has had another busy year as part of the Russian DJing elite, with bookings and releases galore, his highlight of 2012 has a more personal tone.
"Electronic music as a whole is a wonderful musical format because it's vaguely defined.
John O'Callaghan
John O'Callaghan's 2012 hit a strange peak with a visit to Macau in China.
DJ Feel
Russia's DJ Feel, aka Philip Belikov, has been a regular in the Top 100 for the past few years, with his success tied in with burgeoning Russian and Eastern European scenes.
Steve Angello
Steve Angello has spent a sizeable portion of the year winding up Swedish House Mafia activities.
It's been a productive year for young Evgeny Smirnov, aka Omnia.
Umek is excited. He's just finished working on a new compilation for Toolroom that will be out early next year.
Wolfgang Gartner
Wolfgang Gartner is five-years-old. Well, the moniker is, and after plenty of hard work for the man behind it, aka Joey Youngman, it's finally paying off.
Antoine Joseffson is Steve Angello's brother (Angello also has Joseffson in his name), and although he says that's what he's probably best known for, it's as AN21 that he's been making waves in int
Tommy Trash
"I'm loving the new stuff from Bromance," says Australian DJ/producer Tommy Trash, running his hand through his trademark long-and-flowing locks.
Francis Davila
Having entered the Top 100 last year, Guatemala's leading DJ and producer, Francis Davila, has had an even bigger 2012. "It has been a year full of blessings," he says humbly.
D-Block & S-Te-Fan
Diederik Bakker and Stefan den Daas began their partnership in 2004, taking inspiration from Bakker's father's musicianship and the happy hardcore scene.
The Tritonal hitlist for 2012?
Bingo Players
Dutch duo Bingo Players, aka Paul Bäumer and Maarten Hoogstraten, must have done something right in 2012, because after finishing 116th in last year's poll, they have made the official Top 100 in 2
Psyko Punkz
After smashing into the DJ Mag Top 100 in 2010, Psyko Punkz now look to be a regular fixture in the poll, as the global appetite for Dutch hard dance - and Psyko Punkz's jagged, heads-down, fist-pu
American-born Taiwanese DJ/producer Andrew Chen, aka Shogun, first made his name warming up for DJs like Tiësto and Paul Oakenfold when he was resident at Ministry Of Sound in Taipei.
As you will find reading this Top 100 issue, many DJs now cite Las Vegas as the current or next dance music hotspot.
Benny Benassi
Although he began DJing in the late '80s, Benny Benassi's solo breakthrough came in the first years of the 21st century, and since then, his mix of house and electro styles has seen his reputation
In the midst of a huge world tour, tyDi proves difficult to pin down. We catch him while he's in Israel, following a long flight from the US and prior to another one to the Czech Republic.
Mat Zo
The rise of versatile talent Mat Zo continues, with the young DJ and producer acquiring a larger fanbase seemingly by the day.
"Last week I was in Scotland, the week before I was in India, the week before, Canada. I did 228 flights in the last year.
Quentin Mosimann
A DJ who can actually sing? Surely not.
Wasted Penguinz
Wasted Penguinz describe hardstyle as "150bpm pure euphoria", and with their motto of 'Get Wasted N' Do It', they are clearly out to have a good time.
Dirty South
"The highlight of 2012 was breaking my ribs in a jet ski accident," laughs Dragan Roganovi?, better known as Dirty South, down the phone.
Andrew Rayel
A trance up-and-comer from the Republic of Moldova who's broken into the Top 100 this year, Andrew Rayel counts the support he's received from his home country as one of his biggest inspirations.
Richie Hawtin
Richie Hawtin's dedication to technology, to the future, to advancing his scene in any way possible is remarkable.
Barry Drooger's irrepressible enthusiasm has seen him take his love of hardstyle around the planet.
Myon & Shane 54
Hungarian DJ/producers Myon & Shane54, known to their mothers as Márió Éget? and El?d Császár, come packed with one of the most unique attitudes in the trance scene.
The fact that 2012 is the first year in which Heatbeat have broken into the Top 100 - after years just outside - can be attributed to many things, according to one half of the duo, Agustin Servente
Thomas Gold
One of the more memorable sights in dance music during 2012 was Thomas Gold's live 'drum line' onstage at EDC Vegas and Governor's Ball, NYC, heightening the electro house producer's huge sound and
Daniel Stephens and Joe Ray started off as drum & bass producers before morphing into arguably the biggest dubstep duo in the world.
Roger Shah
Roger Shah is that rare breed whose reputation as one of the biggest names in trance doesn't overshadow the equally well-known Balearic-based flavours that see the light of day on his label Magic I
Feed Me
As Spor, Jonathan Gooch has released drum & bass on labels such as Renegade Hardware, Barcode, TeeBee's Subtitles, and his own Lifted Music, but it's as Feed Me that he's really made his mark g
Mike Candys
Deadmau5 and SBTRKT aren't the only ones to rock the masked DJ look - house producer Mike Candys and his signature smiley mask have been doing pretty well for themselves during 2012, completing ove
Andy Moor
Having been producing and DJing for 15 years and having spent many of those years on the Top 100 list, Andy Moor could be forgiven for becoming complacent.
Ran D
Hardstyle DJ/producer and lyrical supremo Ran D makes his entry into the Top 100 for the first time this year, and he's sounding pleased with what he's been able to achieve.
Richard Durand
Richard Durand found the perfect sunrise, in Goa, India, when he played Sunburn Festival for the fourth year on the trot. It's a burgeoning scene, where Richard has some serious fans.
Brazilian duo Felipe Lozinsky and Gustavo Rozenthal make up Felguk, who made the official theme to the Electric Daisy Carnival and have remixed the likes of Madonna, Flo Rida and The Black Eyed Pea
Paul Kalkbrenner
As ever, enigmatic techno producer Paul Kalkbrenner chooses to keep his cards close to his chest, dedicating himself to his music and little else at present.
The key word here is 'brothers' and that's all.
Sean Tyas
Probably the best phrase would be 'a newfound satisfaction'," Tyas says.
Bob Sinclair
Bob Sinclar: probably the Top 100's first-ever tap-dancing DJ.
Three years after he broke onto the scene in a big way, things are looking good for Belgian drum & bass DJ/producer Netsky.
Henrik Twardzik aka Neelix's bid to enter the Top 100 with a Napoleon Dynamite 'Vote For Me' campaign worked a treat, although some of his fans weren't too impressed.
Mark Knight
With his Toolroom label, Mark Knight was among the first to see the opportunities offered by the likes of Beatport.
John Digweed
"The year started off with a fantastic gig in Cordoba that I loved so much I released the mix as an album through my label," says Top 100 mainstay, John Digweed, whose loaded schedule has also take
Da Tweekaz
In the Top 100 last year, hardstyle heavy Coone named Norway's Da Tweekaz as his breakthrough act of 2011, and this year the duo of Kenth Kvien and Marcus Nordli make their own entry in the poll.
Project 46
When DJ Mag catches up with Thomas Shaw and Ryan Henderson, the Canadian duo have just headlined Lavo and closed Pacha in New York, met with Sony Music and been told they've made our Top 100 list.