It’s that time of year again; the polls for the DJ Mag‘s 2013 edition of their Top 100 DJs ranking have opened. Hailed often as a popularity contest, the chart is indirectly correlated with talent but aligned with the mindset of dance music’s fan base. While my ballot (which I will reveal later in this piece) is still unfinished, I’ve found it a priority led by intuition to predict the fate of the 2013 DJ Mag rankings.
I’ve observed the prestigious top 10 spots, artists who have yet to break the top 100, DJ Mag sophomores, projected winners and losers, and even how the former Swedish House Mafia will affect the polls. Each day, week, and moment of the past twelve months have carried weight in the dance music community; here is how I foresee a changing of the guard amongst the industries revered Top 100 DJ rankings.
Changes in the top 10
The top two slots will once again be held by Armin van Buuren and Tiësto, but it will be interesting to see who is voted number one. It’s safe to say the throne isn’t safe this year with both producer’s having massive years both inside and outside the studio.
After monstrous years for the 6th and 5th ranked DJs, Deadmau5 should move up a slot to 4 with Hardwell up to 5, leaving David Guetta at the number 6 spot — a significant decline considering his #1 DJ status only two years ago.
Breaking onto the charts in 2012, Zedd found himself occupying the 51 position. Then of course, he released one of the biggest albums in recent history, produced for Lady Gaga, and made an undergarment spectacle of Deadmau5′s main stage Ultra set. Perhaps one of the most relevant DJs of the year, Zedd will climb the charts drastically this year and I’d be surprised to see him fall below the 25 mark.
Re-ranking the now former Swedish House Mafia
The entity of Swedish House Mafia, although now non-existing, will rank among the top 100 due to this year’s grand tour, but nowhere near last year’s 11 spot.
Due to success post-SHM, Steve Angello should leap between 20 and 30 spots from last year’s 57 position. Expect him to steal a place between 27 and 33.
Who I’ll be voting for
First and foremost, I do not believe this ranking is indicative of production or DJ talent, nor that it truly set artists into concrete tiers. Still in no particular order, or even without a definitive five, I can positively say that Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Steve Angello, and Diplo have all earned my vote after what they’ve contributed and achieved over the past year. If I find two more DJs worthy of my ballot, it will be tough to arrange and rank.
Dance music creates a sense of community on many levels, from fans bonding at shows to artists co-producing with or remixing their peers. More subtle perhaps is the community that arises when two artists join forces to start their own