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Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike Win DJ Mag Top 100 DJs 2019

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Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike have won this year’s DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll. The duo return to the top spot after winning in 2015, toppling three-time winner Martin Garrix.

I was caught off guard with the news that we’re No.1 again,” an excitable Dimitri Vegas tells DJ Mag from Ibiza, having just finished 14 weeks of a residency at Ushuaia with his brother Mike. “For us it was unreal, it was a big surprise, to be honest. We’re super-happy.

The brothers had another banner year in 2019, with an exceptionally busy gig diary. Taking their distinctive blend of EDM, trap and other genres to huge venues across the world, they mention South America as being a particular highlight, with festival appearances in Chile and Argentina standing out.

We did the Lollapalooza tour there,” Dimitri says. “We used to play South America so much, so that was like coming home. Next year we’re going to play there way more. We really miss the people, and the shows were so crazy.

While the tag team also enjoyed shows in Asia and around much of Europe, their DJ residency in Ibiza was special for another reason. With Ushuaia occupying nearly the same spot in Playa d’en Bossa as a hotel Dimitri Vegas played at 16 years ago when he was just starting out as a DJ, the duo’s appearances over the summer at the world-famous club illustrate just how far they’ve come from humble beginnings.

The DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll is back and bigger than ever. In yet another record-breaking year, a whopping 1.3 million people cast their vote for their favourite DJs, that’s up 100,000 on last our 2018 poll. Once again Top 100 DJs partnered with UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation. Thanks to the kind donations of voters and DJs over the past three years, we have now raised over €112,000 for UNICEF. With this money UNICEF has been able to provide 150,000 life saving vaccinations to children in danger.

David Guetta jumps up two places to claim the bronze medal, and Armin van Buuren holds steady in fourth place, making this his 18th consecutive year inside the top five and claiming the Highest Trance award again in the process. Right behind him comes masked DJ Marshmello, climbing all the way from No.10 to make his first appearance in the top five, and Don Diablo — once again the Highest Future House DJ — is up one more spot into sixth. Dutchmen Tiësto and Afrojack both drop places but remain in the top 10, and Steve Aoki rounds off the list by climbing back up one place. The biggest change is Hardwell, who drops nine places down to No.12; however, given he’s currently on sabbatical, taking some time for himself this isn’t so surprising, and given all the talk of around mental health and the pressures of stardom this year we wish him all the best.

Moving down the poll and Brazilian favourite Alok is up two to No.11 — will he finally break the top 10 next year? R3HAB, W&W and Lost Frequencies each drop places, while KSHMR and Eric Prydz both climb three spots. The rest of the teenies is formed of three new additions in the form of Timmy Trumpet (up a whopping 20 spots to No.13, his highest placement yet), DJ Snake (up eight to 16) and Scotsman Calvin Harris (up 21 to 19th place).

Skrillex is unmoving at No.21, scooping the Highest Bass award once again in a year that’s seen him open his already teeming net of collaborators even further. Brit trance trio Above & Beyond are right behind him, hauling themselves up a huge 29 places, while NERVO remain the highest placing women in the chart at No.24. At the tail-end of the twenties, Headhunterz holds on to his Highest Hard trophy despite dropping one spot — his nearest competitor, Angerfist, this year down to 34th place.

In 35th comes the mighty Carl Cox, taking the Highest Techno gong again. Coxy is up 18 places, leading the charge for a new influx of house and techno artists. In fact, 2019 sees more house and techno artists in the Top 100 than there has been in almost a decade. Elsewhere, Drumcode boss Adam Beyer is up 31 places, just pushing into the top 50, while Claptone is up four and takes Highest House for the third year in a row. Nina Kraviz climbs a massive 37 places into 60th, while Richie Hawtin, Marco Carola, Paul Kalkbrenner, Solomun remain in the poll too. South Africa’s Black Coffee makes a welcome return after yet another successful season at Hï Ibiza, and there’s a host of new additions: rowdy tech-house lads FISHER — this year’s Highest New Entry — and Solardo join the poll, as do Belgian techno spinner Charlotte de Witte, South Korea’s Peggy Gou, and masked German Boris Brejcha.

The addition of de Witte and Gou show another step in the right direction when it comes to gender diversity in the Top 100. Mariana BO and MATTN have both gained ground rapidly this year — climbing 19 and 21 places, respectively — and Aussie-born bass DJ, Alison Wonderland, claims this year’s Highest Climber award after scooting up a colossal 52 places.

Other artists making double-figure leaps up the poll include ATB, Mike Williams, Ferry Corsten, Breathe Carolina, Deorro, Carl Nunes, Cedric Gervais, Lucas & Steve, and Andy C, who takes home Highest Drum & Bass once again. Swedish House Mafia are up 21 places too, though Steve Angello has taken a hit and Axwell Λ Ingrosso have dropped out altogether. Overall, there are 11 new entries (one more than in 2018), six re-entries — the highest being Belgium’s Yves V, at No.56 — and five non-movers.

Votes came in from 179 different countries, with the most votes recorded from the USA once again, followed by mainland Europe — the UK, Netherlands, Belgium and Germany leading the charge. Latin America is close behind, where fans from Mexico and Brazil, in particular, have been voting in droves. In addition to Facebook and Google, the SMS voting mechanism continued to open up voting to anyone with a mobile phone, with around 15% of all votes coming from this login in 2019. This is perhaps best reflected in the increase of voters from China, which is now second behind India in terms of Asian voting regions. Elsewhere votes came in from countries such as Monaco, Yemen, Sudan, Syria, and Iraq.

1. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
2. Martin Garrix
3. David Guetta
4. Armin van Buuren
5. Marshmello
6. Don Diablo
7. Oliver Heldens
8. Tiësto
9. Afrojack
10. Steve Aoki
11. Alok
12. Hardwell
13. Timmy Trumpet
14. R3HAB
15. KSHMR
16. DJ Snake
17. Eric Prydz
18. W&W
19. Calvin Harris
20. Lost Frequencies
21. Skrillex
22. Above & Beyond
23. DVBBS
24. Nervo
25. Quintino
26. The Chainsmokers
27. Alan Walker
28. Vinai
29. Headhunterz
30. Fedde Le Grand
31. Vini Vici
32. Ummet Ozcan
33. Angerfist
34. Bassjackers
35. Carl Cox Techno
36. Blasterjaxx
37. Nicky Romero
38. Wolfpack
39. ATB
40. KURA
41. Danny Avila
42. Swedish House Mafia
43. Tujamo
44. Alison Wonderland
45. Martin Jensen
46. Cat Dealers
47. Vintage Culture
48. Adam Beyer
49. Mariana BO
50. Zedd
51. MATTN
52. Kygo
53. Claptone
54. Mike Williams
55. Diego Miranda
56. Yves V
57. Will Sparks
58. Steve Angello
59. Ferry Corsten
60. Nina Kraviz
61. Alesso
62. Breathe Carolina
63. FISHER
64. Illenium
65. Deorro
66. Richie Hawtin
67. Diplo
68. Da Tweekaz
69. Miss K8
70. Are Legend
71. deadmau5
72. Carta
73. Carl Nunes
74. Charlotte de Witte
75. Warface
76. Cedric Gervais
77. Yellow Claw
78. Lucas & Steve
79. Andy C Drum & Bass
80. Peggy Gou
81. Deniz Koyu
82. Robin Schulz
83. Vicetone
84. Tom & Collins
85. Boris Brejcha
86. Marco Carola
87. Paul van Dyk
88. Solardo
89. Thomas Gold
90. Black Coffee
91. Paul Kalkbrenner
92. Daddy’s Groove
93. Julian Jordan
94. Rave Republic
95. Sub Zero Project
96. D.O.D
97. Henri PFR
98. Florian Picasso
99. Swanky Tunes
100. Solomun

H/T: DJ Mag

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