The last couple years in EDM have seen a considerable amount of upheaval. DJs overall are being more open about their mental health, leading to inconsistent touring, as well as engendering them with a broader audience. New artists are making waves, main stage DJs are stagnating, and younger artists are showing their stamina and drive more than ever. Now that the full results of this year’s DJ Mag Top 100 have been revealed, let’s take an in depth look at how this year compares to previous years.
Whereas 2017 has sixteen new entries, 2018 only had five. This year, there were twelve new entries, including two powerhouse women in techno, Peggy Gou and Charlotte De Witte. Other names like Henri PFR, Solardo, and Deniz Koyu have been in the game for a while and seem to be finally gaining recognition, at least within the scope of the Top 100.
But notable among the new names are Illenium and Fisher, who came in at 64 and 63, respectively. Illenium has long been eligible for the list, but it appears that his notoriety has finally hit a fever pitch. With major shows at Madison Square Garden and Red Rocks, as well as a stellar third album, he deserved it this year more than ever. On the same note, Fisher has become something of an icon and his placement in the list is no surprise at all.
Women continue to rise
Four women made it on the DJ Mag