The Ten Hottest Trance DJs Right Now
The proliferation of electronic music all over the world can’t be ignored. It bleeds into every other genre and accounts for a massive fan base in every continent. But how to sort through the synths and hi-hats, the 808’s and reverb? Know your DJs. This new series, “The Ten Hottest DJs” takes you through the biggest names in trap, house, trance, and dubstep so you can keep your basslines straight.
Trance music originated in Germany in the 90’s. It’s the most emotive genre of electronic music, following a trajectory of euphoric highs and melancholic lows across buildups and repetitive melodies. In almost every trance album there’s a moment where the aural scope clears and the rhythm is stripped down. Then those beautiful high pitched vocals that sound like they're routed straight from heaven into your speakers resonate before the track hits a new high. It's all about letting the music give you guidance, almost like you're in a state of trance. Get it?
These are the DJs who have helped define and redefine the genre over the course of the last two decades. Check out Pepsi Pulse’s Ten Hottest Trance DJs Right Now.
Check out the first two posts of the Hottest DJs Series below:Part II: The Ten Hottest House DJs Right Now
1. Armin van Buuren
He’s the biggest, he’s the best, and he’s not showing any signs of giving up his reigning title. Armin Van Buuren is the creator of the A State of Trance Radio Show and World Tour. Ranked #1 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 List, van Buuren is the world’s benchmark for trance DJs around the world. He’s cosigned most of the artists on this list, and if they shape up to be as talented as we think they are, we’re sure that number will reach 100% in no time.
Follow the trance god on Twitter here: @arminvanbuuren
2. Aly & Fila
Egyptian Trance music essentially apexes at Aly and Fila. Hosts of the Internet radio show, "Future Sound of Egypt," the duo grew up together in Cairo. They branched into the European scene with nods from industry leaders like Paul van Dyk, Armin van Buuren and Tiesto for their breakout hit, “We Control The Sunlight.” Catch them on the ASOT (A State of Trance) world tour with many of the names on this list and listen to “Vapourize,” their latest release on Armada Music here. Check out Aly & Fila on Soundcloud.
3. Above and Beyond
Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, and Paavo Siljamäki make up the DJ collective Above and Beyond. Created in 2000, the English group got their start remixing tracks like Madonna’s “What It Feels Like For A Girl.” They started live DJing in the mid-2000’s and swept the globe with their brand of progressive trance. Since they've produced multiple internationally acclaimed radio shows, including, "Anjunabeats Worldwide," "Group Therapy Sessions," and "A State of Trance." Now they’re ranked #8 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs in the world and they seem to be invading the US market. Catch them in residency at Wynn Las Vegas starting in May, you even have a chance to win a trip there if you enter on their Facebook Page.
Tweet them here: @aboveandbeyond
4. Markus Schulz
Best known as the host of Digitally Imported Radio’s weekly show, "Global DJ Broadcast," Markus Shulz is one of the biggest trance DJs in the world. He owns and runs EDM label, Coldharbour Recordings, as well as Schulz Music Group (SMG), a talent management agency that represents rising stars like KhoMha, Mr. Pit, Grube & Hovsepian and Adina Butar. After years in the industry, Schulz still maintains a rigorous live tour schedule, taking his deep trance all over the world. He’ recently paired up to produce and tour with Ferry Corsten as their new incarnation New World Punx, debuting the project at New York City’s Madison Square Garden last week. Watch out for Schulz this summer where he’ll be a mainstay on the ASOT tour with Armin van Buuren.
Get at him on Twitter here: @MarkusSchulz
5. Venus X
DJ Venus X is the wildcard on this list. She’s newer to the scene, more local, and uses trance in her live sets interspersed with mainstream pop music, heavy rap and sound bites from Al Jazeera news. She’s the co-founder of the Ghe20 G0th1k party series in NYC and has toured the world playing international festivals and hotspot venues. Although you probably won’t see her on the ASOT tour, she’s a great example of a DJ that is pushing the limits of where trance can be heard.
6. Dash Berlin
Jeffrey Sutorius AKA Dash Berlin fronts his self-titled music project with Eelke Kalberg, and Sebastiaan Molijn. The Dutch artist was a jazz drummer before he ever discovered electronic music. After crossing over in 2007, he’s become one of the most widely sought out trance DJs on the planet. Remixing everyone from Justin Timberlake to Usher, Janet Jackson to N.E.R.D, Dash’s high energy trance lends itself to a mainstream EDM audience incorporating elements of pop music into the repeating ups and downs of his tracks. He’ll be touring Australia this summer, hitting six cities. Stay tuned.Dash Berlin
7. Sander van Doorn
Dutch trance heavyweight, Sander Ketelaars, AKA Sander van Doorn, broke onto the scene in a major way at the start of his career with a residency in Ibiza, a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix and the Best Newcomer title at the Trance Awards. Now he’s reached such a superstar status that the second he drops anything new, the whole world pays attention. His latest single, “Into The Light,” went straight to #1 on DMC’s buzzchart of the week. He’s currently on a global tour spanning 11 countries and will finish things off at Global Gathering in the UK this coming June.
Check his Twitter for new releases and tour dates: @SandervanDoorn
8. Ferry Corsten
Corsten’s Countdown is a weekly radio show in which Dutch Trance producer, DJ and live mixer, Ferry Corsten counts down the highest voted trance tracks. He's done it over 300 times, can you tell he's committed? In addition to the show, he has released eight studio albums, completed 11 tours, and won over 25 awards for his musical talents. He’s one half of the New World Punx with Markus Schulz and is gearing up to set out on a brand new world tour with his partner. Did we mention he's headlining Electric Daisy Carnival?
Follow him on Twitter to stay in the know: @ferrycorsten
Although these two may well have ended up on the Hottest House DJs list from last week, W&W’s high impact trance music makes them some of the biggest up-and-comers on this list. Hailing from The Netherlands, the duo is made up of Willem van Hanegem and Wardt van der Harst. Their breakout single, “Mustang,” was picked up by radio giants and soon after the friends released a full studio album, Impact. Now signed to Armada Music, W&W are guaranteed to become the next major household names in trance. They’ve tacked on to the ASOT tour and keep fans up to date with their whereabouts on their Twitter feed. Watch them start trending any day now.Check out their remix of Armin Van Buuren's, "This Is What It Feels Like." It just reached #10 on Beatport.
Artem Stolyarov AKA Arty is only 23 years old and has almost 100,000 followers on Twitter. He’s locked in his own show on SiriusXM Radio, "Together We Are," and has been a core member of the ASOT family since he was a teen. The Russian-born trance prodigy has worked with the likes of Paul van Dyk, is signed to Above and Beyond’s record label, Anjunabeats, and has played on the same bill as the godfather of trance, Armin van Buuren himself. Check out Arty’s latest video for, “Together We Are,” ft. Chris James and sign on to his uplifting catchphrase, “Together we are stronger.”
Join the hundred thousand and follow him Twitter: @arty_musicCheck out his Facebook Page for up to the minute news: Arty