TOP TEN LISTS: Progressive DJs

What is progressive? Like the way some people define obscenity, you know it when you hear it. Progressive refers more to structure than genre in the way the music builds up in layers leading often to epic tracks.

1. Sasha

Sasha has always been at the forefront of innovation in the DJ community. Following up his critically acclaimed Involver album, Sasha reinvents himself again with his custom-made Maven controller. He recently completed a national tour showing off his new mixing power which launched the recent release of FundacionNYC on Global Underground, his first CD showcasing how he has reinvented himself, yet again…

2. Hernan Cattaneo

The only DJ with two Masters Series releases on Renaissance Recordings, Argentinean native Hernan Cattaneo has steadily climbed up the DJ charts to number six. With one of the most hectic tour schedules one could imagine, he has spun in places like Nashville “Music City USA” Tennessee all the way across the world to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

3. John Digweed

While we all anxiously await the release of Renaissance:Transitions, the new mixed CD from John Digweed, a few of us writers had a viewing party for the Delta Heavy DVD. Needless to say, we had to chat with Digweed about the tour and documentary.

4. Sander Kleinenberg

With his third release in the ever-growing and popular Everybody series, Sander Kleinenberg continues to annihilate dance floors from the Space terrace in Miami to his residency at Crobar New York. We had a chance to talk to Sander after his most recent US stop. He gives insight on the Everybody series, his use of the video mixing, the future of progressive house, and some off-topic items. Everybody loves Sander, for a reason.

5. Gabriel and Dresden

Once you get to remix Madonna, everything changes. After snagging their seventh #1 Billboard Dance Chart Hit with La Ciccone’s Britney Spears collaboration “Me Against the Music” and as their own group Motorcycle (with vocalist Jes) is conquering the world with their track “As The Rush Comes In,” 2004 looks to be another year in which Gabriel and Dresden’s presence at the forefront of dance production and remixing will continue to increase.

6. Ferry Corsten

Ferry Corsten closed the Progressive / Trance lineup at the first South American Music Conference. His appearances in recent months in Buenos Aires have created quite a following, and the 7,000 people that packed into the arena were left with no doubt that the Dutchman will return. Ryan Gawn spoke to Ferry about the conference and his experiences in South America.

7. Darren Christian

Spinning everywhere from Croatia to cruise ships, Darren Christian is building an international reputation for banging tech-house and trance. Branching into production, his work has been championed by all the big-name DJs ensuring his “robotic magic dust” is spreading everywhere.

8. James Zabiela

Between his residency at Club Space in Ibiza and his gigs all over the world, James Zabiela is taking his unique mix of breaks and house to the people. His debut CD “Sound in Motion” on Hooj Choons was recorded live in one take, showcasing his exceptional mixing skills, tearing up Pioneer CDJ1000s like Technics 1200 for the new millennium.

9. Josh Wink

Integrity and diversity – two words not often used to describe dance music. As many record labels are struggling to survive in this download economy, Josh Wink and Ovum records thrive by staying true to their musical vision. With a new mixed compilation “The Fall Collection” highlighting tracks from their ten year catalog, Josh took a break for his insanely busy DJ tour schedule to chat about spinning, producing, and his love of music.

10. Steve Lawler

Since its first release in 1999, Global Underground has been the definitive source for dance music mix compilations from top international DJs. Not only have there been over 25 releases on Global Underground alone, there have also been many successful series such as Prototype, Nubreed and 24:7, just to name a few.