TOP TEN LISTS: Trance DJs
Trance is a major genre of electronic dance music. The biggest names on the DJ list are often from the trance genre, thanks to their loyal followings and massive popularity. Here is a list of the top trance DJs – our favorite trance discjockeys
1. Armin van Buuren
Ranked the #1 DJ in the world by the infamous DJ Magazine poll, Armin Van Buuren is constantly touring the world to bring his music to the people.
Tiesto – one name means so much. A unique vision of trance music that has conquered the world. Topping the DJ list for three years, playing the opening ceremonies of the Olympic games, and selling out stadiums, Tiesto live is an amazing experience. At the Mansion in Miami, Tiësto rocked the crowd for a non-stop set that has already become the stuff of legend. Magnetic visuals, creative performance artists and a stunning vocal performance by Jes completed the scene for a magical evening.
3. Paul Van Dyk
With a Grammy nomination, a number one spot on DJ Magazine’s list of the Top Global DJs and the incredible Politics of Dancing 2 compilation, it’s been a great year for Paul Van Dyk. As a pioneer of electronic music, he breaks down genre and technological boundaries to entertain and unite the people of the world.
4. Above and Beyond
Above and Beyond, the trio of Jonathan Grant, Tony McGuinness, and Paavo Siljamäki, do everything you can imagine in the electronic music world – produce, write, remix, DJ, and run a music label. With their artist album TriState and AnjunaBeats label compilations as well as relentless touring, they have built a huge fan following resulting in achieving both Radio One Essential Mix of the Year and top 10 on the infamous DJ list.
Andre Tanneberger might be best known for his earliest hits “9pm (Til I Come)” and “Don’t Stop” but his fourth CD “Addicted to Music” showcases a musical progression that could attract a whole new audience to his style of trance music. Known as ATB, he has been touring the world in support of his albums and bringing his music to the people.
6. Markus Schulz
Global DJ is an appropriate title for Markus Schulz. Currently touring the US, his summer Armada residency at Amnesia in Ibiza will be the homebase for his Global DJ Broadcast radio show. With a new mixed CD compilation due in September, this is going to be quite a busy summer for Markus.
7. Judge Jules
Globetrotting superstar DJ Judge Jules has set his sights on the US in 2006 with the release of both an artist album and a mixed compilation. A fixture on BBC Radio One and Sirius Satellite, Jules is one of the few DJs who can bring the cutting edge club sound onto the air and keep the feeling alive in any environment.
8. Alex Gold
How many people can claim to have worked with Prince, Bryan Adams, Chuck D, Phil Oakey (Human League), and Maire Brennan (Clannad) to produce wonderful dance music? Launching the seminal UK dance label Xtravaganza, Alex Gold has been involved with over 55 top 40 hits while maintaining legendary DJ residencies around the world.
9. Christopher Lawrence
The highest ranking US DJ on DJ Magazine’s influential Top 100 poll for 2004, Chris has sold over 250,000 CDs and flies more miles than that annually to play around the world. Even after receiving just about every accolade possible, Christopher Lawrence is still down to earth and one of the hardest-working DJs out there, spreading his love of trance music to the people.
10. Paul Oakenfold
With a career spanning more than 20 years in electronic dance music, Paul Oakenfold is clearly an icon. Movie soundtracks, hit singles, massive tours, mixed compilations, remixes and productions by Oakenfold have expanded the way people view djs and electronic music. Ask any person on the street, dance music enthusiast or not, they will know Oakenfold.