DJ’ing is not new to people. It has been the most creative yet demanding field. The ways of DJ’ing were different previously than they are now though. Not only has the physical equipment been replaced by the digital medium but the ways of mixing, applying effects, creating new and different genres, even the way music connects with the listeners or dancers have been transformed. Before, mixing was about mixing two or more tracks and then applying effects and syncing all the tracks to form one piece that speaks to the hearts of its listeners. Some of the established or aspiring DJs have now changed this art into something more creative. List of some of those magnificent and talented DJs are as follows-
1. Aphex Twin
Richard David James, better known by his alias, was born on 18th August 1971 in Limerick, Ireland. He is an English electronic musician, famous for his tremendous work in genres like IDM and techno ambient. Twin produced music in other genres too. He is a record producer, remixer, composer and a DJ who goes by several stage names or aliases. He received recognition on a wider level in 1992 for the first time. His popularity rose to the maximum by 1997 after his EP, Come to Daddy. He was one of the DJs who broke the trend and brought ‘acid’ and ‘electronica’ into the live DJ concert and deviated from the trend line of dance music into something that is more than just a dance music. He turned it into an expression and focus of the energy leaving the bodies of the listeners.
Tijs Michiel Verwest best known by his stage name, Tiesto, was born on 17th of January in 1969. Tiesto was born in the Netherlands, and therefore is a Dutch DJ and record producer. As a result of a poll (that was conducted by his fans), he was recognized as ‘the Greatest DJ of all times’ by the Mixmag magazine. The DJ Magazine announced him as ‘best DJ of last 20 years’. He is also known as the ‘Godfather of EDM’ as reported by other sources. Originally, Tiesto was an expert in the Trance world. But later on, he left trance, which left his fans confused and surprised. This, in fact, led to the evolution of Tiesto into multiple genre approaches. Now, he is known more for the music he produces and not only the genre.
Sonny John Moore, better known as Skrillex is an American electronic dance music (EDM) producer. He was born in 1988 on 15th January in Los Angeles, California, United States. Besides EDM, he is also good at genres like the trap, electro house, post-hardcore, and dubstep. Skrillex’s music style has created a bridge through his EDM music style between all generations, from the 1900s to 2000s. Skrillex has contributed a lot in the fields of dubstep and EDM. As a result of which, he has won about 6 Grammy’s. Skrillex is one of the DJs who enabled the ‘pop drop’. He produced remixes of Robyn, Lady Gaga, and La Roux, by which the recent pop music stars were able to embed the dubstep IEDs in their tracks. Finally, Skrillex brought the dubstep music out of its unhealthy reputation which involved, grim and gloom.
4. Daft Punk
Daft Punk is the name for French duo, known for producing splendid electronic music with vibrant energy. The duo was formed in 1993 by the members; Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. Daft Punk is known for their production in French house genre. The duo gained tremendous popularity all around the world, in the late 1990s and their success graph kept rising to this day. Their music contains house music with a blend of disco, rock, funk, techno and more, which gives their productions the hype and rise they need to get the crowd rolling. The duo is also known for keeping their veils on, which only contributed to the rise of excitement within the crowd while the speakers blasted their ultimately influential music through them. Daft Punk has taken the electronic music to a platform which was never imagined before.
Robbert van de Copurt, better known as Hardwell, was born on 7th of January in 1988. Hardwell was born in Breda, Netherlands. Ever since childhood, he was passionate about music and always dreamt to be world no.1 DJ. With his growing passion and hard work, he made his dream come true. Hardwell was recognized as number one DJ in the world by DJ Mag 2013 and in 2014 consecutively. His journey of recognition and popularity started in 2009, soon after releasing his remix ‘Show Me Love vs Be’. People started loving his experimental music. He has been experimenting with the traditional EDM music to create new beats to transform it into something that is more expressive and that connects with listeners on a deeper level.