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Questions Top100 DJs 2010 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:28

Progressive trance
Best known for: 
The dramatic and emotional element to my music
Tune of the year: 
Faithless 'Not Going Home (Armin Van Buuren Mix)
Gig of 2010: 
Damascus, Syria. Being the first trance DJ to perform there was an overwhelming honour
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2010: 
Jonas Stenberg, he's just a production machine, really loving the diversity in sound he brings
Best new club visited this year: 
The famed Guvernment in Toronto, first time playing in front of my home crowd to a sold-out venue
Favourite non-dance album of 2010: 
Hans Zimmer 'Inception Soundtrack
Essential three suitcase tour items: 
Deodorant, cologne, toothbrush!
Which actor would play you in a film of your life: 
Matt Damon
Best thing about being a DJ: 
Sharing your passion for music with other music lovers
Best end-of-the-night tune: 
It would have to be Arnej 'Free Of You', ever since I premiered the record at the kick-off party for A State Of Trance 450.

A new name in the Top 100 list, Bosnian-Canadian DJ/producer Arnej Secerkadic has steadily grown amongst the trance family since being tipped by Armin Van Buuren as Best New Producer in 2008. Now signed to Armada, his slew of well-received productions - and being the Canadian link for a lot of top trance jocks - has helped propel Arnej into the chart for the first time this year. Arnej has been playing bigger and bigger parties this year; perhaps the biggest was being booked to play at Trance Energy in Utrecht, Holland. "Once I got onto that stage and saw people stood there to hear my performance, that just helped cement the overwhelming feeling of joy and respect," he enthuses. The other big momentous event for Arnej this year was being the first international DJ to play in Syria. "We all remember the incident with Marco V two years ago [he cancelled a gig after death threats], which put everyone off for quite a while," Arnej says. "I am glad that all that has been shattered and put aside, and the floodgates have been opened for the rest of the DJ elite. I am quite honoured to have been the first. There is no feeling quite like it, to be behind, in every sense of the word, a musical revolution in a country."