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Questions Top100 DJs 2012 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:21

Arena EDM
Best known for: 
No answer
Tune of the year: 
TJR 'Funky Vodka'
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2012: 
Gregor Salto
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be: 
The ability to go without sleep. Sleep has always slowed me down.
Should you play to the crowd or for yourself: 
I think a great DJ figures out the balance, and it's somewhere in-between.
What does EDM mean to you: 
A blanket term which covers all things electronic. When someone talks about EDM, you know you're talking to someone new to it. It's a good term for them.
Should celebrities be DJs: 
Not professionally. But if they want to get up and play records, I've no problem with it.
Have you ever been thrown off the decks: 
Oh yeah. Many times. Last time was like three years ago at the Winter Music Conference. In front of 7000 people, I got two records in and they kicked me off. For me, it's no thing.
Are you a DJ if you don't beat match: 
Sure. Why not? What we do now is different, so we need a different word other than 'DJ'.
Where's the next dance music capital: 
Los Angeles

Ryan Raddon's rise from purveyor of deep, soulful house music for the likes of San Francisco's Om Records to euphoric stadium gauge EDM (taking in remixes for the likes of Katy Perry and collaborations with Skrillex) has been approaching meteoric, not to say somewhat surprising. "It's been the biggest year of my career, that's for sure," he says.

He embarked on his 'Freaks Of Nature' tour, which saw him playing to stadium crowds, as well as playing slots high on the bill at Coachella, Ultra and the Electric Daisy Carnival.

"The level of interest in dance music over here has never been higher," he reckons. As a curator, with Steve Aoki, of the travelling ID Festival, and thanks in part to his past work with Deadmau5, he's found himself among the vanguard of electronic musicians bringing through a new generation of fandom. But it was finding himself selling out the Staples Center in Los Angeles this year which really made him take stock.

"I couldn't really believe it. When the show started, it was by far the most rock star moment I've ever had. It was a cool moment," he says.