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Questions Top100 DJs 2012 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:25

House music
Best known for: 
Just saying 'no' to heart-hands.
Tune of the year: 
Ingrosso & Alesso 'Calling'
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2012: 
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be: 
Time travel, so I could go into the future, listen to music, and come back and recreate it.
Should you play to the crowd or for yourself: 
The crowd! Just don't take gigs that would require you to play music you don't like, and you can always play for the crowd. It's as simple as that.
What does EDM mean to you: 
A synonym created in the last few years that I still can't really get behind. I call it dance music.
Should celebrities be DJs: 
I think we've reached the point where DJs are celebrities so that question is a bit of a catch 22.
Have you ever been thrown off the decks: 
Once, in Bulgaria, some club on the shore of the Black Sea around 2006, for not playing 'commercial enough'.
Are you a DJ if you don't beat match: 
In 2012, yes.
Where's the next dance music capital: 
Without bringing DJ fees and venture capitalist expenditures into account, Los Angeles. Everybody's moving here from all over the world to make it their home base. And more broadly, America. The USA is definitely the dance music capital at the moment.

Wolfgang Gartner is five-years-old. Well, the moniker is, and after plenty of hard work for the man behind it, aka Joey Youngman, it's finally paying off. No longer is he the new Deadmau5, but instead a hugely popular house artist in his own right.

"This has definitely been the best year of my career," states the man who was well established as himself, before switching styles and pseudonyms a few years ago. Indeed, 2012 has been as busy as ever for the Californian.

"You know, the best shows I've done this year were not dance music-orientated. Shows like Sasquatch in Washington, Ottawa Blues Fest, a jazz fest in Montreal - those were the three best crowds all year