Getting ready for the Amsterdam Dance Event, its quickly becomes evident how many great DJs, Producers, and artists come from the Netherlands. Here is a list of top Dutch DJs/Producers based on number of hits on this site.
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. Trust me, I am not a trancehead by any stretch of the imagination, but the full experience has opened my eyes to why Tiësto has a loyal international following. Tiesto's new CD In Search of Sunrise 5: Los Angeles is a taste of the latest journey.
"Put Your Hands Up for Detroit" is the tech jam that exploded out of nowhere, and Dutchman Fedde La Grand has been touring solidly since its release. By no means a one-hit wonder, the follow-up track "The Creeps" was a major top 10 hit all over Europe. Add in some remixes of major club records by Erick E and Mr. V, as well as a remix of pop superstar Robbie Williams, it looks like Fedde is going to be around for a while. Working on his debut artist album while on tour, could Fedde be the hardest working DJ/Producer right now?
There's more to the life of a superstar DJ than traveling the globe via first class planes and bedding supermodels; the truly dedicated ones go to the grassroots and actually experience the places they perform. With his new CD/DVD set Passport USA, Ferry Corsten gives you a firsthand view of his recent US bus tour with a slamming set of music he played and film coverage of life on the road. In addition to going from Punk to Junk, he's also gone high style with his own fashion line. Maybe life as a superstar DJ is everything that it's cracked up to be…
4. Don Diablo
Is Don Diablo the next Tiesto? With the ink drying on a new global SonyBMG 360 deal which provides artistic freedom and the structure to break him internationally, the Dutch triple threat might just be the next Dutch dance superstar. Following a lineage that includes Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Fedde Le Grand, and Ferry Corsten, it's clear that the Netherlands breeds talent unlike anywhere else. Last year we tipped Don Diablo as one to watch in 2007 and with this new deal, Don Diablo might just give the dance world the "kick in the ass" it needs.
With his third release in the ever-growing and popular Everybody series, Sander Kleinenberg continues to annihilate dance floors from the Space terrace in Miami to his residency at Crobar New York. We had a chance to talk to Sander after his most recent US stop. He gives insight on the Everybody series, his use of the video mixing, the future of progressive house, and some off-topic items. Everybody loves Sander, for a reason.
Launching the year with the release of the live-mixed CD Universal Religion 2008, Armin Van Buuren is busy balancing a rigorous touring schedule with production of an artist album. Add to that his weekly "A State of Trance" radio show and tastemaking Armada record label, its easy to see why his fans gave him the ultimate compliment – voting him #1 on the annual DJ magazine list.
7. Junkie XL
Following up the gargantuan concept album Radio JXL with the more personal and instrospective Today, Junkie XL goes back to his musical roots, building the album around the guitar, the instrument he is most comfortable with. Not that he hasn't been busy lately, remixing everyone from Coldplay to Britney Spears and scoring film soundtracks and videogames, though he might be best known for his work with Elvis.
It's a dirty dance music industry secret, but when you see a DJ's name on a record, many times he wasn't really involved with producing the record. With a Mason record, that is certainly not the case. Born Iason Chronis, Mason is a trained musician who started as a violinist and grew to incorporate his violin playing with DJ sets. Championed by fellow Dutchman Tiesto, Mason's career was in a steady ascent. With musical parner Coen Berrier (aka Mason & the Maker), they produced "Exceeder" which became an electro phenomenon. The mashup, with Princess Superstar, brought Mason international pop success.
And you thought Dutch dance music began and ended with only trance music? Kraak & Smaak, the team of Mark Kneppers, Oscar De Jong and Wim Plug, break the mold with funky house rhythms from a DIY perspective. Whether you experience their performances as a live band, their intense DJ sets, or their cutting-edge videos, you will definitely groove to the tracks from their impressive debut CD "Boogie Angst."
10. Matthew Dekay
A classically-trained musician turned DJ/Producer – what a refreshing change. In this time when so many DJs hire engineers to become producers, its nice to see a guy who actually does his own work. With his DK Recordings label and massively successful Trousy mixed compilation, Matthew Dekay is one of those rare artists who can step outside the studio and find the best music to play and release. Watch for the launch of his renewed DK Recordings and his new collaborations with Sander Kleinenberg.