Cue the hysterics from fanboys/girls around the world. Dutch progressive electrohouse phenom Hardwell has beaten out the likes of electronic heavyweights Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, and David Guetta to rise to the top of DJ Mag’s Top 100 list for 2013.
Although by no means a small name, Hardwell’s win is seen as a shocker considering the more established reputations of many of his peers in the Top 10; compatriot Armin van Buuren has already been awarded the number one slot for a whopping five years. At the tender age of 25, Hardwell is the youngest and arguably most surprising recipient of the coveted number one spot on a list that is popularly regarded as the annual gold standard within the electronic community.
Although this is by no means a small accomplishment on Hardwell’s part, the results should be taken with a grain of salt. All votes are supposedly cast by loyal electronic music fans, but there have been rampant reports of voter fraud and vote buying in years past. Translation: at best, this is a popularity contest; at worst, this is a scam. A sizable community of DJs have spoken publicly about their disregard for the list and despite having immaculate taste in electronic music, I have never had one of my favorite DJs/producers break the top 20 (/sarcasm).
Still, despite his win being perhaps slightly unpredictable, Hardwell certainly had the chops to win fair and square. In all his years of producing and touring, the guy has undoubtedly amassed a massive and insanely loyal following around the world. A world that is now his oyster. At twentyfuckingfive.
DJ Mag’s Top 10 DJs of 2013
02. Armin Van Buuren
05. David Guetta
06. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
07. Nicky Romero
08. Steve Aoki
10. Dash Berlin