Dj has played an important role in shaping music as we know it.
In our list of the most influential voters, we have tried to embrace icons from all the main DJ moves of recent decades, whether they are pioneers of Detroit techno, preachers at the Balearic House in the late 1980s, or tasters of pirate radio. Of course, there are people we missed who left their own indelible mark at the right stages – Fatboy Slim, Jam Master Jay, Richie Hawtin, this list goes on – so we mentioned it everywhere with dignity.
Norman Jay’s Good Times sound system has long been a must-see at the Notting Hill Carnival, House, Funk, Seoul and more. In fact, for many it is almost synonymous with carnivals. She attended the launch of Kiss FM, which had a huge impact on the taste and affection of dance music fans. His insight and diverse love of music helped him become one of the world’s most famous DJs.
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The power of Dance Music Radio 1 on a regular track on a Friday night, Annie Mac is always called a taster, and rightly so. It’s a famous name that takes everything he likes, from the jungle to indie rock and tells the world about it. Of course the world is listening. As a DJ, he regularly attracts the attention of festivals.
Muda’s story is full of influential DJs – Slimzee, Sir Spyro, DJ Maximum, and these are just a few – but when it comes to the influence and spread of the genre to the masses, Logan Sama stands out. Cutting his teeth on pirate radio, the intersced training ground where a generation of dirty stars grew up, he started a 10-year stint on Kiss FM. His song was very popular, he had more listeners than Radio 1 and Capital combined at the height of his popularity. He continued to wave the mud flag even as he experienced an identity crisis in the late 2000s, and now that the genre is in need, he is rightly considered an icon on stage.
Skream was one of the leading musicians from south London who in the early 2000s took the rhythm of the British stable and added something new to them: slower, more dabbling, spicy reggae weight and swagger. Skream was quickly established as the most compelling producer and DJ on stage. The voice was the backbone of Rinse FM, where Skream regularly performed alongside another pioneer, Benga, and formed a new important British dance genre. Years later, Skrillex took the sound, stuffed a pompous cartoon fashion into it and spread it around the world, prompting a generation of music listeners to think of “dubstep” as something else entirely. Skrim himself also moved away from Dubstep, but his legacy from the ancestor remained unchanged.
Andy Xi has made a career with a controlled limb, often twisting maggots with three turntables and roaring double-doubles that never let intensity interfere with accuracy. Create and perfect the sound of 90s drum basson, paving the way with thoughtful songs like Sound Control, his collaborations with pioneering jungle DJ Randall, and Valley of the Shadows duet Origin Unknown. He has become a superstar, characterised by the fact that in November 2018 he will play all night at Wembley Arena with 12,500 people.