Laidback Luke shares his thoughts on DJ Mag Top 100
As always, every DJ has their opinions about DJ Mag‘s infamous Top 100 DJ’s poll. The controversial poll has stirred the pot ever since Tomorrowland residents Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike pulled of their iPad stunt back in 2015. But recently, Laidback Luke has taken to his weekly Vlog to give fans an education on the history of DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ’s poll.
In the video below, Luke takes fans through the poll’s early beginnings back in 1991, when Danny Rampling took out the #1 spot, Graham Park took out the 2nd spot and Mike Pickering rounding out the top 3. Of course, the vast majority of today’s fans would not have ever heard of these names, however, they “laid the foundation for what we currently know as electronic dance music.” Luke continues to explain that the poll was initially based in the UK, and voting was conducted by journalists alongside an inside group, comparable to the Grammy‘s.
However, in 1997 things changed. The poll would be decided by the public’s vote, just like today. In 1997, Carl Cox took out the #1 spot. Back then, Sasha, Paul Oakenfold and Pete Tong stood out in the top 10. A vast difference compared to the DJ Mag poll of today. Back then, there was no real way of cheating, just as the iPad Brothers did so, hence why it had so much more credibility and was much more respected at the time.
It is understood why the annual poll is so heavily criticized. The poll no longer awards the best DJ, more so, it awards the most popular DJ; a sad fate that many older DJ’s continue to despise.
Watch Laidback Luke’s take on the Top 100 DJs poll, and leave a comment below.