The 18th Edition DJ Awards has released their prizes with a gathering of artists from across many different genres of electronic music all together under one roof. 10 DJ categories, voted on by the public, covering Deep House to Tech House, Trance to Techno and Breakthrough to International DJ.
Created to recognise and celebrate the talents of the greatest DJ’s, The DJ Awards‘ fundamental philosophy is not that of a competition, as we are dealing with an art form whose merits are purely subjective and therefore there is no best. Rather the DJ Awards focuses on the celebration of the electronic dance music scene, and seeks to let the world know that the art of DJ’ing is a respected craft with world-wide impact.
There were big names and familiar faces with Solomun taking the kryptonite for “Deep House” and Carl Cox still the king of “Techno“. Hardwell was a double winner retaining “Electro/Progressive House” and, for the first time, International DJ. It was memorable night for Black Coffee receiving recognition for a great year, not only winning in “Breakthrough” but also accepting the award “Dance Nation Of The Year” for South Africa. Spanish DJ, Cuartero took “Newcomer” and Hannah Wants added to her impressive CV with the “Bass” award.
In the Special Awards, Manu Gonzalez walked away with “Ibiza DJ“. “International Festival” went to We are FSTVL. Mask of the moment Claptone picked up for “Producer“. After a successful residency at DC10, Life and Death received “Record Label of the Year“. Rekordbox the dj software coming from Pioneer DJ took home the “Cutting Edge” award. “Electronic Music Pioneer” award went to the DJ´s DJ, Arthur Baker, who has been extremely influential in bringing over the sound of disco, garage and house from America to the UK.
This annual event is the only international DJ awards ceremony to be held in Ibiza which becomes the dance music capital of the world, during the summer months. It is also one of the longest running award ceremonies in the world, whilst enviably still retaining the same ethos as it did when it first started; to honour and celebrate DJs and individuals who have influenced electronic dance music across the globe. Read below the final results :