Originally Posted at Off Track Planet – The Ultimate Backpacking Travel Guide
Djs aren’t recognizable by faces, voices or songs, but have a feel, an emotional description rather, of how their style affects your mood. They are a package, a show experience. Their art is best seen live and loud. Below is our list of the top 5 touring dj’s of 2009 who have used their power to please your ears wisely. They are the ones that bring the largest crowds and inspire people to feel and move the longest. With upcoming shows around the world, these guys have unified international music fans with their break-a-sweat beats for years and are worth checking out.
Armin Van Buuren
If the “Van Buuren” doesn’t give it away, Armin is a Holland-born legend. Van Buren’s sets aim to transition between various styles of music: progressive, hip-hop, jazz and rock. This variety brings millions of music tastes together to sweat, scream and, in the case of the love parade, get naked for the love of love. This guy is so popular that a Wii game is being developed in his honor.
Ferry doesn’t mess around. He first appeared on the Ministry of Sound’s Trance Nation, a world recognized compilation that pioneered the trance music generation. His vocals-driven style moves crowds from near and far. His most recognizable tracks On Fire. and Punk are to be listened to at volumes far louder than your computer can handle. He also proves that sexy videos are very much alive (as if half-naked wet models will ever go out of style).
Andre Tanneberger is originally from Denmark. His consistency, delivering an album every year for nearly a decade, in combination with his ear for the danceworthy, has kept him at the top for years. His most recent credits include the sunrise festival in Poland. We love him because he said this: “People in Brazil dance to the same songs as people in Tokyo, London or South Africa. Dance music is a brilliant way to connect people all over the world” (thedjlist.com). We fully agree. Here is a taste of ATB in action.
A duo from Israel, these guys recently played EFFEN EVERYWHERE! They bring a very unique sound that effectively combines traditional instrumental metal/funk and trance into a form they pioneered called psy-trance. Unheard of in the world of trance, in the middle of a set, Amit “Duvdev” Duvedevani sometimes sings live (his head is great for trippy reflective images as well). Its an explosion of musical enjoyment.
Obviously, an article about Djs would be incomplete without Tiesto. Originally from Holland, he has been moving party-goers to tears for 12 years and continues to bring crowds together like its nobody’s business (surprisingly his skin looks as great as it did when he began, moisturizer?) He is the OG of musical stimulation.
Honorable Mention: Daft Punk
Regretfully, the biggest astronaut-disguised dj duo on the planet, Daft Punk has no upcoming shows but, if one were to pop up, we highly recommend checking out these futuristic French dj beat pioneers. Their shows are visually orgasmic (you may even pee yourself) and beat-freak fulfilling. Around the world, around the world!
We warn you, it gets loud, warm and fuzzy at these places…If you’re 80, stay home, read a book and knit your grandkids some socks. The rest of us will go out and get our rabid, sweaty dancing on.
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Written By: Anna Starostinetskaya
Created By: Freddie Pikovsky