One of electronic dance music’s longest-standing award ceremonies took place yesterday at one of Ibiza’s leading nightclubs, Pacha. Presented by Des Paul and Lucy Horobin, DJ Awards 2014 honored and celebrated some of the current most influential and top DJs in the EDM scene. Since 1998, Ibiza has been home to DJ Awards, a non-profit organization specifically designed to truly commemorate DJ/producers who have positively impacted EDM, shedding light to others who may not be as popular as some of the bigger names in the industry.
Straying from similar award ceremonies that have evolved into competitions between DJ/producers, DJ Awards has remained true to their initial motive of honoring those who truly deserve. However, some of the winners of certain awards (e.g.: Diplo for Best Electronica) have us scratching our head. Armin van Buuren was awarded Best Trance DJ for the 7th year in a row. Carl Cox took home two awards, both Best Techno and International DJ. Hardwell, also known as DJ Mag’s 2013 Top DJ, was awarded Best Electro House DJ. Winners were awarded with a piece of green kryptonite; the trophy symbolizes the mystery of nightlife and its culture. Check out the winners of DJ Awards 2014 below.
Electro House: Hardwell
Techno: Carl Cox
Trance: Armin van Buuren
Tech House: Luciano
Deep House: Jamie Jones
Newcomer: Patrick Topping
Breakthrough: Mano Le Tough
Drum N Bass/Dubstep: Skrillex
Electronic Live Performance: Disclosure
International DJ: Carl Cox
Cutting Edge: Native Instruments
Dance Nation: Croatia
Ibiza DJ: Ibán Mendoza
Ibiza Live Performance: Matador
Ibiza Night: Flower Power
International Festival: Creamfields UK
Outstanding Contribution: DJ Harvey
Record Label of the Year: Innversions
Track of the Season: Forget by Patrick Topping
It is both refreshing and compelling for an award ceremony to award DJ/producers outside the Beatport Top 100. With other DJ awards such as DJ Mag’s Top 100, many get lost in the social media aspect of the scene and forget that an art form such as music cannot be ranked, graded, or subjected to judgment on any numerical scale. DJ Awards marks the end of Ibiza’s nightclub season, as well as a time of appreciating and respecting the EDM scene for what it really stands for.