Winners Announced at DJ Awards 2014

DJ Awards 2014

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.

Best Of:

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
Electronica: Diplo
International DJ: Carl Cox

Special Awards:

Cutting Edge: Native Instruments
Dance Nation: Croatia
Ibiza DJ: Ibán Mendoza
Ibiza Live Performance: Matador
Ibiza Night: Flower Power
International Festival: Creamfields UK
Media: Be-At.Tv
Outstanding Contribution: DJ Harvey
Producer: MK
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.

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Markus Schulz Voted America’s Best DJ for 2014

Markus Schulz

The fans’ votes have all been counted and it’s official: DJ Times magazine and Pioneer DJ are proud to announce that Markus Schulz has been voted America’s Best DJ for 2014. This is the second time Markus has taken home the award—he also won in 2012 — and he’ll be taking over the honor from 2013 winner, Kaskade.

While most of the fan votes were cast online at the America’s Best DJ website, the America’s Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ & DJ Times supported the contest by allowing fans to vote in-person at 20+ club and festival events, which included Las Vegas’ Electric Daisy Carnival, Detroit’s Movement Festival and Chicago’s Spring Awakening Festival.

The Miami-based DJ/producer – who is touring the world in support of his newest artist album Scream 2 – will be honored October 12 in Las Vegas at the ABDJ Award Ceremony/Closing Party. For his achievement, Markus will be presented with a special trophy – a personalized, gold-plated Pioneer DJM-900nexus mixer at Marquee Nightclub.

“Receiving this news is such an incredible honor. I have never been in this industry for the sole purpose of winning awards, and my biggest accomplishment in life is having the ability to connect and entertain those who believe in me and what I do on a daily basis. I’d like to thank everyone at DJ Times and Pioneer DJ for their continued support, all of the promoters who facilitate my passion in the clubs and festivals throughout North America, those who sacrifice in helping me achieve my dreams, and most of all, the fans, because without you, none of this is possible. Forever grateful for your love and support, and I look forward on our continued journey into the future.”Markus Schulz

“Once again, Pioneer DJ is proud to honor Markus Schulz, who was voted America’s Best DJ for 2014. As a two-time winner, Markus has achieved something special. Markus represents the best of the U.S. DJ culture, and we congratulate him for his well-deserved win.”David “Davey Dave” Arevalo, Director – Marketing / Artist Relations Pioneer Electronics (USA), Inc.

“With his second title in three years, Markus has further solidified his place in the realm of U.S.-based DJs. As a longtime global jock, Markus has taken his music around the world and, now with the skyrocketing popularity of dance music in America, his home country has offered even more support than ever. He’s a DJ with old-school skills in the booth and the studio, but, crucially, he’s adept enough to know how to move the new-school audiences that are filling America’s nightclubs and festivals. Congratulations, Markus!”Jim Tremayne, Editor, DJ Times

Additionally, we’re pleased to announce that Zachariah Jacobsen of Denver, Colorado is the Grand Prize Winner of the ABDJ fan voting contest. Zachariah and one friend will receive flight to and from Las Vegas, two nights accommodations at Cosmopolitan, plus VIP treatment at the America’s Best DJ Closing Party/Award Ceremony on October 12.



America’s Best DJ Closing Party/Award Ceremony

October 12, 2014
Marquee @ the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Featuring special-guest DJs

Richie Hawtin to Receive Outstanding Contribution to Music Award

Richie Hawtin

Richie Hawtin, a pioneer of Detroit techno and purveyor of Plastikman, has been awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award by the UK’s Association of Independent Music.

AIM will bestow the award on Monday during its Independent Music Awards.

“The Outstanding Contribution to Music award celebrates one of the independent sector’s finest artists; someone with an incredible body of work who continues to shape their genre and be a source of inspiration to new artists,” the organization’s website states. “Richie Hawtin’s 25-year career has been characterized by a restless urge to push electronic music forward. The mogul behind acclaimed techno imprints Plus 8 and Minus, Richie Hawtin will forever be associated with placing the Detroit techno scene firmly on the global map.”

In addition to his labels, he also runs his successful ENTER events nights in Ibiza and presents a visual masterpiece during his Plastikman shows, all of which make him extremely busy, but also very worthy of this prestigious honor. A congrats to Richie Hawtin!

Zedd Wins 2014 MTV Clubland Award

The drama and the scandal of the MTV Video Music Awards have come and gone, and after the dust settled, a winner for the MTV Clubland Award was announced.

In a competitive field that also included Calvin Harris, Disclosure, Martin Garrix, DJ Snake and Lil Jon, Zedd and collaborator Hayley Williams walked away with the Moonman trophy for his “Stay the Night.”

But Zedd wasn’t the only dance music winner. These other acts also took home Moonmen trophies in the following categories:

– Sia“Chandelier” (Best Choreography)
– DJ Snake & Lil Jon“Turn Down for What” (Best Direction)

Congrats to this year’s winners!

Dance Nominees Announced for 2014 MTV Video Music Awards

MTV may not play many music videos these days, but that doesn’t stop the network from handing out honors for the art form each year.

The 2014 MTV VMAs will air Sun., Aug. 24 at 9 p.m. Eastern. On Thursday, the nominees for the highly competitive MTV Clubland Award were announced and the videos up for a Moonman trophy this year include:

– Calvin Harris, “Summer”
Disclosure, “Grab Her!”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down for What”
Martin Garrix, “Animals”
Zedd feat. Hayley Williams, “Stay the Night”

Dance acts racked up nominations in other categories as well, including:

– Sia, “Chandelier” (Video of the Year)
– Avicii feat. Aloe Blacc, “Wake Me Up” (Best Pop Video)
– Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz, “Talk Dirty” (Best Pop Video, Best Choreography)
– Charlie XCX, “Boom Clap” (Artist to Watch)
– Pitbull feat. Kesha, “Timber” (Best Collaboration)
Avicii feat. Dan Tyminski, “Hey Brother” (Best Video with a Social Message)
– David Guetta, “One Voice” (Best Video with a Social Message)
Zedd feat. Hayley Williams, “Stay the Night” (Best Editing)
– Kiesza, “Hideaway” (Best Choreography)
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down for What” (Best Direction, Best Art Direction and Best Visual Effects)
Disclosure, “Grab Her!” (Best Visual Effects)

No dance artists have been slated to perform just yet, but could be announced as the VMAs approach. Still, the presence of the genre will definitely be felt on Aug. 24. Who do you think will win? And will you be tuning in?