Dutch DJs Honored With Postage Stamps

Netherlands Dance Stamps

How cool is this?

As The Netherlands get ready to host the Amsterdam Dance Event, the country has taken the opportunity to officially recognize some of its biggest contributions to electronic dance music.

Namely trance, house and other innovators AfrojackDash BerlinTiëstoArmin van Buuren and Hardwell, who all appear on limited-edition postage stamps. The mugs of the Dutch dominators are appropriately nightclub flashy and neon-light colorful, and will surely spruce up any letter mailed in the country for the next few months.

[Via Dancing Astronaut]

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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Try to Keep Up with Armin van Buuren’s Busy Life in ‘Hystereo’ Video

How does a trance innovator live his life?

The clip for Armin van Buuren‘s “Hystereo” may offer clues.

There’s lots of jet-setting, checking in on social media and listening to hot tunes for his weekly State of Trance radio show.

But there’s also hopping behind the decks, maybe stopping along the way to offer a pretty girl your headphones so she can groove to the ethereal tracks.

But it’s not only van Buuren’s world that is full of hustle and bustle, as seen by the global denizens dancing on subway cars or donning a little black dress to hit the grocery store.

Want to move at a faster pace? Get the track now on Beatport.

Calvin Harris Tops Forbes’ List of Highest-Paid DJs

Calvin Harris

Dance/EDM is big business — look no farther than the continually growing empire of Robert F. X. Sillerman’s SFX Entertainment as evidence. But executives aren’t the only ones raking in cash, as proven by Forbes’ 2014 list of the world’s highest-paid DJs.

Topping the Electronic Cash Kings 2014 ranking is Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, who pulled in $66 million over the past 12 months and even out-earned rapper Jay Z and country singer Toby Keith, according to the magazine.

Check out the top earners and tallies below, along with their rank from last year in parentheses.

1. Calvin Harris, $66 million (1)
2. David Guetta, $30 million (3)
3. TIE: Avicii / Tiësto, $28 million (6, 2)
5. Steve Aoki, $23 million (11)
6. Afrojack, $22 million (7)
7. Zedd, $21 million
8. Kaskade, $17 million (9 (tie))
9. Skrillex, $16.5 million (9 (tie))
10. Deadmau5, $16 million (5)
11. Hardwell, $13 million
12. TIE: Armin van Buuren / Steve Angello, $12 million (8, 4 (as part of Swedish House Mafia))