The DJ Awards Reminds Us That People In Ibiza Like Better Music Than We Do


The DJ Awards in Ibiza just celebrated its 18th edition, and even though DJ Mag holds down the fort when it comes to rankings of all things EDM, fans of dance music’s more sophisticated side might rejoice in some of the former awards ceremony’s selections.

That said, before you tear apart this claim in the comments section (I know you were going to), bear in mind that Hardwell does have not one, but two entries on this list – namely in the International DJ and Progressive House/Electro categories. Oh, and there’s an “Electronica” category, because apparently we’re still in the year 2000.

Aside from that, though, respectable outfits like Carl Cox, Hot Since 82, Luciano, and Solomun grace the other entries, and the “Special Awards” heading features an interesting collection of innovators and organizations behind the curtain.

Take a look at all the entries for the DJ Awards below and check back later in the month for the results of the DJ Mag Top 100.

DJ Awards
Deep House: Solomun
Breakthrough: Black Coffee
Tech House: Luciano and Hot Since 82
Techno: Carl Cox
Bass: Hannah Wants
International DJ: Hardwell
Trance: Armin Van Buuren
Electronica: Disclosure
Progressive House/ Electro: Hardwell
Newcomer: Cuartero

Special Awards
Cutting Edge: Rekordbox
Dance Nation Of The Year: South Africa
Electronic Music Pioneer: Arthur Baker
Electronic Live Performance: Faithless at BBC Radio 1 20-Ibiza Rocks
Ibiza DJ – Powered by Vicious Magazine: Manu Gonzalez
Ibiza Music Event: IMS Dalt Vila Festival
International Festival – Supported by Pioneer DJ Radio: We Are FSTVL
Ibiza Night: Acid Sundays
Producer: Claptone
Record Label Of The Year: Life and Death
Track Of The Season: “Acamar” Frankey & Sandrino