Electronic dance music and club culture have firmly cemented themselves in the popular zeitgeist worldwide, but it wasn’t necessarily an easy road to get there. For over forty years, countless DJs have come and gone, venues have opened and closed, and niche genres have bloomed and faded.

If it wasn’t for countless pioneers and visionaries from across the decades championing the sounds of the underground, fighting to bridge the gap between counter-culture club music and mainstream radio, and creating platforms for new generations of artists to carry the torch of dance music into the next generation, we could have never got to where we are today, which I would argue is some of the best times in the history of dance music to be a raver and to love this genre of music.

So, with all of this in mind, let’s take a second to reflect on some of the most influential DJs in all of dance music, from the OGs of the early days of Chicago and Detroit house music to the newer generations who helped bring EDM to the USA and a handful of others in between. This list of the most influential electronic dance music DJs is far from exhaustive; there’s just been too much talent over the years to include them all in a single article, but it is highly curated, and you’ll see by the sets we’ve included why they’ve earned their spots on this list specifically.

Let’s dive in…

Larry Levan

Larry Levan’s influence on the world of DJing and dance music is second to none, and while this list isn’t technically in any specific order, it would be hard not to lead with this guy.

Born Lawrence Philpot in Brooklyn, New York, Levan became renowned for his transformative musical style during his decade-long residency at Paradise Garage. This iconic venue set the standard for modern dance clubs at the time. Levan’s innovative use of drum machines and synths, coupled with his distinctive ability to mix various genres, played a crucial role in developing house music as a genre. These eclectic sets, known as “Saturday Mass,” attracted a devoted audience and highlighted his exceptional skill in creating an immersive musical experience.

Levan’s impact extended beyond the dance floor.

He was a trailblazer in integrating dub aesthetics into dance music, significantly shaping the post-disco sound and the future of rave music at the time. His productions and remixes, including classics like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Inner Life and “Don’t Make Me Wait” by the Peech Boys, showcase his influence and unique taste.


Frankie Knuckles

Frankie Knuckles, often hailed as the “godfather of house music,” reshaped the world of dance music with what was at least at the time considered to be groundbreaking sounds and remixes. Starting his career in the early 1970s in New York, Knuckles’ talent quickly became evident as he began DJing at a handful of influential clubs in the neighborhood. His move to Chicago in 1977 marked a big shift for himself and the future of club music. At the Warehouse, he pioneered the “house music” genre, which mashed up classic disco with modern drum-machine percussion to create an entirely new vibe.

This period saw Knuckles laying the groundwork for a musical movement to captivate the world.

His work with seminal Trax Records produced iconic tunes like “Your Love” and “Baby Wants to Ride,” which became anthems of the burgeoning dance music scene in the mid-1980s. His collaborations with other Chicago legends like Marshall Jefferson and Robert Owens further cemented his status as a central figure.


Carl Cox

Carl Cox, a titan of the electronic music world, is one of the most influential DJs ever. He has shaped the landscape of house and techno, along with countless other niche underground genres he plays and supports in his sets.

Starting his journey in the late 1970s as a mobile DJ in the UK, Cox quickly gained a reputation for himself. By the 1980s, he was a key figure in the British rave scene, known for his three-deck mixing technique. His ability to seamlessly blend tracks set a new standard in the industry, earning him the top spot in DJ Magazine’s first Top 100 DJ poll in 1997.

Cox’s influence extended globally, from his legendary sets at Space Ibiza to his “Carl Cox & Friends” stages at major festivals like Ultra Music Festival and Tomorrowland.

His residency at Space Ibiza, which lasted from 2001 to 2016, became a cornerstone of the island’s nightlife, drawing thousands of fans each season and helping define what is now seen as one of the meccas of dance music culture (for better or worse). Cox’s radio show “Global” and his record label, Intec Digital, have also been instrumental in promoting new talent and pushing the boundaries of underground dance music.


David Guetta

David Guetta has left an indelible mark on electronic dance music (EDM), even if some of his productions and antics have come off as a little corny or cheesy. Starting his career in Paris in the late 1980s, Guetta’s ascent to global stardom began with the release of his debut album “Just a Little More Love” in 2002.

His knack for creating infectious dance tracks and his ability to blend pop aesthetics with dance music earned him widespread acclaim in the clubs and on the radio. The release of his fourth album, “One Love,” in 2009 was a turning point, featuring hit singles like “When Love Takes Over” and “Sexy Bitch,” which dominated charts worldwide and solidified his status as a mainstream EDM powerhouse.

What earns him a spot on this list is his unique ability to and career-long ambition of bridging the gap between underground dance music and mainstream pop. Collaborating with artists such as Sia, Nicki Minaj, and Usher, he brought EDM to the forefront of popular music. His fifth album, “Nothing but the Beat,” continued this trend, featuring an array of superstar collaborations and producing anthems like “Titanium” and “Turn Me On.”



Tiësto, the Dutch maestro’s influence began to take shape in the late 1990s with the founding of Black Hole Recordings and the release of his iconic “In Search of Sunrise” and “Magik” series. These compilations showcased his ability to blend trance and progressive house seamlessly and set a new standard for DJ mix albums which are still referred to as some of the best DJ mixes of all time.

His remix of Delerium’s “Silence,” featuring Sarah McLachlan, further exposed his sound to mainstream audiences and became a trance anthem. By the early 2000s, Tiësto was not just a DJ but a global phenomenon, consistently topping DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list.

Tiësto’s career took a monumental leap in 2004 when he became the first DJ to perform at the Olympic Games, playing live at the Athens opening ceremony. This historic performance solidified his position as a pioneer in the EDM scene. His album “Just Be” released the same year, featured hits like “Traffic” and “Adagio for Strings,” further cementing his status as a leading figure in electronic music.

Over the years and despite leaving his progressive and trance roots behind in favor of more lucrative Vegas-style genres and gigs, Tiësto has shown an uncanny ability to evolve with the times, transitioning from trance to house and beyond, always staying relevant. His Grammy-winning remix of John Legend’s “All of Me” in 2015 is a testament to his enduring appeal and adaptability in the fast-paced world of EDM.


Daft Punk

Daft Punk, the legendary French electronic duo formed by Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, has left an indelible mark on the music industry as a whole, not just dance music and electronic music that they’re mostly associated with.

From their debut album, Homework, in 1997 to their final opus, Random Access Memories, in 2013, Daft Punk consistently pushed the boundaries of the genre. Hits like “Around the World” and “Da Funk” dominated the charts and set the stage for their future success and influence and transcended conventional popularity to a point where even parents and older generations at least know some of the more iconic hooks of Daft Punk’s earlier records.

The duo’s 2001 album Discovery was a game-changer, featuring tracks like “One More Time” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.” This album marked their transition into famous robot personas, adding a mysterious and futuristic element to their branding and imagery. Their 2006/2007 Alive tour further solidified their status as pioneers, blending their tracks into a seamless and electrifying live experience. This tour is credited with bringing electronic dance music into the mainstream in North America, influencing countless artists and shaping the genre’s future.


Paul Oakenfold

Thanks to his contributions and genre-defining moments throughout his career, Paul Oakenfold is a towering figure in the DJ world.

Beginning in the late 1980s, Oakenfold was a massive figure popularizing the acid house movement in the UK, mainly through his legendary “Ibiza Reunion” parties that brought the Balearic beats to the forefront of the music scene. Much like many of the other names on this his, his ability to blend house music with various other genres set the stage for his enduring influence, as seen in his early work with his Perfecto label and collaborations with artists like Happy Mondays and U2. These efforts earned him accolades and helped shape the sound of electronic music in the 1990s.

His work on major film soundtracks like Swordfish and The Bourne Identity, alongside his residency at the Rain Nightclub in Las Vegas, helped garner his status as a global DJ superstar. His ability to adapt and innovate is evident in his compilation albums and live performances, which introduced countless fans to trance music and other electronic sub-genres. Notably, his Global Underground mixes and his groundbreaking Tranceport album showcased his knack for curating and creating music that resonated with a broad audience, solidifying his role as a trailblazer in the DJ community.


Armin van Buuren

Beginning his career in the late 90s, van Buuren quickly established himself with tracks like “Blue Fear” and “Communication,” which became anthems in the trance music scene which was really starting to take off at the time. His breakthrough came with creating the radio show “A State of Trance” (ASOT) in 2001, which now reaches millions of listeners globally. This platform elevated his status and played a crucial role in spreading the genre worldwide.

He has been recognized multiple times as the world’s top DJ by DJ Mag, an accolade he has achieved five times.

His ability to captivate audiences with marathon sets, often lasting several hours, and albums like 76, Shivers, and Imagine pushed the boundaries of trance, blending it with other musical styles and featuring collaborations with various artists. His single “This Is What It Feels Like,” featuring Trevor Guthrie, earned him a Grammy nomination, further solidifying his impact on the mainstream music industry.


Richie Hawtin

Richie Hawtin’s influence has spanned decades and continents alike.

Emerging from Detroit’s techno mecca in the early 1990s, Hawtin quickly became a force in the minimal techno movement. His work under aliases such as Plastikman and F.U.S.E. set the standards for the genre at the time. Albums like Sheet One and Dimension Intrusion showcased his ability to blend complex rhythms with stark, minimalist aesthetics, which are fairly commonplace now but were unique when he broke ground with this approach to mixing and producing.

As a co-founder of the Plus 8 record label in 1990, he provided a platform for a new generation of techno artists alongside John Acquaviva. Later, his M-nus label became synonymous with the stripped-back, minimalist sound he helped pioneer. Hawtin’s relentless experimentation with technology and live performance, epitomized by his Decks, EFX & 909 series, pushed the boundaries of what was possible in a DJ set, blending tracks with live manipulation of effects and drum machines in unprecedented ways.


Jeff Mills

Jeff Mills is a luminary in electronic music; full stop, and it’s no wonder why he’s earned this place as one of the most influential DJs ever. Known as “The Wizard,” Mills began his career in the early 1980s, hooking audiences with his DJ sets in Detroit. His technical chops and pioneering use of the Roland TR-909 drum machine helped shape the sound of techno, pushing the genre’s possibilities. His early work with the techno collective Underground Resistance, alongside ‘Mad’ Mike Banks and Robert Hood, infused the genre with a raw, revolutionary spirit, setting the stage for techno’s global rise.

Mills’ solo career has been marked by an unwavering commitment to artistic integrity and innovation.

In 1992, he founded Axis Records, an instrumental label developing minimal techno. Through Axis and its sub-labels, Mills has released a prolific body of work that includes seminal albums like Waveform Transmission Vol. 1 and Metropolis. His relentless pursuit of a stripped-back, futuristic sound has made him a key figure in the minimal techno movement, influencing countless artists and shaping electronic music’s trajectory for decades.


Sasha & John Digweed

Their journey began in the early 90s at the Renaissance Club in Mansfield, England, where they cultivated their progressive chops and early fanbases. Their breakthrough came with the release of “Renaissance: The Mix Collection” in 1994, a triple CD that set new standards for DJ mix albums and featured tracks from artists like Leftfield and Fluke. This landmark release showcased their track selection and mixing chops and helped define the sound of the progressive house for a global audience.

Their collaboration reached new heights with the release of the “Northern Exposure” series. These albums were not just collections of tracks but conceptual journeys that took listeners through crafted soundscapes.

The success of these albums solidified their reputation, and their residencies at iconic venues like Twilo in New York City. Their influence extended beyond the club scene as they embarked on the groundbreaking Delta Heavy Tour in 2002, which brought the scale and production of rock concerts to the world of DJing, setting a new precedent for live electronic music performances.

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Skrillex, born Sonny John Moore, has revolutionized the electronic dance music (EDM) scene over the last decade alone. Initially known as the lead vocalist for the post-hardcore band From First to Last, Moore transitioned into a solo career and adopted the moniker Skrillex. His groundbreaking EPs “My Name Is Skrillex” and “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” marked the beginning of his meteoric rise in the music industry. Skrillex’s innovative use of dubstep elements and his distinctive production style introduced the mainstream to the heavier, bass-driven sounds that have since become synonymous with the genre.

His projects with Diplo as part of Jack Ü and with Boys Noize under the alias Dog Blood have further implanting his status as a versatile and influential figure in EDM. Tracks like “Where Are Ü Now” with Justin Bieber and “Make It Bun Dem” have topped charts and demonstrated his capability to bridge genres and reach a diverse audience. His contributions to film scores, such as the soundtrack for “Spring Breakers” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” highlight his versatility and broad appeal.



Deadmau5, born Joel Thomas Zimmerman, has significantly impacted the electronic music scene, establishing himself as one of the most influential DJs ever. Emerging from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Deadmau5’s career soared with the release of his 2008 album “Random Album Title,” which included iconic tracks like “Faxing Berlin” and “I Remember.” This album set the stage for his future success, showcasing his innovative approach to progressive house and electro house and distinguishing him with his distinctive mau5head persona.

Deadmau5’s pursuit of pushing electronic music boundaries is evident in his subsequent works, such as the 2009 album “For Lack of a Better Name,” featuring hits like “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” and “Strobe.” His ability to blend intricate melodies with powerful beats captivated audiences globally, earning him multiple Grammy Award nominations.


Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris, born Adam Richard Wiles, has reshaped the electronic music landscape more than once over his career, becoming one of the most influential DJs ever. His career began with the 2007 debut album “I Created Disco,” featuring hits like “Acceptable in the 80s” and “The Girls,” which topped the charts and marked a new era in dance music. His subsequent albums, “Ready for the Weekend” and “18 Months,” continued this trend, producing chart-topping singles such as “I’m Not Alone” and “We Found Love,” featuring Rihanna, a global anthem.

Harris’s innovative production techniques and ability to craft hit collaborations have made him a cornerstone in modern music. With “18 Months,” Harris set a record by having eight top-10 singles from one album on the UK Singles Chart, surpassing Michael Jackson’s previous record. His headline gigs at major festivals like Coachella and his residencies in Las Vegas have set new standards for DJ performances.


Eric Prydz

Eric Prydz is a monumental figure in electronic dance music, transcending his Swedish roots to achieve global influence. His 2004 hit “Call on Me” propelled him into the spotlight, becoming a dance floor staple. Prydz’s impact extends far beyond this single, showcasing his versatility and innovation with tracks like “Proper Education” and “Pjanoo,” blending mainstream appeal with underground credibility. His unique production style and technical prowess, particularly when creating the “Pryda snare,” have set him apart in the EDM genre.

Prydz’s live performances, especially the EPIC (Eric Prydz In Concert) series, are renowned for their cutting-edge visuals and innovative use of technology, including groundbreaking hologram shows. His labels, Pryda Recordings, and Mouseville have become platforms for his work and emerging talent. Prydz’s relentless pursuit of quality and innovation and his ability to evolve while maintaining a distinct sound have cemented his legacy as a leading figure in the global dance music landscape.


Fatboy Slim

Fatboy Slim, born Norman Cook, is a big time figure in dance music, known for popularizing the big beat genre in the 1990s. After his stints with The Housemartins and Beats International, Cook reinvented himself as Fatboy Slim, releasing the groundbreaking album “Better Living Through Chemistry” in 1996. Hits like “The Rockafeller Skank” and “Praise You” from his 1998 album “You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby” became anthems of the era, dominating dance floors and radio waves with their infectious beats and innovative use of samples.

His innovative approach to music production and his knack for crafting unforgettable dance tracks have inspired countless artists in the electronic music scene. Fatboy Slim’s legacy is reflected in his music’s continued popularity and his ongoing influence on new generations of electronic music artists.


Aphex Twin

Aphex Twin’s early work, particularly the albums “Selected Ambient Works 85–92” and “Selected Ambient Works Volume II,” set new standards for ambient music with intricate soundscapes and innovative use of technology. These releases redefined the ambient genre and influenced a generation of electronic musicians, showcasing the artistic potential of electronic music beyond the dance floor. His unique sound, combining lush atmospheres with complex rhythms, cemented his reputation as a trailblazer.

James’s influence extends to his groundbreaking live performances and distinctive visual identity. Collaborations with video director Chris Cunningham on tracks like “Come to Daddy” and “Windowlicker” produced iconic music videos that blended disturbing imagery with his signature sound. These works boosted his profile and showcased his ability to marry audio and visual art provocatively and artistically profoundly.


The Chemical Brothers

The Chemical Brothers, comprised of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, have redefined electronic music since their formation in Manchester in 1989. Pioneering the big beat genre, their debut album, “Exit Planet Dust,” was a game-changer, seamlessly blending diverse electronic elements and selling over a million copies. Their second album, “Dig Your Own Hole,” topped the UK charts and solidified their status as trailblazers in the electronic music scene.

Their influence is evident in their innovative approach to live performances and music videos, setting new industry standards. Tracks like “Block Rockin’ Beats” and “Setting Sun” not only topped charts but also won critical acclaim, including Grammy Awards. The Chemical Brothers’ ability to integrate live instrumentation with electronic beats created a unique sound that resonated across various music genres.



Formed in Düsseldorf in 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider, Kraftwerk revolutionized electronic music by embracing synthesizers, drum machines, and vocoders, crafting a sound ahead of its time and still has a futuristic vibe even by today’s standards. Albums like “Autobahn,” “Trans-Europe Express,” and “The Man-Machine” single-handedly shaped the trajectory of modern music genres.

Kraftwerk’s influence extends far beyond their discography, pivotal in developing genres such as synth-pop, techno, and house music. Their innovative use of electronic instrumentation and thematic focus on technology resonated with a broad spectrum of artists and producers. Their approach to studio production and live performances set new industry standards, influencing countless acts across various genres. Kraftwerk’s legacy as electronic music trailblazers remains unparalleled, marking them as true icons in DJing and electronic music production.


DJ Shadow

DJ Shadow, born Joshua Paul Davis, is widely regarded as one of the most influential DJs ever. His groundbreaking debut album, “Endtroducing…..,” released in 1996, set a new standard for sample-based music, using an AKAI MPC60 sampler, turntables, and a vast vinyl collection to create a complex, atmospheric body of music.

DJ Shadow’s influence extends beyond innovative sampling.

His work has shaped the evolution of genres, including trip-hop, turntablism, and experimental electronic music. Tracks like “In/Flux” and “Lost and Found (S.F.L.)” earned him a reputation as a pioneer. His collaborations and contributions to projects like UNKLE’s “Psyence Fiction” further solidified his status. DJ Shadow’s live performances, known for their intricate visuals and immersive experiences, have set a high bar for what can be achieved in a DJ set, maintaining his relevance and influence in the world of DJing and electronic music.


Pete Tong

Pete Tong’s influence in electronic music is unparalleled, making him one of the most significant DJs ever. Known for his iconic shows on BBC Radio 1, such as Essential Mix and Essential Selection, Tong has been a central figure in the dance music scene since the early ’90s. His ability to discover and promote new talent has shaped the genre, making his radio programs crucial for emerging and established artists. Tong’s extensive knowledge and passion for electronic music have entertained millions of listeners and educated them on the genre’s evolution and intricacies.

Beyond radio, Pete Tong has made lasting waves through live performances and residencies at some of the nightclubs in the world. His association with Ibiza, particularly residencies at Pacha and later Eden, cemented his status as a key figure in the island’s club scene, one that he arguably helped shape to be what it is today.

These residencies have drawn massive crowds and set the standard for DJ performances. Tong’s contributions extend into music production and event organization, founding the International Music Summit (IMS) in Ibiza and creating a platform for industry leaders, artists, and fans to discuss the future of electronic music.


Paul van Dyk

Paul van Dyk’s career took off in the early ’90s when he released his remix of “Love Stimulation” by Humate and his iconic track “For an Angel.” These early successes defined his sound and set a new standard in the trance genre, inspiring countless producers and DJs. Van Dyk’s debut album, 45 RPM, and his subsequent release, Seven Ways, solidified his status as a leading figure in electronic music.

Van Dyk’s influence extends beyond studio productions. As a DJ, he has been a fixture at major festivals and clubs worldwide, captivating audiences with dynamic sets and a deep understanding of trance music. His radio show, “Vonyc Sessions,” is a vital platform for showcasing new talent and promoting trance to a global audience. After a life-threatening fall during a performance in 2016, van Dyk made a remarkable recovery, continuing to produce and perform with newfound passion. His album From Then On reflects this journey, combining emotional depth with uplifting energy, cementing his legacy in electronic music.


Black Coffee

Emerging from South Africa, Black Coffee’s career was launched into the international spotlight after participating in the 2004 Red Bull Music Academy. His debut album, “Black Coffee,” released in 2005, showcased his innovative approach to house music, integrating elements of R&B and jazz. This foundation has garnered numerous awards, including a Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album, establishing him as a pioneer in the global electronic music scene.

Black Coffee’s ability to seamlessly fuse traditional African sounds with contemporary house music has made him a staple at major festivals and clubs worldwide. His deep, melodic productions and skillful DJ sets have earned him collaborations with top-tier artists such as Drake and David Guetta. His critically acclaimed album “Subconsciously” pushed the boundaries of electronic music, achieving both commercial success and critical acclaim.


Honey Dijon

Honey Dijon, born Honey Redmond, has carved a unique and influential path in electronic music, becoming one of the most respected DJs ever. Emerging from Chicago’s house music scene in the 1990s, Dijon was deeply influenced by legendary figures such as Derrick Carter and Mark Farina. Her sound blends the raw energy of a classic house with contemporary grooves, creating a dynamic and irresistible groove. Moving to New York City expanded her musical horizons, allowing her to immerse in the city’s rich underground club culture and collaborate with top industry names.

Honey Dijon’s seamless integration of fashion and music is a crucial element of her influence. She has become a go-to DJ for high-profile fashion events, providing soundtracks for iconic brands like Louis Vuitton and Dior runway shows. Her debut album, “The Best of Both Worlds,” released in 2017, exemplified her eclectic style and garnered widespread acclaim. Beyond music, Honey Dijon has been a vocal advocate for transgender rights and visibility, using her platform to address issues of gender and identity.



Rising from Stockholm, Avicii became a household name with his 2011 hit “Levels,” defining an era and bringing EDM into mainstream consciousness. His ability to blend EDM with other genres, exemplified by his debut album “True” and the hit “Wake Me Up,” featuring Aloe Blacc, set him apart. Avicii’s unique sound captivated global audiences and broke records, highlighting his innovative approach to music production.

Avicii’s influence extended to collaborations and industry innovations. His partnerships with artists like David Guetta and Chris Martin resulted in memorable tracks, while his “Avicii X You” project showcased his commitment to engaging with fans. His willingness to experiment and push boundaries helped shape the future of electronic music, influencing countless artists. Despite his tragic death in 2018, Avicii’s legacy endures through his posthumous album “Tim” and his efforts to raise awareness about mental health in the music industry, ensuring his contributions to music and advocacy will not be forgotten.


Charlotte de Witte

A Belgian DJ and record producer, Charlotte de Witte has carved a distinctive niche in electronic music with her “dark and stripped-back” acid and minimal techno. Starting in the underground nightclub scene in 2009, de Witte rose to prominence after winning a DJ contest by Studio Brussel and performing at Tomorrowland. Initially using the alias Raving George, she released her debut EP in 2013 and transitioned to using her real name by 2015. Her acclaimed EP “Weltschmerz” and subsequent hits solidified her reputation in the techno world.

De Witte’s influence extends to her role as label owner and mentor. In 2019, she launched KNTXT, a platform for techno heavyweights like Chris Liebing and Monoloc. Her sets at major festivals and venues like Junction 2 Festival and Boiler Room showcase her technical prowess and deep understanding of techno’s evolving landscape. De Witte’s career is marked by her relentless drive and innovation, with collaborations like her “The Age of Love” remix demonstrating her ability to blend old and new, cementing her impact and legacy in electronic music.


Adam Beyer

The Swedish techno titan Adam Beyer has maintained a commanding presence in electronic music since the mid-’90s. Beyer is the founder of Drumcode Records, a platform that has launched numerous artists’ careers while pushing the genre’s boundaries. His early works on Planet Rhythm Records and Drumcode established him as a pioneer, with his forward-thinking mindset keeping him at the industry’s forefront for decades.

Drumcode’s evolution into a global brand reflects Beyer’s vision and dedication. He hosts a syndicated radio show and worldwide events that attract massive audiences. Beyer’s main stage performances at major festivals like Tomorrowland and Coachella and his residencies, such as at Hï Ibiza, showcase his ability to create immersive clubbing experiences. His enduring impact on the techno scene reflects his musical prowess and unwavering dedication, making him one of the most influential DJs ever.


Andy C

Known for his pioneering style and technical prowess, Andy C co-founded RAM Records, a label that has become a cornerstone in the drum and bass community. His track “Valley of the Shadows” with Origin Unknown is a seminal work that helped define the genre. Andy C’s innovative DJ techniques, such as the “Double Drop,” have set him apart, earning him a loyal global following and numerous accolades.

Andy C’s influence extends beyond his music production and live performances. His weekly radio show, “Drumcode Live,” reaches millions, showcasing his curatorial skills and keeping the drum and bass scene vibrant. In 2018, he made history by selling out Wembley Arena, a testament to his enduring popularity and the genre’s growing mainstream appeal. With a career spanning over three decades, Andy C continues to inspire and shape the future of drum and bass, making him one of the most influential DJs ever.



Grooverider, born Raymond Bingham, is a foundational figure in the drum and bass genre whose influence has shaped electronic music since the late 1980s. Rising from London’s underground rave scene, Grooverider and Fabio became synonymous with the evolution of drum and bass through their residency at the legendary Rage club night. His pioneering work on pirate radio stations and early club nights set the stage for drum and bass to emerge as a dominant force in electronic music.

Grooverider’s contributions as a producer are equally significant. His label, Prototype Recordings, has launched some of the most influential tracks and artists, including Dillinja, Ed Rush, and Photek. The 1997 compilation album “Prototype Years” is a masterclass in groundbreaking sounds and his role in shaping the genre’s direction. Grooverider’s productions, such as those under the alias Codename John, have been pivotal, pushing sonic boundaries and maintaining a high standard of quality and innovation.


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