Best DJ’s: 100 of the Best DJ’s & Their Go-To’s in Audio Equipment

 

Do you ever listen to a track or a mix and wonder, how in the world did that DJ make that sound? Well, that’s a mystery we’re about to unfold. Read on to find out what production tools, speakers, headphones and controllers the world’s top DJs  have relied and will continue define their careers with.  The list below rounds out 100 of the best DJ’s this world is currently witnessing. Enjoy!

Martin Garrix

Garrix

 

 

Factoid:

Martin Garrix, one of the Netherlands’ premier DJs, has been rated top of DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ list for two years in a row. At only age 21, Martin Garrix has been named Resident DJ at Hi Ibiza. He’s also the youngest DJ to play the world’s biggest nightclub – Privilege in Ibiza.

 

 

 

Equipment known to use:

 

Rating: 9.8/10

Martin Garrix uses the Cakewalk A-500S MIDI Keyboard for studio production.

 

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

 

Factoid:

Dimitri & Michael Thivaios, two brothers of Greek descent but born in Belgium have been achieving worldwide acclaim for the last three or four years and  have been in their own Tommorowland comic book, written by Paul Jenkins who wrote for Spiderman. More to come from this powerhouse name in EM.

 

Equipment known to use:

 

                          Pa1000                                                                                                  Nano

Rating: 9.3/10                                                                                                          Rating: 9.5/10

The Thivaios brothers uses the Korg nanoKEY2 keyboard controller when touring due to its portability & Korg Pa1000 when home based. 

 

Armin Van Buuren

 

 

 

Factoid:

Trance legend Armin Van Buuren is a household name at this point and is one DJ that looks as though he’s going to be around way after he is gone. Born Armin Jozef Jacobus Daniël van Buuren OON has Dutch decent. Van Buuren even has his own video game on Nintendo Wii.

Equipment known to use:

 

Maschine

Rating:10/10

 

Armin Van Buuren has been seen to use a Native Instruments Maschine for noting down drum loops and sections as they come to him.

Tiesto

 

 

Factoid:

One of the most famous DJs in the world, Tiesto has been dominating the trance scene since the late 90s and is widely regarded as one of the most successful DJs. Born Tijs Michiel Verwest OON, is yet another Dutch artist and record producer, specifically from Breda. He was recently recognized as “the Greatest DJ Ever” by MixMag magazine in a poll voted by the fans. He was even knighted by the Queen of Holland.

Equipment known to use:

 

 

 

Pioneer HDJ-2000s                                                                                                        HDJ-500s

Rating: 9/10                                                                                                                    Rating: 8.5/10

Tiesto used to wear custom made Pioneer HDJ-2000s and HDJ-500s before releasing his own line of AKG headphones.

 

 

Norman Cook

 

 

Better known by his stage name, Fatboy Slim, Norman Cook has won more awards, headlined more gigs and popularised more genres than most DJs on this list. . He’s had 3 number one hits, and nearly 4 (his old band’s signature track got to number 3 in the charts).

Equipment known to use:

 

 

Roland TB-303 synthesizer

Rating: 9.6/10

Having DJ’d for over 30 years, Norman Cook has used a huge variety of gear. The one worth mentioning though, is the Roland TB-303 synthesizer, the synthesizer that gave birth to the iconic “acid” sound.

Hardwell

 

Factoid:

Robert van de Corput, better known as Hardwell, played his first set at the age of 12 and has been headlining music festivals across Europe and frequently reaches in the top 10 of DJ Mag’s top 100 DJs list.

Equipment known to use:

 

Pioneer CDJ-2000

Rating: 9.7/10

At the top of Hardwell’s technical rider, you’ll find 4 Pioneer CDJ-2000‘s all linked together. One of the most popular digital turntables on the market, CDJ-2000s have become an industry standard.

Daft Punk

 

Daft Punk need no introduction. The French electronica duo have sold millions of records around the world and make music for Hollywood, video games and more. They even personally turned down David Bowie, when he asked them to remix one of his songs.

Equipment known to use:

 

Roland TR-09

Grade: 9.7/10

 

 

TR-08

Rating: 9.8/10

Daft Punk used the Roland TR-09 and TR-08 as two of their main synths for the album Discovery.

David Guetta

 

Factoid:

The French house producer David Guetta made a transition from dance music to collaborate with some of the bigger names in pop, ultimately earning a name for himself around the world. Famously, David Guetta has produced songs using only his laptop.

Equipment known to use:

 

Pioneer EFX-500

Rating: 9.6/10

 

David Guetta uses a Pioneer EFX-500 for adding effects to his live performances.

Afrojack

 

Factoid:

Dutch DJ and producer Afrojack has been playing pubs and clubs since he was 14. In 2010 he rose to fame as one of the fastest growing DJ careers, and then released his debut album in 2014. He’s since set up his own label – Wall Recordings.

Equipment known to use:

 

 

Native Instruments Traktor Scratch Pro Audio 6

Rating: 9.9/10

 

 

 

Afrojack uses a Native Instruments Traktor Scratch Pro 2-6 Audio 10 in his DJ sets.

 

Jay Hardway

 

 

Factoid:

Signed to Spinnin’ Records and collaborator of Martin Garrix, Jay Hardway is a DJ to listen for. Jay Hardway has released numerous electro-house and progressive singles.

Equipment known to use:

 

 

BEHRINGER U-CONTROL UMX610

Rating: 8.8/10

 

Jay Hardway uses a Behringer U-Control UMX490-610 MIDI Keyboard.

Marshmello

 

Factoid:

In the last 3 years Marshmello has burst out of nowhere and is taking the world by storm. For the first few years of Marshmello’s career, his identity remained anonymous but is now known to be Christopher Comstock. Marshmello and Tiesto performed a stunt wherein they falsely revealed Tiesto to be Marshmello.

Equipment known to use:

 

 

Apollo Twin by Universal Audio

Rating: 9.8/10

 

Marshmello uses the Apollo Twin by Universal Audio in the studio when producing tracks.

DJ Craze

Factoid:

One of the most famous DJs in the turntablist world. DJ Craze is the only solo DJ to win the DMCs three years in a row. Since he has worked for the likes of Kanye West.

Equipment known to use:

 

 

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol X1 Mk2

Rating:8.4/10

DJ Craze uses a Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol X1 Mk2 for triggering samples in his sets.

Radical Redemption

Radical Redemption

Broken onto the global scene around 2012, Radical Redemption has since risen to the top of the hard dance genre.  He is often seen wearing a custom made chest-plate.

Equipment known to use:

 

 

MOOG Sub Phatty 25-key Analog Synthesizer

Rating:9.4/10

Radical redemption uses a MOOG Sub Phatty 25-key analog synthesizer to create his iconic sounds.

Andy C

Factoid:

Andrew Clarke, better known as Andy C, pioneered the Drum & Bass genre, bringing it to the global stage. Andy C is the only DJ to receive more than 20 annual best DJ awards in any genre.

Equipment known to use:

 

 

Shure Whitelabel Cartridges

Rating:9.4/10

Andy C always uses Shure Whitelabel Cartridges when playing live.

Angerfist

Factoid:

One of the biggest names in the Hardcore scene, Angerfist has toured the world, introducing millions to the Hardcore genre. He always performs in a black or white hoodie with a hockey mask over his face.

Equipment known to use:

 

 

AKAI Professional APC40 MkII Ableton Live Controller

Rating: 9.8/10

Angerfist has been known to use the AKAI Professional APC40 MkII Ableton Live Controller for performances.

Feddie Le Grand

Factoid:

Put your hands up for Feddie Le Grand, this Dutch house DJ shot to worldwide fame after releasing house single “Put your hands up for Detroit”.

Equipment known to use:

 

 

Roland JP-8000

Rating: 9.5/10

Le Grand used a Roland JP-8000 synthesizer for his original productions, but the Roland has since given way to the DAW, Logic Pro.

Danny Byrd

 

Factoid:

Inspired by a wide variety of genres, Danny Bird has produced his own unique sound that now features in movies and video games-Midnight Club LA and DJ Hero.

Equipment known to use:

 

 

 

AKAI MPC Renaissance Controller

Rating: 9.7/10

Danny Byrd uses the AKAI MPC Renaissance Controller.

DJ Premier

 

Factoid:

The DJ behind hip-hop legendary duo, Gangstarr, DJ Premier quickly became one of the most well known hip-hop DJs. He has since worked with the likes of Nas, M.O.P, KRS-One, Notorious B.I.G and Big L.

Equipment known to use:

 

 

AKAI MPC 3000


 

Rating: 9.9/10

DJ Premier has been known to use an AKAI MPC 3000.

Alan Walker

Factoid:

20 year old self-taught music producer and DJ, Alan Walker has risen to global international fame throughout the internet. His single “All Falls Down” has over 80’000’000 views on youtube.

Equipment known to use:

 

Roland AIRA System-1 Plug Out

Rating: 9.8/10

Alan uses the Roland AIRA System-1 Plug Out Synthesizer in his live performances.

Brennan Heart

 

Factoid:

One of the top hardstyle DJs in the world right now, Brennan Heart (real name Fabian Bohn), regularly releases top selling singles and albums.

He founded his own hardstyle label in 2013.

 

Equipment known to have used:

 

Dave Smith Instruments Evolver Keyboard

Rating: 9.9/10

Brennan Heart uses a Dave Smith Instruments Evolver Keyboard for his synth sounds and as a MIDI Keyboard Controller.

Diego Miranda

 

Factoid:

Diego Miranda is a Portuguese DJ whom regularly makes it onto top DJ lists from a number of publications. Miranda started his career at only 14.

 

Equipment known to use:

 

Beats by Dr. Dre Mixr

Rating: 8.4/10

Diego Miranda uses Beats by Dr. Dre Mixr On-Ear Headphones in his live performances.

Skrillex

Factoid:

Skrillex, an artist who needs no introduction, took the world by storm with his unique brand of heavy dubstep and electro. Skrillex introduced millions to the world of dubstep and EDM.

Equipment known to have used:

 

Pioneer EFX-500

Rating: 9.7/10

Skrillex likes to use a Pioneer EFX-500 in his DJ mixes.

Yellow Claw

Factoid:

DJ duo Yellow Claw rose up from Amsterdam’s underground music scene to achieve international fame. A number of their music videos have gone viral and they’ve been known to play Tomorrowland frequently. Yellow Claw have stated that they’re anti-drug and released the video to “techno” which went viral and tells a drug horror story.

Equipment known to have used:

 

Pioneer DJM-2000 Nexus

Rating: 9.8/10

Yellow Claw have been seen using a Pioneer DJM-2000 Nexus.

Miss K8

 

Factoid:

Straight from Kiev in Ukraine, Miss K8 erupted onto the Hardcore Techno scene. Miss K8 works closely with Angerfist and has been dubbed “The Goddess of Hardcore”.

Equipment known to use:

 

 

Sennheiser HD 25-1 II

Rating: 9.3/10

Miss K8 uses Sennheiser HD 25-1 II headphones.

Mike Williams

 

Factoid:

A pioneer of future house subgenre “future bounce”, Mike Williams is a Dutch DJ, Producer and Pianist. Despite his skyrocketing popularity, Mike Williams still has his studio in his bedroom (or his bed in his studio).

Equipment known to have used:

 

Pioneer CDJ-2000 NXS2                                                          DJM -2000 

Rating: 9.7/10                                                         Rating:9.8/10

Mike Williams uses the classic – Pioneer CDJ-2000s with a DJM-2000 mixer – setup.

Dannic

Dannic

 

Factoid:

 

Dutch DJ and Producer, Dannic is well known for his dance and EDM music. Dannic works closely with Hardwell. Dannic claims that it was his grandfather’s record collection that inspired him to make music.

Equipment known to use:

 

 

Mixed-In-Key

Rating: 9.9/10

Dannic has been known to use Mixed-in-Key harmonic mixing software.

Yves V

 

Factoid:

 

After a mindblowing performance at Tomorrowland 2007, Yves V has become one of the most well known electro house DJ, now even hosting his own arena at Tomorrowland.

Equipment known to use:

 

 

Genelec 8040A

Rating:9.5/10

Yves V has Genelec 8040A monitor speakers in his studio.

Danny Avila

Danny Avila is a Spanish house DJ and producer. At 22 years old, he’s already worked with Tiesto and Fedde Le Grand.

Equipment known to use:

 

 

Rating:9.6/10

Danny Avila uses the Pioneer RMX-1000 Remix Station.

Aly & Fila

Factoid:

An Egyptian trance duo, Aly & Fila have played at numerous festivals around the world and have even played at the Great Pyramids of Giza.

Equipment known to use:

 

 

Access Virus TI2

Rating: 10/10

Aly & Fila use an Access Virus TI2 desktop synthesizer in their studio.

Nicky Romero

Factoid:

Best known for his hit song “Toulouse”, Nicky Romero is a producer and DJ from the Netherlands. He’s produced tracks for a number of pop stars including Rhianna, Britney Spears and Krewella.

Equipment known to use:

 

 

Mixed-In-Key

Nicky Romero uses Mixed in Key 8 to harmonic mix live.

Lucas & Steve

 

Factoid:

House duo from Maastricht, Netherlands, Lucas and Steve have released a number of records in the last 3 years and are on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list for 2017.

Equipment known to use:

 

 

MOOG Sub Phatty 25-key analog synthesizer

Rating:9.4/10

Lucas & Steve use the MOOG Sub Phatty 25-key analog synthesizer.

Warface

 

A rising star in the gabber and hardstyle world. Warface is slowly becoming one of the most respected DJs in his chosen field. Warface tries to load every one of his tracks with a political message or criticism and is admired by many in doing so.

Equipment known to use:

 

 

Pioneer DJM-900

 

Rating:9.7/10

Factoid:

Warface uses a Pioneer DJM-800 when he plays live.

 

Andrew Rayel

 

Factoid:

Moldovian trance producer Andrew Rayel was picked up by Armin Van Buuren’s label in 2009, when he was only 17.

Equipment known to use:

 

 

KRK Rokit RP10-3

Rating:8.8/10

Andrew Rayel uses the KRK Rokit RP10-3 monitors in his studio.

Don Diablo

 

Factoid:

Dutch DJ Don Diablo became widely known for his unique sounds and vocalizations. Don Diablo has won numerous awards and accreditations, including best music video for “Pain is Temporary, Pride is Forever” at the TMFs.

Equipment known to use:

 

Korg R3 Synthesizer / Vocoder

RATING:9.9/10

Don Diablo uses a Korg R3 Synthesizer / Vocoder Keyboard for his unique vocal samples.

The Chainsmokers

CHAINSMOKERS

 

Factoid:

Production duo Chainsmokers (Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall) rose to critical acclaim and world fame with chilled out electronic remixes of their favourite indie tracks.

Equipment known to use:

 

Pioneer DJM-900 Nexus

Rating:9.8/10

In their live shows, the chainsmokers use the iconic Pioneer DJM-900 Nexus mixer.

Calvin Harris

 

On record as currently the wealthiest DJ in the world, Calvin Harris has produced many number one tracks for a variety of pop stars.

Equipment known to use:

 

Minimoog Voyager

Rating: 10/10

The Minimoog Voyager is one of the recurring synths in Calvin Harris’ studio.

Diplo

 

Factoid:

One of the lead members of Major Lazer and founder of the label Mad Decent, Diplo is a big name on the EDM scene. From Diplo’s label he founded a charity “Heaps Decent”, which helps underprivileged children in Australia.

Equipment known to use:

 

DJM Battle

Mac 15” Retina    Rating: 8.5/10                                                              CDJ w/Display Rating:9.9/10                                                   Battle DJM Rating: 10/10

When playing live, Diplo sticks to the standard Serato on a Macbook, with Pioneer CDJs and DJM mixer.

Avicii

 

Factoid:

Since 2010 Avicii has received huge attention around the world. He produced the world’s most streamed song on spotify and has been nominated for multiple Grammy awards.

Equipment known to have used:

Moog Sub 37 Paraphonic Analog

 

Rating: 9.7/10

Avicii is currently using a Moog Sub 37 Paraphonic Analog synthesizer.

Headhunterz

 

Factoid:

One of the Netherlands’ premier hardstyle DJs, since 2005 Headhunterz has performed at some of the biggest music festivals in the world. He also has a voice acting career on the side and has featured in many TV shows and movies.

Equipment known to use:

 

 

Pioneer RMX-1000
PIONEER RMX

Rating: 9.6/10

Headhunterz uses the Pioneer RMX-1000 Remix Station when playing live.

Eric Prydz

 

Factoid:

Swedish DJ Eric Prydz rose to international fame and became a household name with multiple number 1 hits, though he used to make Swedish folk music as Fiol Lasse.

Equipment known to use:

 

 

Eric Prydz uses the standard Pioneer CDJ-2000 Nexus with a DJM-900 Nexus mixer.

Blasterjaxx

Factoid:

Blasterjaxx is comprised of the two Dutch DJs, Thom Jongkind and Idir Makhlaf. Famously one likes to remain in the shadows focusing on the mix whilst the other dominates the stage.

Equipment known to use:

 

Behringer U-Control UMX610 USB MIDI Controller

Behringer U Control

Rating: 9.9/10

Blasterjaxx use a Behringer U-Control UMX610 USB MIDI Controller in their studio.

Alesso

Factoid:

Alesso (real name Alessandro Linblad) is a progressive house producer and DJ from Sweden. Alesso repeatedly finds his way onto many Top 100 DJ lists, and apparently never goes on tour without huge supplies of Swedish candy.

Equipment known to have used:

 

Mixed-In-Key

Alesso uses Mixed in Key harmonic mixing software to organize his set lists.

Timmy Trumpet

Factoid:

Australian house DJ and producer Timmy Trumpet became widely known for his unique style and jazz elements in house music. He plays the trumpet live.

Equipment known to have used:

M-Audio Axiom Pro 49 MIDI KeyboardAxiomRating: 9.8/10

Aside from the trumpet, Timmy Trumpet uses the M-Audio Axiom Pro 49 MIDI Keyboard.

 

Wolfpack

 

 

Factoid:

Belgian DJ duo Wolfpack formed in 2011 and have since worked with house legends such as Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike. They’ve reached the number 1 spot on Beatport twice

Equipment known to have used:

 

Rating: 9.8/10

Beats by Dr. Dre Mixr On-ear

Rating: 9.8/10

Wolfpack use Beats by Dr. Dre Mixr On-ear headphones.

Ummet Ozcan

 

Dutch-Turkish DJ Ummet Ozcan is signed to Spinnin’ Records and is supported by DJs such as Armin Van Buuren and Tiesto. Ozcan famously once said that he’d rather go a year without hearing than a year without sex.

Equipment known to have used:

 

Native Instruments Traktor Control S4 MkII

Rating: 9.6/10

Ummet Ozcan sometimes uses the Native Instruments Traktor Control S4 MkII.

Nervo

 

Factoid:

Twins Miriam and Olivia Nervo from Australia have experience in multiple fields, including DJing. Both sisters have been in television and films. 

Equipment known to have used:

 

 

Mackie MR8 MKII Active Powered 8-inch Studio Monitors

 

Rating:9.3/10

In their studio, Nervo have a set of Mackie MR8 MKII Active Powered 8-inch Studio Monitors.

Tujamo

Matthias Richter, better known by his stage name Tujamo, has released numerous hits on a variety of labels in the electro house genre.

Equipment known to have used:

 

KS Digital-C8

Rating:9.9/10

Tujamo uses KS Digital-C8 monitors in his production studio.

Tom Swoon

 

 

Factoid:

Previously known as Pixel Cheese, Tom Swoon is a Polish progressive house DJ and producer. Sadly, Tom Swoon was in a near fatal car accident.

Equipment known to have used:

 

Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 80

Rating:9.9/10

Tom Swoon uses the Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 80 headphones when producing his tracks.

KURA

 

Factoid:

Portuguese electro-house DJ, KURA, has released tracks on a variety of labels, including Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings. Kura revealed that his first electronic CD was “Fact 2” mixed by Carl Cox.

Equipment known to have used:

M-Audio Keystation 49es MIDI Controller
beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 80

RATING:8.4/10

In the studio, KURA uses the M-Audio Keystation 49es MIDI Controller.

Galantis

 

Swedish DJ and production duo Galantis, consisting of Christian Karlsson and Linus Eklow, have won numerous Grammy’s, MTV Music awards and International Dance Music awards.

Equipment known to have used:

Korg Rhythm 55 KR-55

RATING:8.9/10

Galantis use the Korg Rhythm 55 KR-55 Drum Machine when producing their beats.

Da Tweekaz

 

Kenth Kvien and Marcus Nordli started playing hard dance individually, before uniting as the hardstyle powerhouse, Da Tweekaz. With their first release in 2010, Da Tweekaz are one of the most prolific hardstyle groups.

Equipment known to have used:

 

M-Audio Oxygen 25

RATING:7.9/10

Da Tweekaz use an M-Audio Oxygen 25 as their MIDI controller of choice.

 

Martin Jensen

Known for a unique sampling style and pioneering tropical house, Martin Jensen has recently found himself on many lists as in the top 100 DJs in the world.

Equipment known to have used:

Nektar Panorama P6

Rating:9.8/10

Martin Jensen uses a Nektar Panorama P6 in his studio.

Florian Picasso

 

Grandson of Pablo Picasso, Vietnamese-French DJ & producer Florian Picasso is well known for emotive and highly produced tracks.

Equipment known to have used:

KORG MicroKORG XL

Rating:9.8/10

Florian uses as part of his setup: A KORG MicroKORG XL Music Synthesizer.

 

Jauz

Jauz

 

Factoid: Sam Vogel, known by his stage name – Jauz, is a trap and dubstep DJ based in San Francisco. Jauz has released music on Borgore’s music label, Buygore. Jauz dropped out of film school to pursue his music career.

Equipment known to have used:

Allen & Heath Xone:92

Rating: 9.9/10

Jauz uses the Allen & Heath Xone:92 mixer as part of his DJ setup in his studio.

Cat Dealers

 

Factoid:

Cat Dealers are still new to the international scene, but their releases are spreading further and further from their native homeland – Brazil.

Equipment known to have used:

Samson Technologies Carbon 49 key MIDI

Rating: 8.9/10

Cat Dealers use the Samson Technologies Carbon 49 key MIDI

Sam Feldt

Factoid:

Another top DJ signed to Spinnin’ Records. Sam Feldt redefined deep house and made a name for himself with legendary track “Show me Love”.

Equipment known to have used:

KRK Rokit Monitor Speakers

 

Sam Feldt uses a range of KRK Rokit monitor speakers in his production and mixing studio.

Robin Schulz

Factoid:

Known for using manual guitar riffs, Robin Shulz made his debut with a remix of Waves by Mr Probz, which received a nomination for best remixed recording at the Grammy’s.

Equipment known to have used:

                                                                   AKAI APC40                                                                                       Native Instruments Maschine

RATING: 9.8/10                                                                                                      RATING: 10/10

Robin Schulz uses an AKAI APC40 Ableton Performance Controller and  Native Instruments Maschine.

DJ Hype

 

Factoid:

First appeared in 1993, DJ Hype is still regularly releasing groundbreaking Drum & Bass tracks and headlining Drum & Bass festivals.

Equipment known to have used:

 

 

DJ Hype uses the DJM-900 and CDJ-2000s.

Solomun

 

Factoid:

Bosnian born DJ, Solomun has won best producer and best deep house DJ in the DJ Awards ceremonies a total of three times.  He co-founded his own label the same year he began making music – 2005.

Equipment known to have used:

 

Mac w/Retina                                          RME Babyface audio interface

Rating: 9.9/10                                                           Rating: 8.7/10

 

 

 

Genelec Monitors                                                       UAD Satellite Card

Rating: 9.5/10                                                                               Rating:9.3/10

Solomun uses a Macbook Pro,RME Babyface Pro, Genelec monitors and a UAD Satellite card when touring.

Steve Angello

Factoid:

One third of the Swedish House Mafia, Steve Angello has dominated the electro-house scene. He produces whilst on the road, so keeps his gear light.

Equipment known to have used:

 

Dave Smith Instruments Tempest

 

Rating:9.6/10

Steve Angello uses the Dave Smith Instruments Tempest Analog Drum Machine for production.

Major Lazer

 

Factoid:

Consisting of Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire, Major Lazer spans numerous genres and styles. Lazer has produced for Snoop Dogg and released 4 studio albums.

Equipment known to have used:

Yamaha NS10’s

Rating: 9.8/10

Major Lazer use a wide range of instruments and tools, but notably the Yamaha NS10s in their studio.

Deadmau5

 

Factoid:

Straight from Canada, Joel Zimmerman, affectionately known as Deadmau5, released three studio albums before starting his own label in 2007. Many of his tracks have made it into the charts.

Equipment known to have used:

 

Deadmau5 uses a range of modular synthesizers – far too many to name here – but you can check them out in this video.

ATB

ATB DJ

 

Factoid:

For over 10 years ATB has honed his style and dominated the international dance music scene. He began his career as part of dance music crew – Sequential One.

Equipment known to have used:

Korg 49

 

 

Rating: 9.9/10

ATB uses the Korg Kontrol 49 in his studio.

Carl Cox

 

Factoid:

Ibiza legend Carl Cox has pioneered acid house and techno since the late ‘80s. If you don’t know Carl Cox already, study him.

Equipment known to have used:

 

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8 Controller

 

Rating:9.7/10

Carl Cox is a well known fan of the Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S8 Controller.

Paul Van Dyk

Paul Van Dyk, PVD

 

Factoid:

Paul Van Dyk, one of the first internationally known DJs and the first DJ to win a Grammy award in the new category of Best Dance/Electronic Album back in 2003.

Equipment known to have used:

 

Vestax VCM-600 USB MIDI Controller

Vestax MIDI

 Rating:10/10

Paul Van Dyk talks about his love for the Vestax VCM-600 USB MIDI Controller

Shogun

shogun

 

Factoid:

American-born Taiwanese DJ Shogun (Andrew Chen), is a big name in the Asian dance music scene. He was resident DJ at Ministry of Sound for 3 years.

Equipment known to have used:

 

Pioneer CDJ 2000 NXS2

Rating:9.7/10

Shogun uses a Pioneer CDJ-2000 NXS2 .

 

Alison Wonderland

Factoid:

Australian DJ and producer Alison Wonderland released her debut album in 2015, which peaked in the charts at number 6. She’s due to release another album in 2018, which is expected to be a chart topper.

Equipment known to have used:

 

 

RATING: 9.5/10

Alison Wonderland uses Yamaha HS80M monitors in her production studio.

Porter Robinson

 

Factoid:

American EDM producer and DJ Porter Robinson is from Chapel Hill, North Carolina and 25 years old.

Equipment known to have used:

DJ Tech Tools MIDI Fighter 3D

Rating: 9.9/10

 

Porter Robinson uses DJ Tech Tools MIDI Fighter 3D as part of his live DJ setup.

Krewella

 

Factoid:

Consisting of sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf and Kris Trindl, Krewella have grown out of the American dubstep scene to become internationally known.

Equipment known to have used:

 

AKAI APC40

Rating: 9.8/10

Krewella use the AKAI APC40 Ableton Performance Controller.

Richie Hawtin

 

 

Factoid:

English-born Canadian DJ & Producer Richie Hawtin (also known as Plastikman), pioneered the early dubstep scene in the 2000s.  Richie Hawtin did have a feature film in production.

 

Equipment known to have used:

Roland TR-909

Rating:10/10

Richie Hawtin famously uses the Roland TR-909 and TR-808.

W&W

Factoid:

Dutch EDM duo, W&W have been rising to fame in the techno and trance scenes.

Equipment known to have used:

 

V-Moda Crossfade LPs

Rating:10/10

W&W prefer to use the V-Moda Crossfade LPs as their primary model of headphones.

Flying Lotus

 

Factoid:

Flying Lotus (Aka Captain Murphy, real name Steven Ellison) is an experimental electronic producer and DJ.

Equipment known to have used:

 

Korg MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder

Rating: 9.8/10

Flying lotus uses multiple controllers in his live sets, notably the Korg MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder.

Claptone

 

Factoid:

The masked DJ covers his face with a long masquerade style bird beak to hide his identity, but his music isn’t lurking in the shadows.

Equipment known to have used:

Allen & Heath Xone 92: 6 channel mixer

Rating: 9.9/10

Claptone uses the Allen & Heath Xone 92: 6 channel mixer in his live sets.

Carl Nunes

 

Factoid:

Possibly Latin-America’s biggest electronic artist, Carl Nunes blends multiple genres into a signature sound that has taken the world by storm.

Equipment known to have used:

 

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2

Rating: 9.4/10

Carl Nunes likes to use a Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 to practice his sets in the studio.

Bassjackers

 

Factoid:

One DJ and one producer, Bassjackers is made up of dynamic duo Marlon Flohr and Ralph Van Hilst. Picked up by Tiesto’s label, Bassjackers are currently working with the biggest names in electronic and pop music.

Equipment known to have used:

Focal Twin6 Be

Rating:9.8/10

The Focal Twin6 Be studio monitors can be seen in a number of Bassjackers videos. They talk admiringly about the bass output of these monitors.

Lost Frequencies

Factoid:

Felix De Laet, better known as Lost Frequencies, has climbed onto the international dance music scene step by step. His 2014 hit “Are You With Me?” reached number 1 in 18 different countries.

Equipment known to have used:

Ableton Push

 Ableton Push 2 Controller

Rating:9.6/10

Lost Frequencies uses the Ableton Push controller in his production studio.

DJ Snake

DJ snake

Factoid:

French producer and DJ, DJ Snake, has been on the international scene for the past 5 years, and has since been nominated for Grammy awards. DJ Snake has worked with the likes of MØ, Diplo/Major Lazer and Skrillex to name a few.

Equipment known to have used:

Keith McMillen Instruments QuNeo

Rating:9.4/10

DJ Snake has been seen producing with the Keith McMillen Instruments QuNeo.

Zedd

Factoid:

Russian-German producer and DJ, Anton Zaslavski (commonly known as Zedd), plays both piano and drums and famously doesn’t own any hardware in his production studio.

Equipment known to have used:

 

 

Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 DJ
TRAKTOR S4

Rating:9.8/10

Zedd uses the Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 DJ when playing live shows.

DVBBS

Factoid:

Canadian brothers Alex and Chris Andre created DVBBS and exploded onto the EDM scene. They’ve performed live with some of the top names in the EDM scene, including Tiesto, Nervo, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix and more.

Equipment known to have used:

AKAI Max49

Rating:10/10

DVBBS use an AKAI Max49 in the studio.

 Kaskade

Factoid:

Ryan Raddon, known by the moniker Kaskade, has won numerous DJing awards and frequently features in DJ Mag’s top 100 DJs. He apparently uses a new studio for every album he produces.

Equipment known to have used:

 

Mixed-In-Key

Rating:9.9/10

Kaskade uses Mixed In Key 5 when preparing his DJ sets. He even calls it “a huge time saver” and claims he uses it for all of his sets.

 

Alok

ALOK

 

Factoid:

Born into a family of DJs, Alok was always destined for EDM greatness. Alok released hit song “Hear Me Now” which took his native Brazil by storm, and then the world.

Equipment known to have used:

 

Universal Audio Apollo Twin MKII DUO

Rating:9.8/10

Alok uses the Universal Audio Apollo Twin for his audio processing and tone generation.

KSHMR

KSHMR

Factoid:

KSHMR, real name Niles Hollowell-Dhar, is an American DJ and producer, who frequently hits high rankings on many publications’ Top DJ lists. In 2017, he launched his own label “Dharma Worldwide”.

Equipment known to have used:

Duet 2 by Apogee

 

Rating:9.4/10

KSHMR uses either the Apollo Twin by Universal Audio or the Duet 2 by Apogee for his Audio Interfacing.

R3HAB

R3hab

Factoid:

Fadil El Ghoul (R3HAB) is a Dutch DJ and producer with a unique sound comprised of software synths. He defined the subgenre “Dutch House” alongside Afrojack and Chuckie. In 2012, R3HAB won the IDMA Best Breakthrough Artist award.

Equipment known to have used:

Event Opal

OPAL

Rating:9.2/10

R3HAB uses Event Opal studio monitors in his production studio.

Will Sparks

will sparks

Factoid:

Australian producer and DJ Will Sparks made a name for himself in the electro-house world with his 2013 single “Bring it Back”, and then solidified his claim to international stardom with the 2014 track “Ah Yeah So What”.

Equipment known to have used:

                                               AXIOM PRO 49                                                                                                                           KRK VXT6

KRK VXT6

Rating:9.8/10                                                                                                                                                                      Rating:9.6/10

Will Sparks uses the M-Audio Axiom Pro 49 for his studio keyboard, alongside a pair of KRK VXT6 monitors, his studio is a force to be reckoned with.

 

Black Coffee

Factoid:

South African DJ Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo, better known by his stage name “Black Coffee”, has released 5 albums since 1995 and currently runs one of the most successful electronic music labels in South Africa.

Equipment known to have used:

 

Rating:9.9/10

Black Coffee uses the Pioneer CDJ-2000 alongside a DJM-2000 Nexus as his standard DJ setup.

Dillon Francis

Factoid:

Dillon Frances is one of the better known DJs coming out of the USA at the moment. After defining moombahton and moombahcore as popular genres, Dillon Francis made a name for himself on the international scene.

Equipment known to have used:

Rating:9.9/10

Dillon Francis uses a Clavia Nord Electro 4 keyboard in his home studio.

Ferry Corsten

Ferry corsten

Factoid:

Also known as System F, Ferry Corsten is a Dutch EDM DJ and Producer. He’s regularly named on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list.

Equipment known to have used:

 

Rating:9.9/10

Ferry Corsten uses a Roland TR-909 to compose his drum samples.

Flume

Factoid:

Harley Edward Streten, otherwise known as Flume, is an Australian EDM DJ and producer. His self-titled album reached multi-platinum in his native Australia, and Flume is now an internationally recognised DJ.

Equipment known to have used:

 

Rating:10/10

Flume uses a Novation Launchpad USB MIDI Controller.

Krafty Kuts

Factoid:

After the release of his first album in 2006, Krafty Kuts (real name: Martin Reeves) has dominated the breaks scene across the world.

Equipment known to have used:

CDJ MK3

Rating:9.8/10

Alongside 3 Pioneer CDJ Mk3s and a DJM-900 mixer Krafty Kuts uses a single technics turntable for scratching.

JFB

Factoid:

One of the world’s most highly regarded turntablists, JFB has won the DMC World DJ Championship multiple times and continues to push the boundaries of turntablism.

Equipment known to have used:

Reloop Neon

 

Rating:9.9/10

JFB uses the Reloop Neon USB Pad Controller as his chosen performance sampler. It’s lightweight and easy to transport so perfect for live shows and touring.

Birdy Nam Nam

Factoid:

Not a single DJ, but one of the premier DJ crews from France, Birdy Nam Nam press their own vinyls to use in live performances.

Equipment known to have used:

trigger finger

Rating:9.9/10

One of the members uses a M-Audio Trigger Finger MIDI Controller to create basslines live.

 

Kygo

Factoid:

Norwegian producer and DJ, Kygo received international attention for his remix of Ed Sheeran song “I See Fire”, which received over 55 million plays on Soundcloud and was visited on Youtube over 65 million times. Since then, Kygo has released a number of number 1 hits.

Equipment known to have used:

 

Yamaha H7

Rating:9.9/10

Kygo currently uses Yamaha HS7 studio monitors when producing tracks.

Borgore

Factoid:

Asaf Borger, known by his stage name as “Borgore”, is an israeli Dubstep and EDM DJ. He originally drummed for Israeli death metal band Shabira, which may be from where he takes his iconic heavy style.

Equipment known to have used:

Apogee quartet

Rating:9.7/10

Borgore uses the Apogee Quartet Audio Interface in his studio.

Cazzette

Cazette

Factoid:

Sebastian Furrer & Alexander Bjorklund make up Swedish “Dubhouse” duo, Cazzette. They have engineered their own style, influenced by dubstep and house.

Equipment known to have used:

 

Maschine Studio

Rating:9.9/10

Cazzette use a minimalistic studio setup, but do use the Native Instruments Maschine Studio.

DJ Shadow

DJ Shadow

 

Factoid:

One of America’s greatest DJs, DJ Shadow has produced a plethora of number 1 tracks. He pioneered the genre of trip-hop in the USA and has released over 5 albums, and many more singles.

Equipment known to have used:

Rating:9.9/10

DJ Shadow uses an AKAI MPC60 when creating new tracks.

Carnage

Carnage

Factoid:

Guatemalan-American born DJ Carnage is well known for taking his blend of EDM, Trap and Hip-hop to the global scene at festivals such as Tomorrowland.

Equipment known to have used:

TRAKTOR S4

Rating:9.9/10

Carnage uses the Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 when playing live.

Fehrplay

Fehrplay

Factoid:

Jonas Fehr, also known by his stage name “Fehrplay”, is a Swedish EDM DJ who’s quickly gaining the attention of big names such as Eric Prydz.

Equipment known to have used:

Rating:8.9/10

Fehrplay uses the Arturia Analog Experience The Laboratory 49 in his studio.

Jeff Mills

Factoid:

Techno legend Jeff Mills has been steering the genre in new directions since the 1980s. He has become one of the most famous techno DJs and much of the genre’s popularity is owed to him.

Equipment known to have used:

Rating:9.6/10

 

Jeff Mills occasionally uses the Vestax PMC-500 in his live performances.

Netsky

Factoid:

Belgian drum and bass DJ Netsky rose to international fame with the release of his self-titled album, Netsky. Netsky now performs with live musicians from across the world.

Equipment known to have used:

Mackie Control Universal Pro

Rating:9.7/10

Netsky uses a Mackie Control Universal Pro in his studio.

Nujabes

 

Factoid:

Japanese record producer and DJ, Nujabes popularised his unique Asian-influenced hip-hop/trip-hop style, which so many others have tried to replicate.

Equipment known to have used:

AKAI MPC 2500

 

 

 

Rating:9.5/10

Nujabes uses an AKAI MPC 2500 to set up a beat, and then plays piano melodies over the top.