2011 America’s Best DJ Top 50
America’s Best DJ • Kaskade
After America’s Best DJ winner Kaskade was handed the spoils of victory—a well-appointed plaque and a gold-plated Pioneer DJM-900nexus mixer—he basked in the glory for a moment, then offered sincere appreciation to the promotion’s sponsors.
“Thanks to Pioneer, who make such great products, and thanks to DJ Times,” said Kaskade before a room of area press.
“It’s especially nice to get this award from DJ Times because I grew up reading the magazine. As a young DJ, it was great to learn about new tricks and techniques—so thank you, DJ Times.”
2nd Place • Skrillex
Though he seemed to come out of nowhere, Skrillex (aka Sonny Moore) was EDM’s American sensation in 2011. But his “Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites” EP was everywhere. After exhaustively touring America and finding new fans from ocean to ocean, the LA-based Skrillex was nominated for Grammy Awards and took home trophies in three categories—Best Dance/Electronica Album, Best Dance Recording and Best Remixed Recording Non-Classical. For Skrillex, it’s just begun.
3th Place • Z Trip
A previous America’s Best DJ winner—he took the title in 2009—Z Trip (aka Zach Sciacca) remains one of our most-skilled turntablist/artists. He’s rocked clubs all over the world, done remixes, released 5 full-length albums, a half-dozen EPs and soundtrack music for film. Recently, he collaborated with Canadian dubstepper Datsik—additionally, he’s been serving as the tour DJ for rap legend LL Cool J.
4th Place • BT
More than a major electronic DJ/producer, Brian Transeau is an accomplished composer for games and films like the Oscar-winning “Monster” and an innovative software developer—his portable remixing app Sonifi was developed through his company, Sonik Architects. In clubland, he’s created six artist albums, including his latest These Hopeful Machines, and he remains an in-demand DJ and electronic artist.
5th Place • Steve Aoki
The party starts right here. The LA-based founder of the popular Dim Mak Records has taken his music to the world—from Asia to Ibiza, and America in between. On his recent “Wonderland” album, Aoki collaborated with such international stars as Afrojack, Laidback Luke, Nervo and LMFAO. No doubt, he’ll be coming to your town soon.