Who – Gareth Emery
Why – Emery was rightly placed in the top 10 DJ’s in the eponymous DJ Mag Poll for 2010 – and rightly so. But as a rising star of Trance, there are few, if any, DJ’s that come even close to the surging popularity, success and brilliance of Gareth. As he accounted when we interviewed him last year, Emery is one of those DJ’s who practically works to the death, touring and producing like some sort of wound up psycho – but of course it’s all to our advantage. Northern Lights was the trance artist album of 2010 and 2011 looks like it stands no chance in stopping the tour de force that is Gareth Emery.
Runner Up – Tamara Sky. The gorgeous Miss Sky is the most talented female DJ on the planet. Big things beckon, and Europe needs conquering.
Who – Fabric
Why -Fabric is one of those clubs that takes everything that makes a club brilliant and multiplies it by a thousand. A stunning sound system, gorgeous visuals and rock solid line-ups week in week out have assured Fabric’s position as one of the finest clubs to have ever existed. Now lads, how about starting something up in Brighton?
Runner Up – Digital, Brighton. The small venue of Digital packs an almighty punch with a stupendous sound system and line-ups that put most bigger clubs shamefully in the shade.
Who – Moonbeam – Space Odyssey
Why – If ever there was an album that left you muttering “crikey” under your breath – this was it. Moonbeams album changed everything we thought we knew about electronica. They essentially tore up the rule book and created a masterpiece of insatiable elegance, vibrancy and passion.
Who – Toolroom Records
Why – Toolroom Records have in the last few months completely stormed the scene, smashing up the Beatport charts with cracking release after cracking release. The leadership of Mark Knight will surely only lead to Toolroom further expanding their reputation as the best house label in the world.