Jeff Mills - Great technical DJ, original and artistically minded, there from the old days, plays great tracks and gets you dancing
Craig Richards - The guy is a DJ God imo. He knows so much about his music, every mix is perfect. His sets are always expressive, different and the room is always heaving in a druggy sweaty late night kind of way
John Digweed - Knows his crowd, plays great tunes, doesn't jump on the latest bandwagon to make more money. Definitely underrated.
Ralph Lawson - Runs a great label, helps to run a great club. I saw him almost every weekend from 1999 to 2003, he never failed to ignite.
Andy C - Technically gifted DJ, plays evil tracks, his shows are always jumping from start to finish.
Fred P - This guy just blew me away with the best programmed set I'd ever heard, immense tunage too
Lee Burridge - Another DJ who simply plays great tunes, selection is fantastic, plays for the/to the crowd
Surgeon - This guy knows his tracks, real pedigree DJ who's not afraid to push boundaries
Ben UFO - A DJ's DJ. Every tune is quality, the guy knows his music and doesn't give much of a fuck about genres
DJ Shadow - Obviously
I've seen Villalobos a couple of times now, and I've left disappointed each time. He didn't play anything particularly ground breaking, his mixing was kind of boring, even by minimal standards and he even fucked up some of his beat matching. I've also seen Dettman a few times, and each time he was just functional, he's ok, but nothing special but I was really expecting more; I've never seen the guy work his reputed magic at the Berghain though. I also saw Robert Hood a few weeks ago, he turned up late, played a shit 'set' where he just slammed a few records into one another, then he fucked off after 45 minutes: Sometimes it seems these old school Detroit guys think they don't have to put the effort in any more and can just coast along on old glories. Last time I saw Dave Clarke he had his head stuck behind an Apple logo, and really didn't seem to give a shit either - Was really pissed off about that as I was expecting the guy to just destroy.
Once you're in the gutter, you may as well stay in the gutter - Dublin taxi driver
1. Mark Knight
2. Chuckie (used to like his stuff a lot, not such a huge fan of what he has been playing recently)
3. Laidback Luke
4. Gareth Emery
7. Orjan Nilsen
8. Paul van Dyk
I haven't been going out to see anyone play unless at a massive once a year. Gotten too caught up in tracks for a while now. Need to start listening to sets again.
The Derivative of Sound Episode #5 - Soundcloud (New as of 3-4-13)It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate. -Thoreau
A lot of people are saying Jeff Mills and Carl Cox - these guys are definitely legends but when I've seen either of them in the last few years I've been pretty disappointed. Then again I've really enjoyed seeing Robert Hood and Ricardo Villalobos, different tastes maybe...
Underworld (live), Hot Chip (live) 2 Many DJ's/Soulwax Nite Versions, Eric Prydz, Damian Lazarus, Geddes, and more TBA.
Renaissance 15th Anniversary Arena: Sasha, John Digweed, Tiefschwarz, Paul Woolford, Marcus James
Neon Arena: Tiga, Erol Alkan, Simian Mobile Disco, Justice, Filthy Dukes
Wild Arena: Ricardo Villalobos, Francois K, Luciano, Mathew Jonson (live), Robin Porter, Dave Martin
That said his sets are not always anything particularly great and he can sometimes be a bit boring.
There was one and only one DJ that made me say "I gotta be doing that" --- and it was Bad Boy Bill.
I know, in recent years he's become just another face in the crowd, but back in the mid-late 90s he was everything I wanted to be.
Since then it hasn't really been what DJ inspires me, more like what album, mix, or performance. I can really look up to a particular artist for a time, then lose interest. Some of the things I liked: The Balance mix by Paolo Mojo was motivating. Alive and a lot of shows by Zabiela. Roger Sanchez. Maselo's Mix for Jimbo. And of course the House Connection mixes (and tours!) with BBB and Humpty Vission.