And the winner for 2009 is ... Z-Trip. The Los Angeles-based, eclectic spinner will be honored Sept. 12 in Las Vegas at The Palms. Following a press reception, he'll spin with Paul Oakenfold at his Perfecto night at Rain nightclub.
"It's an honor to be ranked No. 1 by the people," states Mr. Trip (a.k.a. Zach Sciacca), "especially considering all the incredible talent out there these days."
The rest of the best:
2. Steve Porter.
5. Scotty Boy
6. DJ Shadow
7. Danny Tenaglia
8. Cedric Gervais
With the exception of Enferno -- I have no idea who this is; somebody school me -- it's hard not to like where this is going. While DJ Magazine's annual Top 100 DJs is a broken record of teutonic, continental-trance douche-baggery, this poll from U.S.-based DJ Times magazine shows the depth of America's talent. Z-Trip is a force of alchemy who shows again and again why DJ culture continues to be urgent. And, I mean, Tenaglia, Shadow and Kaskade in the same group? Bring it on, Netherlands. This is an American-DJ dream team from the country that essentially invented the sport.
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