Charlotte de Witte has been ranked the best Alternative DJ for the second year running, followed by Carl Cox, Claptone, Peggy Gou, Boris Brejcha and more.
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The Alternative Top 100 DJ chart is a spin-off of the Top 100 DJ chart, which David Guetta won earlier this month. Powered by Beatport and hosted by DJ Mag, the chart combines sales in house and techno with reader votes on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ chart to crown one house and techno DJ as the best in the world.
DJ Mag says that, as its main Top 100 DJs poll is mostly dominated by EDM and trance DJs, the Alternative Top 100 list is an opportunity to “shine a light on the DJs playing sounds on the periphery of the global poll in recent years, despite commanding huge audiences worldwide.”
Despite the pandemic disrupting the DJ scene, it’s been an exciting year for 29-year-old Charlotte de Witte. The Belgian producer and label owner played a memorable stream on Italian Formula 1 race track Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, launched a clothing line with Belgian activewear brand, 42I54, and encouraged producers to submit demos to her KNTXT label in an effort to diversify the techno scene.
She told DJ Mag: “I think this year was a good opportunity to try and explore other things. Obviously, I couldn’t go on tours and didn’t have so many shows, so it was really nice to stretch my arms and see what other things I could get involved with.”
Speaking on her recent releases that have traversed into trance territory, de Witte said: “I don’t think anyone making music should necessarily limit themselves because something is considered not techno enough. What the hell does that mean anyway? If you just feel like doing something, I think you should. It’s interesting to sometimes reach out to another type of electronic music that shows where you come from and show that storyline a bit.”
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