It's a common question and most of the artist and DJs that get upset about it don't really understand how this works and why the biggest clubs and festivals tend to prefer artists that are on this list.
Actually is very simple, how big and dedicate is your fan base?
Having a good song, playing a great performance, good photos and videos are in fact the artist responsibility. But what counts for this list is how many people love what you do and follow you, how many of them you've touched with your music and gave your time to create a strong relationship with your fan base.
It's not a list of what type of electronic music is the best, or which artist is better on the performances.
The importance that this list has on the lineups at clubs and festivals, is that they assure to the owner or the main producer that those artists will sell tickets. People will come to see them play, their fans will come and will talk about it.
But Kraken, I know a lot of DJs that have their gigs full of people and they are not on the list.
Ok, ok, this list is focused on the most influential DJs, but most of the times the mistake is not knowing the difference between an audience and a fanbase. An audience doesn't really have to know the Dj's last release, doesn't follow him on social media and won't come to a festival just to see them play but a Fanbase will.
The thing is, dealing with fanbases takes work, takes patience, takes time. You will have to be dedicated to them as well.
And not only remembering them when you are releasing your last track or you need them to vote for you at the Dj Mag Top 100 Djs.
This year Martin Garrix is our first place, and we couldn't be more proud, we know his fanbase stands for him and how dedicate he is.
So if you are an Artist, Dj or Producer, don't forget your fanbase!
@2017 DJ Mag Asian
Written by: The Kraken Music