The world?s best DJs earn millions of dollars and travel the world turning out tunes that rock the dance floor. Some, like Tiësto, are legendary for their all-night sets. If you?re looking to let your hair down and party till you drop, try a show hosted by these world-topping masters of spin.
1. Armin van Buuren
If you?ve been listening to Spotify, you might have heard Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren plugging his latest album: Intense. That album title perhaps best describes Armin?s relentless drive to succeed. This 38-year-old progressive trance DJ had his first hit when he was just 19 years old (?Blue Fear?) and has since garnered a host of accolades ? he has been nominated for a Grammy ? and hosts a weekly radio show ?A State of Trance?, which boasts a listenership of 20 million people in 26 countries. Check out where he?s currently playing.
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Another Dutch trance maestro, Tiësto, shot to fame with his 2001 solo album In My Memory that spawned hits such as ?Magik Journey?. Following a string of non-stop, solo, six-hour performances, Tiësto played a solo show in a Dutch stadium in front of a 23,000-strong crowd? effectively making him the first DJ to perform in such a fashion. Tiësto spun at the 2004 Athens Olympics opening ceremony (another first for a DJ) and has since released four more studio albums. Find out where he?s performing.
3. David Guetta
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The bearded David Guetta is a French DJ who specialises in house. Guetta spent the ?80s and ?90s on the club circuit spinning a brand of house that combines the modern stylings of Daft Punk with slightly retro electroclash. Despite not being a prolific maker of albums, Guetta?s five studio records (across a career that spans 30 years) have sold more than 6 million copies. These days, when Guetta isn?t recording music for UNICEF or United Nations? causes, he plays shows out of his Las Vegas base. Check out his current whereabouts.
4. Calvin Harris
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The Scottish DJ was just 22 years old when EMI liked his self-produced tunes on Myspace and signed him up. The multi-talented Harris also finds time to produce and write songs for famous artists such as Rihanna and Kylie Minogue. These days, Harris can be found earning his keep (US$46 million in 2013 alone!) as a resident DJ at MGM Grand?s Hakkasan Club in Las Vegas while he continues writing and producing music for pop stars. His latest studio album 18 Months, famously dethroned Michael Jackson for the most number of hit singles on the UK charts. Find Calvin Harris updates and link to his app here.
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The 26-year-old Dutchman Hardwell started DJing at the tender age of 13 years (accompanied by his mum no less!) and was inspired by mentor and fellow Dutchman Tiësto. In 2013, Hardwell?s popular brand of progressive and electro house music saw him take the number one gong in DJ Magazine?s Top 100 DJs list. Quite an achievement for someone so young; yet not surprising ? his trajectory has followed that of Tiësto. Hardwell is currently working on his first studio album, which will be released in 2014. Check out if he?s playing at a venue near you.