The 25th anniversary is a key moment in the history of DJ Magazine. What began in 1991 as a print title for DJs and dance music fans in the UK is now an internationally-recognised media brand, with global platforms spanning print, digital media, video, awards (Top 100 DJs Poll, Top 100 Clubs, DJ Mag Tech Awards), tours, events, and live music streaming.
Here are quotes from some of the most influential artists in the dance music scene.
“DJ Mag has followed the scene completely, they’ve been there through it all. The mad thing is in the beginning the magazine was just about DJ gear, what DJs did for day jobs, but then the rave scene happened and that’s when DJ Mag happened, as there was more to talk about. The scene is still going strong, and DJ Mag are still here. It’s a bible for DJs, especially with the Top 100, and it’s stood the test of time.”
“It’s important it is still here. I still use it as a resource for finding out about music, and whatever people say about the Top 100 it is a big yearly event and getting the top spot was a great moment in my career — something I still cherish, actually.”
“Pre-internet, DJ Mag was at the heart of all communication about the scene. Aside from two hours of Jeff Young or Pete Tong on a Friday night on Radio 1 there was no way of finding out about new tunes, fashions or DJs except by word of mouth — or pirate radio if you lived in London. People like me would read it cover to cover religiously to keep abreast. Over the years it has been the barometer of what was going on and helped shape and build the industry.”
“DJ Mag has been the essential bible for DJs and dance music fanatics alike for more than a generation, and continues to dig deeply and incisively into our world.”
MAYA JANE COLES
“DJ Mag has been important in bringing electronic music and DJing to a wider audience; I’ve personally been very blessed and humbled with support from covers to awards, which have definitely played a part in my journey.”
“I’ve watched DJ Mag reach new heights over the years when many have faltered, and 25 years is a great achievement. My best memory is being on the cover, it was a great moment for me and for drum & bass.”
LIAM HOWLETT, THE PRODIGY
“You guys have been there from the start, supporting us through all our changes.”
“We need reporters for the timeline of this thing and more importantly we need entry points for the uninitiated. A magazine/website will often provide this and you guys have done it in style.”
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