New study finds correlation between DJ Mag Top 100 DJs results and Las Vegas electronic scene
More than a handful of reasonable doubts – including flimsy commercialized campaigns and rumors of self-purchased votes – lead much of the dance music community to roll their eyes at DJ Mag’s annual Top 100 DJs Poll. Though definitely, the poll hardly distinguishes the divide between the talented and the not, Las Vegas’ Galavantier has presented a tell-tale infographic proving that indeed, there is some tangible worth to the results of the DJ Mag Poll.
According to their research, the Las Vegas travel site argues that the top contenders as voted by the Top 100 DJs Poll parallels the majority of popular headlining bookings of the Las Vegas club scene. Sourcing statistics from both Forbes and DJ Mag, Galavantier discovered that 64 out of 100 ‘Top DJs’ were booked to perform in Las Vegas last year, also highlighting that all of the top Vegas clubs with electronic music focus host anywhere from 9-13 ‘Top 100 DJs’ with headlining residencies. Additionally, 55 out of the Top 100 took part as headliners for Las Vegas’ Electric Daisy Carnival. Agreeable or not, the infographic concludes with an impressive addendum: 2014’s #10 DJ Steve Aoki is considered the “hardest working” performer of the EDM industry with 277 shows completed in the span of a year.
While it remains to be determined if DJ Mag results directly affect Las Vegas bookers choices, a definite parallel can be drawn between the popularity of an artist in the poll and their potential ability to sell out nights as a headliner in Las Vegas – an honor not widely spread across artists of EDM. Take a further look at Galavantier’s infographic below to decide for yourself.