Welcome back to the Top 100 Carnage... Or should we say GORDO? Last spotted in this poll in 2017, the Guatemalan EDM superstar is back with a bang. Trimmer, sleeker and deeper, this year has seen him unveil a brand new alias — GORDO. Two tunes deep, both ‘KTM’ and ‘TARAKA’ have been big milli-streaming smashes and shown a different side to his musical palette.
For the full Carnage/GORDO palette, however, it’s all about the DJ sets. Popping off like a rocket since shows opened again Stateside in the summer, his performances have ranged from his first-ever sunrise set at XS Las Vegas (where he’s a resident) to his TARAKA phenomenon, where he announces flash raves in random cities across North and Central America and plays to his fans for free — for upwards of six hours!
Don’t act too surprised. GORDO’s got a heart of gold and has previously invested in building schools in Guatemala and Nicaragua, cannon-fired $10,000 into the crowd and, most recently, invited his nan to be his roommate so he could look after her. Call him Carnage, call him GORDO, call him a gentleman.
Despite playing no DJ sets this year, Calvin still remains a firm favourite with many fans as he appears in the poll for the 12th consecutive year. That’s not to say the Omnia resident hasn’t been active, though. As Love Regenerator he’s dropped some of the most underground sounds of his career: the piano-pumping, NYC-inspired ‘We Can Come Together’ (with ex-drum & bass star/current bigroom smasher Eli Brown) and ‘Rollercoaster’ with Manchester tech-house duo Solardo. Both landed this summer and reminded us all of Harris’s dancefloor roots. Prior to these came a more typical poppy Harris anthem in the form of ‘By Your Side’ — a hazy, feel-good track with Tom Grennan that hit the UK top 10.
While we’re unsure when Harris will be able to return to perform at regular haunts like Pacha and Ushuaïa, judging by his Instagram we can confirm he’s grown a reasonably decent (if a little unkempt) beard, and his watermelon growing game is on-point! We told you he was active.
With an array of singles under his belt, nearly two dozen EPs, several compilation albums and five studio albums, Green Velvet is deserved of any honour that comes his way. A true stalwart figure in both the house and techno scene, the Chicago producer continually creates legendary memories for everyone.
Rising star DJ/producer of 2021: “Cloonee and Sosa.”
In a few short years, Australian DJ/producer FISHER has cemented himself as a renowned artist. Since his massive ‘Losing It’ elevated him from unknown DJ to headliner, FISHER’s continued success has made him one of the world’s most sought-after artists. Though he’s spent the year “playing shows, hanging out with family and friends and getting music ready to release,” the surfer-turned-selector allowed the last 18 months to be a break after a whirlwind few years.
His label Catch & Release has championed the sounds of his peers and new artists, while his own tunes have continued to gather momentum: ‘Just Feels Tight’ carries the torch of ‘Freaks’ and ‘Wanna Go Dancin’, instantly cementing itself as a banger to be played in clubs across the world. With a slew of singles under his belt, a successful label and an Ibiza residency, it feels like the Grammy-nominated artist is only just getting started.
How was your first gig back after lockdown?
“It was in Phoenix, AZ, and it was amazing. The energy was through the roof, it was one of the best shows I have played.”
How have the last 18 months changed how you view your work/life balance?
What’s the best bit of tech you’ve added to your studio or DJ setup this year?
What’s the best album you’ve heard this year?
As soon as the clubs returned this year so did Paradise, with an event at Brooklyn Mirage in New York, for which Jamie inviting the likes of DJ Deeon and Technasia to play alongside him. Other big shows include Paradise In The Park in Los Angeles in the summer, a takeover at Warehouse Houthavens in collaboration with Loveland at ADE, and Space Miami in December. This year Jamie became a proud parent to his first daughter, an exciting new addition to his life, and he continues to show passion and drive for his career. As well as a new solo release on Hot Creations, Jamie is already back in action with upcoming gigs in London, Ibiza, Los Angeles and New York to name a few, plus plenty more in the pipeline for 2022.