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The 20 Greatest EDM DJs: 10-1

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Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 4:00 AM
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Electronic dance music's recent resurgence has made the genre more popular than ever before, but it's still often not taken seriously as an art form. And yeah, many goofily-dressed ravers are so high they'll literally dance to anything. But below we've highlighted 20 top-notch spinners who put real thought into rocking asses on the dance floor. From Los Angeles to all parts of the globe, here are our picks for the best EDM DJs in business. -Ben Westhoff

10. Boys Noize

Thirty year old Hamburg, Germany native Alexander Ridha -- also known as Boys Noize -- has worked with everyone from Snoop Dogg to David Lynch and Depeche Mode. The producer-DJ got his start supporting DJ Hell and Felix Da Housecat and has gone on to win over crowds with his unique electronic sound, for which he draws from his hip-hop and disco roots. Having racked up a slew of awards, he's currently in the midst of his first live tour and has teamed up with Hard Events to bring forth a huge show. He also runs Boysnoize Records, and his discoveries include notable new artists LE1F and SCNTST. -Nicole Pajer

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9. DJ Dan

L.A.'s original superstar DJ is a master artisan of the craft; think of him as a chef who's never served a disappointing meal. An adherent of "funky techno," Dan's sound is a whirling blend of soulful house set to a pogo pace and beat matched with skill rarely seen on the EDM circuit. (Dan used to cut and scratch, hip-hop-style). We'd pit his performances against anyone in DJ Magazine's Top 100 and dare you to say Dan lost the battle. -Dennis Romero

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8. Chus & Pablo Ceballos

The Spanish duo of Chus L. Esteban and Pablo Ceballos blew the roof off of Monday Social at Playhouse in Hollywood recently. There's much talk of the return of house music via the likes of Swedish House Mafia, Avicii and Afrojack, but these two put it down properly, mixing percussive vocal grooves with dark synths and providing a bridge between cathartic festival performances and a druggy European underground. -Dennis Romero

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7. Bassnectar

Perhaps no artist personifies the electronic-live-show-as-transcendental-group-experience better than Santa Cruz-based Lorin Ashton, also known as Bassnectar. Known (and named) for fusing sub-bass vibrations with lush astral trance and quirky samples, Bassnectar's ultra-low frequency sound waves vibrate off of every cell of every body within a certain radius, and it feels amazing. Add this energy to an engaging visual production rife with sophisticated imagery, lights, and lasers (and his trademark locks), and you've got a show that feels like the open portal to an inter-dimensional realm of multi-sensory hedonism. -Katie Bain

See also: How Bassnectar Came to Rule American Dance Music

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