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Historic milestone for Danish DJs

10:04 Apr/04/2017

Lagging behind its Scandinavian neighbours, Denmark gets its first DJ to reach top 1000 on the Official Global DJ Rankings. The Danish dubstep duo Pegboard Nerds, which is ranked exclusively as a Danish act though one of its members is from Norway, broke through the symbolic wall of DJ fame this month with rank 992.

Denmark’s Scandinavian neighbours, Sweden and Norway, have been frequenting the top of The Official Global Rankings for several years. Sweden spawning a horde of iconic DJ Acts such as: Avicii, Adam Beyer, Eric Prydz, Alesso, and Steve Angelo – while Norway has been in the limelight with superstar DJs: Kygo, Da Tweekaz, and Orjan Nilsen.

Neither of the duo’s founding members, Norwegian DJ Alexander Odden and Danish DJ Michael Parsberg, made it to the Global Rankings list individually, which shows that teamwork and collaboration with fellow DJs can pay dividends. A similar rocket fuelled progression to fame happened to Swedish DJs Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso when they collaborated and created, the now legendary, Swedish House Mafia.

The ten highest ranked Danish DJs currently are: Pegboard Nerds, Snavs, Dj Basf, Noir, Morten Breum, Whomadewho, Djuma Soundsystem, Mike Hawkins, Kasper Bjørke, and Soulmagic.

The Official Global DJ Rankings ranks the TOP 10.000 DJs in the world (TOP 10K). One may speculate that making it to the TOP 10K intrinsically does not sound like an achievement – but in fact it is a preeminent accomplishment.

The Official Global DJ Rankings did a comprehensive study to determine how many professional DJs there are in the world. The study conducted individual geographical case studies and used an advanced mathematical algorithm, taking into consideration aspects such as: population, rural incomes, segmentation of clubs, GDP, religious and cultural factors.

To define a professional DJ, the study set as criteria that the DJ was able to sustain a living solely based on salary earned from DJ work. The study concluded that there are approximately 1¼ million professional DJs in the world.

In fact, if a DJ can make it to the TOP 10k on The Official Global DJ Rankings it means that the DJ is a recognized DJ, often with several commercial music releases, has an established fan base, and has played at several internationally acclaimed clubs.


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