America’s Best DJ: Who’s Rising In The Polls?

America’s Best DJ: Who’s Rising In The Polls?


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There are only two weeks left to vote for your favorite U.S.-based DJs in the 7th annual America’s Best DJ competition, presented by DJ Times magazine & Pioneer DJ. This year’s victor will join an exclusive group of past winners – Kaskade, QBert, Z-Trip, Christopher Lawrence and George Acosta – who were presented with a functioning gold-plated Pioneer DJM-800 mixer as the prize for being named America’s Best DJ. Polls close on Tuesday, September 4 at 11:59PM EST – so get to it and vote now on America’s Best DJ Website. (Voters can win a slew of valuable prizes—more on that later.)

While there are 100 American DJs currently up for the title of America’s Best DJ, we now can reveal the top 10 vote getters (in alphabetical order) as of August 21.

They include:

DJ Craze
Markus Schulz
Morgan Page
Porter Robinson
Steve Aoki
Wolfgang Gartner

Running concurrently with the competition, America’s Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ & DJ Times kicked off for the 5th consecutive year at Movement, Detroit’s electronic music festival on Memorial Day weekend. Throughout the summer, the tour visited a dozen major markets with more than 20 summer-event dates. DJ Times maintains a dedicated exhibit booth at all events and accepts paper-ballot votes from fans supporting their favorite U.S.-based DJs. Both the voting and tour will run from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and the America’s Best DJ award show/closing party will be held October 7 at Marquee Nightclub in Las Vegas.

Online voting and social-media interaction also give fans the chance to win awesome prizes. Just by voting for your favorite DJ on the America’s Best DJ website, by following America’s Best DJ on Twitter or by clicking “Like” on the America’s Best DJ Facebook Page, you’ll be entered to win exciting prizes from Pioneer DJ—including HDJ-2000K headphones, HDJ-1500 headphones and a black DJM-250 mixer.

Also, one lucky voter (plus a guest) will win a grand prize trip for two to Las Vegas that includes roundtrip airfare, hotel accommodations, and VIP treatment at the America’s Best DJ closing party/award ceremony. Note: Both the online vote and tour runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The grand-prize drawing will be held September 7.

The 2011 America’s Best DJ vote was the closest in its six-year history. Eventual winner, Kaskade edged a diverse group of top jocks that included Skrillex, Z-Trip, BT, Steve Aoki, Diplo, Wolfgang Gartner, A-Trak andBassnectar. At promotion’s end, Kaskade was presented with a gold-plated Pioneer DJM-800 mixer at Las Vegas’ Marquee. Afterward, he rocked the club’s packed crowd, still basking in the glory of being voted America’s Best DJ. Who will it be this year?

2012 America’s Best DJ Nominees
(Click here to view online)

America’s Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ & DJ Times
May 26-28, Movement, Hart Plaza, Detroit (Jeff Mills, Carl Craig, Claude VonStroke, Derrick Carter, Dillon Francis, DJ Godfather, Josh Wink, Diplo, Mark Farina & Stacey Pullen)
June 2, Ruby Skye, San Francisco (Bad Boy Bill)
June 2, First Avenue, Minneapolis (SovietPanda)
June 9, Starscape, Ft. Armistead Park, Baltimore (Dieselboy, Dillon Francis, DJ Dan, Donald Glaude, Kill the Noise, MiMOSA, Paper Diamond, Tittsworth & Wolfgang Gartner)
June 16-17, Spring Awakening, Soldier Field, Chicago (A-Trak, Claude VonStroke, Derrick Carter, Designer Drugs, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Gabriel & Dresden, Green Velvet, Kill the Noise, Markus Schulz, Moby, Morgan Page, Skrillex & Wolfgang Gartner)
June 22, Rumor, Philadelphia (Saeed Younan)
June 24, Gansevoort Park Ave Hotel (Manufactured Superstars)
June 30, Avalon, Los Angeles (Cedric Gervais & Sharam)
July 12-14, Camp Bisco, Mariaville, NY (A-Trak, Bassnectar, DJ Craze, Kill the Noise, MiMOSA, Porter Robinson, Skrillex & Trouble & Bass’ Star Eyes)
July 13, Marquee, Las Vegas (Gabriel & Dresden)
July 14, Marquee, Las Vegas (Blake Jarrell)
July 15, Tao Beach, Las Vegas (Markus Schulz)
July 20-22, Global Dance Festival, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO (Dillon Francis, Kill the Noise, Morgan Page & Wolfgang Gartner)
July 22, Ocean Club, Quincy, MA (Joe Bermudez)
July 27, Pacha, New York, NY (The Disco Fries & Tommie Sunshine)
August 2, Don Coqui, Queens, NY (DJ Creme)
August 10, Mix Ultra Lounge, Columbus, GA (Roonie G)
August 10, Cielo, New York, NY (Sleepy & Boo)
August 25, Tao, Las Vegas (DJ Vice)
August 26, Marquee Dayclub, Las Vegas (Gabriel & Dresden)
October 7, Marquee, Las Vegas, NV (America’s Best DJ Closing Party/Award Ceremony)

America’s Best DJ Closing Party/Award Ceremony
October 7, 2012
Marquee @ the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South 
Las Vegas, NV 89109

ABDJ 2012 Sponsors
Pioneer DJ
DJ Times
Marquee Las Vegas

About DJ Times:
Publishing since 1988, DJ Times is America’s longest-running magazine for the professional DJ. A division of Port Washington, NY-based Testa Communications, DJ Times publishes monthly and also annually produces the DJ Expo in Atlantic City, NJ—this year’s show was Aug. 13-16 at Trump Taj Mahal.

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