DJ Mag is an English music magazine and one of the most popular electronic music publications in the world. Its popularity has made it an authoritative figure in identifying the top DJs and clubs across the world. One of the key features of the magazine is a yearly, publicly voted poll that determines what are considered to be the top 100 DJs in the world. The contest began in 1997, and has been the ultimate ranking system of international DJs; propelling the likes of Paul Oakenfold, Tiësto, and Armin van Buuren to the very peak of fame.
The poll, however, is far from perfect. In the new era of digital voting, DJ Mag has uncovered several instances of cheating, wherein DJs are buying votes or using other illegal methods to propel themselves further up the chart. This year, a particular problem was DJs buying votes through an eBay scam. Cheating is nothing new and it has happened before in the competition. It certainly accounts for the presence of relatively unknown DJs gracing the list in years past.
In response to allegations of cheating, DJ Mag has aggressively sought out cheaters in this year’s competition. On Friday, August 3rd they announced the disqualification of the first culprit, Swiss DJ, Miss Diamond. It has not been addressed how Miss Diamond illegally obtained votes, but the magazine has insisted that the cheating on her part was “quite clear."
Within the coming days and weeks, the magazine is expected to crack down further on this years “blatant” cheating and those caught will be disqualified from the competition. DJ Mag is urging those aware of illegal behavior to report it immediately so that action can be taken to preserve the legitimacy of the poll.
Read DJ Mag’s response to cheating here.