What is DJ Mag?
DJ Magazine is a monthly magazine covering everything from the wide world of EDM. Initially founded in the ’80s as Disc Jockey Magazine, they have been a core component in international music journalism for decades.
In their recent announcement that the 2022 voting polls were now open for their Top 100 Clubs, DJ Mag mentioned that “clubs in North America and Asia gained places at the expense of European clubs in 2021–two-thirds of North American clubs went up while 77% of Asian clubs were up or new to the poll.” So what do these shifting demographics mean for the industry?
Europe has been seen as a hub for EDM ever since its inception, with markets such as Germany and Sweden giving rise to many influential artists and techniques. In recent years, however, this has begun to change.
While it’s mostly speculation, this demographic shift in the votes for Top Club could be part of a broader demographic shift within the genre. As international markets grow in popularity and more clubs than ever are competing for the top spot, could the days of Europe being positioned front and center as the face of EDM be coming to an end?
How to Get Involve
As we said earlier, the polls for 2022 voting are now open, and we know that many of you will be eager to show some love for your favorite club. So if you want to take part in this year’s poll, you can do so by going to vote.djmag.com, signing in, and giving them your top five clubs.
Not sure which clubs you can pick? Don’t worry about it! Last year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, DJ Mag relaxed their rules and opened voting up to any club globally, including those unable to open due to the pandemic. So even if your favorite club has been shut for the last twelve months–which would have disqualified it under the old rules–you’ll still be able to vote for them.