2015. What a time to be alive. The DJ scene has never been more diverse, and through it there’s been many individuals who have become the creme de la creme of what (I personally believe) defines sexy. But on what criteria does GDD (or more specifically, myself) quantify as a “sexy DJ?” I mean, Merriam Webster defines sexy as “generally attractive or exciting.” So there we go. They’ve all uniquely provided their own exciting and memorable contributions to the musical world this year, they’re all fascinating, multi-faceted and enjoyable humans, they’re all obviously pretty nice to look at, and they all work the HELL out of whatever decks they’re playing on. Here are GottaDanceDirty’s Sexiest DJs of 2015:
No doubt one of the pioneers of the blistering combination of techno and rap, Brodinski’s never not held a spot in my (and undoubtedly thousands of others) list of sexy DJs. There’s something about Louis where everything he does seems effortlessly cool, a quintessential facet of sexiness. His first album Brava came out this year, he played with a pikachu kitten in a music video, and he is thrillingly entertaining as a DJ. Continually one of my favorites.
Blond:ish pretty much break every stereotype they may ever get placed against them. Across the board, they’re branded with labels, clubs, parties, accolades, and a sound that don’t generally get placed with a pair of good looking blonde best-friends. They’ve come to be a reputable pair whose combination of sultry and sarcastic, romantic and dark, carefree and thoughtful makes them a dynamic presence in the underground. The pair have innate sensibilities on how to get a room moving and perfectly match each others traits. Knowledgeable, fun-loving, inspired females? An easy pick.
There’s something innately attractive about an English man with a sense of humor. I don’t know a single human interested in men that isn’t down for that combo. I have a lot of time for funny British bros. Burns expertly walks the tightrope of an EDM-leaning sound without sounding too cheesy, generic, obnoxious, or plain idiotic. His DJ sets captivate everyone from the “I just wanna pop bottles at a table in Vegas” crowd to the hyper-critical “Please get me the fuck out of Vegas” (i.e.: me) crowd, he makes hilarious videos (watch his music video for “Make It Clap”), and he’s funny as hell.
Louisa is a very good DJ. Like, really good. So good in fact that the last time I saw her in her hometown in Paris she held a packed crowd chanting her name at Wanderlust until daylight broke. Louisa commands a powerful presence on stage, totally contrary to her goofy demeanor and online presence, which only makes fans (myself included) appreciate her more for these seemingly disjointed candors. It takes great skill to effectively tell a story in your DJ set in less than 2 hours without being obvious or in your face, and it’s a skill she has bounds of. An incredibly genuine character, and and more recently an official record label owner, Louisahhh is a gem that any person or place she’s a part of is very proud to have in their collection.
6. NICOLAS JAAR
Nicolas Jaar is like the most tantalizingly intriguing DJ to watch. His DJ sets trace soft metaphorical fingertips over the crowd, slowly infecting a groove into your body that peaks at moments which make your hair stand on end and ever so subtly commandeer your brain into a mental state I can only describe as most relatable to really good foreplay. It’s surprising and quirky, and for someone who’s so young and almost foreign on a dance festival lineup the demand is incredibly high. There’s something incredibly romantic and mysterious in his sets and that along with his pale blue eyes are incredibly convincing to let him take you on whatever journey he wants.
5. JAMIE XX
Jamie xx clocks in right in the middle of this list as the most understated form of “sexy” I could begin to explain. Soft-spoken, simply dressed, and a self-acclaimed music nerd, Jamie xx’s appeal is unassuming in such an honest way that it’s extremely likable. From his unlikely collab with Young Thug and Popcaan, to the globally recognized success of In Colour, to really his DJ sets being by far my stand out favorites this year, Jamie’s gentle assurance and knowledgable curation are bonafide and intriguing traits.
4. ANNIE MAC
Annie Mac gets impossibly better looking every day. I’m convinced she’s going to start literally glowing soon. One of the best curators of the game, she’s earned her rightful place at the helm of BBC Radio 1 this year. Her “Annie Mac Presents” series is a consistent chart-topper, and with a crate and sensibility as wicked as hers she really nails it in her DJ sets. Most fit mum ever. Go Annie.
3. DJ ESCO
Future’s DJ is indubitably having his best year ever. Esco started being virally discussed after a stint in Dubai jail (& following mixtape) and his legendary “Where Ya At?” cameo. His connection to what must be now one of the most infamous strip clubs in the world (Magic City on a Monday…) and sidekick presence to one of rap’s most prominent figures of the year have established him as a recognized name amongst rapper’s DJs. His unique sense of style and loyalty to Future are very much worth noting, I’m really looking forward to him carving his own niche next year.
Jackmaster is doing everything right. He’s got a phenomenal label, he is an insanely entertaining and talented DJ, he’s part of the best DJ supergroup ever, and he’s got a reputable presence the world over. I cannot say enough about how brilliantly unique he is to have that range of talents. Very few people pull it off as effortlessly and enjoyably as Jackmaster, and that’s what slams him right to the top of this list. Oh yeah and his heavy Scottish accent makes him by far my favorite person to run into at festivals.
1. ANNA LUNOE
What can I say about Anna Lunoe that would put her anywhere but #1 on this list? People fucking love Anna. She’s just this gorgeous, humble, hard-working, kind, talented, fun, curious creature that has garnered a reputation for herself off of being that fucking cool. In the wave of “female DJ” thinkpieces and general complaints, she remained the most level-headed, amongst the divide between “EDM” and “underground” she’s remained a faithful and unbiased champion of both, she’s sexy in her knee pads and t-shirt, she’s got her own show on Beats 1, a brilliant brand (of which we’ll see more of in 2015) HYPER HOUSE… I don’t need to say much more. If you know about Anna Lunoe, she’s undeniably #1.
It was not easy to narrow the above list to 10. So, since I’m nice and it’s worth noting a few more people who gave their own incredibly unique contributions to what I felt corroborated my definition of sexy DJ, here’s the 10 “Sexiest DJ” honorable mentions in no particular order:
Seven Davis Jr
DJ Dodger Stadium
Happy 2015. Stay sexy.