As the Digital Age of music develops and an unfathomable number of new tracks are released each day, a DJ’s role in the music industry is becoming more and more relevant. We now live busier lives than ever, and most music fans are only capable of exploring a small fraction of the music out there. This is where a DJ’s skills come into play — they do all the exhaustive research, find the latest and greatest new music, and then let listeners discover it all via a 5-minute track.
Here are 25 talented DJs to look out for — each renowned and successful in his or her own genre of music, including American hip-hop, European electronic dance music, and African music. As you’re about to see, DJs are no longer simply electronic musicians remixing other artists’ songs, but they are the curators of music in this unprecedented age of musical growth and experimentation.