Ultra Music Festival 2014's Ten Best DJs
While the majority of festival-goers salivate at the chance to catch dance music megastars at Ultra, we don't typically get too excited about the headliners, especially since they tend to stop by Miami on a pretty regular basis. Still, Diplo is probably reason enough to take a peek at the main stage. You can call him a sellout all you want, but oh how quickly you've forgotten his Hollertronix days. And while last year's Major Lazer effort, Free the Universe, was a dud, Dip and crew's 2009 debut, Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do, remains a landmark dance record. Only thing we ask of Wesley Pentz is to cool it with the onstage antics and just stick to manning the decks.
As a DJ and producer, Jamie Jones is an object of adulation to both industry peers and dance music fans. But his lasting legacy will definitely be the founding of his Hot Creations label with Lee Foss, which pioneered the scene's current affinity for deep disco and soul. Of course, his imprint's warm, melodic sound is also pervasive in Jones own work, including his latest cut with Digitaria, "Planets, Spaceships." The tech-house track buzzes and wobbles without ever overwhelming the listener. It's the kind of track that you can dance to for hours. And if you need a 305-till-you-die reason to love Mr. Jones, he also happens to be responsible for releasing Danny Daze's "Your Everything" which brought the Dade County native international attention.