The results were, typically, fascinating. Techno, house, dubstep, drum & bass, electro, trance, disco, indie: It's all here on this list, along with a few more surprises past that. Nick Warren fits snugly with Prins Thomas. Moodymann and Speedy J sit together. Levon Vincent, a newcomer to the list, checks in alongside techno veteran Josh Wink. But we won't pontificate much more about what it means to be a DJ, or even who's on the list. After all, you're the ones who picked them. Ladies and gentlemen, your Top 100 DJs of 2009.
Love him or hate him, you most likely have an opinion on Richie Hawtin. But while there was plenty of hoopla around the non-musical aspects of Hawtin in 2009, it was a year that was mostly defined by the Minus boss getting back down to the business of DJing. Instead of large-scale Contakt shows dominating his DJ schedule, Hawtin ended up playing more often than not on his own to crowds big and small. His ability to do both equally as well is a quality that often goes underrecognized. But more fascinating is to hear the command that he now has over his intimidating Traktor set-up. You get the sense that he was formerly on the edge of control—something that Hawtin, a technology nerd at heart, obviously enjoys—but has now taken complete control of the machines that he uses to DJ now. Which has made for sets that would have never been possible only a few years ago. At this stage in his career, there's no reason for him to care as much as he does about expanding the boundaries of what a DJ set can mean. And that's one of the many reasons why he's your pick as the best DJ of 2009.