And overall, we like what we see. It feels like the list becomes a little more diverse each year, and in 2015 we have a healthy number of new entries to celebrate. They join DJs who make the list year-on-year, and those who have recently broken the top 20 and stayed there. This list may only be the tip of our culture's iceberg, but together these DJs represent where dance music is at in 2015.
There's a simple reason why this keeps happening. Dixon, more than perhaps any other DJ, has a monk-like devotion to his craft and to his fans. Hardly a fraction of his week isn't spent somehow upping his game. He skips pre-gig naps to edit tracks in his hotel room, making nips and tucks to render his theatrical house bombs that much more explosive. He squeezes in an extra set at the end of the weekend because he thinks that's when he plays best—four cities and as many flights deep, ill-rested but thoroughly warmed up. And, together with his Innervisions crew, he throws parties in unique locations, at considerable cost and added risk, because it will more likely make for an extraordinary experience.
It's unprecedented for a DJ to hit #1 three years in a row, but in this case it's not the least bit surprising. Beyond the actual act of DJing, Steffen Berkhahn has a clarity of vision that sets him apart from other artists. This is part of what's made Innervisions so distinctive from the beginning, in its sound, its artwork and its events. It's also what gives Berkhahn's sets their singular character. Whether it's your thing or not, Dixon's cinematic sound is utterly unmistakable, and he delivers it with gusto in cities around the world every weekend. It seems only natural he should remain, year after year, one of the world's most beloved DJs.