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Can you imagine a Saturday night party without foot-tapping music and a talented DJ to mix and play a sequence of exciting music tracks all night? No one can! Parties would be incomplete and a lot less fun if we didn’t have any DJ in our midst! And it’s not just parties that DJs liven up! Disc Jockeys can be of various kinds, radio DJ and club DJ being the most common. While radio DJs, also known as RJs, mix and play music for their live radio audiences, club DJs perform at parties, nightclubs or music festivals. Richard "Richie" Hawtin, a three-time DJ Awards winner, is a Canadian DJ counted amongst the most famous DJs of all time. Another prominent DJ who left his mark in the field was Larry Levan. He experimented with drum machines and synthesizers in his live shows to create innovative music and ushered in the era of electronic, post-disco sound. Calvin Harris, Kaskade, Skrillex, and Martin Garrix are a few other popular DJs. This section gives you information about the life and works of famous DJs.
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Avicii
(Swedish DJ & Remixer Known for His Single 'Levels')
Avicii
32
Birthdate: September 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: April 20, 2018

Avicii was a Swedish international DJ, remixer, musician and songwriter. He attained fame with his single, Levels, in 2011. His debut studio album, True, released in 2013 received positive reviews. His second studio album, Stories, was released in 2015. He suffered from mental health issues and died by suicide at age 28. His third album, Tim, was released posthumously in 2019.

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Marshmello
(DJ Famous for Wearing a Helmet Resembling a Marshmallow)
Marshmello
37
Birthdate: May 19, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Marshmello is an American DJ and electronic music producer. In 2017, he was named as one of the world's highest-paid DJs by Forbes magazine. He wears a custom helmet, which looks like a marshmallow, for public appearances, and his identity was unknown at the beginning of his career. He is also a well-known philanthropist and a generous donator.

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Calvin Harris
(The First UK Solo Artist to Reach more than One Billion Streams on Spotify)
Calvin Harris
4
Birthdate: January 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dumfries, Scotland
Grammy-winning DJ Calvin Harris soared to fame with his album I Created Disco. His track We Found Love, a collaboration with Rihanna, charted on the US Billboard Hot 100. He owns a record label and topped Forbes's list of the highest-paid DJs of the world for 6 years.
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Alan Walker
(Music Producer and DJ Best Known for His 2015 Single ‘Faded’)
Alan Walker
18
Birthdate: August 24, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Northampton, England
English-Norwegian music producer and DJ Alan Walker, also popular as “DJ Walkzz,” shot to fame with tracks such as The Spectre and Faded. His TikTok account has earned him a huge fan base. He is also known for his trademark hoodie and mask, which he wears while performing.
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Diplo
(Co-Creator and Lead Member of the Electronic Dancehall Music Project ‘Major Lazer’)
Diplo
8
Birthdate: November 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tupelo, Mississippi, United States
Rapper, producer, and DJ Diplo is part of the duo Jack U, with Skrillex, and of the supergroup LSD, with Labrinth and Sia. He is also a co-creator of the electronic dance-music trio Major Lazer, with DJs Ape Drums and Walshy Fire. He owns a record company and a non-profit.
 6 
Steve Aoki
(DJ, Record Producer, Music Programmer, Record Executive)
Steve Aoki
10
Birthdate: November 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
DJ and music producer Steve Aoki had already soared to fame with I'm in the House by the time his first album, the Grammy-nominated and Billboard-charting Wonderland, released. He is known for his collaborations with artists such as Kid Cudi. Steve has also established a charity and authored a memoir.
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Martin Garrix
(Dutch Disc Jockey and Music Producer )
Martin Garrix
6
Birthdate: May 14, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amstelveen, Netherlands

Dutch DJ and record producer Martin Garrix has been ranked No.1 on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs list. He decided to become a DJ when he was a child, and at the age of 17, he became the youngest DJ to headline the 2014 Ultra Music Festival. He has performed at many music festivals including Coachella and Electric Daisy Carnival.

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David Guetta
(French DJ and Music Producer Known for His Singles ‘Gettin' Over You’ and ‘When Love Takes Over’)
David Guetta
4
Birthdate: November 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France

David Guetta is a French songwriter, record producer, and DJ. Over the years, Guetta has been one of the most popular DJs in the world; in 2011 and 2020, he was voted the best DJ in a poll conducted by DJ Magazine. Referred to as the grandfather of EDM, Guetta has several prestigious awards under his belt, including two Grammys.

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DJ Khaled
(DJ and Record Producer Known for His Album 'We the Best Forever' and Single 'I'm on One')
DJ Khaled
18
Birthdate: November 26, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Founder of We the Best Music Group record label, DJ Khaled is an internationally acclaimed DJ and record producer. He has won prestigious awards, such as the Grammy and American Music Award. Apart from music, Khaled is also known for his acting and writing skills; his book, The Keys, was named in New York Times Best Seller list.

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Virgil Abloh
(Fashion designer)
Virgil Abloh
10
Birthdate: September 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois, U.S.

Virgil Abloh is not just a designer but also a qualified architect. He has been a DJ, too. Apart from heading Louis Vuitton's menswear collection as its artistic director, he also became the first Black designer to lead a major fashion brand. He has also launched the luxury streetwear label Off-White.

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Deadmau5
(Canadian Electronic Music Producer and DJ)
Deadmau5
4
Birthdate: January 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Niagara Falls, Canada
Six-time Grammy-nominated Canadian electronic music artist and DJ Joel Thomas Zimmerman, better known as Deadmau5, soared to fame with his house music albums. He gained recognition for his collaborations with Steve Duda as part of the groups WTF? and BSOD. He also produced techno music under the pseudonym Testpilot.
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Kygo
(DJ Best Known for His December 2013 Remix of 'I See Fire' & 2014 Remix of 'Firestone')
Kygo
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Birthdate: September 11, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Singapore
Norwegian DJ and record producer Kygo gained worldwide acclaim for his remix of the Ed Sheeran track I See Fire. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, he became the first house music producer who performed at an Olympics closing ceremony. He is also the fastest to gain a billion Spotify streams.
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Metro Boomin
(Record Producer)
Metro Boomin
10
Birthdate: September 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri
Leland Tyler Wayne, better known as Metro Boomin, gained recognition for his recordings with artists such as 21 Savage, Ludacris, and Gucci Mane. He is also known for his Billboard-topping debut solo album, Not All Heroes Wear Capes. He owns the label Boominati Worldwide and is a four-time BET award-winner. 
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Casey Kasem
(First Actor to Voice Norville "Shaggy" Rogers in the 'Scooby-Doo' Franchise )
Casey Kasem
8
Birthdate: April 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: June 15, 2014
Legendary RJ and voice actor Casey Kasem is remembered as the host of several hit radio countdown shows, most notably American Top 40. He had also voiced countless characters in animated children’s programs, such as Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo franchise. He was a vegan and took interest in American politics.
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DJ Snake
(French Record Producer, DJ and Songwriter Known for His Singles ‘Bird Machine’ and ‘Turn Down for What’)
DJ Snake
10
Birthdate: June 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France

DJ Snake is a French record producer and DJ. He is best known for his English-Spanish song Taki Taki, which won several awards, including BMI Latin Awards. Over the years, Snake has won many prestigious awards, such as Billboard Music Awards and an MTV Video Music Award. In 2019, he was ranked 16th on DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJs list.

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DJ Yella
(Rapper)
DJ Yella
10
Birthdate: December 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Pauly D
(Disc Jockey, TV Personality and Cast Member of MTV's Reality Show ‘Jersey Shore’)
Pauly D
10
Birthdate: July 5, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States

Paul D. DelVecchio Jr., also popular as Pauly D and DJ Pauly D, soared to fame with the MTV reality show Jersey Shore. He was also part of the A Double Shot at Love. After bagging a three-album deal with G-Unit Records, he released hits such as Back to Love.

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Mark Ronson
(DJ, Songwriter, Record Producer)
Mark Ronson
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Birthdate: September 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Seven-time Grammy-winning music producer and DJ Mark Ronson shot to fame with Amy Winehouse’s album Back to Black and single Rehab, and his own single Uptown Funk, featuring Bruno Mars. He won both the Grammy and the Golden Globe for co-writing Shallow. He supports disadvantaged children and budding artists.
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Zedd
(DJ & Record Producer Best Known for His Song 'Clarity')
Zedd
4
Birthdate: September 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saratov, Russia

Zedd is a Russian-German songwriter, record producer, and DJ. He is best known for his 2012 single, Clarity, which earned him a Grammy Award in 2014 after peaking at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Although he mainly performs and produces electro house music, Zedd also draws inspiration from dubstep, progressive house, and classical music.

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Shaggy
(Reggae Musician & DJ With Hits Like 'It Wasn't Me'. 'Boombastic' and 'In The Summertime')
Shaggy
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Birthdate: October 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

Jamaican reggae singer Orville Richard Burrell, better known as Shaggy, has delivered international hits such as It Wasn't Me and In The Summertime. The two-time Grammy-winning artist was also bestowed with the Jamaican Order of Distinction. He was part of the U.S. Marine Corps during Operation Desert Storm.

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Christopher Masterson
(Actor and Disc Jockey Known for His Role as ‘Francis’ in the Fox Sitcom ‘Malcolm in the Middle’)
Christopher Masterson
4
Birthdate: January 22, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States

Actor Christopher Masterson is best known for playing the protagonist Malcolm's eldest brother Francis in the TV series Malcolm in the Middle. Although his parents are not involved in the show business, he and his siblings are all actors. In the 2010s, he ventured into deejaying as well. He is a follower of Scientology.

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Giorgio Moroder
8
Birthdate: April 26, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Urtijëi, South Tyrol

Italian composer and record producer Giovanni Moroder, also known as the Father of Disco, produced Take My Breath Away, the Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning track by Berlin, which was part of the Top Gun soundtrack. His scores for Flashdance and Midnight Express, too, won Academy Awards.

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Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo
(French Musician Who was One Half of the Former French House Music Duo 'Daft Punk')
Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo
4
Birthdate: February 8, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

French musician, singer-songwriter, record-producer, DJ, and film director Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo is one former half of the French electronic music duo Daft Punk that he formed with Thomas Bangalter. The duo achieved both critical and commercial success with albums like Discovery and RandomAccess Memories. Homem-Christo has also spawned works through the record label Crydamoure which he co-owns with Eric Chedeville.

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Tiësto
(Dutch DJ and Music Producer Known for His Albums: ‘In My Memory’, ‘Just Be’ and ‘Elements of Life’)
Tiësto
8
Birthdate: January 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Breda, Netherlands

Tiësto is a Dutch record producer and DJ. Popular among fans, Tiësto was voted the Greatest DJ of All Time in a poll conducted by Mix magazine. Considered the Godfather of EDM, he was voted best DJ of the last 20 years by DJ Magazine readers in 2013. Tiësto is credited with founding the Dutch record label, Black Hole Recordings.

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Questlove
(Musician)
Questlove
10
Birthdate: January 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
 26 
Fatboy Slim
(Disc Jockey)
Fatboy Slim
7
Birthdate: July 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bromley, Kent, England
Daniel Peter Masterson
4
Birthdate: March 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Albertson, New York, United States
Danny Masterson is best known as Steven Hyde from That '70s Show and Jameson "Rooster" Bennett from The Ranch. He also performs as a DJ, using the pseudonym "DJ Mom Jeans." He is also a poker enthusiast. In 2020, he was charged of raping multiple women.
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Lupe Fuentes
(House Music Producer, DJ, and Former Pornographic Actress)
Lupe Fuentes
8
Birthdate: January 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cali, Colombia

Lupe Fuentes had started out as a porn actor, with her own website, at 19. The Colombian artist later stepped into music, joining the group The Ex-Girlfriends. Now a social-media influencer and a house music DJ/producer, Lupe lives in Los Angeles and is married to actor/singer Evan Seinfeld.

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Amanda Seales
(Comedian)
Amanda Seales
5
Birthdate: July 1, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
 30 
Biz Markie
(Rappers)
Biz Markie
10
Birthdate: April 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, USA
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Jam Master Jay
(Musician)
Jam Master Jay
5
Birthdate: January 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: October 30, 2002
Armin van Buuren
5
Birthdate: December 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leiden

Armin van Buuren is a Dutch record producer and DJ. He is best known for hosting a weekly radio show called A State of Trance (ASOT), which is broadcast in 84 countries to nearly 40 million listeners on over 100 FM radio stations. Armin has been named by DJ Mag as the number one DJ on a record five occasions.

 33 
Idris Elba
(Known for His Roles in the Series 'The Wire' and 'Luther')
Idris Elba
21
Birthdate: September 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom

Idris Elba is a successful actor both on the small and the big screen and is mainly known for the television series The Wire and Luther and also for films, such as Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Beasts of No Nation. He has also acted in blockbuster films of Marvel Comics universe like Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War.

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Grandmaster Flash
7
Birthdate: January 1, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Barbados, British West Indies [now Barbados]
 35 
Flume
(Australian Musician, DJ and Record Producer)
Flume
3
Birthdate: November 5, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Australian electronic musician and DJ Harley Edward Streten, is better known as Flume, a moniker he chose inspired by his favorite Bon Iver song. From being a saxophonist in his school band, Flume ended up releasing a debut album that topped the Australian and New Zealand charts.

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Taboo
(Rapper)
Taboo
5
Birthdate: July 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California
 37 
Afrika Bambaataa
(DJ, Rapper, Producer)
Afrika Bambaataa
3
Birthdate: April 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
 38 
Steve Jones
(Guitarist)
Steve Jones
7
Birthdate: September 3, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Shepherd's Bush, London, England
 39 
Jimmy Savile
(DJ, Television & Radio Personality)
Jimmy Savile
21
Birthdate: October 31, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Leeds
Died: October 29, 2011
Jimmy Savile gained fame after hosting BBC’s Jim'll Fix It and Top of the Pops. He initially worked in coal mines and dabbled in wrestling, before establishing himself as a professional DJ. Following his death, countless people accused him of sexual abuse. Subsequently, his was Madame Tussauds statue was melted. 
 40 
Thomas Bangalter
(French Musician, Record Producer, DJ, Composer and One Half of the Former French House Music Duo 'Daft Punk')
Thomas Bangalter
4
Birthdate: January 3, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France

French musician Thomas Bangalter had been part of the six-time Grammy-winning electronic music duo Daft Punk for 28 years, before it split. Known for wearing their signature helmets while performing, he and his partner, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, released iconic hits such as Da Funk and Get Lucky.

 41 
Kristian Nairn
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Birthdate: November 25, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lisburn, Northern Ireland
 42 
Ryan Lewis
(Hip-hop Artist & DJ)
Ryan Lewis
3
Birthdate: March 25, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Spokane, Washington, United States
 43 
Jonas Blue
5
Birthdate: August 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London
 44 
Uncle Kracker
(Singer-Songwriter)
Uncle Kracker
5
Birthdate: June 6, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mount Clemens, Michigan, United States
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Bob Eubanks
3
Birthdate: January 8, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Flint, Michigan, United States
 46 
Irv Gotti
(Record producer)
Irv Gotti
5
Birthdate: June 26, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hollis, Queens, New York City, New York, USA
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Dale Winton
(Radio DJ)
Dale Winton
12
Birthdate: May 22, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, United Kingdom
Died: April 18, 2018
Dale Winton, son of actor Sheree Winton, was a popular DJ and radio host. He was known for presenting shows such as Dale's Supermarket Sweep, In It to Win It, Pets Win Prizes, and Hole in the Wall. He came out as gay in his 2002 memoir. 
 48 
Lee Joon
(Actor)
Lee Joon
5
Birthdate: February 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
 49 
JME
(MC)
JME
5
Birthdate: May 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London Borough of Hackney, London
 50 
Porter Robinson
3
Birthdate: July 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, USA