DJ Mag to “name and shame” cheats in its Top 100 DJs poll

Over the past week, you might’ve seen a screenshot of an eBay listing to buy votes in DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs poll doing the rounds of Facebook feeds. Following the expected flood of knee-jerk indignation, DJ Mag has issued a statement on the ploy. As Managing Director of DJ Mag Martin Carvell has said, there’s nothing to suggest the person behind the listing could actually provide the paid votes. “This was posted in Italy by somebody trying to discredit the poll, and is no longer active as a live auction bid,” the magazine wrote in a statement. “DJ Mag believes that this fake eBay posting was probably done by the same group of people responsible for the video last year that claimed to expose how people could cheat in the poll.”

On the topic of people trying to cheat the system, Martin Carvell had this to add: “DJ Mag takes the issue of cheating in the Top 100 DJs poll very seriously. As the guardians of the biggest poll in dance music, we do all we can to eliminate cheating in the poll so as to make this the most authoritative snapshot of a DJ’s popularity and visibility at any one time.” The magazine has identified “a number” of DJs cheating the system, and they will be naming and shaming them later this week.

After four years in the top spot, trance guru Armin van Buuren was unseated in the 2011 poll. His successor was none other than ever-grinning Frenchman David Guetta. The Top 10 was rounded out by Tiesto, Deadmau5 (his constant reminders that he’s “not a DJ” falling on deaf ears), Above & Beyond, Avicii, Afrojack, Dash Berlin, Markus Schulz and the Swedish House Mafia. “I don’t know how many years trance DJs have been No.1,” Guetta said after the win. “I have a lot of respect for what those guys have done. But I’m happy for myself, and also think that maybe it gives hope to a lot of DJs playing house and electro.” Check out the full 2011 list, from Guetta at #1 to Boys Noize at #100, right over here.