House music has been around for three decades now, and over the course of that time, we’d conservatively estimate that there have been approximately 100,000 professional DJs specializing in the genre. Let’s say that one percent of those jocks qualify as really good; that still leaves us with a thousand four-to-the-floor champs. How on earth can you narrow that down to a 10-best house music DJs list? To ease the process, we’ve given ourselves a few guidelines.
First, and most obviously, our winners have to spin predominantly from the house genre. Sure, DJ Harvey, Danny Krivit, François K, Mr. Ties and Prosumer are among the world’s best dance music spinners, but their wide-ranging tastes take them out of the running. Similarly, a pioneer like Bruce Forest is certainly a top-tier talent and was an early adopter of the house sound, but as a DJ, he’s probably known more for his pre-house prowess as his post-house chops. Also, our choices need to have stood the test of time, which is why our 10 faves are all clubland lifers: Ask us again in a decade, and you might find the likes of the Black Madonna, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Kim Ann Foxman and other NYC nightlife regulars on this list. Finally—and most importantly—these DJs need to have that something special, that ineffable quality that turns a good DJ into a great one. They’re able to transport us—to make us laugh, make us cry, and make us fall in love with house all over again. Honorable mentions include David Morales, Justin Strauss, Mike Huckaby, Kerri Chandler, Move D, Junior Vasquez, Jimpster, DJ Sneak…the list goes on and on and on and on.