As a Funktasy Magazine annual tradition, we highlight the cream of the crop of international artists, top 10 house DJs, and producers.
The hardest part of of this list is just to narrow it down to a selection of 10. There are countless house DJs that have pushed the musical envelope and created next-level tracks this year. Nevertheless, we narrowed our list to a top 10 based on Funktasy editorial team’s research and analysis of the selected artists’ achievements, performance and music.
So, in no specific order, we bring you our top 10 picks for the top house DJs of 2023.
Mark Knight stands as one of the driving forces in 21st-century House Music, leaving an indelible mark on the global dance scene. With a career steeped in success and innovation, Knight has played a major role in shaping the electronic dance music landscape. As the founder of Toolroom Records, a UK-based independent dance music label, he has not only showcased his diverse production skills and radio shows but has also provided a platform for many emerging artists to thrive.
Mark Knight has a dynamic approach to music as he seamlessly blends elements of house, techno, and various electronic genres in his extensive catalog of tracks and remixes. Beyond the studio, his prolific DJ performances have hyped major festivals and clubs worldwide. In 2023 Mark Knight unveiled his latest venture and record label, Fool’s Paradise, a testament to his dedication to musical exploration. As he continues to lead the charts and dominate dance floors globally, Mark Knight’s impact on the house music genre remains one-of-a-kind.
A Grammy-winning producer and DJ, Diplo’s career spans multiple genres, with his inclusive approach to combining different elements such as house, electronic, and world music.
He has crafted hits like “Where Are Ü Now”, “Elastic Heart”, and “Lean On” with top-tier artists which ultimately boosted him to fame and recognition. Beyond his chart-topping collaborations, Diplo is quite involved in solo work and founding Mad Decent, a record label that has been pivotal in shaping the house music landscape.
Just in 2023, Diplo headlined 17 festivals globally and even played set from a hot air balloon at the 35th Burning Man Festival in Nevada. Now if that doesn’t scream “Top 10” then we don’t know what does!
Todd Terry, is an iconic American DJ, producer, and remixer renowned for shaping the landscape of house music; he is also Grammy-nominated. A luminary figure in the New York house scene during the 1990s, Todd Terry’s influential sound seamlessly blended classic disco, the pulsating rhythms of Chicago house, and dynamic elements of hip-hop.
Widely regarded as one of the “most celebrated figures in dance music,” Todd Terry’s musical prowess extends beyond boundaries. He has left an indelible mark on the industry, earning acclaim for his ground-breaking remixes that transcend genres. Notably, Terry delivered two of the most respected crossover remixes of the house era: the Jungle Brothers’ “I’ll House You” and Everything But The Girl’s “Missing”.
Terry’s chart-topping success is highlighted by UK Top 10 hits, including “Something Goin’ On” and “Keep on Jumpin’”. Todd Terry’s ability to captivate audiences with his distinctive sound has solidified his status as a trailblazer within the house music’s global scene. Not only celebrated for his artistic contributions, Todd Terry stands as one of the highest-paid DJs, commanding stages and captivating audiences in Europe and the United States.
Sama’ Abdulhadi is a DJ and music producer from Palestine. Her love for music began in Beirut, where she became fascinated by the local techno scene. In 2018, Sama’ performed at a couple of festivals including, Fusion Festival and Sziget Festival. These opportunities allowed her to showcase her unique sound and connect with audiences on a larger scale, which gave her a chance to get recognized on a global scale. As her career progressed, Sama’ achieved yet another significant milestone in her musical Journey in July 2023 when she completed her very first Mix for BBC Radio 1.
Introducing the sensational Honey Dijon, a visionary DJ hailing from the vibrant city of Chicago. Renowned as a taboo-breaking figure in the world of house music, Honey has carved a distinctive niche for herself within the tapestry of underground electronic music. Her artistic signature encompasses a blend of golden-era disco, techno, and house, with a unique ability to reimagine dance floor classics through her mesmerizing remixes. Honey Dijon has graced some of the world’s most iconic venues.
Elevating her status to an icon, Honey has made countless contributions to the music industry, co-writing, and co-producing standout tracks such as “Cozy” and “Alien Superstore”, both featured on Beyoncé’s ground-breaking “Renaissance” album. In addition to her remixing prowess evident in tracks like Beyonce’s “Break My Soul” and David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance”, she has showcased her originality through her debut 2017 album, “The Best of Both Worlds”, and her sophomore release in 2022, “Black Girl Magic”.
Jamie Jones, an icon in electronic music, blowing past boundaries and earning the status as the visionary behind the influential Label, Hot Creations. He first soared to fame from London’s mid 2000’s warehouse scene, becoming integral to Ibiza’s music landscape securing residency at DC-10’s Circoloco in 2010. Globally recognized, he topped Resident Advisor’s 2011 DJ poll and consistently ranked in DJ Mag’s Top 20 until 2017.
The launch and relocation of Paradise in 2013 marked a global sensation. Jamie’s extensive touring, pioneering sound in Las Vegas, and blending of classical and electronic music showcase his natural talent and innovative mindset.
As a studio virtuoso, his Hot Creations label, with 100+ releases, and acclaimed remixes like “Hungry For The Power,” prove his lasting impact in the electronic music scene and why he deserves his earned spot on Funktasy’s top house DJs of 2023.
Hot Since 82
Synonymous with soulful, deep house grooves, Hot Since 82, also known as Daley Padley, is considered an elite in the global house music scene.
His debut album “Little Black Book” and following releases have garnered international acclaim. What sets him apart is his ability to consistently deliver immersive and atmospheric tracks combined with his hypnotic live sets which has given him a Funktasy Top 10 place in 2023.
Padley’s live sets always have a different theme such as cathedral or rave. He always brings so much energy and passion that would even make a non-fan start dancing and pumping their fists.
No introduction needed!
With iconic hits like “Love Generation”, and “World, Hold On”, Bob Sinclar is a prominent Parisian producer and DJ who continues to shape the house music scene with his sound.
Sinclar is a true luminary as his music transcends border and language popularizing the house genre on a global scale. In addition to that, he has the exceptional capability of blending elements of funk, soul, and disco into his tracks making him a true sensation.
Sinclar’s sets are captivating with his arsenal of albums to make sure the audience never catches a break.
Fedde Le Grand
Dutch DJ and music producer Fedde Le Grand began to create a name for himself in the mid- 2000s with his famous song “Put Your Hands Up for Detroit,” making himself known, in the electronic dance music scene. In 2007, Fedde achieved a major milestone in his music career by winning the IDMA Award for the Best Breakthrough Solo Artist.
Fedde has also collaborated with top artists and DJs such as Nicky Romero and Dimitri Vegas. In 2023 he continues to take over stages at festivals such as Electric Daisy Carnival and Creamfields with some of his most popular hits like “Let Me Think About It” and “Rhythm of the night”.
The Martinez Brothers
The Martinez Brothers, a DJ duo from New York, have made a massive impact on the electronic music scene. Since the early 2010s, they’ve become known for their lively performances and urban style. They’ve collaborated with famous artists such as Disclosure, Miss KiHn, and Green Velvet, and headlined festivals such as Tomorrowland, Coachella and Movement Detroit.
In 2023, the Martinez Brothers are continuing their music journey with their unique sound. They are headlining at some of the biggest festivals and collaborating with top artists. They’ve become a household name for hotspot clubs, venues and released acclaimed music.
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