Whichever side of the line you fall, we can all agree that the sanctity of the magazine’s polling mechanism is of the utmost importance. Without that, supporters will no longer have an honest index of the finest DJs in the land, and detractors will no longer have legitimate cause to decry the tastes of the great clubbing unwashed.
It may come as a shock, then, that every year dozens of DJs attempt to game the system, and thousands of “illegal” votes are discounted. But this is what DJ Mag have said in an announcement made today. Underhand activity has apparently been as rife as ever this year, and the magazine has decided to take action and evict one DJ from the poll – Switzerland’s Miss Diamond – with further disqualifications apparently in the pipeline. So, DJs, if you’ve got anything on your conscience, now’s the time to shred those incriminating documents and move to South America.
DJ Mag’s Managing Director, Martin Carvell, said: “This year, DJ Mag has discovered ‘blatant’ cheating and several high-profile DJs are currently under investigation. Our methods of analysis are sophisticated but time consuming, and DJ Mag has to be absolutely sure that illegal methods have been used to acquire votes before evicting DJs from the poll.
“As of today (Friday August 3) DJ Mag are eliminating Miss Diamond from Switzerland from the Top 100 DJs Poll. Based upon our analysis, it is quite clear that Miss Diamond, or those working on her behalf, have cheated. We will be notifying her forthwith. Others will follow over the coming weeks.”
2011′s poll was won by David Guetta, with Deadmau5, Afrojack and more making top 10.