Ten Best DJ Booths in EDM: From DJ Shadow to Skrillex, Avicii, and Daft Punk

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Skrillex's DJ booth is a beat-freaking spaceship.
Ask any raver in the world and they'll tell you all about how "I'm totally in it for the music, bro."

But contrary to that theory, next-level, mind-blowing visuals are an increasingly important aspect of the electronic dance music scene.

Some of the best and most beloved DJs from all genres are throwing millions of dollars into their arena-sized LED displays. Mostly because DJs are overpaid. But also because all these music-loving kids are addicted to shiny things.

Now whose stage-game reigns supreme? Well, that should be obvious. But why don't you get that glow stick out of our face and check out Crossfade's list of the ten best DJ booths in EDM.



10. Midnight Conspiracy
This dark Chicago duo plays the heaviest in electro and dubstep. For their most recent tour, they pumped thousands of dollars into a custom 15-foot Illuminati pyramid called "The Eye." This shit shoots lasers like death rays and oscillates colors while filling with smoke. The bros do their thing inside, looking out at the crowd from the eyeball itself. It looks a bit like another pyramid on our list, but we won't call shenanigans.



9. Big Gigantic
Colorado's Big G already had a cult following because saxophones and dubstep are apparently one of the coolest combinations since peanut butter and chocolate. But they kicked up their asking price a bit when they revealed a brand-new rig. Now the guys perform within two totally mind-blowing light capsules. It's quite impressive in person, and the sax still sounds like sex.
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23 comments
brettpyers
brettpyers

You forgot amon tobin.  and eoto.  and pretty lights.  Surprisingly PL had one of the craziest light shows ive ever seen.  Never thought id see the day.  

d.sondermann.23
d.sondermann.23

Pretty Lights? Just saw him at red rocks and his new set-up is so dope

shugat
shugat

how the hell are they gonna put justice and skrillex up there but no Pretty Lights? wtf? or even Deadmau5?

frodotoes
frodotoes

MAYBE pretty lights but nectar doesnt cut it, Amon Tobin ISAM blows literally all of these out of the water

James Spektrum
James Spektrum

How the hell do you leave Amon Tobin ISAM off of this list?

HarryHood
HarryHood

ok, let me just list off everyone you left off that deserved to be on that list. Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, Deadmau5, and STS9 (The Great Cycle Spectacle). There, I said it.

dannymetz12
dannymetz12

well, i mean you left out amon tobin, simian mobile disco, even deadmau5 has a better stage than most of these people, i mean datsik? really? 

Gregory Beato
Gregory Beato

yea you guys forgot about Amon Tobin. His visuals are insane.

Zack Trionfo
Zack Trionfo

Good article...but how can u forget Amon Tobin ISAM

theviirus
theviirus

The one thing all of these musicians (yes I said musicians) have in common is one thing.  They each used their money to build big fucking WALLS to perform BEHIND.  Nine Inch Nails were using the same technology in 2001/5/6/7/8 but performed INSIDE or in FRONT of the big blinkey walls.

 

Jeff Mills, one of the most superlative people to ever grace dance music, pushes his rigs father forward as a form of exhibitionism; showing people what he does while refusing to hide behind a glittery wall.  (re; one man space ship,

 

Impressive visual designs, impressive lighting, all of it is impressive.  Though maybe musicians who dislike being dismissed as "just DJs when we are playing all our shit live" or "pfft they;re all just pressing play anyway...just like my rig-mau5" should stop leaning so heavy on "the wall" and step forward...claiming their craft; not necessarily as NIN-like rockstars, but as technicians who won't hide what they do and refuse to needlessly elevate themselves in an ejaculation of money and glitter.

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