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The Resident Advisor Poll Has Been Axed

Resident Advisor have chosen to stop the poll for a number of reasons.

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Polls are extremely challenging to control and sometimes do not have a true meaning as to what they represent. There has been huge controversy over many polls, such as the DJ Mag Top 100 which many state as a popularity contest which doesn’t truly represent the “Best DJs” in the world. The Resident Advisor Poll was directed more towards the underground dance music scene. However they have chosen to stop their poll for a number of reasons.

Last year in the Resident Advisor Poll for their top 100 DJs, Dixon reigned supreme once again. He fought off competition from Jackmaster, Tale Of Us, Bicep, Adam Beyer and many others who featured in the Top 10. However Resident Advisor (RA) have released a number of reasons as to why they are stopping the poll. With the first poll starting 2006 with content curators looking after the chart, it changed in 2008 to fans and visitors, and it changed drastically.

What began as a lighthearted way to praise our favourite artists and toast the year gone by had become something of more serious consequence: an industry index influencing many different parts of club culture, from event lineups to artist fees to the atmosphere of the scene in general (especially at this time of year). Over time, it became our most-read piece of content

Resident Advisor go on to state that the chart contains mainly white males, which is not a fair representation of the dance music scene that exists. It especially does not represent how dance music began. They also go on to say that ranking DJs and artists isn’t fair, as it does not reflect the true quality of the artists. Counteracting this, they have announced a number of features which will highlight certain artists, albums and singles, rather than rank them.

It’s a tough one to really grasp, due to polls being so controversial and the huge debate which surrounds them. It is a very big call from Resident Advisor to axe their poll, and this seems to be a similar feeling around many, agreeing with some of their reasons, while disagreeing with others.

You can read the full statement regarding the Resident Advisor poll here.

Resident Advisor Poll

Resident Advisor Poll.

Polls are extremely challenging to control and sometimes do not have a true meaning as to what they represent. There has been huge controversy over many polls, such as the DJ Mag Top 100 which many state as a popularity contest which doesn’t truly represent the “Best DJs” in the world. The Resident Advisor Poll was directed more towards the underground dance music scene. However they have chosen to stop their poll for a number of reasons.

Last year in the Resident Advisor Poll for their top 100 DJs, Dixon reigned supreme once again. He fought off competition from Jackmaster, Tale Of Us, Bicep, Adam Beyer and many others who featured in the Top 10. However Resident Advisor (RA) have released a number of reasons as to why they are stopping the poll. With the first poll starting 2006 with content curators looking after the chart, it changed in 2008 to fans and visitors, and it changed drastically.

Resident Advisor Poll.

What began as a lighthearted way to praise our favourite artists and toast the year gone by had become something of more serious consequence: an industry index influencing many different parts of club culture, from event lineups to artist fees to the atmosphere of the scene in general (especially at this time of year). Over time, it became our most-read piece of content

Resident Advisor go on to state that the chart contains mainly white males, which is not a fair representation of the dance music scene that exists. It especially does not represent how dance music began. They also go on to say that ranking DJs and artists isn’t fair, as it does not reflect the true quality of the artists. Counteracting this, they have announced a number of features which will highlight certain artists, albums and singles, rather than rank them.

It’s a tough one to really grasp, due to polls being so controversial and the huge debate which surrounds them. It is a very big call from Resident Advisor to axe their poll, and this seems to be a similar feeling around many, agreeing with some of their reasons, while disagreeing with others.

You can read the full statement regarding the Resident Advisor poll here.

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