News & Reviews
S.F.'s Gabriel & Dresden score two IDMAs, Tiesto is ‘Best
At the recent 22nd Annual International Dance Music Awards in Miami
Beach, Armin Van Buuren
and San Francisco’s own Gabriel &
Dresden each took two awards apiece, and Trance DJ Tiesto scored three awards to tie
his smashing results two years ago. Meanwhile, Drum &
Bass has its first winner since the genre received its own category.
During the IDMA’s
award show that recognized the best electronic music work of 2006,
Tiesto was awarded two of the most sought after honors -- best global
DJ and best full length music DJ mix CD, for his album 'In Search of
Sunrise Vol. 5' with record label Black Hole Music. He also won a best
Progressive House/Trance track for Dance 4 Life featuring Maxi Jazz
(Ultra Records). Tiesto's three IDMAs matched his coup in 2005,
when he also dominated the awards show with three.
Van Buuren contributed to the ongoing growth of Trance music over the
past year, which earned him honors for the best radio mix show and best
CD compilation, for his album 'A State of Trance 2006.' Van Buuren’s
two awards come after successive years in which he also scored multiple
In an unusual twist that shows how electronic music
artists are making inroads to other genres, Gabriel & Dresden
(pictured left) won a best alternative/rock dance track for 'Dangerous
Power,' which featured Jan Burten in an Organized Nature Records
release. The production duo -- whose birth names are Josh Gabriel and Dave Dresden -- are one of several
Trance and House DJ/producers who have recently made waves in other
musical disciplines. They also were named best American DJ for their
tag team work on the decks.
Meanwhile, Drum & Bass has its first winner since the genre
received its own category with Martin
scoring the best Jungle/D&B for his track 'I Wonder Why.' Record
labels will likely try to sign up Martin now, since he released his
track as a white label and it was a big underdog in the IDMA
competition. Martin beat out fellow Junglists Marky and Bundle, Kenny Ken, TC and Jakes D, and Subfocus.
American Roger Sanchez,
a Tribal House DJ whose reputation continues to rise on the worldwide
scene, won the new podcast category. He surprisingly beat out two
giants in the dance music world, John Digweed and Pete Tong.
To see a full list of winners and nominees at this year’s International
Dance Music Awards, the premier awards show for the dance music
industry, click here.
Over 10,000 ballots were cast to vote for the most innovative and elite
artists, producers, promoters, remixers, and record labels in the
Editor's note: this story has been updated
from a prior version.
Back to News & Reviews Home