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World's Least Douchey DJs: The Top Five

Earlier this month, Crossfade's sister blog West Coast Sound kicked up lots of controversy and a massive comment thread with a list of the World's Douchiest DJs. And predictably, it was hotshot commercial EDM megastars like Tiësto and Paul Oakenfold who made the cut.

Now we here at Crossfade have been known to talk our fair share of shit. But just so you know that we aren't on a strict haterade diet, we thought it would only be fair to list the world's least douchey DJs.

Granted, the international EDM industry is driven mainly by big egos and even bigger pockets. But there's a few blessed souls who've used (and continue to use) the music to actually give back to humanity.

1. Umek

Slovenian DJ-producer Uros Umek is testament to the fact that being a commercially successful international DJ superstar doesn't mean you have to be a douche. Back in 2005, Umek single-handedly founded the Party for a Cause humanitarian music festival. Going down every year in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, Umek's event raises funds and generates support for both local and international charity organizations, benefiting victims of crime and children with cancer, among others. Party for a Cause draws upwards of 30,000 people each year, with performances by Umek and other international heavyweight headliners like Carl Cox. Our hat goes off to anyone -- let alone a DJ -- who can move that many people for a good cause.

2. Jay Haze

American DJ-producer Jay Haze was probably destined for a career in the Peace Corps, if he hadn't found his musical calling first. After all, he's been an active charity worker since his teens. And he certainly didn't allow his international success as a globetrotting DJ to get in the way of being a dedicated philanthropist. After witnessing third-world poverty firsthand in Lima, Peru, Haze teamed up with the Tuning Spork label to organize a series of international charity events called Toys & Needs. But his humanitarian efforts did not stop there. Haze's DJS4DRC campaign in 2009 helped women and children affected by rape and violence in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, raising a whopping €100,000 through Haze's donation of all profits from his Fabric 47 mix CD. Talk about giving back!



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