Earlier this year, SFX announced a partnership with Clear Channel that will bring a Top 20 Countdown show, featuring that week’s top tracks from online DJ store Beatport, to FM radio. The show will create an unprecedented platform for dance’s biggest hits to reach a wider audience than ever before. The American scene may never be the same.
Longtime dance fans already have some familiar and venerable radio voices: BBC Radio 1 hosts Annie Mac, Zane Lowe and of course Pete Tong. But who might be in the running to host the U.S.’s first big dance show, for a new EDM generation? We surveyed the landscape and came up with these 10 possibilities.
DJ Paris Hilton
Ms. Hilton has made no secret of her EDM ambitions. More importantly, hosting a countdown involves counting and one would assume, if nothing else, an heiress is already good at that.
DJ Lance Rock of Yo Gabba Gabba
Truly a bid for a demographic, DJ Lance Rock would appeal to the future of EDM – listeners who are just now aging out of Yo Gabba Gabba’s core viewing audience. They’ll find a familiar voice on the radio, and a new rave generation will be born.
Have you heard his speaking voice? There’s honey in there. Plus, he’s a genuinely nice guy. We can’t imagine him speaking an unkind word about anyone who might happen to chart. PLUR all around.
By this we don’t mean Diplo and friends, but the muscular Jamaican cartoon character whose name is Major Lazer. Because he is typically armed with unspecified weapons, he won’t take any crap.
Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf of Krewella
In addition to being talented and really in touch with their fans, the women of Krewella know dance music inside and out. They’ll also probably have a wee bit of whiskey before going on air so that’s always fun.
Felix da Housecat
Felix is hilarious and biting, witty and good with a rhyme. It is possible that he’ll get tired of what he’s supposed to be counting-down and just start playing records from his personal collection – but would that be so bad?
DJ Dynasty Handbag
"SNL" only does 22 shows a year, so we’re thinking Kenan Thompson might have time to host a radio show as the colorfully scathing DJ Dynasty Handbag for a few hours every week, bokay?
We are sure the robots have loftier things to do than host a radio show: Plan tours perhaps (hint, hint, boys!), and make more Grammy-winning music. But perhaps they could simply donate their iconic Vocoder voice to read each week’s chart.
In temperament and demeanor, the outspoken and opinionated Joel Zimmerman could not be more unlike the typical genial and diplomatic countdown host. And that’s exactly why we love him for the job.
The truth is, this really is a role made for Dillon Francis. He’s spontaneous, sharp, and doesn’t mind making himself the target of a joke. That’s a radioman if ever there were one. Plus, the man knows music. He’s seemingly indefatigable, so his DJ career could keep on going strong. And he also has an alter ego, DJ Hanzel, who would be welcome to appear on the show anytime he wanted.