93. Simon Posford
Style: Eclectic, genre-defying, everything goes in the pot.
Best known for: Playing my own music.
Gig of 2009: Shpongle live at the Roundhouse, London on Halloween.
Tune of 2009: The new Shpongle track 'Ineffable Mysteries' (Twisted Records) seems to be going down well.
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2009: Benji Vaughan
The track that changed your life: Jam & Spoon 'The Age Of Love'
What makes a good DJ great: One who is a pioneer rather than a follower, lighting the way down new paths.
Most underrated DJ: Everybody! There are many extremely creative people, brilliant at what they do, who never make it into the press.
Biggest challenge this year: Playing at a festival in Brazil after a huge storm, and everything on the stage made of metal was 'live', including the decks!
Top tech toy: I have a USB oil-burner, but I couldn't live without my Macbook Pro, running Logic.
Psy-ambient crowd pleaser and multi-named enigma Simon Posford knows exactly the right kind of bouncy, psychedelic techno to inflict on a dancefloor intent on getting well and truly Shpongled!
"A sympathy and empathy with the crowd, combined with the ability to create a journey with twists and turns, magic and surprises," is what is required, he explains. In fact, there is quite a lot of explaining to do with the Twisted Records artist; Simon Posford, aka Sphongle, aka Younger Brother, aka Hallucinogen, is the man responsible for some of the genre's finest bendy moments, with this year being no exception.
"I toured the USA quite hard, playing New York, San Francisco and LA, but it was good to get out into the huge bit in the middle," Simon continues, "and I finished the new Shpongle album, 'Ineffable Mysteries From Shpongleland'."
By the time you read this, it will be out, and he will have also nearly finished a new Younger Brother album, a project alongside Benji Vaughan aka Promentheus.
"It's been an extremely productive year for my various projects," Simon confesses. "I've been transforming the music I made with Raja Ram as Shpongle into a live band with 12 musicians, and performing it in front of very enthusiastic crowds."