“Hardcore Techno”
Best known for: 
“Raise your fist for Angerfist.”
Tune of the year: 
“Nosferatu ‘The Hood’.”
It seems as though nothing can stop Angerfist, so it’s no surprise that he’s found plenty of ways to keep the hardcore fire burning in 2020. Coming in at No.36 in this year’s poll, the Dutch DJ — real name Danny Masseling — kicked off 2020 with a typically stacked tour calendar, ringing it in in Seoul, before traversing across Europe between January and February.
The COVID-19 pandemic quickly put a stop to tour plans, but it hasn’t stopped the masked producer from releasing a ton of music throughout the year. He teamed up with regular collaborator, and fellow Top 100 DJ Miss K8, for the ‘Immortality’ EP in May, as well as singles ‘Mighty Methods’, ‘Born To Rule’, ‘Virtual Disaster’ and ‘Reprogrammer’ over the summer. He even released some animated video game inspired visuals for recent single, ‘R3VOLUTION’.
While he’s managed to play some special socially distanced shows in recent months, fans will be looking forward to catching Angerfist live again once it’s safe to do so. In the meantime, check out his set from DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs Virtual Festival on YouTube.
What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?
“Being father to a newborn, drinking beer and a lot of BBQ kept me sane. Oh yeah, and I’ve been making a ton of new music.”
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
“Person, woman, man, camera, TV.”
What’s the greatest dance music track of all time?
“Public Energy ‘Three O’ Three’.”

What more can we do to combat the mental health crisis in our scene?

“Talk more, and step aside from the egos. We all deal with the same problems, but most are too afraid to open up and share their difficulties.”

Are you personally doing anything to improve the gender balance of line-ups?

“Absolutely! If it’s for line-ups of our own events, or tracklists for our weekly radio show, we always try to give equal chances to both genders.”

What changes have you made this year to be more environmentally friendly?

“I’ve got solar panels installed on my home this year. Other than that, I am always aware to not shower too long and eat mostly biological products.”

What was your favourite toy when you were a kid?

“That badass T-Rex toy from the first Jurassic Park!”

What’s your guilty pleasure?

“I have a habit to eat very salty liquorice before bedtime… Before brushing [my] teeth of course!”