10 Best EDM Artists and Their Headphones

Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is one of the most popular genres of music in the last decade. Although the term was already in used back in 1985, it was only until early 2010s when it reached its tipping point. EDM artists or Disc Jockeys (DJs) like David Guetta and Tiësto, were at the forefront of this tsunami which generates $20 billion in annual revenue.

Out of the top 100 albums sold in 2017-2018, 36 were EDM

Demands for EDM are seeing no signs of fatigue. Fans flock to music festivals and Las Vegas clubs to catch their favourite DJ spinning their signature tune. EDM festivals sold an estimated 147 million tickets annually. There are also dedicated application like edmtrain to help fans find the nearest EDM concerts.

What Is EDM Music?

How do one identify EDM music and are there different types of EDM?

There is no definitive answer for this. Some would argue that any track made electronically can be labelled EDM, however, other purists would say that it’s a mix of a variety of sub-genres – ranging from big room house to hardstyle.

There are some basic elements that any EDM music will have: A 4 beat rhythmic pattern with measure kick and downbeat (created by high hats and clap sounds).

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There are so many DJs nowadays that you can hardly differentiate one from the other. However, some  have managed to carve out their own sound and are regarded as the top EDM artists in the industry, headlining music festivals year after year. So, today we’re rounding up some of the world’s best EDM artists, and taking a closer look at their weapon of choice, their headphones.

1. Martin Garrix

You can’t have any top DJ poll without mentioning Martin Garrix. He’s been tearing it up on the main stage since before he was 18, eventually becoming the youngest DJ ever to win DJ Mag’s annual Top 100 DJs poll’s top spot in 2016 at 20-years old and again in 2017.

His go-to pair of headphones? The ever so popular V-MODA Crossfade M-100. A step-up from the award-winning M80s, the M-100 is a solid, beautiful sounding headphone that’s built to last. They’re made out of solid metal with tough cables and a collapsible hinge that is an underrated yet extremely useful feature. Plus, they’re just plain gorgeous. They’re the perfect blend of edgy and traditional which suits Martin’s Garrix’s style to a T.

2. David Guetta

The number 1 DJ in the world, according to DJ Mag’s fan poll back in 2011, David Guetta, co-founder of Gum Productions, is one of the few top EDM DJs in the world who prefers to use Beats headphones, but you can’t exactly blame him.

The Beats Mixr was built in collaboration with the French DJ, so it’s no surprise that he’s rocking them himself. And if you look at it critically, the Beats Mixr holds up pretty well. It’s a typical Beats headset, albeit with DJ chops; they’re fancy-looking and compact. The ear cups can rotate 180 degrees which makes it easy to listen to live audio when tearing up the stage, spinning in front of a packed crowd.

3. Marshmello

Marshmello, whose look was inspired by the likes of deadmau5, has been rocking the EDM world since he released his debut album, Joytime, back in 2015. The elusive DJ has hidden his identity behind that mask for 2 years and was only later revealed to be Christopher Comstock, an American DJ also known as Dotcom.55

Marshmello is one of the rare DJs who actually prefers wearing in-ear headphones, something that he has since confirmed via his Facebook page. Although he hasn’t exactly named one pair which he prefers to use over others, he has been spotted wearing the PowerBeats by Dr. Dre Earphones on occasions.

4. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike

The undisputed Kings of Tomorrowland, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (real names Dimitri Thivaios and Michael Thivaios), prefer to use the same pair of headset that Martin Garrix uses, the V-MODA Crossfade M-100. This is hardly surprising. For people who have the cash to burn and prefer over-ear headphones over on-ear ones, the V-MODA Crossfade M-100 is arguably the best DJ headphones available on the market today.

5. Hardwell

The former undisputed World No.1 DJ on DJ Mag’s poll for two years in a row (2013, 2014) belongs to none other than the founder of the Dutch record label, Revealed Recordings, Hardwell. Best known for his spectacular shows on Ultra Music Festival, Tomorrowland, and Sunburn, he has also teamed up with other popular DJs like Martin Garrix, Afrojack, Dr Phunk, and so on, to bring us more eargasmic tracks than our fist pumps can handle.

To make sure that he can deliver the full “Hardwell 360 experience” to the screaming crowds, he relies on the Sennheiser HD 25’s punchy bass, mids, and highs. If there’s one pair of headsets that can give the V-MODA’s M-100 a run for its money, it’s the Sennheiser HD 25. Although less flashy in appearance, the Sennheiser HD 25 can do pretty much everything that the M-100 can, and at a slightly lower price tag.

6. Tiësto

The 49-year-old Dutch DJ, whose real name is Tijs Michiel Verwest, has been around the scene for quite a while, having won the Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical for his take on the John Legend’s hit song “All of me” at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards back in 2015.

Referred to by many as the Godfather of EDM, Tiësto has used a variety of headphones over the years. However, he prefers rocking the AKG K267. And with the AKG K267’s user-adjustable bass boost and dual plug-in feature for maximum comfort, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t use the pair of headphones that he himself designed and tuned.

7. Steve Aoki

When the 40-year-old isn’t busy throwing cake in peoples faces, he’s getting people pumped up and jumping as one of the best EDM DJs around. Steve Aoki has collaborated with a variety of well-known producers and artists, ranging from Will-i.am to Iggy Azalea, and even the legendary Linkin Park. He is a sure guarantee that you will have a-rockin’ good time.

His preferred tools of destruction? Surprisingly, the SOL REPUBLIC Tracks, which comes from the relatively new company, Sol Republic. These affordable, but admittedly good-looking headphones, is proof that you don’t need to splurge to get a crowd pumped up and dancing on their feet.

8. Afrojack

The tallest EDM DJ in the world, Afrojack, who stands at 2.08m or about 6 ft. 9, is a regular in the top 10 ranking in DJ Mag’s annual Top 100 DJs poll.

Same as Hardwell, he prefers to keep things more lowkey and traditional with his go-to headphones – the Sennheiser HD 25. But hey, you don’t exactly need flashy cans that pop when you literally stand out from the crowd.

9. The Chainsmokers

Ever since Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart broke through the international music scene in 2014 with their song #SELFIE, the Chainsmokers have not looked back. Throughout it all, the EDM pop duo, who have since won the “Best Dance Recording” at the 59th Grammy Award for their single, “Dont Let Me Down”, have relied on the V-MODA Crossfade M-100. And that’s the same pair of headphones preferred by other EDM pop DJs like Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike.

10. Zedd

Zedd, the talented 28-year-old Russian-German Stay producer, won a Grammy for ”Best Dance Recording” at the 56th Grammy Awards for his single “Clarity”. He has since upped the ante when he launched the headphones company, “Double Zero”.

When other EDM DJs either collaborate, design or just use other company’s headphones, Zedd has worked with one of the top engineering and design team in Japan to bring his own line of over-ear headphones so audiences can listen to the music he produces the way he intended them to be heard.


What are the most popular headphones that  top EDM Artists are using?

Rounding up, the V-MODA Crossfade M-100 is the most popular headphones used by top DJs with the Sennheiser HD 25 coming in at a close second. Both offer a nice blend of features, including being lightweight and having great aesthetics, which makes them extremely attractive options for both established and aspiring DJs alike.

If you are in the market, shopping for a good pair of DJ headphones, here are some general guidelines:

Wired headphones

A wireless headphone will not cut it. Latency and bad connection is the bane of DJing.

No boosted bass or proprietary sound sculpting.

You only need some enhanced lows and crisp highs. Remember, you’re looking out for the kick drums, snares, and hi-hats when mixing.

Nice aesthetics

To amp up the show factor and make you look good on stage.


For portability when bringing them on the road.

Now that you know what kind of headphones the top EDM DJs in the world today use, you should have no problem shopping for your own DJ ventures.


  1. Not having Alan Walker on this list is a real shame…My favorite edm artist right now and even rivals the great Martin Garrix.

  2. I just purchased 2 sets just for listening to music one is OneOdio Fusion over the ear DJ Bluetooth headphones and the other is OneOdio adapter free closed-back, over-ear DJ stereo monitor headphones are these any good? the price was 54.00 and 35.00

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