Tenashar is first local DJ in Top 100

Tenashar is first local DJ in Top 100
Singapore DJ-model Tenashar.

Singaporean DJ Tenashar (above) has become the first local to make it to DJ Magazine's annual Top 100 list.

Ranked 87, she is the only solo female DJ on this year's list.

The list, released last Saturday, has Dutch DJ Hardwell at No. 1, with Armin van Buuren, Avicii, Tiesto and David Guetta rounding out the top five.

"It's been a dream of mine to put Asia on the dance charts," the DJ, who is in her 20s, told The New Paper last night over the phone from Hong Kong.

Getting on the list has been her goal since she started her professional DJ-ing career three years ago.

The former resident DJ at Avalon got cracking almost two years ago, "living out of a suitcase" to tour clubs in Asia to raise her profile.

FLAK

While most of her 321,000 Facebook fans have been congratulatory, she has drawn flak online for ranking higher than popular names like Paul Oakenfold (93) and Benny Benassi (89).

Music blog EDMTunes criticised her in a post headlined "Tenashar proves that boobs can land you #87 on DJ Mag Top 100", while others on Twitter have called it a "shame" for her to be listed.

DJ and nightclub co-owner Godwin Pereira said: "I'm pleased to see a Singaporean there, but I was confused by her inclusion.

"There are those who are shocked that someone who is not credible made it to that poll. The question on everyone's lips is, how did she get there?

"The Top 100 DJs poll has gone to the dogs in the last five years. It's no longer about talent but popularity."

But that does not faze Tenashar, who said: "People criticise any way they can. They need to be entertained by something, but those people who said that have probably never watched the high energy performances I do."

tnp@sph.com.sg


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