Best House Music DJs You ABSOLUTELY Need to Check Out


Originating from the vibrant nightclubs of Chicago and New York City, house music is an electrifying blend of 4/4 rhythms, synthesiser riffs, deep basslines and dreamy vocals. What makes this genre so enchanting is its inherent ability to create a communal experience, with rhythms and beats serving as a universal language, inviting listeners from all walks of life to come together on the dance floor in a shared euphoria that feels both personal and collective.

Within this sonic universe lies a rich tapestry of sub-genres with distinct sound and aura — from the deep, soulful grooves of deep house to the energetic spikes of electro house and the smooth rhythms of tech house. At the heart of house music’s enduring legacy are the DJs, the architects of the night, whose skillful hands and keen ears sculpt the airwaves into immersive auditory experiences. They are the curators of the dance floor, blending beats and melodies to tell stories, evoke emotions, and create moments that linger long after the night has faded.

The Pioneers of House Music

In the dimly lit clubs of Chicago and New York City during the 70s and 80s, Frankie Knuckles and Larry Levan were playing sets that would become the foundation of house music. 

Knuckles, with his intuitive blends of disco, soul, and a then-emerging house sound at The Warehouse in Chicago, gave birth to a communal space where everyone was welcome to lose themselves in the music. Meanwhile, Levan's sets at the Paradise Garage in New York were transformative experiences, where the very walls seemed to throb with life and an unspoken connection between the DJ and dancers.

For both of these DJs, their legendary nights set a precedent for what house music could be — a powerful medium of expression and connection. These pioneers laid the groundwork for a genre that would encompass the globe, embedding their souls into the very fabric of dance music.

Contemporary House Maestros

From the 80s to the 2000s and beyond, a new generation of DJs has risen to evolve the classic house style. These contemporary maestros redefine the genre’s boundaries, enthralling club-goers all over the world with their signature sound.


Carl Cox: A titan in the realm of house music and techno, Cox is a DJ whose marathon sets are legendary. Known for electrifying the crowds at Ibiza's Space nightclub, his performances are a vibrant combination of sound and rhythm, captivating dancers in a spellbinding experience that lasts till dawn.

Sasha: Sasha's contributions to the electronic music scene are unparalleled, with his ability to weave complex, emotive layers into his sets. His performances, notably at clubs like Fabric in London, showcase his skill in creating a narrative through music, engaging listeners with a deep, melodic journey that enraptures.

John Digweed: In partnership with Sasha and through his solo projects, Digweed has pioneered a progressive house sound that's both intricate and compelling. His sets, often described as sonic odysseys, have captivated crowds at festivals and clubs around the world, including the famed Twilo in New York City.

Magdalena: With a deep understanding of the genre's emotional pull, Magdalena is one of house’s best-known DJs whose sets are both introspective and uplifting. Her performances at Diynamic Showcases and Ibiza's Pacha have earned her acclaim, showcasing her ability to seamlessly blend tracks that resonate with the soulful and deeper sides of house music.

Sam Divine: Divine's deep and soulful house sets, often heard on Defected Records' stages, are a testament to her dynamic range and deep connection with the audience as a DJ. Her energetic performances are a celebration of house music's roots and future, leaving an indelible impact on dance floors from London to Ibiza.

Yousef: Yousef's sets combine the best of house and techno, marked by his signature blend of rhythm and energy. His Circus events in Liverpool have become a beacon for quality, showcasing his ability to curate unforgettable nights that highlight the genre's diversity.

Rising Stars and Fresh Faces

As the maestros refined the house music genre from the pioneers before them, a new cadre of rising DJs has emerged, infusing the scene with fresh perspectives. Here's a closer look at some of the burgeoning talents who are making significant ripples in the house music industry.

Ben Rau: Hailing from the heart of Berlin's thriving electronic scene, Ben Rau’s productions are a masterclass in depth and groove, weaving together intricate basslines and soulful melodies that captivate listeners and dancers alike. Rau's performances are known for their magnetic energy, drawing clubgoers into a shared high that resonates long after the night ends.

Kristin Velvet: Kristin Velvet's ascent in the Berlin club circuit is a testament to her exceptional skill as both a DJ and producer. With a sound that straddles the boundary between house and techno, Velvet's sets are an exhilarating blend of pulsating rhythms and melodic intricacies. Her knack for crafting immersive soundscapes has made her a favourite among those seeking a dance floor experience that's both visceral and emotionally resonant, marking her as a standout talent to watch.

Sally C: Irish DJ and producer Sally C has been reviving the spirit of classic house music with her vibrant and dynamic approach. Drawing inspiration from the genre's rich history, her sets are a celebration of house music's foundational sounds, infused with a modern flair that breathes new life into familiar beats.

Regional Flavor in House Music

As a global staple in clubs, house music is richly woven with diverse cultural threads, with some DJs choosing to add their spin on the genre with a unique blend of sounds reflective of their heritage.


Themba: Hailing from South Africa, Themba is a beacon of his country's vibrant house music scene. Bringing the captivating rhythms of Afrohouse and Afrobeats, His sets are a fusion of traditional African rhythms and modern electronic beats, creating a sound that's both deeply rooted and globally appealing.


DJ Chus: Hailing from Spain, DJ Chus is celebrated for his contributions to the Iberican sound, a unique blend of tribal, house, and techno beats. His style is deeply influenced by his Spanish heritage, infusing traditional Latin rhythms with global house music elements.

CÉ LA VI: A Stage for House Music’s Best DJs

House music, from its origins in Chicago and New York to its evolution into a global movement, continues to captivate audiences worldwide. From pioneers like Larry Levan to contemporary maestros like Magdalena to emerging talents like Ben Rau and regional champions Nakadia — house is a genre with an unparalleled range of global appeal and versatility that defines the club scene like no other.

If you’re looking to explore house music in Singapore, and experience sets from the DJs on this list, there’s no better place than CÉ LA VI. Atop Singapore’s iconic skyline, our Club Lounge is the premier destination for experiencing the best of the genre. From our resident DJs to featured sets from acclaimed house DJs around the globe, CÉ LA VI offers an unmatched atmosphere to enjoy the pulsating rhythms and euphoria of house music.

Opening Hours

Restaurant

Weekend Brunch

The Brunch Club: Every Sat & Sun from 12pm - 3pm

(Last food/beverage order at 2.30pm)

Dinner

Daily: Opens at 5.30pm
(Last entry 10pm)
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*Set menus are available until 10pm daily


Club Lounge

Regular cover charges applies from 10pm on Wed, Fri and Sat

*Monday & Tuesday: 6pm - 1am
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*Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 6pm - 4am
(Last entry 3am)
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*Thursday & Sunday: 6pm - 3am
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SkyBar

*Sunday - Tuesday: 4pm - 1am
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(Last beverage order 12.30am)

*Wednesday - Saturday: 4pm - 1am (Last order 12.30am)

*$30 General entry - Fully redeemable for food & drinks
(Last entry 12am)

Opening Hours

Restaurant

Weekend Brunch

The Brunch Club: Every Sat & Sun from 12pm - 3pm

(Last food/beverage order at 2.30pm)

Dinner

Daily: Opens at 5.30pm
(Last entry 10pm)
(Last order 10.45pm)

*Set menus are available until 10pm daily


Club Lounge

Regular cover charges applies from 10pm on Wed, Fri and Sat

*Monday & Tuesday: 6pm - 1am
(Last entry 12am)
(Last food order at 11.30pm)

*Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 6pm - 4am
(Last entry 3am)
(Last food order at 1am)

*Thursday & Sunday: 6pm - 3am
(Last entry 2am)
(Last food order at 1am)

SkyBar

*Sunday - Tuesday: 4pm - 1am
(Last food order 11.30pm)
(Last beverage order 12.30am)

*Wednesday - Saturday: 4pm - 1am (Last order 12.30am)

*$30 General entry - Fully redeemable for food & drinks
(Last entry 12am)