To their fans, DJs known as mysterious figures who can make their hearts melt with the push of a button, but this year we saw a growing trend of producers becoming the biggest pranksters out there.
Looking back at 2012, we at Into the AM compiled our top five favorite moments of trollish trickery in the world of EDM:
5. Dillon Francis Dropping His Pants
DJs are always up on some elevated stage, behind a booth or a table, so the audience rarely knows what exactly could be going down up there. And trust me, things go down.
This year, however, the only thing going down for Dillon Francis was his pants. "I told the photographer," Francis said. "Hey I’m going to take my pants off while I’m DJing, I want you to take a photo of me lifting my hands up and everyone going crazy, but little do they know - I have my pants off behind the DJ booth."
4. Deadmau5 Running Up Skrillex's Phone Bill
Joel Zimmerman, the man beneath Deadmau5' glowing helmet, is known for his constant shananagins.
His apperance at this year's Grammy awards, where he trotted down the read carpet sporting a shirt that displayed Skrillex's real cell phone number above the classic taunt "u mad bro?," had to be his greatest troll to date.
3. Name Games
A recent trend in DJ pranking has been to tell unsuspecting, and unknowlegable, publications a false name when conducting interviews.
This year, Dillon Francis convinced a newspaper to publish a press shot of him - which was actually a picture of Tiesto - and trap producer CRNKN has used several fake names on his soundcloud ranging from famous Swedish warriors to Hey Arnold characters.
2. Daft Punk Rumors
"HOLY SHIT DAFT PUNK IS PLAYING _______" has been on our newsfeeds, timelines, twitters and tumblrs all year. Whether it be Ultra, Coachella, or an entire world tour, rumors have been flying relentlessly; Although, most of them proven to be nothing more than elaborate tricks.
Fans are left to wonder: will Daft Punk ever come back? Have they really turned down million dollar offers for shows? Who knows, but one thing is sure, the rumors will not end soon.
We've all heard it, we all loved it at some point, and honestly - props to Avicii for creating the most talked about track of 2O12.
From Kanye and JayZ encoring it 6 times a night on their tour, to Zedd proclaiming it to be his favorite "Swedish House Mafia" song and even including it in the "Thank You" credits for his album "Clarity". Everyone couldn't help but pronounce their good feelings this year.