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You've come along way baby..

..said Fatboy in 1998. It seems this has also held true for the EDM scene. We’ve weathered electro, tech house, complextro and are currently surrounded by Skrillexicans, hands raised to the sky in their fervent admiration of anything the prolific Mr Moore touches.

But where to from here? What does the future of EDM hold? With artists like Madeon producing incredibly melodic pop content and influenced by legendary electronic producers and artists such as Stuart Price (Thin White Duke/Jacques Lu Cont), and the up-and-coming wunderkind ‘Zedd’ (Shotgun/Spectrum) cranking out remixes for Wolfgang Gartner and Swedish House Mafia, is our preference changing to more of a ‘let’s-hug-it-out’ vibe? Or, on the other side of the spectrum, with AraabMuzik able to reduce an MPC to a smoking pile of circuitry in one performance, are we descending into the depths of glitchy, electro loops and arpeggiated insanity?

And what of the club scene? Will speaker stacks and stomach-churning low frequencies be replaced with complimentary wireless headphones handed out at the door, where different rooms in the venue cater for multiple music preferences? …the DJ stands..above the assembled crowd, fist pumping to the sky, while the only sound that can be heard is the shuffling of feet and the electronic whir of the lighting rig as the strobes and UV’s change bounce off the assembled crowd and their matching earbuds…sure, it may sound bizarre now, but perhaps not so far from reality as we may think.

So the question still remains, where to from here for EDM? For those that have been around the scene long enough to see influences come and go, there appears to be a cyclic feel to the music style du jour. In short, what goes around, comes around. Same flavour, but very different ingredients; always with a new twist. And we return, insatiable individuals that we are, to feed again and again.

By | 2016-12-02T15:08:06+00:00 July 18, 2012|Opinion|7 Comments
  • KHX

    EDM is becoming so commercial with big festivals and marketing so it will implode. Long term small clubs and underground will become its roots, again. Until the next cycle 10 years from now.

    • pure EDM

      We still have a long way to go…

  • You’re an idiot

    “For those that have been around the scene long enough to see influences come and go…”

    Um, seriously? Anyone that refers to electronic music as “EDM” hasn’t been around “the scene” for more than the last couple years. You’re brand new and have simply been spoon-fed what corporate America wants you to consume. Your demographic is a great moneymaker for them. What are you, 17? No wait, 20? Do you seriously take yourself seriously??

    • DJ Pete Knocks

      @You’re an idiot – It’s not that serious, really. But I do understand what you are saying. EDM is a corporate term. I prefer the term electronic music too. I use to see my favorite DJ’s play in clubs, not over priced, over crowded festivals, lame.

  • Pete knocks

    I like this EDM Roundup, great job…