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3 Ways Underground Dance Music Can Be Full of It

You don’t mess with something sacred. You don’t spoil a good memory (even if it’s partially false and fully glorified). You don’t talk ill of something so perfect. Underground dance music, or UDM as it’s now being called to differentiate itself from the rest of electronic dance music (EDM), keeps [...]

Native Instruments’ Maschine Studio: A Bunch of Features Right at Your Fingertips

Out for nearly five years now, Native Instruments’ Maschine has set a new industry standard as a hardware-software beat-production workstation. Its functionality bypasses Akia’s MPC, while serving as a high-quality studio hub (but not a full DAW) with built-in sequencing, sampling, and loop slicing. Now considered Native Instruments’ top-tier groove [...]

For 2015, the “End of EDM” is Evolution

The start of each year often means one thing: Publications saying that “this year” will surely be the end of EDM. Instead, with 2015, the trends point less to obliteration of four-to-the-floor beats and huge synth chords coupled with high-pitched vocals. Instead, the end of 2014 and early signs this [...]

Ghost Producing, Part II: If Everyone Does It, Why Not Admit It?

It seemed that, before the end of 2013, ghost producing within electronic dance music was acknowledged but not talked about. Hinted at, yes, but no artist directly came out and said, “Yes, I have used ghost producers,” or “I have a team behind me. Did you think I was a [...]

Komplete Kontrol S-Series: Quality Feel, Excellent NI Software Integration

Announced in September 2014, the Komplete Kontrol S-Series, a line of three MIDI controllers, essentially supersedes Native Instruments’ flawed Kore line with an entirely new set of features and functionality. Three sizes – S25 for a 25-key keyboard, S49 for 49 keys, and S61 for 61 keys, all with a [...]

The Next Big Thing: EDM Producers to Watch in 2015

2014 was kind of a strange year for electronic dance music. On one hand, it experienced a wave of retro-influenced music from Disclosure to established producers like Markus Schulz working with classic house singers, while Melbourne Bounce saw its global presence grow. At the same time, deep house become mainstream [...]

Komplete 10 Ultimate: More Sounds and Effects from One Software Package

Native Instruments excels in two regards: One, how easy its devices are to use, and two, the extensive palette its software programs offer. For the latter point, the variety and quality don’t just benefit the producer making a dance track but further prove to be an asset to those in [...]

2014's Biggest EDM Trends – and Where They'll Go in 2015

It’s a notion that started expanding the mainstream pool of sounds in 2013 and continued through this year. Now we’ve got Tiesto and MoTi trying to create an acid house track, and deep house-lite producers scoring No. 1s on the Beatport Top 10. Yet even with this spirit of experimentation, [...]

Where Did Electro House Go?

With big beats, the huge synths, and vocoders instead of real vocals, electro house took over clubs on both sides of the Atlantic in the 2000s, but since 2010, its popularity has waned. Some might dismiss electro house’s twilight as just another evolution of dance music. After all, plenty of [...]

2014’s Mainstream EDM to Indie Trend: Who Did It Well?

Some say hardstyle was 2014’s biggest dance music trend, while others claim, at least for EDM, it was the year of Melbourne Bounce. But neither holds a candle to another pattern: mainstream producers claiming to go “underground” or “indie.” These two terms aren’t interchangeable, of course. “Underground” implies exclusiveness into [...]