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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 [...]

HIIO: Big Room Dance Music Out of South America

When you think of EDM, South America isn't the first continent that comes to mind. Yet, this part of the Southern Hemisphere has its own scene, with HIIO, the duo of Ortzy and Nico Hamuy, leading the way. Together, they’ve amassed 20 Beatport Top 100 tracks between them. However, it [...]

What is “House Music,” Anyway?

I came across an interview with Robbie Rivera in Las Vegas Weekly about his club shows and recent remix “100% Pure Love.” Rivera goes through the motions of promoting himself but then makes a statement about modern house music. “It’s bullsh*t,” he says. “There’s this little thing going on I [...]

Should Mainstream Dance Music Producers Criticize EDM?

Remember after the second Transformers movie hit theaters, actress Megan Fox went to the press to call director Michael Bay “Hitler”? Fox’s foot-in-mouth approach seriously cut into her career, and these days, she’s better known as being Brian Austin Green’s wife than actually doing anything. So what does this have [...]

Digitally Imported Eyes Lofty Expansion Plan, But Is It a Good Idea?

Digitally Imported – the streaming radio service geared specifically toward electronic dance music subgenres – has stood out over the years for a handful of distinctive reasons. One, it’s one of the first online radio stations, started by creator Ari Shohat in 1999 from his college dorm room to play [...]

Miami Bounce: An American Producer’s Answer to the Melbourne Sound

“Melbourne Bounce” has been one of those dance music buzzwords tossed around over the past year. After what was dubbed the “Australian wave” in 2012, with performers like Feenixpawl, Tommy Trash, and Nervo getting global recognition, the subgenre also known as “Melbourne House” seems redundant at a glance – after [...]

Trance Singer JES Talks “High Glow” Re-Release, New Music: Our Interview

If you've listened to trance music over the past decade, there’s no need to introduce JES. You’ve likely heard her distinctive vocals on high-charting tracks from Tiesto, BT, Paul Oakenfold, Kaskade, and Above & Beyond, among other prominent genre producers. Now re-releasing hit single “High Glow,” a Tiesto collaboration from [...]