Beatport: The Monster With No Teeth

Beatport is the monster that won’t die. Bankruptcy, relaunch after relaunch, and an ill-advised flirtation with streaming have all taken their toll on Beatport. But it’s still here. It’s still a big deal as well. Check how many big name artists shout out to Beatport when promoting their releases on [...]

By |2017-03-15T00:00:00-04:0003/15/2017|Opinions|0 Comments

Is Boiler Room actually boring?

Since it started in London back in 2010, Boiler Room has changed the face of dance music. Through genius marketing and use of social media, it’s given underground DJs who previously played to tens of people, an audience of millions. It’s provided the cream of underground dance music to everyone, [...]

By |2017-02-08T00:00:00-04:0002/08/2017|Opinions|0 Comments

How Deep House Became Banal

A listen to a few of the Beatport Top 10 yields a trend parallel to the same EDM tracks that end up there week after week: Deep house has its own formulaic cuts. Of course, the purists are going to say “But that’s not real deep house!” Whether you want [...]

By |2016-05-02T00:00:00-04:0005/02/2016|Opinions|0 Comments

Why Have Warehouse Parties Gotten So Gimmicky?

The warehouse party is dead – long live the “warehouse party.” A cornerstone of dance music history, a warehouse party has come to be defined as any illegal event – no permit or license – held inside a former industrial location. In some cases, the definition has been stretched to [...]

By |2015-07-01T00:00:00-04:0007/01/2015|Opinions|0 Comments

Krewella Shouldn’t Speak for All Women in EDM

It’s stating the obvious that women aren’t as visible in EDM as the guys. Plenty come up with excuses: Women aren’t as interested in technology, you just have to look harder, or women just aren’t as good producers. This, of course, doesn’t mean that women are completely absent. Several have [...]

By |2015-05-08T00:00:00-04:0005/08/2015|News, Opinions|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2015-04-09T00:00:00-04:0004/09/2015|Opinions|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2015-03-20T00:00:00-04:0003/20/2015|Opinions|0 Comments