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Is EDM Over? A Few Reasons Why Mainstream EDM is on the Way Out

Right before Ultra started its 2016 festival, the Miami Herald ran a piece about how EDM is losing its steam. The piece makes some great points – that clubs charge too much and cater to VIP customers, that big-name DJs are constantly on tour, and that a couple of major [...]

By |2020-11-26T12:03:23-05:00December 16, 2016|News|

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 |2020-11-26T12:03:23-05:00May 2, 2016|News|

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 |2020-11-26T12:03:23-05:00July 1, 2015|News|

When EDM Producers Become Necessary to a Pop Star’s Career

Justin Bieber’s planning a comeback, and is letting everyone know it. If you’ve forgotten, the teen pop star behind hits like “Baby” and “Boyfriend” tarnished his image over the past two years: The kid with the swept hair and high-pitched voice transitioned into a young adult that throws eggs at [...]

By |2015-05-15T00:00:00-04:00May 15, 2015|News|

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 |2020-11-26T12:03:23-05:00May 8, 2015|News|

Touring Deep House: The Best Way to Introduce U.S. Audiences?

Deep house is having its moment in the U.S. Some say it’s about time, but with the subgenre’s newfound popularity comes one criticized aspect: Deep house is fueling similarly massive events and venues that progressive house producers were doing three years ago. Last year, New York City saw Tchami come [...]

By |2020-11-26T12:03:23-05:00April 20, 2015|News|

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 |2020-11-26T12:03:23-05:00April 9, 2015|News|

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 |2020-11-26T12:03:23-05:00March 20, 2015|News|

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 [...]

By |2020-11-26T12:03:23-05:00March 13, 2015|News|
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