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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 [...]

By |2015-02-27T00:00:00-04:0002/27/2015|Opinions|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2015-01-27T00:00:00-04:0001/27/2015|Opinions|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2015-01-14T00:00:00-04:0001/14/2015|Opinions|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2015-01-05T00:00:00-04:0001/05/2015|Artist Profiles|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2014-12-16T00:00:00-04:0012/16/2014|Opinions|0 Comments

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 [...]

By |2014-12-09T00:00:00-04:0012/09/2014|News, Opinions|0 Comments