More Than The Lowest Common Denominator: Making Electronic Dance Music Seem Less “Dumb”

It’s easy to dismiss James Murphy, formerly of LCD Soundsystem and now a solo act, producer, and DJ, as a hipster who never grew up. But despite ties to Brooklyn and producing Arcade Fire’s latest album, Murphy has some cogent observations about dance music and DJing that all performers – [...]

EDM News Roundup: Week of February 22

Plenty of new releases came out or were announced over the past week, ranging from progressive house to more trap. What can you expect? For new material that’s already out, Juicy J and The Weeknd collaborated on “One of Those Nights”. Meanwhile, Cedric Gervais makes Lana Del Rey more listenable [...]

Beat Education: Bringing the “Other” Side of Electronic Music to the Masses

This past fall brought two innovative DJ tours to North America. While, ordinarily, the concept of Richie Hawtin or Boys Noize playing a string of U.S. and Canadian dates is nothing extraordinary, particularly considering the quick rise of the genre stateside, both performers set out with similar agendas: To teach [...]

By |2013-02-04T00:00:00-05:00February 4, 2013|Categories: Opinions|Tags: , , , , |

Innovative Approaches to Performing Electronic Music

“It’s dull, boring.” “Just a guy pushing buttons.” “What am I supposed to be looking at?” How many times have you heard the above sentiments used to describe an electronic music performance? No matter if a synthpop act triggers samples from an Emulator II or DJs at Electric Daisy Carnival [...]

By |2012-12-28T00:00:00-05:00December 28, 2012|Categories: News, Opinions|Tags: , , , , , |

New Year’s Eve 2013: Where are the EDM Events?

For the average individual, New Year’s Eve is a celebration – a time you look around for the best party to knock back a few cocktails and dance until the early hours of the morning. Yet, for the DJ, New Year’s Eve is the prime time to knock back a [...]

EDM News Roundup: November 2

Halloween-themed EDM nights abounded over the past week, but how else did EDM professionals celebrate the holiday? Ultra Music decided to collaborate with Manic Pumpkin Carvers, and had two of their popular artists, Steve Aoki and Deadmau5, replicated in gourd form. Watch the progression of time for each creation here. [...]

Just Say No to Pop Star Collaborations?

EDM, in the present, has perhaps reached an apex. Producers, regardless of subgenre, now find themselves in a precarious situation: collaborate with a pop star or stay true to your roots? Not all collaborations are equal, however. House and trance, for years, have featured singers, but including a name results [...]

By |2012-09-17T00:00:00-04:00September 17, 2012|Categories: Opinions|Tags: , , , , , , |

EDM News Roundup: Week of August 10

One controversial statement defined this week – and not one from Deadmau5. For those of you unaware, Skrillex produced Korn’s latest album, and now the nu-metal band’s frontman Jonathan Davis mentioned that "North American dubstep is the new electronic heavy metal. It's the filthier, the better in that world, and [...]

EDM News Roundup: Week of July 27

New releases, tour announcement, and a clothing line inspired by Deadmau5 are the highlights of this week’s EDM news. For new music, on Monday, Eddie Thoneick & Norman Doray put out single “Celsius” on Size Records, while, toward the end of the week, David Morales released his third Changes single, [...]

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