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 [...]

Four Reasons Producers’ Own Podcasts Are EDM’s Best-Kept Secret

Within the subject of mainstream EDM festivals, it’s practically a cliché now to talk about how nearly every producer or DJ on stage goes through the same tracks. There’s no air of experimentation, no sense of adventure during a set list, and certainly no moment that makes you go, “What [...]

By |2013-09-27T00:00:00-04:00September 27, 2013|Categories: Opinions|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

An Empty Spectacle: The Relationship Between Visuals and Sounds in EDM

When you look at the presentation of large-scale music festivals and club shows, visuals, you might say, are the best and the worst things that ever happened to electronic dance music. On one hand, the flashing colors and graphics merge to create a dazzling palette, with the music enhancing that [...]

By |2013-09-18T00:00:00-04:00September 18, 2013|Categories: News, Opinions|Tags: , , , , , |

Ghost Producing: What the EDM Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

In the celebrity branding industry, ghosting is a given. Consumers don’t expect The Jersey Shore’s Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi to have written her novels (although it’s pretty clear her experiences influenced A Shore Thing), nor is it assumed Rihanna, in creating her poorly-reviewed-but-successful River Island collection, sat down to put together [...]

By |2013-04-10T00:00:00-04:00April 10, 2013|Categories: Opinions|Tags: , , , , , , |

EDM News Roundup: Week of January 11

The past week was filled with multiple concert and show announcements. Perhaps the largest was Ultra Music Festival. For those not up to date, the EDM festival celebrating its 15th anniversary now expanded to two weekends. The lineup was revealed last Friday, and features the usual crew: Tiesto, Carl Cox, [...]

DJ vs. DJ: Collaborations That Work (And Those That Don’t)

Right at the end of October, Steve Aoki and duo Knife Party announced on MTV a collaboration, a “phat” track called “Pile Driver.” Although the track is set for official release in early 2013, both acts are already including it in their setlists. Of course, over the years EDM has [...]

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 [...]

2012’s Best and Worst Trends for Electronic Dance Music

For every positive action, there’s a negative reaction. For every shiny side of a coin, there’s a tarnished one. No matter which metaphor you use, there’s no denying that 2012 was a paradoxical year for electronic dance music. On one hand, increased record sales, festival attendance, and inclusion at U.S. [...]

By |2012-12-14T00:00:00-05:00December 14, 2012|Categories: Opinions|Tags: , , , , , |

EDM News Roundup: Week of November 23

This past week, the American Music Awards added its first electronic dance music category. Predictably, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, and Skrillex were nominated, with the “Titanium” producer winning. None of the three were present at the ceremony. If you missed out on Ibiza’s latest summer, there’s a chance to experience [...]

EDM News Roundup: Week of October 26

The big news, if you haven’t heard already, is, DJ Magazine’s annual poll was released last Friday. As has been the trend over the past few years, Armin Van Buuren is No. 1 and Tiesto holds strong at No. 2. Avicii moved up to No. 3, surpassing Deadmau5 (No. 5) [...]

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