Producers vs. Keyboard Players: Why Does Instrumental Electronic Music Feel Like Its Own Genre?

All the way back when we attended the 2013 Winter Music Conference, there was a quote Secret Society’s Frank Lords said during one of the panels: “There’s nothing like the dirt in analog. I don’t think you can really pull that out of a digital plug-in.” And to a certain [...]

By |2013-10-21T00:00:00-04:00October 21, 2013|Categories: News|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: , , , , , |

Jay Z’s ‘Picasso Baby’ and the Music Video

In the scope of electronic dance music, videos have long seemed secondary. In spite of bigger budgets, themes primarily feature dancing, or in certain instances, the budgets are so low and the execution so shoddy that EDM videos are the medium’s B-movies. More recently, Vyclone unveiled an app that could [...]

By |2013-08-05T00:00:00-04:00August 5, 2013|Categories: News, Opinions, Reviews|Tags: , , , |

The Bad and the Bizarre: Electronic Music Videos from the 80's and 90's

It’s really only been this year that electronic dance music videos have won awards on a greater, industry-wide scale, but within the scope of the genre, visuals have been added to such tracks for over the past 30 years. But within the dichotomy of dancing on a soundstage and a [...]

By |2013-01-17T00:00:00-05:00January 17, 2013|Categories: Opinions|Tags: , , , , , , |

When EDM Isn’t Released Through a Dance Music Label

When most think of electronic dance music labels, the larger names like Ultra and Ministry of Sound automatically pop up. Then, there are the efforts started by the producers and DJs themselves, some successful like Armada and others, like Sasha’s EmFire, operating on a smaller or entirely producer-exclusive scale. But, [...]

When “Play” is More Than Pressing a Button: Live EDM Acts

In recent months, the button pushing myth of making EDM came under fire, with Deadmau5 revealing many prominent festival performers essentially mime on stage. Yet, while the genre’s more well-known festivals are filled with DJs, authentically mixing or just pressing a laptop spacebar, electronic music has a long live tradition. [...]

New Order at the Roseland Ballroom Review: Classic Synth-Pop Act Touches on All Aspects of its History

Modern-day electronic music owes a great deal to New Order, of seminal 1983 dance single “Blue Monday.” That being said, the band’s 30-plus year career has never kept on a strictly electronic path, starting out as quintessential post-punk outfit Joy Division, experimenting with synths and sequencers early on, dabbling in [...]

By |2012-10-24T00:00:00-04:00October 24, 2012|Categories: Artist Profiles|Tags: , , , , |

EDM Music Videos: Bigger Budgets but Just as Forgettable?

Just as EDM is being treated like a valid genre, its music videos are beginning to experience recognition. Deadmau5, in his cover story for Rolling Stone, spoke about his just-released music video “Professional Griefers.” Reportedly, “Professional Griefers” is the most expensive EDM video ever, with Joel Zimmerman contributing seven figures [...]

By |2012-10-02T00:00:00-04:00October 2, 2012|Categories: News, Opinions|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

EDM News Roundup: Week of September 21

At the peak of EDM news coverage this week, Markus Schulz beat out a growing list of U.S.-based DJs and producers for America’s Best DJ. Do you agree with this, or should someone else have taken away the award? The Award Ceremony, which will feature sets from both Schulz and [...]

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