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 [...]

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Returning to the Future: Why Electronic Music is About to Step Backward into Retro Purgatory

Discussions concerning the future of electronic dance music typically cover two aspects: DJing technology and how to promote it. Up-to-date social media knowledge, really, defines the former, while the latter, as we saw back at the 2013 Winter Music Conference, has evolved beyond the turntable-versus-laptop debate to the sounds the [...]

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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 [...]

EDM News Roundup: Week of February 8

Hot Sauce EP on Mad Decent. Additionally on Mad Decent was a preview of new music to come: Diplo and Switch’s “Keep It Gully.” Expected to hit Beatport on February 18 is “Hit It!”, a collaboration from three Miami DJs GTA, Henrix, and Digital LAB. The track debuted over the [...]

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 [...]

Electronic Dance Music for a Greater Good

Although much has been said about EDM’s ascent in 2012, one aspect of it has been significantly positive: music-related charity events. These aren’t your local dance-offs at a club. Instead, no matter if DJs are raising money for a cause or a disaster, top talent brings the crowd (and sometimes [...]

Tweeting to be Clever: Which EDM Twitter Accounts Are Worth Reading?

Social media has transformed into an integral aspect of electronic dance music’s proliferation, from increased chart ranks and sales to tickets. Yet, no performer sticks exclusively with one form. Facebook is typically for promotions and contests, while Twitter, with its minimalist look and 140-character limitation, offers a series of vignettes [...]

EDM News Roundup: Week of October 19

Multiple events and artist tours were announced over the past week. Feenixpawl, the Australian duo behind this summer’s hit “In My Mind,” announced their first U.S. tour, which starts on November 7 and lasts through November. Afrojack is also coming to the U.S. for his Jacked Tour. The DJ known [...]

EDM News Roundup: Week of October 12

Opinions about the state of EDM mattered more than releases and tours this past week. Kaskade stated the obvious on his Tumblr: “Put simply, EDM is not the new kid on the block.” Boys Noize, in an interview with Gawker, called dance music “dumb”. Zedd says he doesn’t like “the [...]

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