The problem is, EDM has become such a huge complex phenomenon, that describing it with white and black is almost impossible, yet many music fans and journalists are putting it into one of these boxes. The last drop in the glass for me to lay down these words was an article on Electronic Beats titled "Does playing vinyl legitimize EDM DJs?"
In order two answer this question, first of all, we have to be crystal about what EDM is. Contrary to the popular belief EDM is not just BigRoom House and Trap. EDM stands for Electronic Dance Music, which covers anything from Synthwave to Dub-Techno. Drum and Bass, Jungle, Goa-Trance and Splittercore are no different as they all fall under the same umbrella. So where all this confusion came from?
You can't say that a Transporter is a VW,
but a Polo is notIt's simple, people like to believe what they hear, rather than doing a bit of research into the field. So I did. EDM emerged around 2010 when electronic music had really made its foothold in...
Since its debut in Detroit in the late 80's techno has become one of the most influential styles of dance music. It pops up at the most unexpected places and it influences people you'd never think of. As techno grew bigger it found new strongholds, escaping the decaying motor-city. Berlin became the new techno capital, whereas Berghain is the new White House. The effects of this place on the scene are significant at least. The culture that grew around it and the people that are being sucked in by it have gradually turned techno form a harsh futurist statement to a sophisticated neo-classical perfectionist craft.
As I was wandering the fields of Airfield Festival, I already knew that I will have a chance to absorb a bit of all I've described above as the veterans of Berghain like Ame and Mathias Kaden were about to hit the stage. What I didn't expected was the passion and talent that accidentally crossed my paths. I was looking for moments to capture with a crappy lens on my camera,...
I used to say that Romania is always somewhat five years behind the western world of which it wants to make part of so badly. Also I had to admit, that this lag isn't about technology or way of life. We have superfast internet, smartphones with countless cores, many ridiculously overpowered expensive sport cars and a bunch of shopping malls so you won't miss out on Zara's latest collection. The point where Romania falls behind is adopting trends and styles at large. The whole point of throwing this piece of mind at you is because I might think that the Romanian festival scene had proved me right.
Somewhere around 2010 Big Room House made its foothold in the music world, its simple but highly energetic sound catapulted by events like Tomorrowland into the minds of the masses. This was also the very point when "electronic music" definitely took over the world of music festivals. Some four years later, namely in 2014 people in Romania really got into making festivals and the number of...
1. Mano Le Tough - Being Yourself
2. Chela - "Zero" (Clancy Remix)
3. Time Wharp - Cole Dub (M|O|O|N Edit)
4. M.O.O.N - Warehouse (Ft. Glass Teeth)
5. Shinichi Osawa - Breaking Through The Night (Eggo Remix)
6. Green Sequence - These Tears (Alek Soltirov Remix)
7. Uppermost - Willpower
8. Kryspin Kucharczyk - The Unknown (Original Mix)
9. Emil Rottmayer - Endura
10. Ben Landis - Through The Forest
May the good vibes spread around the world. Share!
Also, don't forget to chech out my previous drug compilations! part 1 / part 2 / part 3 / part 4
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1. Please tell a bit about yourself, the description are kind of short of info:
I'm Mathias Kaden, I'm from the East part of Germany, I live very close to Leipzig and I've started in 1995, quite early when I was young because in my area the house and techno scene started very early so I got in touch with music very early. Then I started to try to DJ, I've tried to buy my first turntables, I tried to mix and everything. I had my first gigs when I was 17 – 18 in Germany and around Germany and then it evolved step by step. Now, 17 years later I'm still into music, traveling around the world.
We also have our own label "Freude am Tanzen" it started in 1998 and I have my other label called "Vakant" where I released my first album in 2009. Three months ago I released my second album on "Freude am Tanzen".
I'm not the most active producer, but I'm DJing a lot, and now with the new album I'm doing a live tour. I got a little bit tired of playing music from other people, so basically I'm...
Many parents worry for their children. They fear for their future carrier, they wish to keep them clear of drugs and they want them to have a good life. The question is, what parents should do to guide their children towards an ideal career? If one's familiar with doublethink giving the right drugs to their offspring might very well be a good idea. The question poses, which drugs should be handed over to the kiddo so it won't do harm and even if it does to a certain degree, it will be a warranty for further creative development.
For Guts's mother the question was a no brainer. Music became the drug of choice and the currency to pay for stuff was nothing else but good grades. "I think this is the best drug she gave me" admits Guts. As the time flew by and the record stack grew with each passing minute it was showing much resemblance to what a young black man had in the late 70's somewhere in a rundown apartment of the concrete jungle of the Bronx. "Funk, Bob Marley but the half of it...
Joel Zimmerman is well known for his hilarious online rants, for a good reason. From time to time he nails things point blank. Ten Walls have proved Joel's theory about the gravitational pull of the dance scene, by firing shots at the gay community that contributed massively to the creation of the dance music industry as we know it. "The Loft" was the first dance club ever, where the first DJ mixer of all times have been used. Naturally, The Loft was a gay club, so as the Paradise Garage, not to mention Larry Levan, the resident DJ of Pradise Garage, who was a pioneer of DJing and prodcuing. He was also the mentor and good friend of Frankie Knuckles (the grandfather of house). Before you start wondering about the sexual orientation of Larry, he was also homosexual.
To put it in a simple way, the disco scene had created the spark that blew up the electronic dance culture worldwide some ten years later. 30 years isn't a long time, but it's enough to make an award winning producer, who...
Once awakened there's no room for escape, since all of its systems are fully reloaded in a blink of an eye, and it does pretty serious damage.
The Prodigy has never been a synonym for cute music, but "The Day is my Enemy" is even harder, darker, and filthier compared to their previous releases. Time happens and we're getting older by each passing day - maybe this is the same exact thing felt by The Prodigy. It's a middle finger aimed at physics and its weird habit to let only experience time as it flows forward. My rebel years are kind of over, standing closer to 30 than 20, but "The day is my Enemy" still awakens the rebel inside me. It is perfect to slap kids used to cheesy house in the face, to pull down the faders and scream "In your face". It just grabs all the empathy, and forcefully induced patience and kindness by the scruff and throws them off a 5th floor balcony. It makes you go like "This is it, let's fucking rock".
someone above 40 can make you scream "Let's rock" As a...
We love to watch the blood of the Aliens as it burns its way through the spaceship, we love to trip balls and we also like the twisted noise of the 303.
Acid house is like a fundamental building block of the house universe. There's not much of it on the surface, but the acid sound emerged among the very first subgenres of house and it's still here. It's so far from spotlight that finding "The Art of Acid" was a bit of miracle. Looking at "Modulations: Cinema for the Ear" (brilliant movie, recommend) for the zillionth time had its result. It took 20-30 seconds and a bit of onscreen text to find Hardfloor's "The Art of Acid". As it turned out, it was quite a big find with 10 tracks on the album which is kind of rare these days.
"Analogue Bubbletea" kicks you out of your chair The first two tracks are a good treat if you haven't heard acid since ages or, if you're younger, never. "Necessary Roughness" is a reminder from the era when Phuture's "Acid Trax" was banging on the dance floors...
As electronic music grew from a basement in the suburbs of Chicago to a worldwide phenomenon, reshaping the dance culture and industry, it became the breeding ground of many controversies and debates. If you're reading this article you probably know a lot about it, even if you were living under a rock on Mars in the last 30 years. The screams of fanboys and the angry mumbling of deep-heads can be heard from other galaxies as well, I suppose.
listening to the repetitive sound of Satan There's a lot of talk on the commercial vs. underground topic. Non-music people or if you will it put that way, common people refer to the underground as a dangerous place where the kids your parents warned you about meet to do drugs and other socially "unacceptable" and "dangerous" things while *listening to the repetitive sound of Satan*. On the other hand there is the commercial bunch, who in the eyes of the "underground" are some Regular John's and Janes listening to something that is barely music...
If it comes to cars then it's mostly related to the cursing of the mechanic while trying to reach bolts in the stupidest places while replacing a light bulb. But you've bought that car for a reason, isn't it? It is very likely that the reason for buying a French car can be traced back to things like character and design.
So let's talk sound design. Regardless of what kind of party it is, everybody loses their minds when it comes to "Technologic" or "We Are Your Friends". As we commonly like to refer to it, "French Electro" is always king. We all tend to know what it is, how it sounds, and how much energy we get while listening to it. Of course, to be technically correct what we refer to as French Electro is a large scale ranging from French Touch House to Justice-like Electro-Trash madness. If you look a bit further there is Etienne de Crecy making something that no one understands, or Lifelike who is making top-notch electro-synth.
If it comes to cars then it's mostly related to...
In a recent article about music and globalization, I wrote about the shift in cultural trends at a global level, which are having a direct impact on the electronic scene. I've chosen Japan because that's where the sun rises. Isn't it? So my articles will follow as the sun is rising...
Putting aside all my personal motivations, Japan is a place where, no matter where you look, or even if you don't look at all, you're going to stumble into some weird stuff. Why would anyone drive a car sideways, and why would anyone make cartoons with huge monsters owning skinny girls? The answers to questions like these would be long and mostly useless, even if I had the knowledge to understand them to the greatest extent.
Yet, we tend to enjoy the gifts of the Japanese culture a lot. But how does Japanese electronic music sound like? It sounds like early synthpop; it also sounds like French electro, and it also could be hard trance. Yellow Magic Orchestra, Sinichi Osawa, and Yoji Biomehainka stood...
After an Ultra Miami headliner, Avicii was hospitalized, Joel Zimmerman aka Deadmau5 took his place to rick-roll tens of thousands of people at the main stage. While everyone was expecting BigRoom and "Wake Me Up" the mau5 dropped a heavy parody of Martin Garrix's "Animals". If that wasn't enough he decided to go full techno for his entire set. The set was shared all over and everyone who knows the scene a little, was bursting in tears laughing his ass off. Well played Joel, well played.
2. Dillon Francis invades social media with "clips" that'll make you shit your pants while ROFL. He comes up with the most unexpected outbursts in the most various ways. Even when he sounds serious he ruins it in the last couple of seconds. GEENIUS. (See the best one's on his facebook)
3. Steve Aoki tries to sue Wunderground only to make people laugh harder at him. Wunderground's response to Steve's Lawyer is as hilarious as it could be.
4. Traktor launches its new flagship model the S8....
The interesting thing about these styles is that one does not necessarily have to be British to produce UK garage, nor French to make French-touch house. It all comes down to the sound.
Why can anyone pinpoint these genres as heard? It's quite simple. As far as history can tell different groups off people from all around the world had their own unique way for expressing their art. This art was defined by their surrounding and the conditions they were living in. All in all cultures were mostly far from one another so they developed in different ways. These differences were present all across the history. There were also similarities in music but that was only limited to the technology available for musicians in a given moment of history.
USA was the perfect breeding ground for electronic musicAs time was passing by a few things came along that defined the music of a given region. These were the major artistic styles of the past decades, the spread of religion and the rise of...
At a point something slaps your ears and all of a sudden you're floating. Midsun's track Megathron did the same for me. It is filled with a bunch of things I love. The strange electronic sounds twist your brain but it's not glitchy, it's not chaotic. It's well organized and nicely paced on four on the floor beats. I would refer to it as uber-high energy progressive house.
Everything is just fine until I have to mention the miraculous way of finding the track which is impossible to recall. It was a mere miracle. As I heard it, just as any other music junkie would do, the first thing was to find Midsun and to like / follow him as a sign of support and to get more awesome tunes, obviously. This is where the problem is. I didn't manage to find Midsun on any kind of social media. The record label is up on facebook but the average or the slightly above-average music consumer is very-very unlikely to follow a record label.
No matter how brilliant they are, it is very unlikely for them to...
These days it's about the money, according to some. These people also like to over-emphasize the fact that all is worse than ever. It's not. By looking at the history of music there was no era when there weren't any interests crossing the path of musicians. In the Middle Ages music had to serve the Church, later on it was serving / obeying the system, or it just simply had to meet the expectations of a given era. Today's western musicians are free of the grasp of these forces, but they have a new element to deal with. By the 21st century money became the most powerful unifying force for mankind and music alike.
Money gives one the tools to make a living and the amount of income is a very powerful feedback. Yet money is only a mere tool which aids an artistic industry that experiences freedom like never before. Some of this artistic freedom comes from scientific discoveries and advancements that are constantly demolishing outadted governing principles. Money buys software, hardware...
An uprising takes place in Eastern-European countries. Romania could be considered one of the new wave pioneers with artists like Petre Inspirescu, Rhadoo, Ada Kaleh, Raresh and Horace Dan D just to mention a few. Before anyone would misinterpret what I'm saying, I'm totally aware of the presence of other big musical subcultures based on straight four on the floor beats like Detroit techno, the German tech scene and so on and so for. The only thing is Romania, amongst other nations, went crazy on this line. New venues appear every year and all of these are sold out with prices like 3 bucks for a water in a country where the average wage is about 500$. The other interesting thing is the significant role of the upper ten in the rise of the minimalistic culture.
What are the reasons behind this huge success? I as a non-digger of this genre was fueled by the curiosity to find out what makes this kind of music so appealing to so many people worldwide. The situtation was obvious, for me...
You cannot hear the kick of the bass because the only thing that comes out of the speakers is a distorted roar. It could happen in the most of the clubs and almost all of the improvised venues suffer of this disease.
2. The music is way too "underground" when the crowd is not. It's okay to play tech-house for an MDMA soaked crowd for 12 hours but for non-diggers and random party goers it's just a flat four on the floor beat with some random sounds. This thing also stands for dark music and any kind of musical extremism. Every style has its own place and time. If someone messes up this placing and timing a lot of people are going to have a bad time.
3. Overpriced water. When you pay 3 bucks for a water, while a beer or a coke is 2 bucks, than something is messed up real bad.
4. Free entry. It mostly attracts some "low life" people who'd you like to avoid.
5. Lack of security personnel. I don't have to explain this one I guess.
6. There is no wardrobe or it has a reduced capacity....
When I've found this EP I was in kind of whatever mental state. I couldn't listen to the whole EP. I found it disturbing for my soul at that time. The sounds were very unusual themselves and the way they were put together was odd. Despite all of the above the spark was being ignited inside of me. I knew that I had to listen to it a couple of times.
That was somewhere in the noon. I was doing my daily household work, had a nap and stuff until the point where the day was turned into dawn. I decided to listen to it before I go to sleep. It was a unique experience.
It's like philharmonics on heavy drugs, or philharmonics in a parallel distorted universe. The way that the pieces of the musical puzzle are put together is something that I've never heard before. For the first time it appears to be horrible, like it is falling apart, but if you have the patience to grab the essence than you will discover the magical side of Burial's music.
It's like philharmonics on heavy drugs, or...
Synthesizers are the backbone of electronic music since the 50's. New tracks still show signs of the sound effects first introduced as features of the MiniMoog back in the 70's. As the synthesizers became popular with the spread of the Minimoog a new genre was born with a distinctive mark of being almost entirely made up of synth sounds.
Not surprisingly the style was named as synth. Much creative. Jean Michel Jarre was and still is the first highly popular synth artist. He begun to make a name for himself in the 70's and even to this day he has some pretty amazing concerts all around the globe. (Synthpop came from the same place but as music and sound it became something totally different.)
The pulsating vibe creates a perfect set for a retro-futuristic cyberpunk worldSome ten years later the 80's have made its mark on art with blurry Ferrari F-40s', the Knight Rider series, the Back to Future saga, the Blade Runner and a whole bunch of other stuff that formed the era to the shape...
So what do I do when I don't understand some sort of music? I kick it over the edge shouting shii.... Wait, that's not me! As I was killing my time on twitter and listening the music of my followers I bumped into a guy called Munchkin who turned out to be a bedroom trap producer with some cool tunes on his soundcloud profile. As we were chatting it became clear that I'm talking to someone who's doing his craft by heart and not because it's so trendy and let's throw some samples into a new Ableton project and voila. He had to be the guy to answer my question about trap.
It's enough of my thoughts let's learn how to trap from the man himself, Munchkin.
I got into the world of electronic music way back in the day with Aphex Twin. I was listening to house and DnB, later I moved onto dubstep then I heard trap. After I heard trap for the first time it was a match made in heaven because I always listened to the "dirty south" types of rap like T.I with those low 808 kicks, tons of hats and...
There is really not much out there on the web about Gangsta House but the sound. A few days ago I was on the fourth tab on Google's search results for Gangsta House but I couldn't really find anything but mixes and songs. As days was passing by and I skipped a few on writing the article. After picking up the thing again three days later I found significantly more hits on the topic, so the scene is evolving by the passing day and the duo responsible for the whole phenomena are marching towards fame.
The French DJ – Producer duo Amine Edge & Dance are the guys to look for The French DJ – Producer duo Amine Edge & Dance are the guys to look for. Considered the pioneers of G-House or Gangsta House they have already made an Essential Mix on Pete Tong's highly popular radio show. Of course they have a huge underground prominence by now in France and the UK. I'm very curious to see them a couple of months later if the style gets adopted by the commercial scene. If this happens I...
After giving birth to the sound of acid, deep and many other highly influential sub-genres house took on the 21st century as well. After the millennia electro house was the new sound which morphed into Dutch House by 2009-2010. From this point came the one thing that managed to highjack the ears of millions turning electronic music from a partially underground scene into the most popular genre in the history of mankind. BigRoom House took over a festival scene at a ferocious rate pulling in even those into the vortex of festival fever who were never ever interested in this sort of things. In the same time the term EDM came along to cover those expressions like electronica, electronic music, electronic who the hell knows what under one term, electronic dance music.
From this point came the one thing
that managed to highjack the ears of millions
People love cool sounding abbreviations like KFC, NFL, THC and so on and so for. It was only a matter of time before the popular music was...
Writing is different though. A written text is not aimed towards anyone and it also gives more room for thoughts to clarify themselves. So I don't feel like I'm hurting someone with contradicting his or her theory.
These days it happens that some say that there is nothing new in music
So you hear that there's no real talent and there are no new genres of music. Than you hear At Dawn We Rage and you realize the exact opposite of this misbelief. It is also important to mention here that a certain mindset and background knowledge is required to see that point. But I don't want to dig into that, since that topic will be discussed in detail in a future article.
Back on At The Dawn We Rage their music is a delightful mix of everything. They have some awesome trap remixes along with some smooth cocktail of chillout and deep house. Despite the huge stylistic spectrum of their music each and every track has something in common, which is a smooth and well-paced vibe. Using these sounds the...
House, acid house and breakbeat was melted into one giving a unique sound that defined the electronic scene till the mid 90's. For those who considered 4/4 too organized and saw hip hop as something too loose breakbeat hardcore was the real thing. The pumping basslines, the uplifting vocals and the energizing vibes made the illegal rave scene such a phenomenon in England that police had to intervene on a high profile. It is mad and it just gives anything that one needs to dance like hell and forget about anything.
It is mad and it just gives anything that one needs to dance like hell and forget about anything Than evolution came along and breakbeat hardcore became the feeding ground for new styles like oldschool jungle, bigbeat, Uk garage and Drum and Bass. Breakbeat hardcore became a part of the past and by today is only knew by the people who were living it or those who get stuck in the world of the music like me and many others. The fact is that mainstream music consumers and...
The movie "It's all gone Pete Tong" released in 2004 is the Holy Grail of that feeling. If you haven't seen it yet you got to act fast. It is a basic element of the clubbing culture. Every frame, every word and most importantly every tune underlines that. Where the name Pete Tong is present you have a very big chance to find sweet cherries. This movie is no exception.
Disc 2 is the real deal The soundtrack is divided into two discs. The first disk contains the background music, which is truly meant to be background. It's good but it's not what we're looking for. Disc 2 is the real deal. As you hit play and one track follows the other you will feel the need to get to a pool party at least. Now you might think that house from 2004 is outdated, but you know, good music never gets old. It's like a BMW E30. A couple of years have passed but the stuff still has the rock n' roll in it. In fact it has more. Since you don't really hear house like this a lot nowadays it is quite refreshing....