News / Arts & Entertainment

Electronic Dance Music Bounds into Mainstream

Electronic Dance Music Bounds Into Mainstreami
|| 0:00:00
X
Carla Babb
October 23, 2012 8:13 PM
When the American Music Awards present their top honors November 18, there will be a new category: Electronic Dance Music. VOA’s Carla Babb reports on the sounds that are spilling out of night clubs and blasting into the mainstream.

Electronic Dance Music Bounds Into Mainstream

Carla Babb
When the American Music Awards present their top honors November 18, there will be a new category: Electronic Dance Music (EDM). EDM is a fresh sound that is spilling out of night clubs and blasting into the mainstream. Anyone with a laptop and the right software can become a composer and overnight sensation.

That's what helped DJ Deniz Koyu begin producing his own EDM tracks.

"Technology changes music," notes Koyu.  "That's definitely the case and so you can say like the computer laptop is the new guitar."

The electronic punch has packed clubs and blasted EDM from underground to mainstream sensation.  

But night clubs aren't the only place to go to enjoy EDM. Massive festivals host tens of thousands, and concert venues are popping up all over the world.

Echostage opened in September and is now one of the largest concert venues in Washington.

"It's not a VIP night club, it's not a lounge like you get a table. It's pure EDM experience," explains Echostage owner Antonis Karagounis.

Armin van Buuren was voted DJ Mag's Top DJ in the world on Monday. He attracted thousands at Echostage in Washington, DC. (Carla Babb/VOA)
Armin van Buuren was voted DJ Mag's Top DJ in the world on Monday. He attracted thousands at Echostage in Washington, DC. (Carla Babb/VOA)


That experience can come with a hefty price tag. Lots of new fans mean places like Echostage can charge $60 a head when major DJs come to town.

Armin van Buuren has been named DJ Mag's top DJ worldwide multiple times.  Van Buuren has traveled to more than 100 countries to bring EDM to fans.

"Being there on the dance floor, seeing the lights, the visuals, the show and you know, close your eyes and take off," says Van Buuren.

Van Buuren's empire includes music videos, his Armada music label, and a radio show with millions of listeners around the world.

Van Buuren says mainstream radio's belated embrace of EDM sparked its rise.  

"It's generated a lot more interest in the style and the music, and uh, you know, I hate to say 'I told you so,'" Van Buuren adds.

It has generated respect too.

This year, DJ Skrillex won three Grammys. Van Buuren attributes that to what he calls the art form of DJing.

"It's not just some guy pressing play," Van Buuren explains.  "I mean, the crowd is the center of everything I do. I'm not a painter just because I want to paint something in my gallery, but I'm painting for the crowd because I have my music palette and that's what I'm painting with."

In the music industry, where artists can be in the spotlight one day and fade the next, the future of EDM is uncertain. But for now, it looks like it's here to stay… for a while.

You May Like

Lebanese Media Unite to Support Palestinians in Gaza

Joint newscast billed as Arab world’s first unified news bulletin in support of Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip More

Photogallery Australian PM Alleges ‘Coverup’ at MH17 Crash Site

Meanwhile, Russia's ambassador to Malaysia denies plane's black boxes were opened before they were handed over to Malaysian officials More

Despite Advances in AIDS Treatment, Stigma Lingers

Leading immunologist tells VOA that stigma is often what prevents those infected with disease from seeking treatment More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Formi
X
July 22, 2014 10:26 AM
Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Relic of Saint Draws Catholics Worried About Immigration Issue

A Roman Catholic saint who is a figure of devotion for those crossing the border into the United States is attracting believers concerned about the plight of undocumented immigrants. Mike O'Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, where a relic of Saint Toribio has drawn thousands to local churches.
Video

Video Ukraine Rebels Surrender MH17 Black Boxes

After days of negotiations, a senior separatist leader handed over two black boxes from an airliner downed over eastern Ukraine to Malaysian experts early Tuesday. While on Monday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously demanded that armed groups controlling the crash site allow safe and unrestricted access to the wreckage.
Video

Video In Cambodia, HIV Diagnosis Brings Deadly Shame

Although HIV/AIDS is now a treatable condition, a positive diagnosis is still a life altering experience. In Cambodia, people living with HIV are often disowned by friends, family and the community. This humiliation can be unbearable. We bring you one Cambodian woman’s struggle to overcome a life tragedy and her own HIV positive diagnosis.
Video

Video Nature of Space Exploration Enters New Age

Forty-five years ago this month, the first humans walked on the moon. It was during an era of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. World politics have changed since then and -- as Elizabeth Lee reports -- so has the nature of space exploration.
Video

Video Chicago’s Argonne Lab Developing Battery of the Future

In 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science awarded a $120 million grant to a new technology center focused on battery development - headquartered at Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago, Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there scientists are making the next technological breakthroughs in energy storage.
Video

Video In NW Pakistan, Army Offensive Causes Massive Number of Displaced

Pakistan’s army offensive in North Waziristan has resulted in the large-scale displacement of the local population. VOA's Ayaz Gul reports from northwest Pakistan where authorities say around 80 percent of the estimated 1 million internally displaced persons [IDPs] have settled in Bannu district, while much of the remaining 20 percent are scattered in nearby cities.
Video

Video Kurdish Peshmerga Force Secures Kirkuk, Its Oil

The Kurdistan regional government has sent its Peshmerga troops into the adjacent province of Kirkuk to drive out insurgents, and to secure the area's rich oil fields. By doing this, the regional government has added a fourth province to the three it officially controls. The oil also provides revenue that could make an independent Kurdistan economically strong. VOA’s Jeffrey Young went out with the Peshmerga and filed this report.
Video

Video Malaysia Reeling: Second Air Disaster in Four Months

Malaysia is reeling from the second air disaster in four months involving the country’s flag carrier. Flight 340 vanished in March and despite an extensive search, no debris has been found. And on Thursday, Flight 17, likely hit by a surface-to-air missile, came apart over eastern Ukraine. The two incidents together have left more than 500 people dead. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Kuala Lumpur.

AppleAndroid

New in Music Alley

Soul Lounge

New Orleans-based Water Seed joins Shawna Renee inside the "Soul Lounge" where they introduce listeners to their latest album, a wonderful fusion of jazz, soul and rhythm & blues. The group also explains how the heart of New Orleans influences each of them as musicians and songwriters.