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

Sydney Hostage-taker Failed to Manipulate Social Media

Gunman forced captives to use personal Facebook, YouTube accounts to issue his demands; online community helped flag messages, urged others not to share them More

UN Seeks $8.4 Billion to Help War-Hit Syrians

Effort aimed at helping Syrians displaced within their own country and those who've fled to neighboring ones More

Who Are the Pakistani Taliban?

It's an umbrella group of militant organizations whose objective is enforcement of Sharia in Pakistan 'whether through peace or war' 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.
Putin: Russian Economy to Rebound in 2 Yearsi
X
December 18, 2014 5:13 PM
Russian President Vladimir Putin held his annual end-of-the-year news conference Thursday, tackling questions on the Russian economy, the crisis in Ukraine and Russian relations with the west. VOA's Jeff Custer reports.
Video

Video Putin: Russian Economy to Rebound in 2 Years

Russian President Vladimir Putin held his annual end-of-the-year news conference Thursday, tackling questions on the Russian economy, the crisis in Ukraine and Russian relations with the west. VOA's Jeff Custer reports.
Video

Video Nigerians Fleeing Boko Haram Languish in Camp Near Capital

In its five-year effort to impose Islamic law in northeastern Nigeria, the Boko Haram extremist group has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands to flee. Some of those who ran for their lives now live in squalor on the edges of the capital, Abuja. Chris Stein reports for VOA.
Video

Video Detained Turkish Journalists Follow Teachings of US-Based Preacher

The Turkish government’s jailing of critical journalists has sparked international condemnation and is being seen as an effort to undermine the followers of an ailing Turkish preacher based in the United States. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video Will Pakistan School Shooting Galvanize Pakistan Against Extremism?

The attack on a military school in Pakistan’s northwest city of Peshawar left 141 dead, including 132 children. Strong statements of condemnation poured in from across the world. The country announced three days of mourning, and the leadership, both political and military, promised retribution. VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem looks at how likely the Pakistani government is to clamp down on all extremist groups.
Video

Video ‘Anti-Islamization’ Marches Increase Tensions In Germany

Anti-immigrant rallies in Germany have been building in recent weeks, peaking Monday night in the city of Dresden where tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against what they call the ‘Islamization’ of the West. Germany has offered asylum to more Syrian refugees than any other country, and this appears to have set off the protests. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Aceh Rebuilt Decade After Tsunami, But Scars Remain

On December 26, 2004 there was an earthquake in the Indian Ocean so powerful it caused the Earth’s axis to wobble a few centimeters. Onshore on the island of Sumatra, the resulting tsunami was devastating. A decade later, VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where although there is little remaining evidence of the physical devastation, the psychological scars among survivors remain.
Video

Video Refugees Living in Kenya Long for Peace in the Home Countries

Kenya is host to numerous refugees seeking safe haven from conflict. Immigrants from Somalia face challenges in their new lives in Kenya. Ahead of International Migrants Day (December 18) Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.
Video

Video Turkey's Authoritarianism Dismays Western Allies

The Turkish government has been defiant in the face of criticism at home and abroad for its raids targeting opposition media. The European Union on Monday expressed dismay after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at Brussels for criticizing his government's action. Turkey's bid to be considered for EU membership has been on hold while critics accuse the NATO ally of increasingly authoritarian rule. Zlatica Hoke reports.

All About America

AppleAndroid

New in Music Alley

Soul Lounge

"Soul Lounge" host Shawna Renee catches up with soul singer and songwriter Russell Taylor to hear what he’s been up to since winning the VH1 "You Oughta Know" title in 2013. She also convinces him to share a few songs from his album "War of Hearts."