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The Rise of Electronic Dance Music

By Lucas Paradis / Log Staff Writer
On April 20, 2012

Music is constantly evolving, and always will.

Every few decades or so music will change. It trends to what the people want to hear.

Back in the 1960s, there were bands such as The Who and The Beatles," who were the face of music at that time.

The 1970s brought about Cher, Simon & Garfunkel and Earth, Wind and Fire, among other acts. Madonna made the 1980s interesting, while the 1990s had the uprising of rap and hip-hop, which has been the trend for the past two decades.

Hip-hop evolved with artists such as Chris Brown and Lady Gaga, but a new genre of music-- electronic music--is on the rise.

Electronic dance music (or what most people know as Techno) has been around since the early 1980s. Kraftwerk was one of the first major techno groups to hit it big, and since then it has evolved to what you see today.

Notable artists who've made a name for themselves include Dave Guetta, Afrojack, Deadmau5 (pronounced dead mouse), and Tiesto.

Dave Guetta has collaborated with well-known artists such as Nicki Minaj, Usher and Pitbull. A new trend has developed, which hip-hop artists are converting to.

The idea of having electronic music as the basis for the song, which use to seem far-fetched, is starting to come about.

The conversion to this style of music is on the rise and is taking over the industry day by day.

While it's going at a slow pace, more and more artists are switching to this style of music, because the music trend is changing.

The nightclub scene loves this switch, because people can dance to electronic music. This style can be found in a lot of clubs all over the world. Lots of people go clubbing in the U.S., and they want to hear music they can dance too. Electronic music does the job.

Europeans have been into this culture for some time now, as it began the underground trend back in the 1990s, and since then it has grown to become one of the top music genres to listen too.

To help promote electronic music, there are festivals all over the world.

Europe's most notable festival, Tomorrowland, is held in Belgium and has roughly 120,000 people visit every year over a span of three days. In fact, it was voted best summer festival in onlyforDJs. Fr (Fr is France's web domain).

The United States also holds a few electronic festivals as well. Notable festivals include Electric Zoo, which is held in New York City; Electric Daisy Carnival, held in Las Vegas; and Ultra Music Festival, held in Miami.

Ultra Music Festival is one of the world's largest festivals, attracting more than 150,000 fans from all over the world.

Electronic dance is on the rise and will become more recognizable, and will make a bigger impact on the music industry as the years go on.


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