The ‘50s are remembered as the breakthrough period for rock ‘n roll, the ‘80s for hip hop, and the ‘90s for alternative. Decades from now, music historians will look back at the 2010s as the golden age of EDM. Electronic dance music, and what a broad term that’s become, is experiencing a massive boom with droves of DJs, mixers and beat chemists constantly experimenting with their ever-expanding toolkits. Just in the last few years, we have seen electropop, dubstep, post-dubstep, trap, tropical house and progressive house burst into the mainstream with EDM concerts proving to be a euphoric destination for the ears, the eyes, and the muscles. The EDM genre is more explosive than it’s ever been, and the EDM concerts are an experience you won’t want to miss. Find cheap concert tickets fpr your favorite artists at Ticket Liquidator, and get ready for an EDM show you’ll always remember.
Electronic dance music is amid a renaissance with producers from around the world all learning the common language of tumultuous beats and exuberant synth riffs, causing new festivals on the dance circuit to spread like wildfire. 2011 saw Miami’s Ultra Music Festival split off from the Winter Music Conference, expand from one to three days and create its own week of special EDM events called Miami Music Week, not to mention it's already impressive invasion of Ibiza, Korea and Brazil. Furthering its domination of the club festival circuit, the road to Ultrafest is now paved with the summer IDentity Festival, billed as the first ever EDM-ONLY touring festival. As if that weren’t enough (and it’s never enough,) rave-heads still have a host of festivals and special events to choose from, including Electric Daisy Carnival, NYC's Electric Zoo, DayGlow tour dates, Cosmic Opera, and the Detroit Electronic Music Festival.
For those who have never been to an EDM festival, it’s far more than the sum of individual EDM concerts. A night at EDC or Electric Zoo is like crossing a retro-futuristic landscape, a dream one would have following a night spent in Tokyo, and a bash celebrating the culmination of all the kinetic energy mankind has ever created. Putting it into words only dilutes the reality. If you’re a fan of EDM, making it to one (or all) of the EDM festivals is nothing short of a pilgrimage.
Many of the festival headliners share the bill on stages worldwide and have already seen their music proliferate into the mainstream. Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix, Avicii, Justice, Kaskade, Rusko, Steve Aoki, David Guetta, Deadmau5, Skrillex, Pretty Lights, Tiesto, Bassnectar, Above and Beyond and Armin van Buuren are names that you may or may not be familiar with, but their catchy concoctions have probably already found their way into your ear canal.
Catalyzing the exponential success of the EDM scene is the use of sampling by Top 40 artists and knowing the value of giving their music some dance club affinity. Some of techno’s hottest DJs have also been tapped to produce records for titans in the industry, including Jay Z, Kanye West, Britney Spears, Usher, Katy Perry, Korn, Rihanna and many others. Even down-tempo, IDM and chillwave artists like Mercury Prize nominee James Blake, Postal Service collaborator DNTEL and Toro y Moi are getting mainstream attention that signals the rising popularity and staying power of electronic dance music.