Welcome to Part I of The Weekly Show’s Artists You Need to Know! In this segment I will feature music by highly talented, often little-known artists from a sampling of genres. The goal is to provide you all with some great music while giving these artists the exposure they deserve. As always, please like, share, and subscribe if you enjoy these posts, and feel free to leave artists you like in the comments section below! This week’s genre is Electronic Dance Music.
Electronic dance music: isn’t that them newfangled computer sounds?
Today dance giants such as David Guetta and Avicii dominate the charts, but electronic dance music (EDM) has come a long way since its inception. From obscure beginnings in regional nightclubs and raves in the 1970s, synthesized music broke into mainstream culture around the turn of the century. While most EDM builds off of traditional scale patterns and chords, more unconventional tones and pitches (think drops and screeches) remain rather polarizing among listeners. If you are unfamiliar with the genre, give it a listen and see what you think! Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!
Currently a senior at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, KapSlap’s name is quickly spreading across college campuses. He is popular for his remixes and mashups, and he plans to release his first album after he graduates. I find his music great for the gym or going on long runs. You can download many of his songs for free on his SoundCloud page.
When he was sixteen, French teenager Hugo Pierre Leclercq (better known as Madeon) posted a mashup of popular songs to YouTube. The clip went viral, and within two years he was performing at Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Ultra Music Festival. I’m a big fan of his work—he offers a refreshing, often ethereal take on a genre that can be somewhat repetitive. You can download some of his work for free from his official webpage.
According to his bio, Porter Robinson first began experimenting with electronic music at the age of 13 to emulate the sounds he heard in video games. Since then he has received recognition from some of biggest names in the industry, performing alongside the likes of deadmau5, Skrillex, and Avicii. I find that his songs can be used as pump-up music but are also great for casual listening at lower volumes.
Known for his intricate rhythms and hot-headed remarks, Joel Zimmerman, a.k.a deadmau5 (pronounced dead-mouse), has made himself the face of electronic dance music. Critics credit him for spreading EDM’s popularity with music that appeals to those unfamiliar with the genre. His trademark mau5head and frequent outbursts have made him an iconic yet polarizing figure (he once started a fight with Madonna for mentioning ecstasy at a rave). I’m a huge fan of his work, especially his less conventional songs such as Strobe.
So what do you think of these songs? Are you a fan of EDM? Hate this awful machine screeching? Let me know in the comments section below! As always, please like, share, or reblog this post if you enjoy it. Be sure to check me out on Twitter and Facebook as well. Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to subscribe for new content every Wednesday!
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What do you think of these newfangled computer sounds?