Ten Acts That Could Save EDM

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Listen up, people. If you still think EDM is exciting and fresh, that's a sign you're a newb. The rest of us have been at this party way past our bedtimes, and we keep checking our watches like, "Are you done yet?"

But just when we were about to pay our tabs and head home for good, all these great acts came out with all these phenomenal releases. We had to do a double-take like, "Wait a minute! This is getting good!"

In the hope that innovation is not dead and copycats can't win, we're clinging to those glimmers of realness, those pillars of the funk, those envelope-pushers old and new, trusting that they'll lead us back to the promised land. If you're looking for a little more soul and a little less commercial garbage, keep an eye on these artists, and don't give up on the getdown. Not today.

Daft Punk
Daft Punk are legends for one simple reason: They always keep pushing forward. Never have they sat on their laurels and just phoned in an album because they knew they could. Every time they do something, it's groundbreaking. Often, audiences aren't quite ready for their latest installment until a couple of years after it comes out, and that's the sign of real visionaries. With their latest album, Random Access Memories, they once again leave expectation behind in favor of experimentation, and their message this time around is to remind dance producers that musicality is king. If more people go into the studio inspired by their prowess and attention to theory, we'll all be better off.

Skrillex
All right, now hear us out. We know this scream singer turned dubstep dynamo kind of became the poster boy for bangers, brostep, and a lot of shit that's probably not very good for dance music, but that's not his fault. Just because he was the innovator that spawned a million copycats doesn't mean he's anything like those guys copping his steez. Having spoken to the guy ourselves a few times, we can say without a doubt this guy is an artist, and he's always trying to bring his legion of often-ignorant fans onto his level. He really threw the crowd at Ultra for a loop with his Dog Blood performance, a new collaboration with fellow legend Boys Noize. And his latest EP, Leaving, again saw a change in style, mood, and technique. If he keeps pushing himself, he could be the guy who leads the bro-y hordes to greater things. He's pivotal in changing attitudes, and he's not afraid of change.

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pleasecanthiswriter
pleasecanthiswriter

wow please can this writer. she is constantly derogatory towards the very same group she is apart of and writes about. your taste in electronic music is shit from anyone who has ever been outside Florida and most people in this state as well. none of the artists you listed are contributing anything new to any kind of music. writing about artists contributing to or saving music and calling it EDM is a fucking oxymoron that shit is stale and corporate.

Kenia West
Kenia West

Disclosure can keep their EDM loll

Juan Tanamera
Juan Tanamera

first step to "saving" EDM, don't call it EDM

zdidy
zdidy

this article is total bullshit.

OggieJames
OggieJames

why the hell is skrillex on this list? isn't one of your criteria not to be "commercial garbage"? i'm assuming this is why we don't see tiesto or deadmau5 on this list. certainly there are a cornucopia of worthy additions to this list yet that is not the point. skrillex sounds to me like a commercial garbage-disposal. give your head a shake, kat.

hmm
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Jai Paul

well..
well..

There are so many acts missing from this list... For example Mat Zo

katemiller
katemiller

Whoever wrote this article should never write about EDM ever again.

mbl1118
mbl1118

@Donnie Donnie Richie, Loco Dice, and Victor are not EDM artists. They are techno artists. Your point is valid, but get your shit together. 

partyboy
partyboy

Ok so Kat Bein the new times reporter puts down edm but now "TRIES" to tell us which artists could save edm?? First of all, edm is NOT in a state of saving, its been with us since the early 80's (same as hip hop) plus that horrible list that you made sucks the only ones that were good were Daft Punk and Duke Dumont but thats it. The artist that you should have added are, just to name a few: Loco Dice, Ritchie Hawtin and victor calderone, remember new times, people in Miami know their edm, so be careful of what you post on here.

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

Ok so Kat Bein the new times reporter puts down edm but now "TRIES" to tell us which artists could save edm?? First of all, edm is NOT in a state of saving, its been with us since the early 80's (same as hip hop) plus that horrible list that you made sucks the only ones that were good were Daft Punk and Duke Dumont but thats it. The artist that you should have added are, just to name a few: Loco Dice, Ritchie Hawtin and victor calderone, remember new times, people in Miami know their edm, so be careful of what you post on here.

dremartin1
dremartin1

I take it that the person who wrote this is a journalism newb.

Danny Cespedes
Danny Cespedes

EDM is purely commercial now. In fact, it wasn't even being called EDM until more commercial electronic acts became household names.

Andy Torres
Andy Torres

What could save EDM is fewer articles like this.

ihalp
ihalp

What a boring genre of music.  I hope it does die, for good.

meatflaps
meatflaps

You're a newb for even mentioning Skrillex, newb.

partyboy
partyboy

@ihalp dont believe everything you read on the internet, are you that gullible ? i bet your like 65 years old, it's going no where, its been here since the  early 80's, i think i just bursted your bubble

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