Electronic Dance Music

Archive for April, 2012


Jessie J – Domino(Myon & Shane 54 Remix)

This track is an example of the recent trend towards popular music/EDM fusion. Jessie J is an English singer and songwriter who gained international chart success for the release of her 5th single, titled “Domino,” back in 2011. The song peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. A pair of trance producers/DJs known as Myon & Shane 54 took the world by the storm with their melodically soothing remix of Jessie J’s hit. Here it is, enjoy.

EDM: Redefining American Popular Music

The electrifying force with which underground DJs have invaded America’s pop music culture of 2012, has thrust electronic dance music(EDM) into the spotlight. With mainstream artists such as Rihanna and Usher, hip-hop gurus Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj, and the Queen of Pop Madonna embracing steadily knocking, electronic productions produced by house DJs such as David Guetta, EDM has become a powerful force in American music charts. According to a selection by GMA News Online, this year’s Grammy awards ceremony even featured a fine tribute to dance music with performances by house producer/DJ Deadmau5, rapper Chris Brown, and rockers The Foo Fighters, highlighting the fusion of American popular music and the EDM genre.

While EDM has been thriving within the small niche communities of Europe’s house and trance clubs, and “party capitals” for the dance music scene such as the Spanish Island of Ibiza during the 1990s, America’s music culture was dominated by genres such as Rock, Hip-Hop and Indie. So it is only until very recently that EDM began to gain momentum in American charts. EDM DJs are finally garnering recognition in America for the work they’ve been producing on a global scale.

“They’re the new rock stars…DJs and dance culture has always been there, and it’s always been pretty massive globally. America’s been the last to catch on,” said singer-songwriter Ryan Tedder, who has written, co-written and produced traditional pop hits such as Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love” and Beyonce’s “Halo.”¬†Pretty soon, enormous music festivals such as Coachella will begin producing louder, faster and more electrifying shows with the help of these DJs.

Having secured its spot at the top of America’s popular music culture, EDM is growing fast at an exponential rate. Don’t expect any shortages of electronically produced samples for some time to come.

On a sidenote: Reflective of 2012s trend towards synthesized sounds, the UCSD Sun God Festival 2012 has included in their line-up for the first time, a legendary trance guru and DJ. Although not as popular in the mainstream EDM scene these days, Paul Van Dyk is the only DJ to hold a spot in the World’s Top 10 DJs since 1998. As of 2007, he has sold over 4.5 million albums worldwide.