Looking Beyond Mainstream Electronic Music

Electronic music has finally reached the point where you cannot escape it. Listen to the songs on iTunes top singles chart and I guarantee at least one will be dance music. Katy Perry, Kesha and other pop stars like Lady Gaga utilize the 4-on-the-floor beat. But what’s beyond this? What lies underneath this or, better yet, where did this music originate from?

Dance music is much more vibrant and varied in its home realm – underground. From the minimal scene to the deep house scene, there is an almost constant source of fresh new music and new artists are popping up every week. I’ve been told many times that my iPod playlists contain artists and DJs my friends have never heard of. This isn’t because I’m extremely good at picking out new music, in fact, it’s quite the contrary. It’s because I’m involved in the deep world of EDM and all it has to offer.

We’ve come a long way since the days of early 90’s raves blasting hard techno or jungle beats. True, those were some good times, but we’ve progressed to something nicer, almost fancy. Detroit techno and Chicago house have evolved into tech house, techno, deep house, house, progressive house, trance, breaks, downtempo, drum n’ bass, dubstep, indie dance, nudisco and much more. Subgenres upon subgenres. There’s practically a genre for every individual’s taste. There is a word known to most electronic music enthusiasts – Beatport. We have our very own places and websites to buy this niche music we love.

And it has become an obsession. I recall reading some study years ago saying that dance music actually releases endorphins in the brain; a fancy way of saying it keeps me coming back. I get my daily fix, my regular dose. It’s a thrill too, to look for new albums, artists and labels.

So why am I writing all this? It’s because I want you, the reader, to know there’s a whole universe of music out there waiting to be discovered. Once you look beyond David Guetta’s most recent hit, you’ll see he was once playing right alongside underground DJs at underground clubs and festivals. The top levels are playing in stadiums and major festivals. The next tier of artists are playing at large festivals and major night clubs. Under that, you have the DJs playing in the smaller clubs and festivals, and beyond even that, you have small local producers playing at the local bars and clubs. Some of them have had releases, others are playing their favorite tracks made by bigger names. Regardless, they all are playing what they love.