Mainstream Electronica: A Bright Future

Mainstream Electronica?

This is something that I’m really getting excited about. Not that this is the first time that electronic music has been commercialized into the mainstream, but the scope and scale at which it is happening right now has me really optimistic for the future. More than anything in else this post, I want to just give shout outs to some of my favorite lesser known electronic artists and genres, and encourage people togo check them out. If you give it a try,I guarantee that you’ll find at least a few gems that will change your music world.



For fans of artists like MGMT, STRFKR, Neon Indian, Discovery, the movie “Drive” soundtrack…

Com Truise, Kavinsky, College, Futurecop!, & The Outrunners are all fantastic, yet extremely underrated artists who have an 80s electronica/electro-house feel to their music. They have a similar feel of 8-bit synth, which is reminiscent of tracks from the old Nintendo games that I grew up playing. So, if you happen to be jammin’ out to the Mario theme on your iPod, you’ve found the musical jackpot. There’s really nothing better than just going for a walk, a drive, or skating around listening to Kavinsky or Futurecop!. It’s hard to explain but the melody just takes me away. The genre, while at the same time expanding, is one of the less prominent genres of electronic music, but no less deserving. Go give them a listen!

For fans of artists like Toro Y Moi, Neon Indian, deadmau5, Crystal Castles…

Washed Out, Small Black, Deastro, Delphic, and Tycho are all belonging to a sub-genre of electronic music that I have really been getting into recently: chillwave/chillstep. Similar to standard indie-electronic or dubstep, with a more ambient (chill) feel, I constantly have it on when I am studying. My favorite way to describe this music is “it’s dubstep with emotion,” and that’s truthfully what it is. In a way, it feels like a sub-genre baby between progressive-trance and ambient. There’s something about the music that makes it an amazing stress reliever, while inspiring my imagination. Also, if anyone is interested, shout out to MrSuicideSheep, an awesome dude (possibly dudette) on YouTube who makes the most rad chillstep mixes. Checkout his (or her) stuff!

For fans of Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, Tiesto, and general badass music…

Armin Van Buuren, Arty, Sander van Doorn, Ferry Corsten, Cosmic Gate: Oh, man. I could list a whole paragraph of trance artists. Trance/progressive trance is by no means a new thing, and by no definition are any of these artists small names in the slightest respect. Surprisingly, however, not too many people have been exposed to trance music. Ever heard of Ultra, Electric Daisy Carnival, Ibiza, or Tomorrowland music festivals? Trance is what’s rockin’ those houses. Under the glorious umbrella of EDM (electronic dance music), trance music is a genre that I have been a huge fan of for quite some time now. If you’ve never heard of it, go check out those artists. Or, if you’re open to suggestions, go check out Ferry Corsten’s “Corsten’s Countdown,” or Armin Van Buuren’s “A State of Trance” podcasts, and fall into a trance of your own.  

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