As the 12 months begins to wrap up, we right here at EDM Sauce are having a look again on the moments which influenced the dance music trade probably the most over the past 12 months. Over the final 12 months, there have been some unimaginable highs and deep lows on the earth of dance music. Let’s have a look again at a number of the moments and developments which can stay on in historical past as landmark moments in EDM.
Avicii Passes Away From Self Inflicted Injuries
When 2018 is introduced up sooner or later, one occasion in dance music shall be talked about earlier than some other. On April 20, 2018, the world misplaced probably the most musically gifted people it had ever identified. After a sequence of promising comeback releases and constructive life selections, Tim Bergling, higher generally known as Avicii gave the impression to be doing higher than ever.
It was inspiring to see the younger artist return to former glory after battling psychological well being, habit, and exhaustion associated points. Then instantly, and seemingly out of nowhere the information of his demise broke. Avicii took his personal life in a resort within the Middle Eastern nation of Oman. In the wake of his passing, artists created shifting tributes starting from distinctive songs to memorial providers.
Tim’s passing was not in useless although. His premature demise sparked the dialog of psychological well being within the dance music trade. As time continues to move, one factor has grow to be extra evident than the rest – Avicii will stay on endlessly via his music. Rest in peace to a real icon, of not simply EDM, however music as a complete.
The #MeToo Movement Enters EDM
In March of 2018, accusations of rape in opposition to the dubstep producer Datsik got here pouring out on social media. The sheer quantity of tales and alleged victims painted a grim image of the enduring dubstep producer. Within 24 hours of the primary accusations breaking, the artist’s profession was successfully over.
An nameless supply near artist confirmed to EDM Sauce the habits that was described in lots of the sufferer’s tales. As the motion grew, extra people got here ahead with accusations in opposition to artists together with Riff Raff and Gas Lamp Killer.
While lots of the accounts weren’t delivered to courtroom, 2018 marked the entry of the #MeToo motion into dance music. As extra studies proceed to floor plainly it couldn’t have come quickly sufficient.
Swedish House Mafia Reunites
In March of 2018, Swedish House Mafia formally reunited on the 20th anniversary of Ultra Music Festival. The set marked the primary time the three members of the group took the stage collectively in over 5 years.
The reunion was closely anticipated. Once Ultra 2018 bought underway, the looks was confirmed by avenue artwork that includes iconic manufacturers within the sample of the group’s signature three horizontal dot brand.
After Ultra 20, the group stayed comparatively quiet as rumors began to slide out that they had been planning a world tour. In October, in a press convention, Steve, Seb, and Axwell confirmed they’d formally reunited are producing new music whereas planning a world tour.
Drug Overdoses Plague Music Festivals As Fentanyl Becomes A Choice Adulterant
This pattern just isn’t meant to be one in every of fear-mongering, however as an trade, we’ve discovered ourselves at a crossroads the place motion must be taken. Throughout the competition season, fentanyl-related deaths have been reported at Lost Lands, Firefly, Bonnaroo, and plenty of extra. Several occasions noticed fentanyl-related incidents together with Electric Forest, Shambhala and Camp Bisco.
The harmful and insidious new pattern of utilizing the hyper-powerful opiate as an adulterant for ecstasy and pharmaceutical medicine that are usually offered and consumed at music festivals has grow to be a extreme public well being concern.
This epidemic is trying to be combatted by people like The Bunk Police or DanceSafe who tried to arrange drug testing stations at festivals. Unfortunately, due to outdated laws generally known as the RAVE act, these nonprofits are generally shut down earlier than they’ll cut back hurt.
As 2019 begins, the music trade as a complete is now dealing with one of many terrifying well being crises it has ever seen. The query which stays is whether or not governing officers will do something to make it doable to assist cut back hurt.
The Music Festival Bubble Has Popped
Since about 2014, the nation has seen an enormous improve in music festivals. Small regional festivals exploded with recognition over the previous a number of years. In 2018, plainly the “music competition bubble” has popped.
In my dwelling state of Texas, numerous smaller festivals noticed surprising cancellations after promising prior editions. These embody Day For Night, Free Press Houston, Euphoria Music Festival, Sun City Music Festival, Middlelands, and some extra.
In the warmth of the summer season, we reported seemingly each week on one other competition going belly-up, generally solely days earlier than they had been slated to start out. It just isn’t but clear if the problem is over-saturation or inexperienced occasion producers. One factor is for positive – the key gamers within the music competition world: LiveNation, Insomniac Events, AEG, and C3 are making a push are shopping for up smaller occasions earlier than they’ll get in the best way of their revenue margins.
Will this pattern proceed as 2019 will get underway? Only time will inform, however we’ve to think about the regional competition is on its method out of favor.
An Experimentation Cycle Of EDM Has Seemingly Gone Full Circle
From about 2013 ahead, dance music noticed an explosion of authentic, new and thrilling kinds. These embody the sound that may grow to be generally known as Future Bass, in addition to genre-bending productions with rap and folks vocalists.
After lots of the largest names within the trade labored tirelessly for years at creating the “sizzling new sound” plainly the cycle of experimentation from big-name producers has gone full circle.
Artists like Nicky Romero and Alesso have as soon as once more begun producing progressive home.
Underground genres corresponding to techno and home are extra in demand than ever earlier than.
Swedish House Mafia is reuniting, spurring curiosity within the 2008-2012 golden period of EDM greater than ever earlier than.
I’m not saying that boundaries aren’t being pushed each single day by hundreds of artists, however as a complete, it appears the pattern in EDM in the meanwhile is to return to the sounds which might be identified to work.