The Rise and Rise of Underground Dance Music

Electronic dance music has been in and out of the limelight within the popular music culture since 70’s disco and now, at this point in its lengthy life, it can now be experienced from some of the biggest stadiums worldwide. High profile festivals now compete for the best electronic dance music DJ’s in place of a band or rock music act. The Electric Daisy Carnival drew more than 200,000 in Las Vegas this year and even traditionally alternative festivals such as Reading will incorporate a dance stage

A trend in major pop artists collaborating with dance producers and distinguished dance DJs has recently come to light for example David Guetta’s track, ‘Who's That Chick’ features vocals from Rihanna. Also many producers have taken to sprucing up original pop tracks with their own genre style for example Scream’s dubstep remix of ‘In For the Kill’, originally by La Roux, as well as the Tiesto remix of the track by Gotye, ‘Somebody that I used to know’. Remixing music in this way allows the producer to become more accessible to a mainstream crowd just like drum and bass duo, Chase & Status who got together in 2003. After establishing a name for themselves in the underground scene they have gone on to release hits making the top 10 charts and collaborated with the likes of Cee Lo Green, Rihanna, Example and Tinie Tempah.

The accessibility of the dance music genre has grown in such a way that it now allows many fledgling producers and DJs to make their sound heard. Relevant sites and fan pages on social network sites pop up daily where listeners can hear everything from a self produced track to the newest drum and bass podcasts from up and coming DJs. With genres such as dubstep, drum and bass and house making their way into the mainstream surroundings it’s an exciting time for the ever evolving music industry.

"It's about music! Not one music style is better than the other, not one music style is more truly than the other... It's all music, music never separates people!" – Carl Cox