Local duo HEIRZ, consisting of Bellingham residents Alex Sutherland and Haakon Taylor, have been making waves in the underground bass scene over the past few months. HEIRZ’s first EP as a pair, Rogue, is out now on MalLabel music, and it definitely a heater. If you are
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This Month In Electronic Music History, Vol. 8: October
The history of electronic music is vast and not always commonly discussed. Our segments provide us an opportunity to explore some of the various developments from its initial beginnings to now. For those that followed us from the beginning, welcome back! To those just reading
Following the release of Billy Kenny’s EP, The Hood, this past Friday, we were definitely ecstatic to hear those same tracks vibrate through Q Nightclub that evening. It was a night full of “good vibes house,” groovy patrons, and funky beats. Everyone was feeling what Billy
This Month in Electronic Music History, Vol 7: September
Electronic music provided listeners with a diversity of experiences for decades. Exploring the history of electronic music helps us further appreciate genres we love today. Join us for Volume 7 as we celebrate the anniversary of one of the most regarded radio shows and more!
It’s no secret that house music is gaining traction west of the Atlantic Ocean. A genre full of rhythm, funk, high hats, and soul, it’s starting to become more prevalent throughout the US club scene. If you’re one of those that spent most of their
Since its earliest beginnings, electronic music has been continuously evolving. From the first computers, to pioneering electronic instruments, to the artists that have been around for years (even decades), and even the clubs, festivals, and genres that developed over time, there’s a vast amount of
The electronic music we know today has evolved immensely since its beginnings, even after it broke into the mainstream in recent years. Learning about the history of some of our favorite genres, artists, events, and labels helps us to understand and fully appreciate the growth
It’s about that time again: we’re heading back through the earlier days of modern electronic music. All of our favorite artists gained their inspirations from somewhere, and learning about the history and roots of the past will help us to appreciate our scene even more.
Here at Dance Music Northwest, we find adventure in looking up all kinds of music. From house to techno, dnb, trance, bass, and more, we are lucky to have such diversity at our finger tips. Admittedly, “Pt. I” included more mainstream songs, but in our second segment
We’re officially delving in to our third segment of “This Month in Electronic Music History.” We’ve touched on various topics so far, including Frankie Knuckles and the birthplace of house music at The Warehouse, the founding of the Roland Company, plus different tracks that played a staple part in
Disco, house, techno, jungle, drum and bass, dubstep–it all originated somewhere. Since the first electronic-based instrument in the late 1890s, to the emergence of synthetic instruments in progressive rock groups, and up until the days of mainstream EDM that we know today, there is a vast
At DMNW, we love researching the various aspects of electronic music. It’s valuable to consider and discuss its history, and how the characteristics of electronic music evolved into today’s culture. While electronic music surrounds us in today’s mainstream, it’s important to examine how the classics shaped this movement.
At its core, music is one of few things that resonates with everyone. It’s noteworthy to consider all of the positive ways music affects us, and how we can hone in on those styles for inspiration. Alvin Risk takes a time of hardship after vocal surgery
Electronic music has evolved immensely since the introduction of the very first electronic instrument in 1897. Technological advancements throughout the century have made it possible to create the EDM that we know today. From late 1800s electronic music instruments, to the first synthesizers in progressive rock/pop bands
Since its founding last year, Anomaly Music Collective is showcasing a diverse roster of local artists. From tracks, to events, and EPs, one of the newest local electronic music labels is certainly making its mark. Anomaly Music Collective’s mission is “to tear down genre walls and promote
Consider the definition of K-Pop: “A genre of music that originated in South Korea and is characterized by a variety of audiovisual elements.” What does this sentence remind you of? Looking at this definition helps us to make some connections between the similarities of K-Pop and EDM. Both genres rely
With the varying ways to produce music, it’s always fun to see the diversity of sound on our favorite sharing platforms. SoundCloud especially allows artist to be able to share various tracks, bootlegs, and remixes that may not normally be available on Spotify or Apple Music. Many
In a consistently growing electronic music scene, we’re always looking to see how artists evolve their musical style. With all of the continually developing genres and sub-genres, many artists realize that technical diversity is necessary to thriving in this industry. In his newest release from Lowly Palace
After a snowpocalypse in the Pacific Northwest, we’re looking forward to the winter months winding down. With spring soon upon us, festival season is in sight and lineups are starting to release. Following the disappointment of Sasquatch’s 2017 lineup, we’re anxiously waiting for what other summer
In the Pacific Northwest, we’re lucky to have a vast diversity of local talent. We enjoy hearing about the success of local DJs and producers, as well as their new releases on various labels. This week, Portland locals HAL-V & SpaceCase released a new collaboration on
Isabelle Rezazadeh, known by the stage name REZZ, is taking the world by storm. Over the last year, the young artist has emerged for her unique, dark sound in the electronic music scene. We’ve followed her closely since her festival performances in 2016. We love
Everyone, this is not a drill: robots dance. Alright, we kid, but, Sydney Pantheon, known by the stage name Pantheon, creates an EP that would certainly fit if the occasion arose. We’ve always thought robots would be getting down to some roboticly fluctuated dubstep, but Pantheon
In our eyes, it’s never too early to start planning for this summer’s festival season. It all starts with ticket purchases. Then, saving, planning out travel time, and picking outfits or themes. We here at DMNW love finding new ways to step up our festival style.
At DMNW, we love following the developments of local artists. The local Seattle trio, Super Square, had a monumental 2016, with more to anticipate for 2017. The year included a debut performance at Seattle’s own Bumbershoot Festival, along with a release on Impossible Records. Impossible Records, started
At DMNW, we love hearing about and finding new releases each week. There is continually new music being released all the time, which makes our options broad and vast. Following your favorite labels on SoundCloud is one of the best ways to continually hear new
When you first immerse yourself in electronic music culture, it can be difficult to decipher the difference between styles. I can recall attending my first Paradiso in 2013 on a whim because my friends were going. I didn’t know any of the artists, songs, or anything
The Pacific Northwest is home to a variety of different musical styles. We are lucky to have a vast amount of local talent, which also spans multiple genres. Several PNW locals have become recognizable names in the industry over the last few years, like Odesza and Electric Mantis to name
Snapchat, whether we love or hate it, is a major element of modern day media. Every club show, concert, festival, etc. attendees have their cell phones out to capture the best and memorable moments. What if, while you’re taking said Snap, a kick-ass track comes on, but
Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to travel more? Are you losing interest in going to similar massive events every year? Well, we here at DMNW love to travel for festivals. We feel one of the most important things as a festival-goer is to be
Deadmau5 is one of the most prominent names in electronic music; from his iconic albums and unique style, developing new artists on mau5trap, to Twitter disagreements. Deadmau5 is definitely a unique artist, not only for his music, but for his persona. Whether you love him or hate him, the
New York based producer Carlos Cid, known by the stage name CID, made a stop at Foundation’s Elevate Saturday this December. CID was the special guest opener prior to Chris Lake, and his set surely did not disappoint. The night was full of our favorite
Since Pendulum’s return to Ultra Miami in 2016, the EDM community has been left craving for more. We all hoped that this would bring some sort of Pendulum reunion, but much was silent after that performance. On December 16, Pendulum uploaded a photo to Facebook with
One of the many fun things about EDM as a genre is music is continually released on platforms like SoundCloud and Spotify. This week, we’ve got a release for you from Insomniac Events. The Aussie DJ and producer, Baytek stuns us with his newest track, Way Back When.
We have tons of events going across the northwest to get us ready for NYE weekend. There is W&W kicking off the weekend at Foundation, but we are lucky to have a variety of diverse events that intend to spread holiday cheer and charity. If you
The weekend festivities are almost here, and it’s about that time to set up our evening plans. Foundation Nightclub’s weekly themed evenings, Resonate Friday and Elevate Saturday are bringing diverse talent to the northwest. Artists such as Porter, Madeon, Rezz, Malaa, Doctor P, and GRiZ are just
In the music world today, there are several opportunities for artists to share and distribute their tracks, which pioneers the way for new labels and artists to develop in the industry. Lowly Palace Records, based out of Los Angeles, is a label that seeks to find
There has been a lot of talk circulating the production of Deadmau5’s new album W:/2016ALBUM/. Much of the debate surrounding the album is Joel’s vocal critiques towards his work, which caused fans to wonder what exactly he had to be so critical of. The highly anticipated album released December
Many artists emerging in the electronic music scene struggle with copyright issues. Often times, songs on SoundCloud are removed (whether or not it is completely valid) due to such implications. Dim Mak Records is setting out to try to provide musical resources to flourishing artists. Dim Mak Records
Electronic music often takes its roots from multiple genres. Several artists also remix popular rock, metal, hip-hop, and rap throwbacks. Dubstep and headbanging music have similarities to metal and grunge, while funk takes root from traditional, brass instruments. It’s always fun for us to find remixes and new tracks with
A northwest favorite since his appearances at Shambhala and Freaknight 2016, G Jones has something exciting for us in 2017. The bass-heavy artist provides a distinct sound that has captured our attention. Its mix of spacey, industrial sounds and hard-hitting wubs made him quick to rise this year.
Every month, every week, new tracks are consistently releasing to SoundCloud, iTunes, and Spotify. Our favorite thing about electronic music and streaming services is how quickly we are able to listen to and share music. These media outlets allow us to hear new songs all the
It’s been a busy year for the live electronic groups Autograf and Goldroom. Autograf brought us an upbeat time that spanned multiple genres during their Shambhala set this year. The Chicago trio has also had a slew of new releases in 2016 (even while on tour), such as their EP
The holidays are almost here, and we’re looking forward to our favorite festivities. With Thanksgiving coming up, we have much to be excited and thankful for. One of those many things is GRiZ’s tour stops in the northwest. With the release of his album Good Will Prevail in August,
It’s been an interesting week around the United States. People are scratching their heads, and it seems as if we are more divisive then ever. Many are wondering how they can make a difference during a time of unrest and aversion. Multiple electronic artists have weighed
Throughout this year, several artists in the industry have announced their retirement from touring or performing. Each artist’s reason has been different, but we can’t help but continue to wonder why. Many believe that this is helping initiate a conversation about the issues within the industry. Maybe,
We are exceedingly lucky in the northwest to have a vast variety of talent. We’ve done similar spotlights previously, and now we’re venturing to discuss artists even farther north in the region. Local Bellingham musician and producer Alex Sutherland, also known as Southlvnder, is a quickly gaining
Theo Kottis, Luttrell, Yotto, and more!
Although it’s the conclusion of festival season and Halloween festivities, we still have much to look forward to this year. Artists often set out on regional fall tours this time of year, and we can’t wait for one of our favorites to return to the northwest. The Anjunadeep 2015 tour
And we're lucky enough to get two stops in the northwest.
Mau5trap has had a knack for bringing in talent throughout the past year. From the likes of Rezz to the previously mysterious Attlas, young artists with unique techno styles are making their way to the forefront. When Attlas first emerged as a rising artist, many mistakenly thought
One of our favorite single-day northwest festivals, Safe in Sound, truly took WaMu Theater by force this weekend. After the show sold out last week, we knew it was going to be a wild time. With Borgore as the headliner, and supporting artists LAXX, San Holo, Feed
"Some souls are better left lost."
There have been several DJ and electronic movie depictions in the last couple years. We have been hesitant on their portrayals, as we feel they are often cliche representations of EDM. Many consider the recent portrayals of electronic culture over the top to the point it’s almost satirical.