While our beloved Seahawks won’t be playing in the big game this year, Superbowl Sunday is still a big deal. From the food, to the commercials, to the actual contest itself, this year’s championship bout between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons will have millions around the globe huddled around a TV screen. Lady Gaga is set to perform at halftime, which has become a can’t-miss event in recent years; there’s no telling what you’ll see (Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson anyone?). With the rise of electronic dance music in the mainstream, could an EDM halftime show be coming sooner rather than later? Who would play it? We float some names below, dreaming one day EDM’s time in the super spotlight will come.
When it comes to mainstream electronic dance artists, the Chainsmokers currently shine the brightest. After a huge 2016, the duo of Alex Pall and Drew Taggert are currently nominated for three Grammy’s, including Best New Artist. While the Chainsmokers recent singles sound more pop than EDM, they’ve shown they can throw down some serious fire, a good example being their set at Paradiso 2016. We’re sure everyone would be up and singing along to Closer and Don’t Let Me Down if they played the Superbowl stage.
Diplo and Skrillex are currently taking a break from their collaborative effort, but no way would they turn down the Superbowl stage, right? A Jack Ü Superbowl would surely have booties shakin’, heads bangin’ and surprises galore! In past performances, they’ve brought out musical heavyweights like Justin Bieber, Rick Ross, Diddy and Kanye West, to name a few. They’re no strangers to performing at halftime shows either, performing at a Los Angeles Clippers basketball game two years ago.
The current DJ Mag #1 is a known name in the EDM world, but in the mainstream? Not quite yet. With charting hits like Animals, and, most recently, In The Name of Love, Martin Garrix is on the cusp of a career breakthrough. He just needs that one big moment; that one big career defining event. Let’s see what the world’s #1 would do with an international stage as big as the Superbowl. After seeing him perform at Freaknight 2016, we’re sure he wouldn’t disappoint!
Unlike Martin Garrix, Zedd is a well-known name in the music industry, having worked with some of the biggest stars in pop music, in addition to releasing chart topping singles, and albums, himself. Pepsi, the current Superbowl halftime producer, has been booking pop stars since taking the reigns from MTV a few years back. A Zedd and Friends production sounds realistic and just screams FUN!
Who would you want to see perform at a Superbowl halftime show? Drop a comment and let us know!
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