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Opinion: EDM Christmas Music, Yay or Nay? One Writer Weighs In.

The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily represent the views of Dance Music Northwest or its leadership.

Christmas music. This time of year, you can run from it all you want, but you can’t hide. Once Thanksgiving ends, the holiday season kicks into full swing. Lights go up. Trees are chopped down. Malls become overpopulated. It’s the madness we love to hate, due, in part, to the non-stop playing of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer (and other candy-coated tunes).
In recent years, electronic dance artists have offered fresh takes on holiday music- remixing classics like Deck the Halls and Jingle Bells, in addition to making original carols. Recently, Kaskade dropped a full Christmas album which drew a mixture of reactions. Armin van Buuren following with a carol of his own raises the question: should EDM artists leave Christmas music to the likes of Mariah Carey and Michael Bublé?

Talking to DJ Mag, van Buuren says “a DJ Christmas carol is not something that easily comes to mind.” Could holiday 2017 signal the start of a new trend though? DJs making Christmas music? With two legends, Kasakde and van Buuren, and a handful of others (listen to Mad Decent’s “A Very Decent Christmas” series) leading the charge, the blueprint is there for everyone else to follow. Question is: do we, as dance music fans, want to see more of this kind of music from our favorite electronic artists?

I know I don’t.

What’s out on the market now is fun. Let’s not overdue it though. Christmas music becoming an EDM sub genre? Pass. Most of these holiday remixes make me laugh because they sound so ridiculous. I can do Kaskade and Armin because they made some smooth sounding tunes that I can play at a holiday get together; Songs that anyone, of any age, can chill out and drink hot chocolate to. But stuff like Party Favor’s WaWa “Xmas Edition”? Dude, no more!

Fuck my opinion though: What do YOU think about EDM Christmas music? Let us know in the comments section below!

The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily represent the views of Dance Music Northwest or its leadership.

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