Winter always brings a bit of a lull in the action for everyone in the Northwest. Understanding why that is can be a little comforting. It’s also important to know that even though it may seem quiet, there actually is a whole lot going on that you may not be totally aware of. Here is your winter EDM update.
DJ’s and producers have some of the most intense touring schedules known to man. Many producers, such as Kaskade and Above & Beyond, have collected more air miles than the average commercial pilot. A majority of DJ/Producers are currently hibernating in their studios.
Where Have The Artists Gone?
Long touring schedules throughout the summer and fall months comes to an end after New Year’s Eve. When the last bells strike midnight, many producers take time off in January and February. They use this time to spend time recharging their batteries, usually for a combination of family and studio time. The majority are working on new music, albums, and tours for 2019.
For example, Odesza, Porter Robinson, Above & Beyond and Bassnectar are taking anywhere from 3-8 weeks off. During January and February, there are fewer concerts. Despite the lack of live performances, this time is very important for touring performers in the electronic music community.
While a majority of DJ’s and fans are taking a break, the remaining important keys of our community are still intact. Holy Ship! 12.0 and 13.0 have successfully set sail. Participating performers such as Louis the Child and Snails have been all over social media. Holy Ship 13.0 and Groove Cruise are currently both happening simultaneously.
Spring and Summer Live Concert Announcements
Paradiso was officially announced this week. Prepare to celebrate the 8th year at the beautiful Gorge Amphitheater.
Also at the Gorge later on in the summer is Bass Canyon, confirmed by Excision himself for late August 2019.
Coming up, we are getting closer to the lineup announcements for Lucky, the magical annual Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration in March at the Tacoma Dome.
January and February are important times for producers to plan and organize their entire year. We have already seen many exciting tour announcements for spring. For example, Zomboy and BTSM are playing February 23 at the Tacoma Dome. Alan Walker will be stopping by the Showbox Sodo on February 2nd. Mija will be stopping by Barboza for a special live band performance in Seattle on March 16, followed by a Portland stop on March 17. Portland also has Oliver Smith the following week on March 23.
The biggest music award ceremony in the world is set to begin on Sunday, February 10. Prepare to root for Above & Beyond, Fisher, Virtual Self, Disclosure, and Silk City as they battle it out for Best Electronic Recording. Dance music has three total awards this year. Best Electronic Album and Best Remix are included in the voting.
What do I do for now?
The best way to stay up to date in the newest and best electronic music is to follow podcasts from your favorite artists. Louis the Child’s Playground Radio, Above & Beyond Group Therapy, and Oliver Helden’s Heldeep Radio are a couple of good starting points. There are hundreds of weekly podcasts that feature new music available on Soundcloud, iTunes, and Spotify.