Michaelangelo Matos, a former Resident Advisor writer, has revealed that he's working on a new book, The Underground Is Massive: How Electronic Dance Music Conquered America. The news was fittingly announced on Matos' former outlet, RA.
According to the book's press release, "Matos reveals how EDM blossomed in tandem with the nascent Internet—message boards and chat lines connected partiers from town to town. In turn, these ravers, many early technology adopters, helped spearhead the information revolution."
The book will follow the birth of the American electronic dance music scene from Frankie Knuckles through dance music's rise to stardom in the United States, catalyzed by Daft Punk and Skrillex.
Matos is venturing into uncharted territory with this book. There have been electronic dance music documentaries and books, but very few people have attempted to explain dance music's takeover of the United States. His book will attempt to tell an untold story, and we can see many people being interested in the subject matter. Matos is pulling information from hundreds of exclusive interviews in addition to vintage fanzines, mailing list archives, and out-of-print books and magazines to write this book.
Matos is the perfect person to create a book of this magnitude. He has written for RA, Rolling Stone, NPR, Red Bull Music Academy Magazine, Wondering Sound, and Beatport. Also, the Encyclopedia Britannica has entrusted Matos with writing the encyclopedia's first-ever entry for "electronic dance music," which will be featured in the next edition.
The Underground Is Massive: How Electronic Dance Music Conquered America: will be released through Dey Street Books/HarperCollins on March 10th, 2015.