Billboard Predicts More Live Acts in EDM
Billboard predicts that in 2015, there will be more live acts in the EDM than ever before, and we couldn't agree more. With dance music artists taking over the festival circuit and Las Vegas, fans are asking for more than just a DJ and two turntables. While onstage at Coachella, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler asked for “bands still playing actual instruments,” although even he couldn't resist the temptation, later revealing his side project called DJ Windows 98. In 2012, David Grohl passionately stated in his Grammy-winning acceptance speech that “Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that’s the most important thing for people to do.”
The crossover of live instruments with dance music is nothing new, as even the French mega-duo Daft Punk performed “Get Lucky” with a full band comprising of Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers, and the legendary Stevie Wonder at the 2014 Grammys. This past summer, Flying Lotus, SBTRKT, and ODESZA were seen providing unprecedented live performances for three major festivals. Chicago trap duo Flosstradamus also have begun to break the stigma of the DJ label, wrapping up their two-month tour featuring rap trio Migos and an elaborate 3-D stage designed by Kanye West's creative director, Virgil Abloh. "We consider ourselves a life act[...] Our shows should be immersive."
Below is a video of 2014’s Grammy nominated artist, Pretty Lights.