5 Genres That Are Taking Over Festival Lineups in 2015
There's been some serious discrepancies around the genres that are still alive and kicking. Whether or not these observations are true to your taste or not, EDM is undoubtedly evolving at an exponential rate, and as with all great cultural movements, the cyclical revolution of these elements allow us to predict the future of its sound..
In an effort to further this discussion, we've chosen to highlight a number of genres that are quickly gaining traction in the United States and beyond. These genres are both pubescent and geriatric with respect to the history of EDM, but the growing development of these movements in EDM are impossible to be ignored. Here's a collection of genres that are set to take over EDM in 2015 -
From the U.K. to the U.S., "bass house" as us Americans call it has gained a monumental following in the last year. Many will claim the genre was birthed from the bassline/garage scene in Birmingham/Sheffield in the UK, although today's growing scene has found a cultural bass in Los Angeles. The pioneers of this new-age sound in the UK are notably recognized as Hannah Wants, Chris Lorenzo, DJ Q, Taiki Nulight, and countless others, and they're UK-influenced sound has garnered a monumental following due in part to their continuous play on stations such as BBC Radio One Xtra. In the U.S., a blend of established and up-and-coming acts have stood on the forefront of this electro and fidget-influenced style of sound, and they include artists such as JAUZ, AC Slater, Dr. Fresch, Drezo, Ghastly, and a number of other talented individuals. AC Slater's monthly and newly-launched label Night Bass are continuing to push the boundaries of bass house in America, along with number of other label/collectives such as Echelon and Audiophile XXL. For better and for wo2015 is sure to see a continual rise in this multi-national movement.
The state of New Jersey is known for many things, but one of it's most enthusing exports is undoubtedly jersey club. This genre has scene a rollercoaster of momentum in the last 5+ years, but 2015 is set to show the true colors of this club-driven sound. Unless you've lived under a rock for the last couple years, the US has seen an incredible development in Jersey Club thanks to Cashmere Cat, Lido/Trippy Turtle, DJ Sliink, DJ R3ll, and more. Cashmere Cat began as a bedroom producer, but his unique take on sub-thumping yet baby-making jersey club has provided him a powerful avenue for his career, most notably seen with his collaboration with Ariana Grande. The genre has stood in the corner for far too long, but we're quickly hearing more and more mainstage artists utilizing this catchy beat-rhythm.
Future Bass/Experimental Trap
As we look back at the instrumental-focused sounds of Flying Lotus, Shlohmo, Sango and more, we've come to recognize that the beat-driven scene is truly evolving quicker than most. From what started as hip-hop-influenced and sample-based music has now evolved into full live orchestras and midi-driven performances. Odesza currently stands as the posterboy of this movement this year, yet everyone from Aussie-sensation Louis The Child to UK's own Sam Gellaitry and Diversa are getting a piece of the cake. Labels and collectives such as Future Classic, Hegemon, and Soulection are affirming this growing scene and although it seems there will never be one unifying element to the future bass sound, we can appreciate the forward-thinking techniques that these producers manifest in their work.
Similar to deep house and bass house, tech house is nothing new to the experienced dance music aficionado, yet festivals are proving a strong need for the minimal-driven producers and djs. Whether it was Ultra Music Festival's incorporation of the Resistance stage this year featuring Seth Troxler, Get Real (Green Velvet & Claude VonStroke), Maceo Plex, The Martinez Brothers, etc. or the first ever 24-hour set conducted by veteran act Circo Loco, or even Disclosure's dip into the sound with their new single "Bang That," there has been a serious rise in tech-house in the U.S. and it is not slowing down anytime soon. New labels are popping up left and right to support this sound, most recently with Seth Troxler and The Martinez Brothers' brainchild imprint Tuskegee Music, and we're going to see festivals bring the club-driven culture out of the darkness and into the limelight soon enough.
Jungle Terror/Lion Sound
You know that pots-and-pans-esque sound taking over the mainstages right now? That's colloquially called "Jungle Terror," as coined by the genre's originator Wiwek, or "Lion Sound" as birthed by Rawtek. The Amazon-influenced electro and big room house sound has seen a crazy growth in the last year, and today we're hearing artists from the US to UK to Australia dabbling in this growing phenomenon. Although the sound may seem stale to the non-big room fan, it's safe to say that few other mainstream genres have served host to such an explosive energy. With labels like OWSLA and Buygore backing these movements, there's no telling how far this riot-inducing genre will go as the year progresses.