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Devin Culham

5 Genres That Are Taking Over Festivals Line Ups in 2016

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 2016 and beyond.

Bass House

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 their 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. In 2016, bass house is going to continue to be a tastemaker genre.

Tech House

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. With veteran festivals like Movement celebrating its 10th anniversary in Detroit this May, the long beloved combination of techno and house is catching on with the masses. Global elites like Loco Dice, Maceo Plex, and The Martinez Brothers are bringing tech-house to new and old fans all over the world. We certainly enjoy the curation and technical prowess that this genre exemplifies.

Melodic Bass

Melodic Bass has a way of pulling at our heartstrings and is steadily gaining popularity. Generating a emotive experience through the use of high rising melodies, inspiring vocals, and breaking beats, acts like Illennium, Said the Sky, Kasbo and Skrux have been gaining wide-spread notoriety in the past year. With large audience appeal, don't expect to see these artists on the smaller stages for much longer.

Drum n Bass

Today's Drum n Bass may be far cry from the heavy breaks that penetrated our ears through pioneers like Roni Size and Aphrodite, but its rising popularity cannot be denied. Although today's DnB has opted for more melody and sound design, there is no doubt that DnB will soon be racing its way to the top of every line-up. With the return of Austrialia's Pendulum and the growing popularity of Delta Heavy and newcomers Drumsound & Basslinesmith, you won't want to sleep on this sound this season.

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.

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Devin Culham Staff Writer

Cut my teeth with the Detroit techno scene before moving to Denver to see what the mountains have to offer.

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