Nostalgia overload | EDM tracks that will take you back

It´s Wednesday, but that does not mean we cańt post a little throwback. Below is a list of songs that are believed to be the most nostalgic in EDM.

check out the list below and tell us which track brings you back the most!

The Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up

New Order – Confusion (Pump Panel Reconstruction mix)

Crazy Frog – Axel F

Gigi D’agostino – L’Amour Toujours (I’ll Fly With You)

DJ S3RL – Pretty Rave Girl

Groove Coverage – God is a Girl 

The Chemical Brothers – Block Rockin’ Beats

Guru Josh Project – Infinity

Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

Basshunter – All I Ever Wanted

Zombie Nation – Kernkraft 400

Corona – Rhythm of the Night

DJ Satomi – Waves (Original Mix) 

Dave McCullen – Rave Heaven

Tune Up – Ravers Fantasy

Dune – Can’t Stop Raving

Force & Styles feat. Jenna – Field of Dreams

Angerfist – Raise Your Fist

Technotronic – Pump Up The Jam

Eiffel 65 – Blue (Da Ba Dee)

Ferry Corsten – Punk

Darude – Sandstorm

Justice – D.A.N.C.E.

Justice vs Simian – We Are Your Friends

Supermode – Tell Me Why

Sandro Silva & Quintino – Epic

Axwell feat. Errol Reid – Nothing But Love

Showtek – FTS

Brennan Heart – Get Wasted

Tiesto vs. Diplo – C’mon

Avicii – Levels

Avicii – Silhouettes

Avicii vs Nicky Romero – I Could Be The One (Nicktim)

Nicky Romero – Toulose

Porter Robinson – Language

Zedd feat. Foxes – Clarity

Deadmau5 – Strobe

Skrillex – Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites

Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin – Save the World

Steve Angello & Laidback Luke ft. Robin S. – Show Me Love

Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl ft. Georgi Kay – In My Mind (Axwell Mix)

Alesso & Dirty South feat. Ruben Haze – City Of Dreams

Dada Life – Kickout the Epic Motherfucker

Fedde Le Grand – Put Your Hands Up For Detroit

Chuckie – Who Is Ready To Jump

Miss Jane – It’s a Fine Day (ATB remix)

Energy 52 – Café Del Mar (Three ‘n’ One Mix)

Tiësto – Adagio For Strings

Cascada – Every Time We Touch

Alice Deejay – Better Off Alone

DJ Sammy & Yanou ft. Do – Heaven

Ian van Dahl – Castles in the Sky

Missing Heart – Moonlight Shadow

4 Strings – Take Me Away (Into The Night)

ATC – All Around The World

ATB – Ecstasy

ATB – 9PM (Till I Come)

Paul van Dyk – For An Angel

Above & Beyond & Andy Moor – Air For Life

Above & Beyond feat. Zoe Johnston – No One On Earth (Gabriel & Dresden Remix)

Cygnus X – Superstring

Cygnus X – The Orange Theme

System F – Out Of The Blue

Robert Miles – Children (Dream Version)

Vincent De Moor – Fly Away

Cosmic Gate – Exploration of Space

Cosmic Gate – Fire Wire

Oceanlab – Satellite

Chicane – Offshore

Chicane feat. Moya Brennan – Saltwater

John O’Callaghan feat. Audrey Gallagher – Big Sky

The Thrillseekers feat. Sheryl Dean – Synaesthesia (Fly Away)

Armin van Buuren – Communication

Jones & Stephenson – The First Rebirth

Art of Trance – Madagascar (Ferry Corsten remix)

Binary Finary – 1998 (Gouryella Remix)

Orbital – Halcyon On and On

Daft Punk – One More Time

Daft Punk – Around The World

DJ Mangoo – Eurodancer

M.I.K.E. PUSH – Universal Nation

Fragma – Toca’s Miracle (I Need A Miracle)

Above & Beyond feat. Richard Bedford – Sun & Moon

Dimitri Vegas, MOGUAI & Like Mike – Mammoth

Deadmau5 & Kaskade – I Remember

Rihanna & Calvin Harris – We Found Love

The Bloody Beetroots feat. Steve Aoki – Warp 1.9

Afrojack feat. Eva Simons – Take Over Control

DJ Snake & Lil Jon – Turn Down For What

Duck Sauce – Barbra Streisand

Bingo Players – Rattle

Deadmau5 feat. Chris James – The Veldt

Wolfgang Gartner – Illamerica

Nero – Promises

Hardwell – Spaceman

Ellie Goulding – Lights (Bassnectar Remix)

Blue Foundation – Eyes On Fire (Zeds Dead Remix)

Flux Pavilion – Bass Cannon

Kid Sister – Pro Nails (Rusko Remix)

DJ Fresh feat. Ce’Cile – Gold Dust (Flux Pavilion Remix)

La Roux – In For The Kill (Skrillex Remix)

Excision & Downlink – Headbanga

Tristam – Follow Me

David Guetta feat. Sia – Titanium

Major Lazer – Original Don (Flosstradamus Remix)

Kanye West – Mercy (RL Grime & Salva Remix)

Major Lazer – Pon De Floor

Baauer – Harlem Shake

Keys N Krates – Dum Dee Dum

Diplo feat. Nicky Da B – Express Yourself

EDM sub-genres – a new ravers guide

What’s your favorite sub genre in EDM? Or are you like me that likes everything? I’ve listed a few below without going to deep into the EDM realm where there’s no coming out of. Let’s look at several of the more popular EDM sub genres we hear at music festivals today.

Trap

EDM trap is a style of electronic dance music (EDM) that originated in the mid-2000s and early 2010s. It blends elements of trap music, an offshoot of Southern hip hop, with elements of EDM like build-ups, drops, and breakdowns. A variety of artists spurred trap’s move into pop and EDM

Techno

Techno is a genre of electronic dance music that is characterized by a repetitive four on the floor beat which is generally produced for use in a continuous DJ set. The central rhythm is often in common time, while the tempo typically varies between 120 and 150 beats per minute

Dupstep

Dubstep is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in South London in the late 1990s. It is generally characterised by sparse, syncopated rhythmic patterns with prominent sub-bass frequencies.

House

House is a genre of electronic dance music characterized by a repetitive four on the floor beat and a tempo of 120 to 130 beats per minute. 

D&B

Drum and bass is a genre of electronic music characterised by fast breakbeats with heavy bass and sub-bass lines, sampled sources, and synthesizers. The music grew out of breakbeat hardcore. The popularity of drum and bass at its commercial peak ran parallel to several other homegrown dance styles in the UK.

Trance

Trance is a genre of electronic music that emerged from the British new-age music scene and the early 1990s German techno and hardcore scenes. At the same time trance music was developing in Europe, the genre was also gathering a following in the Indian state of Goa.

Hardstyle

Hardstyle is a Dutch electronic dance genre mixing influences from techno and hardcore. Early hardstyle typically consisted of an overdriven and hard-sounding kick drum with a lot of sustain, with intense faded or reversed basslines accompanying the beat.

Big Room

Big room house is a subgenre of electro house. Since the mid-2010s it has become a popular form of electronic dance music. It gained mainstream popularity after artists like KSHMR, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Hardwell, Nicky Romero, Blasterjaxx, Martin Garrix and R3HAB began infusing it into their musical style.

Future Bass

Future bass is an umbrella term of bass music characterised by less intense drops, pulsating synth chords, exotic percussion and sometimes brass sounds.

Mid Tempo Bass

Midtempo is a genre of Electronic Music derived from techno and Electro House, featuring dark atmospheres and tempos around 80-115bpm.

These EDM sub genre cover all bases especially from an EDM events stand point, but each one has its rabbit hole that you can go into for hours and discover other sub genres with crazy names.

7 female EDM DJ’s we have to admire

As I look at this list I’m not sure if this is a list we all should admire or that I’m just putting a list of the female EDM artists I crush on the most lol. Even if that were the case they are pretty talented and well known.

Nina Kraviz

Nina Kraviz

Kraviz released her self-titled debut album in February 2012 through the Rekids record label, to mixed-positive reviews. Kraviz started her own record label in 2014, named трип (English: Trip).

Alison Wonderland

Alison Wonderland

Her debut album, Run, was released on 20 March 2015, which peaked at No. 6 on the ARIA Albums Chart and was certified gold by ARIA. Her sophomore album, Awake, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums. She was listed at No. 96 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs in October 2018. She is also the highest billed female DJ in Coachella history

Rezz

Rezz

She released her debut EP, Insurrection in 2015 through OWSLA’s sub-label Nest HQ. In 2016, she signed with Deadmau5’s record label Mau5trap, and released follow-ups The Silence is Deafening and Something Wrong Here. On August 4, 2017, Rezazadeh released her debut studio album, Mass Manipulation, with its follow up, Certain Kind of Magic, released in 2018.

TOKiMONSTA

She has collaborated with Anderson Paak, Isaiah Rashad, Selah Sue, and ZHU. She has also remixed tracks by Beck, Duran Duran, Olafur Arnalds and ODESZA. In 2019, she was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Dance / Electronic Album for the album Lune Rouge.

Nicole Moudaber

Nicole Moudaber

born in Nigeria. She began her career promoting dance parties in Beirut, Lebanon during the 1990s, before transferring to London where she established herself as a DJ and producer. She came to the attention of Carl Cox in 2009 when she signed to his record label Intec. She released her first album Believein 2013 on Drumcode Records.

Annie Mac

Annie Mac

She is known as the eponymous host of the music show Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 in the United Kingdom, which airs at 7:00 pm on Friday evenings, as well as host of the 7:00 – 9:00 pm slot Monday – Thursdays formerly hosted by Zane Lowe.

Ellen Allien

Ellen Allien  

founder of BPitch Controlmusic label. Her album Stadtkind was dedicated to the city of Berlin, and she cites the culture of reunified Berlin as one of the main inspirations for her music. She sings in both German and English. Her music is best described as a blend of IDM and Techno music, which is dance-floor oriented and has noticeable experimental elements. She lives in Berlin.

EDCLV main stage designs through the years (2011-2019)

We take a look back at the main stages that EDCLV has had over the years. EDC is known for its festival decore and it’s awesome stage production. EDCLV is also known for its mega stage structures, which in my opinion are the biggest stages at North American music festivals.

Check out EDCLV main stages through the years and tell us your favorite one.

Ultra Music Festival Lineup through the years

Ultra Music Festival first started back in 1999 on the beaches of South Beach in Miami, Florida. Ultra Music Festival quickly gained popularity and grew over the years and having to relocate several times in its history due to its fast success.

With the fast success and growing popularity in EDM, festival lineups grew and changed to adapt over the last 20 years. We’ve gone ahead and listed all of Ultra Music Festival lineups so you can check for yourself.

1999-2019

EDM tracks with the most views on YouTube

I’ve listed what would probably be considered the most nostalgic EDM list ever. I’m sure many of us have evolved and where we stand in the EDM genre today would most likely be on the opposite end of the spectrum, but we do have to acknowledge those roots.

The list below contains the top 40 most viewed EDM videos on YouTube today (2/6/20)


40. DVBBS & Borgeous – Tsunami (476,761,442)

39. Avicii – Hey Brother (489,126,524)

38. David Guetta ft. Skylar Grey – Shot Me Down (489,958,586)

37. Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha – In The Name Of Love (518,747,979)

36. Kygo & Selena Gomez – It Ain’t Me (520,282,476)

35. Avicii – The Nights (525,640,784)

34. Martin Garrix & Dua Lipa – Scared To Be Lonely (528,358,038)

33. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Martin Garrix – Tremor (559,736,569)

32. The Chainsmokers – Selfie (566,443,241)

31. BTS ft Steve Aoki – Mic Drop (618,016,989)

30. Dillon Francis ft DJ Snake – Get Low (618,841,068)

29. Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino – In My Mind (642,963,014)

28. Swedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child (664,513,291)

27. Marshmello & Anne-Marie – Friends (684,916,655)

26. Calvin Harris ft. John Newman – Blame (684,933,395)

25. Avicii – Waiting For Love (698,131,148)

24. Kygo ft. Conrad Sewell – Firestone (700,059,065)

23. Alan Walker – The Spectre (718,324,38)

22. Skrillex ft. Sirah – Bangarang (774,428,701)

21. DJ Snake ft Justin Bieber – Let Me Love You (785,108,841)

20. David Guetta & Showtek – Bad (872,919,154)

19. DJ Snake ft. Lil Jon – Turn Down For What (936,427,832)

18. Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber & MØ – Cold Water (977,596,547)

17. Alan Walker – Alone (1,010,688,662)

16. AronChupa – I’m An Albatraoz (1,120,277,244)

15. Skrillex & Diplo ft. JustinBieber – Where Are u Now (1,120,622,969)

14. Mike Posner ft Seeb – I Took A Pill In Ibiza (1,202,494,213)

13. David Guetta ft. Sia – Titanium (1,216,213,795)

12. Calvin Harris Ft. Disciples – How Deep Is Your Love (1,335,989,901)

11. Calvin Harris – Summer (1,350,266,997)

10. Martin Garrix – Animals (1,363,764,566)

9. The Chainsmokers ft. Daya – Don’t Let Me Down (1,499,422,058)

8. Marshmello – Alone (1,604,117,445)

7. LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock – Party Rock Anthem (1,756,874,851)

6. The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This (1,765,576,645)

5. Avicii – Wake Me Up (1,895,869,858)

4. Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – This Is What You Came For (2,313,038,620)

3. The Chansmokers ft. Halsey – Closer (2,454,030,295)

2. Alan Walker – Faded (2,651,212,264)

1. Major Lazer & DJ Snake Ft. MØ – Lean On (2,731,859,563)

This list contains many bangers… hope y’all enjoy!

Illegal raves – How an underground rave scene still strives in the UK

While writing this in the comfort of my home in the US the only thing I can think about is Joe Biden becoming president. This isn’t going to be a post about politics and where my views stand with the current race for presidency, but I only bring Biden’s name up because of his long history of being against the rave scene. This can only mean that the US could also see a spike in illegal raves just like the UK has in the last 35 years.

UK’s illegal rave scene

EDM is alive and well in the UK with great music festivals that take place every year like Creamfields, We Are FSTVL and South West Four just to name a few. There are still many restrictions in place that has led to unauthorized local events that are known to locals as a free party or in most cases a squat party, which is when a rave is held in an abandoned placeThat most likely has be squatted in.

The guide to a proper squat party

Squat party organizers are looking for spaces that are easy to enter, and pass all-important health and safety checks, such as having fire exits. The majority of these gatherings are just as professional as the legal ones – with proper security and medical facilities, great sound systems, bar staff, and everything else you can expect from a commercial club.

A ‘leave no trace’ policy at some illegal raves means that everyone is expected to avoid dropping litter, and to join in with a sweep of the location once the party is over – even in the early morning after dancing all night. 

The Downside of an illegal rave event

But, of course, illegal raves have their downsides too. Though there aren’t any clear statistics, there can be higher risks due to the fact they’re unregulated, and in recent years, ravers have reported incidents from sexual harassment to violent crime. Not every rave will have appropriate security or first aid, meaning there can be a real chance of something going seriously wrong. 

12 best films about rave culture

The rave scene and the culture behind it has been a topic everyone gets curious about even if they’ve never attended a rave. The film industry has definitely taken advantage of people’s curiosity and perception on rave culture. Over the years many great films have come out giving outsiders a look into the EDM world.

Top movies about rave culture you need to see

Nowhere (1997)

Modulations: Cinema for the Ear (1998)

Human Traffic (1999)

Better Living Through Circuitry (1999)

Go (1999)

Groove (2000)

Sample People (2000)

24 Hour Party People (2002)

Party Monster (2003)

Eden (2014)

Under The Electric Sky (2014)

XOXO (2016)

The benefits of attending a music festival alone

I’m no stranger when it comes to going alone to music events… I do have friends and at times feel bad for selling them out, but I’ve discovered that when going alone you can accomplish so much. The idea of going alone especially to a music festival may seem overwhelming at first, but as a veteran to the rave scene, I’ll say it now….you’re never alone.

Experiencing it alone

I’m not here to tell you to ditch your squad, but if you think about it have you walked off on your own to go explore the festival grounds and catch a set others weren’t as interested in seeing?

When you’re alone there’s no commitments and you’re free to do whatever whenever. People complain about festival sets conflicting with one another but never think about the inner group conflicting set times and always having one or more people never wanting the group to separate. Going alone definitely helps avoid that drama lol.

In conclusion

Facebook EDM groups have been a major factor in making this experience fun for me and setting up meet ups with other ravers. I’ve met many awesome people along the way and cherish all the awesome memories throughout the years. I fully recommend trying to go alone at least once and experience it for yourself.

Why is house music called house music?

The origins of the term “house music” are disputed. Some house music enthusiasts claim that the term is derived from the name of a club called “The Warehouse.” In the late 1970s and early 1980s, “underground” warehouse parties became popular among the teenagers living in the Chicago area. One of these underground spots, attended primarily by gay black & latino men, became known as “The Warehouse”. The resident DJ at The Warehouse, Frankie Knuckles, mixed classic disco, European synthpop, new wave, industrial and punk recordings. Club regulars referred to his mixes as house music.

Chip E.’s early recording “It’s House” may also have helped to define this new form of electronic music. Chip E. claims the name came from methods of labelling records at the Imports Etc record store, where he worked at in the early 1980s. Music that DJ Knuckles played at the Warehouse nightclub was labelled “As Heard At The Warehouse”, which was shortened to simply “The House”.

Larry Heard, aka “Mr. Fingers,” claims that the term “house” reflected the fact that many early DJ’s created music in their own homes, using synthesizers and drum machines, including the Roland TR-808, TR-909 and the TB 303 “Bassline”. These machines became known as the “Acid Machines,” and were used to create the “Acid House” sound.