Electronic Dance Music Goes Hollywood

Electronic music is mainstream, which is odd considering fifteen years ago it was a niche genre placed in the back section of US record stores.

I grew up listening to Paul Oakenfold, Underworld, The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, and more obscure electronic DJs like Roni Size and Photek.  I never thought electronic music would be popular. 

To see dubstep break electronic music is even more surprising.  Just a few years ago dubstep was completely underground with the likes of Burial, Skream, and Benga.  Skrillex now makes $15 million a year.

Money taints music development.  Just look at the destruction of hip-hop, which like electronic music grew out of dance parties and peaked out after the rise of Eminem.  When music becomes more about Hollywood than the sound itself, it self-destructs.  Electronic music will burst as well but the real crate diggers will continue to support it.  

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