EDM, We are living through the most significant era in music history.

Dating back as far as human history takes us, music has consisted of strings, percussion, and wind. 

With the advent of electricity, we recorded music, but really didn’t nail the electricity/music combination until the electric guitar hit mainstream around the 1970s.

All of a sudden, we heard a different sound.

Are you a Led Zeppelin fan? Maybe Metallica? Personally I’m not, but how cool must that have been to hear Slash rip a solo on stage for the first time. What did “rock and roll” sound like to an 80 year old who grew up on vaudeville? Electric guitar was a brand new sound to human ears – an rare accomplishment in the history of music.

On a grander scale, that’s what’s happening right now.

My ear dances toward Electronic Dance Music – music created using only your MacBook Pro. For the first time in the history of music, we are creating sounds without the use of wind, strings, or a drum equivalent.

For the first time in recordable history, “instrument-less” music doesn’t just exist, but is arguably the most popular music in arguably the world’s most important country. For the first time ever, a computer is the instrument, introducing us to sounds literally unimaginable to someone 50 years ago.

Take a ride in my time machine back 60 years. Play them any song off Skrillex’s album Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.

Since the beginning, we have invented new instruments, but they have always been a variation of strings, percussion, or wind. Can you name an instrument as unique as the computer?

Is this the 40-year window where music changed forever?

Where will music be in 50 years? Electricity is not going away, nor is the idea we can make music from it. In 50 years we may have original sounds, but electricity will (probably) be the basis of its creation.

Squidward FutureTake a ride in my time machine to the year 3013. I’m assuming music will always exist, and let’s more safely assume they still have Ryan Seacrest’s Top 40. Do you think electricity will play at least a small role in their popular music? Until maybe 100 years ago, electricity played zero role in any music ever composed. While I can’t predict the future, I can’t imagine how electricity or a futuristic equivalent could play zero role in day-to-day life.

I think for the next hundreds, maybe thousands of years, people will reflect on our lifetime as the period of greatest significance in recordable history – when the computer joined the Strings, Percussion, and Wind fraternity.

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House, Dubstep, EDM – Why Krewella is Ready to Explode

Of the eight house artists that performed at last September’s Glowfest in West Virginia, Krewella took my personal first prize. Consisting of two girls and a fella, the girl and guy mix on the table while the final female brings a strong, appropriate voice coupled with her high-energy stage presence.

Out of Chicago, Krewella’s most popular single is Alive (listen here) off their debut EP Play Hard. I can best describe their style as comfortable house music with a nice kick of energy. As for Alive, I ask you to listen from 1:00-2:15. If you can get through the drop without at least bobbing your head, dismiss this post and enjoy the rest of your day.

Krewella has the “it” factor. For those familiar with this blog, you’ll know music isn’t my area of expertise, so unfortunately this band review will come chock full of subjectives and take-my-word-for-its, but something about this trio gets me more pumped than any other artist the genre. In my life there are four bands/artists who, no matter how rainy the day, that can temporarily make me forget about anything – Eminem, Blink-182, Incubus, and Krewella.

Any other Incubus fans out there? I’m drawn to them in part due to their unique versatility. Compare their ’99 hit single Drive (listen here) to their ’97 hard, distorted song A Certain Shade of Green (listen here).

To a lesser extent, that’s what Krewella offers with the extremes of dubstep and house. Compare Alive with Krewella’s dubstep song Fire Hive with Knife Party (listen here). If Alive is a martini double, Fire Hive is a whiskey triple. So *WARNING*, Fire Hive is hard, but it will wake you up.

Again, I don’t know why, but something tells me Krewella is set to explode. They come at a perfect transitional period where the moral-lacking, shallow world of Hip-Hop music is dying out of the mainstream replaced with this modern techno headed by those like Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta, Avicii, and others.

*I’m not hating on hip-hop. A lot of people are quick to criticize the genre but there is talent in hip-hop, I just feel it has been poorly represented since the turn of the millennium*

So get ready to hear the Chicago natives on radio stations. If they do get get big, we can all say we were there first.

Krewella will be playing at The Pool at Harrah’s in Atlantic City this Wednesday, the 20th.  Tickets are only $15 as the $10 ones have sold out. Damn right I’ll be there. Love ya to join me. It’s gonna be crazy.