Europe Needs To Stop Looking Down At American EDM Culture

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Europe Needs To Stop Looking Down At American EDM Culture

Bubble, boom, whatever you want to call it, EDM culture is exploding in the United States. Both American and European artists are reaping the rewards- higher pay scales, more consistent bookings, etc.

The demand for electronic dance music in the US has opened the floodgates for European talent to permeate our borders. As Americans, welcome them with open arms, grateful for the new sounds they bring to us.

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However, some European artists have been thumbing their nose at the U.S. and our music here. Terms like “American EDM” or “Boom Boom EDM” are being passed around to differentiate our scene from their supposedly “truer” forms of electronic dance music. It’s European elitism at its finest.

Is there a difference? I’m certain that in the intricacies there are. But if you look at the bigger picture of the respective scenes the disparity gap doesn't appear to be too wide.

Europe may have the nightlife scenes of London, Berlin and Ibiza. But in all honesty are Los Angeles and Miami that far behind? And doesn't New York City nightlife pretty much set the bar for the rest of the world?

I’ll give Europe the edge when it comes to world-class dance clubs like Fabric, Ministry of Sound and Berghain. But when it comes to pool parties, does anyone do it better than Las Vegas?

Europe has Tomorrowland. We have Electric Daisy Carnival. Both have done the transatlantic trek.  EDC London or TomorrowWorld ATL anyone? I heard both were pretty fun.

The United States and Europe both have a rich history of dance music. In both regions there are ‘true school’ artists filled with integrity as well as some trendier acts that might skate the edges of ‘corny’.

The US has DJs like Theo Parrish, Kaskade, Sandra Collins, Eric Morillo, Colette and Doc Martin. We import European talent like Eric Prydz, Above & Beyond, Nicole Moudaber, Maya Jane Coles and Pete Tong.

On the flip we also have DJ’s that are as much characters as they are music maestros. Just look at Diplo, Steve Aoki, Dillon Franics, Krewella and deadmau5 (he’s Canadian technically). But don’t tell me Europe doesn’t have them as well- Chuckie, Afrojack, Hardwell, Swedish House Mafia, Danny Avila, and Avicii come to mind. And now what do we do with this whole “Afroki” thing?

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When it comes to electronic music the United States and Europe both have a have rich history- arguably equally influential on one another- in good and bad ways. There’s been just as much “EDM Boom Boom” vibes in Europe as America. Sorry to say, but we’re both churning out some pretty bad music.

We’re also both making some pretty amazing music. Personally, I’m a big fan of labels like DFA, Kitsune, Nervous, Defected, Exploited, Golf Channel, GND, Tempa, Smog, Tresor, MB Disco, Eskimo, No. 19 etc. I don’t care if you’re American or European- there’s some damn good sounds coming out of those imprints. And each of these labels is uniquely representative of their home cities – Both American and European.

As an American (from Los Angeles), of course I’ll root for the home team. I feel so blessed to have parties like Rhonda, Sublevel and Sarcastic Disco in my backyard. But I also love the chance to look ‘across the water’ (and a bit of land) to see what’s happening on the other side.

I’m pretty sure I’d have just as much fun.

PS – Europe, I’m very sorry about that whole Paris Hilton thing, but we didn’t think you would actually book her!  That's on you.