It’s funny that the most common criticism of electronic music is that it’s stale, repetitive, and lacks any real creativity or musicianship. You don’t have to look very deep into any comment section to know that haters gonna hate, and when it comes to electronic music they’re all going to say the same thing: electronic music sucks because it all sounds the same. As bloggers and adventurous listeners, we here at HeadyTunes tend to disagree with this off-base notion. In fact, if you know where to look and keep an open mind, it’s easy to see and hear that we are in the midst of yet another transitional period in the recent history of electronic music.
This period is especially exciting because it isn’t necessarily a transition from one popular genre to another like we’ve seen with dubstep giving way to trap giving way to (deep) house. No, what seems to be going on now is a breakdown of genre barriers in general. In a recent Facebook post (below), Fools Gold boss and all-around legend A-Trak made his point succinctly by suggesting that we are entering a “post-EDM” world where those who got their first tastes from chart-topping EDM mega-hits are now branching out from the massive (and massively profitable) EDM scene and finding enjoyment in the nooks and crannies of the electronic music world where the obscure, the unique, and genreless stay hidden from mainstream eyes.
Whether it’s house, “future bass”, or trap-house futurestep, the recent deviation from “mainstream” genres is opening up tons of doors for talented producers of all kinds. If there is something to be said about the year 2014 it’s that electronic music is still thriving and that is partially due to a fresh crop of forward-thinking producers who take pleasure in carving paths of their own as we move into 2015. Our Looking Forward feature is a collection of very talented producers (in no particular order) that would be wise to take note of in the coming year. Some have been doing their thing for a while without much notice, and some are just getting started, but all are ready to make shit happen in 2015.
From all of use at HeadyTunes, we hope you have happy and safe holidays, and we sincerely hope you enjoy the tunes!