My final exams were to begin a day after my final university exams, and yet this fact did not dissuade me from attending the performance. It would have been nerve-wrecking to miss out the trio of whom I was an ardent follower. It is not only me, but my friends too, whose dedication to Electronic Dance Music surpasses mine and they have traveled across the country to attend these concerts. The reasons stated by all the ardent followers is the same, you meet like minded people, your hands and head move to the beat, you make hearts with hands…and most of all, in that space of time, you feel liberated.
When I look back to it, EDM was not really famous in 2008. It was still trying to find an audience and space for itself in India. Luckily, for us, the answer for space and followers came in the form of Sunburn. Yes, the same festival that gave Goa a new reputation and that brought the EDM scene on the map of India. As the popularity of Sunburn increased, so did that of EDM. Every year scores of youth fly to Goa at the end of December to get a taste of this event. I actually researched a bit, and found out that in its first year, Sunburn’s line up included Axwell.
This was just the opening up of India as the new platform for EDM. Goa has always had its own little world of EDM but with the birth of Sunburn, this spread to the entire youth of the nation. Not only this but other factors also contributed. If you are an ardent follower of EDM I want you to look back and pin-point how it was that you got introduced to this form? I was introduced to it by my friend, but i brushed that off by declaring that ‘it was too loud’. Two weeks later, i heard Guetta which was followed by pod casting. And a new fan had been born. Had it not been for the technological intervention, I would never have paid attention to EDM.
All of this has been fuelled by organizers like Submerge. They have succeeded in understanding the demands, and last years line-up was full of top international artists. Avicii, Tiesto, SHM, Guetta, Armin Van Buuren were the opium for our stage. More and more people got aware of this sub-genre of club music. Not only this, but music festivals like Storm and NH7 have realized the importance of EDM, and a lot of their performances are centered around it. This has also successfully encouraged artists to perform, and to not steer away from India. As audience throngs the venue, DJs hope for more recognition and spread of this genre.
In every party that I have been to, EDM owns the playlist.
Do you think EDM is here to stay? Or is it a bubble that will burst? Or be replaced by other genres? Write in the comments below.