Darude Brings Trance To Reelworks

One of EDM’s original trance artists, Darude is making his grand return to Denver. On April 16th, Darude and Kristina Sky will return to Denver this spring to entertain the masses.

Darude Trance Legend

Darude remains one of EDM’s most influential artists. He was named one of EDM’s most influential artists when he was only 24 years old. The Finnish artist has transformed artists for over two decades and will make a big impact upon his return to the mile-high city. Over the years, he has appeared on many influential TV shows including BBC, NBC, and MTV. He is also a 3x Grammy-winning artist. Performing at worldwide festivals, he has most recently made his return to the festival circuit with a performance at SoCal’s Dreamstate festival in 2021. Darude has withstood the testament of EDM and proved that this genre of music is here to stay.

For support, Darude will bring Kristina Sky for support. Another important player in the early stages of trance music, Sky has been making waves in the trance scene since 2002. She has played festivals such as EDC, Ultra Miami, and has also found herself playing Dreamstate. Kristina Sky created and runs the United We Groove/United We Trance brand. This is a 6-year-running annual rooftop party in Miami during Miami Music Week.

Reelwork, a Perfect Venue

Reelworks is the perfect venue to host this legendary night of trance. They boast a custom JBL sound system. Reelworks is a fully immersive venue and is the perfect intimate environment to host these two trance legends. With large-scale light installations, it would be a wise idea for anyone to travel to this event to see Darude and Kristina Sky on April 16th.

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What Is Deep Techno?

What Is Deep Techno?

Deep techno, or simply techno, is a genre of EDM that first emerged in the late 90s and early 2000s. Today, it’s one of the most popular genres of EDM around the world, with famous names like Carl Cox leading the scene in countries like Germany and Italy. Despite the ubiquity of the genre, however, there are plenty of people who still aren’t quite sure what this genre actually is and how it differs from other similar genres of music, like progressive house or dubstep.

The History of Deep Techno

As one of EDM’s original subgenres, deep techno emerged in Detroit in 1992. This style of music was created to be released as a side project by some of Detroit’s most famous techno artists, who wanted to experiment with tracks that weren’t quite as heavy on 4/4 drum patterns and didn’t involve dropping beats. Because of its association with progressive house and trance, this genre became incredibly popular throughout Europe (particularly Berlin) in 2000.

The Most Famous Artists

Carl Cox, Ricardo Villalobos, Loco Dice and Richie Hawtin are some of the most famous artists. There are many other artists who use deep techno elements as a genre and style to create new music. The rhythm patterns typically go around 138-142 BPM (beats per minute) along with some moderate to fast bass lines (35 Hz to 110 Hz). There can be some slight variations but most of these artists uses these two styles combined. Stylistically, it has characteristics of progressive house, trance and minimal techno all in one genre.

Why Is It So Popular In Europe?

While it may be easy to write off European techno as more aggressive and exciting than American music, there’s also a lot of deep history behind it. As EDM in general began to grow in popularity, DJs looked for ways to keep their art interesting and relevant. One way was changing up their sounds—and that led to today’s trend. Unlike its genre-mates, this genre takes its cue from classic progressive house (especially Carl Cox) and then adds layers of grit with elements like tempo changes and percussion mixed together. This often results in lengthy track lengths (the average is 10–20 minutes long), but many fans say they wouldn’t have it any other way!

How Is Deep Techno Different From Other Electronic Dance Music Subgenres?

Techno, especially deep techno, has a slower tempo than most other genres of EDM. It also features syncopated rhythms and a more prominent bassline. In addition to these two stylistic elements, this genre also incorporates many elements from its parent genre: house music. Like house music, deep techno incorporates samples of older music into its compositions. However, unlike house music’s sample-based approach, deep techno tends to use much longer loops as building blocks for their tracks. This makes for a much more distinct sound that emphasizes synth melodies over drumbeats. The tonality of most songs in this genre is generally melancholy.

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What sets EDM apart from other genres is its emphasis on live performance. You can hear live EDM at almost any bar, club, or festival these days, but to experience deep techno in a real dance environment you’ll need to travel to Europe. If you don’t have plans for your next vacation, start planning now; a trip to Berlin will get you deep into what makes techno great.

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What is Deep House?

What is Deep House?

Deep House is one of the many subgenres that fall under the EDM umbrella, with origins as far back as the late 1980s in Chicago, USA. Although its heyday was between 1993 and 1995, when artists like Fingers Inc., Mr. Fingers, and Farley Jackmaster Funk were producing at the peak of their popularity, this genre still sees some production by popular DJs such as Malaa, Tchami, Rufus Du Sol, Lane 8 and Gorgon City (the latter of which is associated with Big Room House).

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History


A subgenre of EDM that originated in Chicago, first came to fruition in 1985 when musician/producer Larry Heard‘s collaboration with fellow artist Robert Owens yielded their trackCan You Feel It.” The song became known as one of the most important releases and set a precedent for tracks that followed. While there are some artists who claim to have been influenced by dub music and reggae, it was Heard‘s take on these genres that helped define what this genre would become. This genre has since grown into an amalgamation of different styles.

Subgenres


This genre has come to have many subgenres due to its long evolution. The main subgenres are Progressive and Tech-House. Tech House can be broken down further into Deep Techno, Minimal, Hard-Techno, and Techno, while the Progressive Deep House is more commonly known as Progressive House or Tech-House.


Tchami, Malaa, Rufus Du Sol, Lane 8 and Gorgon City. It’s also worth noting that Deep House isn’t just a genre—it’s an umbrella term for several subgenres (many of which have their own distinct fanbases). They include Deep Progressive House, Detroit Techno House, and Deep Tech House. In short, if you want to explore more about this genre there are dozens of different directions you can take it in!

Where To Hear


Just like every other genre, you’ll find these events scattered all over North America, South America and Europe. In major metropolitan areas like Miami, Los Angeles, New York City and Toronto and right here in Denver – you’ll find tons of events featuring Deep House artists. Further, there are many festivals to travel to including Ultra Miami and EDC Las Vegas to hear this genre.

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Zomboy Brings A Heavy Set To Mission Ballroom

Zomboy Brings A Heavy Set To Mission Ballroom

Zomboy, recently brought his unique and heavy sound to Denver’s Mission Ballroom. Joining him was Space Laces, Akeos, and Bruer. The supporting acts were fantastic, but the headliner didn’t disappoint either; here are some of my favorite highlights from the night.

The Artist

Zomboy is an English dubstep producer and DJ from Worthing, United Kingdom. He released his first EP in 2011, with many more following including his EP “The Dead Symphonicand Album “The Outbreak.” Zomboy has collaborated with other dubstep producers such as Skrillex and Doctor P and made official remixes for several big names in EDM including, Avicii, Bro Safari, Diplo, Porter Robinson and Kill The Noise. His next release will be another remix, teaming up with Flux Pavilion for his take on Childish Gambino’s Heartbeat.” With over 9 million plays on YouTube already, Zomboy is proving to be one of Dubstep’s top artists around today.

The Music

Bruer

For Zomboy‘s supporting artists, he brought Space Laces with a curated Vaultage set, Akeos and Bruer. There was no one inside the venue that did not enjoy this show. Mixes were on point and all genres were packed in sync with blinding lights and smoke machines. It seemed like every person jumped out their seat after dancing so hard. The beat of music bumped harder then ever before when Zomboy called for his signature Wall of Death. People took over the floor trying to get closer for a better view.

The Crowd

EDM lovers and strong dubstep fans made up most of the crowd. The ones who were there for Zomboy were in it to win it as they sang along and even headbanged during his songs. It was a mixed crowd that clearly enjoyed electronic music, but it seemed like more of them knew what was going on than those who don’t go out often or travel for events like these. There was no one in the crowd that didn’t seem to be enjoying themselves. Further, as Zomboy is one of Denver’s favorite EDM artists, the venue was packed from wall to wall.

The Experience

The crowd showed up in mass and by 9pm there was little standing room throughout the venue. It seemed everyone came out ready to rage all night long since they didn’t stop moving while each artist played their set. By 11:00 pm, when Zomboy took the stage, it had been almost 4 hours since anyone really sat down. As expected, Zomboy opened with a heavy start and there was no one in the crowd that didn’t enjoy the set. I would strongly recommend that the next time Zomboy comes to town, that you travel to see his set!

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What is Chillstep?

What is Chillstep?

Chillstep, also known as chill-out dubstep, is a subgenre of electronic dance music that focuses on the creation of mellow, downtempo beats designed to relax the listener. The genre has been around since at least 2009. However, it wasn’t until 2012 that the term chillstep became widely used to describe the style of music that had already been popular in EDM circles for years.

A brief history

Dubstep, a genre characterized by heavy bass and syncopated drum patterns, was created in England during the early 2000s. As its popularity grew across Europe and North America, various producers began creating dubstep variations that hewed closer to pop music aesthetics. Among these offshoots were British electro house and future garage. Further, these two genres began to incorporate more melodic basslines.

How does it differ from Dubstep?

To answer that question, we must look at what makes chillstep and dubstep different. As such, dubstep tracks usually have faster tempos than many other EDM genres with an emphasis on highly energetic sub-bass. This can be heard in songs like the classic “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” by Skrillex. These are perfect examples of classic dubstep which features dominant wobbles, large kicks and loud atmospheric sounds. While there’s nothing wrong with creating these types of dubstep tunes, many artists found they had more success when they slowed things down and focused more on melodic basslines; subverting the original purpose of dubstep to create a new style.

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Artists who contribute to the genre

ODESZA, Seven Lions, Pretty Lights, Porter Robinson and Adventure Club are all leading artists within chillstep. Each artist has their own unique style which sets them apart from one another. ODESZA’s 2013 release titled “In Return” took home a Grammy for best dance/electronica album in 2014. Their hit single “Sun Models” remains at number 13 on Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic songs chart. The pair have been making music together since 2007 with releases like “My Friends Never Die” (2008) and “Summer’s Gone” (2009). After releasing an EP titled “Say My Name” in 2010, they were quickly noticed by legendary singer-songwriter Diplo who put out their first full length record on his label Mad Decent that same year.

Chillstep for the future

The World of Electronic Dance Music continues to grow as a profitable business, with many international DJs making millions off their performances. DJs continue to innovate and create new subgenres that appeal to large audiences and result in even greater profits for themselves. If you haven’t traveled out of state to hear some of these artists, we highly recommend that you do so!

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What is Big Room House?

What is Big Room House?

Big room house music originated in the early 2010s as a subgenre of house music. The genre became known through artists producing songs to be played out to large crowds within the festival circuit, with many artists including Tiesto, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Swedish House Mafia and Armin Van Buren producing within this genre. This style of house involves 4-on-the-floor beats, thumping basslines and heavy syncopation on all beat kicks throughout the song structure to create an epic sound that builds continuously to the drop.

Big Room House History


Where It Comes From and What Makes It Different : Big room house is a subgenre of house music. Developed in 2000s, it became popular in 2010s with many artists producing songs to be played out to large crowds within festival circuit. Many artists produce within genre including Tiesto, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Swedish House Mafia and Armin Van Buuren. Big room house differs from traditional house due to it’s EDM elements and big build-ups on breakdowns before drops. It’s progressive, energetic style makes it perfect for dance clubs and festivals alike.

Big Room Genre Popularity
This genre has become increasingly popular in recent years, with many new artists producing songs within. Hardwell‘s “Spaceman” was one of 2012’s most popular big room songs, moving over 2 million copies through Spotify alone. In addition to its exposure on online streaming services like Spotify and Pandora, this genre has also garnered popularity at electronic music festivals such as Electric Zoo and Ultra. This growth only stands to benefit big room house producers who continue to craft impressive tracks for consumption by festival-goers everywhere.

Big Hits That Defined The Genre


Moreover, big room house has a defined sound that differentiates it from other sub genres of house music. Like all genres, this genre has its own set of popular songs that help define what it sounds like. Further, the following hits are must-listens for anyone interested in digging deeper into big room and discovering more about what defines it as a genre: “Don’t You Worry Child,” by Swedish House Mafia, Martin Garrix’s famous “Animals,” and Calvin Harris’sFeel So Close.”
As an artist who creates within this genre, what do you love most about big room house?

Artists Who Are Still Leading The Pack


Overall, inventors of big room house include Tiesto, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Swedish House Mafia and Armin Van Buuren. Each of these artists has created his own unique sound that sets him apart from others in his genre. Further, if you’re looking to travel out of state to see this genre, consider festivals like Ultra and EDC Las Vegas.

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What is Bass House Music?

While many electronic dance music genres incorporate heavy bass lines and reverberating drums, one subgenre that specializes in this style of music is bass house. This dance music genre includes music by artists like Joyryde, Jauz, Ghastly and Dr. Fresh and took inspiration from many other house music styles to create its own unique sound. If you’re interested in learning more about the history and production of this genre, keep reading to find out more!

Bass House History


Firtst, the history of this genre can be traced back to American producer and DJ, TJR. While touring in Europe during 2014, TJR heard a bass-heavy song being played by a DJ that sounded completely different from any other music he had ever heard before. t didn’t take long for DJs around the world to catch onto this revolutionary sound either. In addition to bringing it overseas, DJs such as Borgore and Caked Up incorporated elements of bass house into their own sets.

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Bass House Sound


What makes this genre so distinct from other genres of EDM is that it takes influences from different styles of house music, and incorporates a heavy bass line. . While some artists in the genre who prefer not to add vocals, most modern bass house songs contain highly syncopated samples with ethereal harmonies over a powerful bassline. A few examples of popular tracks in this genre include Joyryde’s “Hot Drum”, Jauz’s “Meant To Love You”, and Dr. Fresch’s “No Love (featuring TLC)”. Further, the unique sound of this genre draws comparisons to a handful of other electronic genres including deep house, trap, and moombahton. However, bass house stands out for its heavy use of drum samples and energetic synths. Overall, if you enjoy dance music with an aggressive beat you should definitely check out some songs from this genre!

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Bass House Influences


The roots of this genre run deep in multiple areas of EDM. The genre is heavily influenced by UK garage, drum & bass and dubstep, with some artists blending these styles to create a new subgenre. Dr. Fresch takes influence from house and techno music. The fusion of elements also led to another related style: liquid trap. Liquid trap borrows elements from heavy bass lines, minimal drops, simple percussion and wobble basses reminiscent of hardcore dance songs popularized in the early 2000s.

Bass House Artists


The following are some of our favorite artists in this genre. Be sure to check them out if you’re a fan of bass house music! (In alphabetical order) – Joyryde, Jauz, Ghastly, Dr. Fresh! If you’re looking to travel for an EDM festival these are some artists we highly recommend you catch a live set of. Make sure you have their Spotify playlists in your queue to get familiar with their best tracks.

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What is Ambient Dubstep?

One of the new rising dubstep sounds is ambient dubstep. With many artists like Illenium, Said the Sky and even Zeds Dead incorporating these sounds into their online mixes, this style of music incorporates chill and melodic beats. Although it’s been around for years, in recent years it has gained some popularity due to EDM’s increasing focus on atmospherics and ethereal qualities. This genre can incorporate aspects of all types of music from techno to classical to pop, and most importantly it does not lack bass despite its mellow sound.

How ambient dubstep came about
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Before dubstep ever had a name, people were experimenting with adding drums to electronic music. From drum ‘n’ bass-inspired beats to house beats, producers took their favorite tracks and chopped them up into samples. As more producers embraced synthesizers and programming, a new movement began – one that continues to thrive today as ambient dubstep. While there are many variations of ambient dubstep, let’s take a look at some of its most distinctive characteristics and most popular musicians. Traveling can be fun and exciting if you plan it properly – but those jags and time zones can really knock you out! Use an ambient dubstep mix like the Zeds Dead one below when traveling.

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How it differs from other genres

You’ve probably heard dubstep before; it’s a genre that brings heavy basslines, deep kicks, and rumbling synths to dance floors around the world. But as of late, one sound has been growing quickly: ambient dubstep. Hailing from artists like Illenium and Said The Sky, ambient dubstep incorporates these elements but adds melodic beats which bring out more of an emotional aspect. In some instances, you can just lose yourself in these grooves.

Signature sound


The sound of ambient dubstep combines epic bass, mellow melodies, and stunning ethereal vocals. The ambient nature of its sounds makes it an apt soundtrack for relaxation, helping you disconnect from life’s hustle and bustle and find peace with your surroundings. The lyrics are reminiscent of those heard in pop music, with songs about love and other emotional concepts. However, these sentiments are delivered in a more relaxed fashion, complementing perfectly what would otherwise be a fast-paced genre. Some might also recognize elements of classical music in ambient dubstep. Similar to how electronic dance music incorporated elements from classical pieces throughout history, some artists use parts of modern orchestral arrangements or melodies to add interest to their tracks.

Producers


As mentioned, ambient dubstep has been popularized by many producers in recent years. One of these artists, Illenium, is a dubstep and electro house producer from Denver. His big hits include tracks like “Free Fall” and “Falling Down” which have over 7 million plays on SoundCloud to date. Other popular ambient dubstep artists include Said The Sky and Brian Eno. Unlike typical EDM genres such as hardstyle or drum & bass where every song sounds similar because it’s supposed to be loud and fast, different types of ambient dubstep songs have varying levels of energy depending on what kind you listen to—if at all. Even within one artist’s repertoire, you can hear a sudden change in energy. A song will start out soft, then gradually get louder and more intense before becoming calm again at its climax.

Said the Sky at Red Rocks

As of recently, ambient dubstep has been on a rapid rise to fame. There have also been many rumors on Zeds Dead adding more ambient tracks to their online mixes, as well as getting their label Deadbeats to put out some artists that use these kinds of beats in their music. Although there isn’t a specific genre for them yet, it is obvious why these ambient sounds are becoming so popular among newer DJs and producers.

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Afro House Is Becoming More And More Popular

Afro House is becoming more and more popular in the EDM world, especially with artists such as DJ Snake, who debuted his own Afro House mix called “Get Low” at Coachella 2018, as well as promoting his mix on his Instagram. Other EDM artists such as Martin Garrix have incorporated this genre into their songs like “Scared to be Lonely” and “In the Name of Love” with Bebe Rexha, which can be found on their official YouTube channel.

What is Afro House?

This genre has a strong foundation in techno, with many artists adding a fusion of house music to their songs. Although it may seem like this genre blends several different genres into one, it actually has clear-cut definitions that separate it from other music. One way to recognize these songs on your favorite radio station is by looking for hard-hitting bass drums or tribal beats. The tempo ranges from 120 BPM to 130 BPM, which makes it slower than most EDM but faster than standard house music tracks. One thing that makes this genre unique among most EDM sub-genres is its usage of instruments such as saxophones and marimbas; whereas most EDM only uses synthesizers for horns.

The rise of Afro House


Although Afro house has been around for quite some time, it was not until recent years that Afro house has started to make waves in America’s music scene. However, with many American DJs now incorporating Afro beats into their playlists there are still a lot of people out there who don’t know what this genre is exactly or how it differs from other genres. For example, if you have never heard of this genre before then you may have listened to wavy beats or songs that sound like deep mix songs but yet feature different styles including Latino beats mixed with trap and pop. If so, these songs were most likely an example of this genre because these wavy beats as they are known come straight from South Africa where they originated and thus represent just one small style within a very wide genre.

Are there any differences between this style and other genres?
DJ Snake


Afro house music has a more mainstream sound than other EDM genres, but it’s still very underground. There are some major labels that have recognized this genre and have started to sign artists in Africa. This bodes well for this genre and also adds to its overall legitimacy in terms of being a true genre of EDM music. The biggest difference between afro house and other genres of EDM is that afro house is often incorporating African drumming into their songs, which gives them a unique feel among all of the different types of EDM. In addition, artists have had much success with creating remixes using American songs such as “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk.

Artists with Afro House influence
Tiesto


Tiesto, Afrojack, Steve Aoki, DJ Snake and Major Lazer. Many other EDM artists such as Martin Garrix have incorporated Afro House beats into their music. These Afro-influenced tracks are known as Pony in EDM lingo. Listen to these songs to see how much of an impact this genre has on them! Enjoy!

What is Acid Techno?

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If you’re familiar with techno, you may have heard the term acid techno bandied about as an early stage of techno or as one of its subgenres, but you might not know what it actually refers to. The name comes from acid house, which was an electronic dance music genre in the late 1980s and early 1990s. A genre that was known for its rapid tempo and its use of short, repeated phrases. This genre follows this pattern in its own right, but it also sometimes incorporates other types of electronic dance music, such as house or trance.

Acid Techno Genre Origins


Acid Techno originated in Chicago in 1990, first on vinyl and then later, as house music gained popularity, on compact discs. Like most forms of electronic dance music (EDM), Acid Techno blends synthesized beats with recorded sounds. The songs tend to be short and fast-paced to keep people dancing. So what makes it an acid sound? Blame Roland, that’s all! In 1986, Roland released a keyboard called The TB-303 Bass Line and dance club owners loved it. Originally intended for bass guitarists to play backing tracks while they sang or rapped, those who bought one quickly discovered that by using its controls – a knob for bass frequency and another for accent frequency – they could create acid bass lines without even playing their instrument!

Origins in Europe

The Basic Elements of Acid Techno

Acid techno was a variant of house music that emerged from Chicago, Illinois in 1988. The genre was strongly influenced by several forms of electronic dance music (EDM) that were popular in Europe at that time. These included styles such as acid house, disco, breakbeat and Detroit techno. This genre incorporates melodies produced through house-music equipment (such as analog synthesizers and drum machines) with elements of Chicago’s highly distinctive sound, which included samples and synth lines reminiscent of distorted guitar riffs. Unlike most other early forms of techno, acid techno featured a much less rigid structure than most other EDM genres did at that time. Songs typically started off slowly and built up to more energetic portions before returning to their original pace. This gave songs an open-ended feeling that later became characteristic of jungle and trip hop.

Artists Influenced by Acid Techno

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Early Techno was influenced by many early electronic styles including House, Hip-Hop, and Acid. Artists like Kraftwerk, Afrika Bambaata, Man Parrish all have their own personal touch in it, but when artists began experimenting with breakbeats and the Roland TB-303 bass synthesizer they created a new genre of music. Artists such as Phuture and Prescription created an entirely different sound for dance floors which set them apart from other genres at that time. Some more modern and popular techno and house artists that take this genre as influence are: Zhu, Tchami, Malaa, Tiesto and Lane 8.

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