Has EDM (Electronic Dance Music) Influenced Latin Americans in General?| 02 March, 2018
According to Huff Post’s “The Rise of EDM” by Danny Feinstein and Colin Ramsay, electronic dance music (EDM) has been surging to the forefront of mainstream music for a while now. Udemy’s renowned professional writer, Nick Gibson, tells us that the genre was born in Chicago in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The term EDM was adopted in the US when the music began to become influential around 2000 and onwards, a period popularly referred to as the EDM Era. Electronic dance music is not a genre by itself but rather a collection of several music genres, such as house, techno, trance, and dubstep, as well as drum and bass, among others.
Over the years, EDM has grown to become an influential style of music throughout some of the most popular places on the globe according to Michaelangelo Matos, a renowned Brooklyn-based author who’s so familiar with electronic dance music.
But what of Latin America? Has EDM (electronic dance music) influenced Latin Americans in general?
EDM’s Influence on Latin Americans
You remember the EDM genres we mentioned above, right? Like House, dubstep, drum and bass, and what not? Well, these genres are as popular in Spanish – especially when made by Latin Americans. There’s something about that beat hitting as hard as a DeWalt power tool, that means no matter where you’re from you’re going to love it. There are also plenty of EDM Latino DJs and music producers, not only in Spanish-speaking American countries but around the world.
Some famous Latino EDM producers include Rafaela Andrade, the Brazilian Erica Alves, Heidi Lewandowski aka Kaleema of Tropical Twist records, Mexican Paulina Sotomayor, Colombia’s Ela Minus aka Gabriela Jimeno, and Argentine Amparo Battaglia are just a few of the most amazing producers of Latin American EDM on Bandcamp Daily.
Considering the way EDM has grown and spread in all directions around the globe from Chicago, it sure as hell has influenced American Latinos in general. When something becomes a global phenomenon, that’s what it does. It sort of integrates itself into the culture of that society and creates a certain impact on things such as fashion, language, and the entertainment sector in general.
Some of the best music producer blogs to follow for more information on Latin American EDM and music, in general, include blogdelosangeles.com, latinomusiccafe.com, and, of course, ourselves here at Sounds and Colours.
Other Reasons EDM Has Actually Influenced Latin Americans
In addition to the fact that there are many internationally popular Latin American DJs, super producers, bands, and award-winning artists, there are more reasons to believe electronic music has exerted a significant influence on Latin American culture or at least some of it.
EDM Entertainment Is Full Of Fun and Thrill
Trying not to be too stereotypical, Latin Americans are a fun-loving society. According to Huff Post’s Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher, the happiest countries in the world belong in Latin America. Most of the interviewed individuals revealed that they like living their lives focused on being happier today rather than tomorrow. Well, you know what they say, “tomorrow is not promised.”
EDM is perfectly suited for social gatherings and places such as bars, discotheques, restaurants, shows, raves, sporting events, and other events. Look at how live house, techno, and other electronic music performances are always attended by mammoth crowds.
So, EDM is fun and Latinos love to have fun. There’s absolutely no harm in wanting to believe that EDM has had influence on Latino generations in the past one or two decades.
Its Popularity Is Still Increasing Growing Globally
Well, you might have come across some claims that electronic dance music is slowly becoming less and less popular, online perhaps. I mean, how many times have you heard the phrase “Hip Hop is dead,” yet it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon? Most of these claims are baseless and lack proof to back them up. They’re arguably fabricated by big fishes from other music genres and entertainment scenes or used by bloggers for their own selfish benefits like promoting their websites. On the contrary, research actually suggests that this electronic music has been and is still on the rise since its inception in the 80s.
If analytic reports from huge organizations in the music industry like International Music Summit are anything to go by, electronic music has been growing tremendously, especially over the last six years or so. Some of these “EDM is Dead” critics may have one or two reason to brand it as so, but most of them tend generalize the situation based on single issues. According to Quartz reporter Amy X. Wang, electronic music has taken over the world really quickly and it still is despite declarations that it is dead.
Latin American EDM Festivals
Anything that is worthy enough to have a dedicated festival for it is popular and perhaps very influential. It’s got substance and a reason to celebrate. And you know how festivals normally attract a huge number of people, right? Well, it’s not surprising that there are more than just a few electronic music festivals held annually across some of the most popular South and Central American countries.
- The Ultra Festival – Held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, every October at the Sambadrome.
- EDC Mexico – also known as the Electric Daisy Carnival, this event is held in Mexico, every February in Mexico City. It is held at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, a race track in Mexico City with a hosting capacity of about 110,000. The festival hosts some of the biggest names in EDM.
- Ultra Buenos Aires – held in Buenos Aires, the Argentinean capital. This one is a popular EDM Latino edition festival that appears to have been suspended since 2015.
- Lollapalooza – a popular Latin America EDM festival that is held in several countries in the region, including Chile, Argentina and Colombia. In 2018, the Lollapalooza will be held in March in Chicago, Illinois although the main EDM Latino edition is set for August in Argentina.
From the above solid reasons, we can safely conclude that EDM indeed has influenced Latin Americans in certain ways in addition to influencing their music in general. It is not true that the kind of hype that used to be there about electronic music seems to have lessened a bit. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that it is losing its popularity any time soon.
And music doesn’t die, it is timeless. For, instance, what comes to mind when you listen to music from the 80s, 90s, and perhaps the early 2000s. My best guess, you get memories. Music is a huge component of a human beings lives in addition to being just a source of entertainment. If it’s hugely celebrated, it is worth preserving.
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