Could Electronic Dance Music Be The Next Rock?

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DJ Skrillex. (Photo: Brennan Schnell)
DJ Skrillex. (Photo: Brennan Schnell)

For years, electronic dance music or EDM has been the province of clubs and music festivals. But with artists like Los Angeles D.J. Skrillex winning three Grammys this past February, and pop acts like Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and Ke$ha incorporating EDM sound into their hits, electronic dance music is moving into the mainstream.

Jonathan Bogart, a music writer from Phoenix Arizona tells Here & Now's Robin Young that much of this music isn't available on CD, but through online videos and YouTube. And that's part of the draw, especially for young listeners , who appreciate the intensity and immediacy of the style.  "[They] experience the world in a very fast, hyper-connected and online way," Bogart said.

Here and Now intern Joseph DeNatale, who has attended EDM festivals, describes the appeal.

"The crowd became almost look out into the crowd and just see this sea of people, you know, moving and dancing in sync," he said. "It's quite an experience."

Music From This Segment

1. Skrillex,"Rock 'N' Roll (Will Take You To The Mountain)"
2. Skream, "Midnight Request Line"
3. Rusko: "Hold On" (subfocus remix)
4. Avicii, "Levels"
5. Dada Life "Rolling Stones T-Shirt"
6. Minnesota, "Hold Up"


  • Jonathan Bogart, Music writer from Phoenix Arizona
  • Joseph DeNatale, Here and Now intern

This segment aired on July 30, 2012.


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