If you know who Kaskade, deadmau5 and Tiesto are then you’re a fellow traveler in the world of electronic dance music (EDM). Kaskade released his latest new project by DJing in an empty roadside parking lot:
It took me awhile to understand the terminology. DJs used to be people who just played records that had gotten airplay on the radio. Today, EDM artists who create music on their computer (or eurorack machine?) are called DJs and they play their recorded tracks to standing room only crowds. With lasers, lights, smoke and even fireworks for outdoors music festivals, techno concerts can be an experience.
I’ve listened to EDM for awhile but never attended a concert before: Kaskade appeared in my area last summer but life got in the way and I didn’t go. I was searching on Netflix for music concerts to watch and I came across a part-documentary, part-concert film on Tomorrowland, a three day electronic music festival that’s grown to tour dates in Brazil, the United States and Belgium. All I can say is wow, such amazing energy! It’s been compared to Woodstock with huge 100,000 plus crowds and its been going strong and growing for over 10 years now. With the pandemic, the documentary is a virtual escape to a world where being shoulder to shoulder listening to music brought connection and love rather than disease and death.