Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is a fairly new genre of music, considering that has only been around since the 1980s. From festivals worldwide that have attendance numbers in the thousands to local shows at small concert houses, EDM is rapidly becoming one of the most listened-to genres of music of our generation. Local venues such as the Knitting Factory and the Revolution Concert House work closely with All Access Boise, who have been booking some of the best artists known to the EDM scene.
“If it wasn’t for electronic dance music, I don’t think my life would be the same. I am a lot happier, my outlook on life is more positive and I have noticed that it makes people less judgmental.” said Alex Sacknoff, a junior accounting major at Boise State, “I have met amazing people through EDM, most of which I consider my best friends.”
Madi Crooke, a sophomore health science major at Boise State, attended her first rave two weeks ago.
“I kind of had a negative attitude about it at first,” said Crooke. “When I arrived, my views changed instantly. Everyone was overly friendly and welcoming. They genuinely wanted me to have a good time. In my opinion, everyone at some point in their lives should experience an EDM show.”
“Raving” has often been described as its own community; it is often referred to as its own culture. The atmosphere that comes along with these shows is what intrigues people and makes them fall in love with this music.
“Although EDM has been around for long over 20 years, the fan base has been growing at a rapid pace over the past couple years,” said Cody Pokorski, a sophomore entrepreneur management major who works with All Access Boise. “I think our generation loves the energy that comes along with these shows and you can’t really find that with any other genre of music.”
EDM shows are happening more often around the Boise area.
“EDM is a rapidly growing scene in Boise; we see more and more large producers and DJs including Boise in their tours,” said Madison Schorr, a junior public relations major and the assistant to the booking manager for All Access Boise. “Going to these shows gives me an opportunity to surround myself with good energy and amazing people.”
This genre of music has shown a higher demand than in recent years, not only in Boise, but worldwide. Festivals are selling out quickly, attendance to shows is growing rapidly and more people are falling in love with the environment that EDM associates itself with. The DJs who produce this music are putting themselves on the map in a big way and are creating ripples that will leave a lasting impression on the music world.