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Get an EDM boost for your Workout Playlist

Summer officially ended but the party’s not stopping in the EDM World. Dillon FrancisDada Life and Boys Noize just announced their fall tours today. In order to prepare for this epic madness, and extensive dancing, I came up with some EDM playlists and ideas that’ll help keep you pumped at the gym. How else are you going to keep up on the dance floor?

At 3 o’clock in the morning, where will YOU be?

For each category I listed the artists that have many songs that work great for that category, specific songs that are super effective, and Pandora stations I listen to that usually have a good mix.

Warm up Routine

For a warm-up, I need some beats but nothing too fast yet. My best example would be LMFAO, most of their songs have a good rhythm to get your heart pumping. Think “Sexy and I Know It” and “Shots”.

Artists: LMFAO, Dada Life

Songs: “Heads Will Roll” (A-trak dub remix) by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “I’m in the House” and “The Pursuit of Happiness” (Steve Aoki Remix) by Kid Cudi, “Animal Rights” by Wolfgang Gartner and Deadmau5

Pandora stations: “Steve Aoki”, “Deadmau5”, “Bloody Beetroots”

Cardio

Fast, bumping beats help me enjoy running on the treadmill. And I need the most help I can get. One of my favorite artists to run to is Wolfgang Gartner, his songs are fast-paced and I can play on shuffle without needing to constantly skip songs. He has many hit songs such as “Spacejunk” and “Illmerica”.

Artists: Wolfgang Gartner, Dillon Francis and most Jungle or Drum and Bass artists

Songs: “Bounce” by Wolfgang Gartner, “Grand Theft Ecstasy” by Feed Me, “Rage Valley” by Knife Party, “Through the Loop” by Pendulum, “Masta Blasta” by Dillon Francis

Pandora stations: “Wolfgang Gartner”, “Knife Party”, “Pendulum”, “Skrillex”, “Drum & Bass” (If you need super fast beats, try “Happy Hardcore” on Pandora)

Muscles

Usually I work on muscles after cardio, so I like music that isn’t as fast or pumping but still keeps a steady rhythm so I stay motivated. I like to stick to trance or trance-y music.

Artists: Daft Punk, ATB, Kaskade

Songs: “I Remember” by Kaskade

Pandora stations: “Swedish House Mafia”, “ATB”, “Gareth Emery” (I don’t recommend the “Trance” station on Pandora, some songs that play are too slow for me)

Cool Down

For cool downs, or if I want a slower playlist for muscle workouts, I like listening to dubstep artists or slower beats.

Artists: Nero, Flux Pavilion, 12th Planet, Porter Robinson

Songs: “Got 2 Know” by Flux Pavilion, “We Can Make the World Stop” by The Glitch Mob, “Woo Boost” by Rusko

Pandora Stations: “Dubstep”, “The Glitch Mob”, “Subfocus”

Most of these suggestions are based on Pandora, a free music app available on smart phones. Not a fan of Pandora? Find out what app works for you (more extensive list of apps at bottom of linked page).

Have suggestions of your own? Add them to the comments below!

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Behind the Scenes: Deadmau5 Music Video – 5/20/12

On Sunday night, thousands of extras excitedly gathered in Van Nuys, California to be in Deadmau5‘s latest music video for 10 hours of filming, after being recruited from Facebook earlier in the week. How do I know this? Well, I was there. It all started when I clicked on a link on one of Deadmua5’s statuses and applied for the exciting experience.

Facebook status encouraging fans to participate

However, being invited to the location was the hardest part. It consisted of a three step process; after thousands of applicants sent in the first application, only a select few were sent a second e-mail to fill out. Finally, a last e-mail, that included an address and further instructions, was sent out to the chosen applicants.

Hundreds waiting for further direction

I showed up to the location around 7pm where hundreds of people were lingering around two trailers, waiting for some sort of action. Many were staring off to the ominous stage on the other side of the area.

None of us knew what to expect. There was no required dress attire, so mostly everyone dressed in casual attire as if they were going to a rave. A few fans brought their handmade ‘mausheads’, one is seen below:

a ‘mau5head’ (purple head in background)

An hour passed. Finally, the large crowd was acknowledged. Everyone was instructed to move and surround the large metal stage that many wondered about. The crowd circled around what appeared to be a metal cage. More minutes passed until the director explained to the crowd what to do.

the metal dome

After the shooting began, the crowd started to get angry when the music played multiple times in 10 second intervals. The director had to remind the crowd, “this isn’t a concert, this is a music video!”

When the director made this exclamation, I shared the same confused expression as the rest of the crowd. Although Deadmau5 was present and music was playing to a crowd, this was not the experience any of us had in mind.

We weren’t at a party, we were doing work.

Although many expected this experience to be more like a concert, what they didn’t realize is they were a part of something bigger. This built-up crowd is evidence to how influential EDM music has become today. One has to be very admired to draw thousands of people to work for free for 10+ hours.

Many of these people just wanted to be part of the phenomenon that this music genre has created. And I hope that many more similar opportunities will be on the rise that share this DJ and fan connection.

How To Discover New EDM Artists and Songs

When I was beginning to discover the EDM genre for myself, it seemed that many fans of EDM music knew so many DJs, songs, the best remixes of those songs by other DJs. I felt I would never reach their level of expertise. I kept thinking, how does one get to know all these DJs without having to do endless research?

Well, I found an app for that, and several other music programs that list who you’re listening to and provide the information you need to build your own taste. Basically all you need to do is listen, and these four programs do the research for you.

1. Pandora

Pandora helped me discover many DJs and artists when the genre was still new to me. What makes Pandora special is you start with one DJ name, or just a genre name like ‘Electro’ or ‘Dubstep’ and the program creates a ‘radio station’ based on similar artists and songs. Pandora also gives you an option to ‘like’ a song, which results in the song coming up more often, or skipping/’unliking’ a song which deletes it from the selection. As you apply these two options to more songs within one radio station, your own unique radio station forms.  Click on the Pandora icon to discover this program, which is accessible as a mobile app or as an online radio station.

2. Spotify

Spotify allows you to choose what song you want to listen to from a wide range of artists from major and independent labels, similar to Rhapsody. Spotify can also connect with Facebook so you can see what your friends are listening to and get inspired by their cool music choices. However, Spotify is restricted to ten hours of music per month and each song only be repeated five times if you use the free account. It is also not available on mobile devices unless you pay $10 a month. Although Spotify may not replace other music programs you already use, it is a great way to get references from friends on what EDM music they may be listening to and share your own taste.

3. SoundCloud

If you would rather discover unsigned and up&coming DJs, or have been trying to make your own EDM music and want to share, SoundCloud is a good place to start. SoundCloud allows users to post their own created music to share with others on social media sites, and allows other users to leave ‘timed comments’ throughout the song to show what part they like or didn’t like. SoundCloud is a good place for people who just want to listen as well, as the program makes it easy to listen and share new music from DJs and other music artists.

4. Shazam

This is a popular app among iPhone users. If you hear a song you love while at a club or on the radio, you can turn on this app and it’ll listen to the song for about 10 seconds, then tell you the artist and song title. Once the song is read, Shazam saves it so you have a list of songs that you discovered and can explore later.

This is a very limited list compared to what’s out there, but these are the programs that I am familiar with. To look at a more extensive list, check out InspiredMag’s list of 20 other music programs.

Tell me: what program has worked for you? Do you recommend a better music program to discover the EDM genres?

Why I care about EDM, and why you should.

From Nocturnal Wonderland 2010

Electronic Dance Music. Just another genre of music, right? Not in 2012. By now EDM has become a ubiquitous force of this generation, whether we like it or not. I’m certainly loving it, and here’s why:

I was first exposed to contemporary EDM in 2008, when I was a senior in high school. At first, I wasn’t into the “repetitive beats” and nonlyrical tracks, but I noticed more and more people were bumping their heads to this stuff as time went on.

I was more of an alternative rock fan at the time, but it wasn’t just the change in music taste that intrigued me about EDM’s influence. Fashion became more colorful and vibrant, people started to go to “raves” and “massives” instead of concerts and music festivals. As time went on, I felt like I was missing out on something.

I attended my first rave, Insomniac’s Audiotistic Festival, in 2010. This opened my eyes to a whole new experience. Everyone was dressed in crazy costumes, but not one person was restricted to a “clique” or rejecting someone for their looks or clothing style. There was acceptance, happiness, and a whole lot of dancing. It was an experience I would never forget.

Since then, I have become consumed with EDM; the music and it’s influence on contemporary culture. Much of the information I learned about EDM came from research, friends who are huge EDM fans since the ’90s, and from listening to various DJs through music programs, radio stations, etc.

If you are not already an EDM fan, I suggest to keep an open mind to the music genre and the scene it creates. Despite some controversy surrounding it, never have I experienced such acceptance from such a large fan community. And if you haven’t like the EDM music you’ve already heard, there are many subgenres to explore that may suit your interest. You never know till you try, right?

My objective for this blog is to take a look at the EDM scene and its massive influence on my generation in terms of music, fashion choice, and controversies. I also want to keep an open dialogue with other readers and EDM fans to encourage them to observe how this music has influenced this generation.

Here’s another story from someone who gained inspiration from EDM. He also teaches us that raves do not need to be about a specific thing and the experience should be enjoyed for just that – the experience.

Here’s a song from one of my favorite EDM artists at the moment: Pendulum. Enjoy!