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The explosion of EDM in America and all over the world is undeniable. It's created a love or loathe effect within the dance music scene and is dividing the opinions of fans and DJs across the globe.
In an exclusive interview with Mixmag, Above & Beyond expressed their concerns about the state of commercial dance music and the effect it is having on dancefloors across America.
Jono from Above & Beyond talked about his experiences of EDM in Las Vegas and how he sees the growing genre: "The bubble in America is gonna burst. It’s got to the stage where it’s all about what we call The Playlist. There are about 12 records that these DJs are playing. They may play their own music in their sets around the world but when they come to Vegas, it’s a case of sticking to The Playlist. It's a bit cynical really."
The dance music legend went on to talk about the experience that club goers are looking for in a night and how it may not be exactly what they are expecting due to artists seeming to be more concerned with the table & mainstream crowd and keeping promoters happy rather than their long term fans.
"In the process they lose all their identity. As an artist, you hope that people come to see you for your art, not just to hear the Top 10. A club could hire almost anyone to do that job" he said.
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