What started as a hopeful beginning with the new decade for music sector quickly overturned into its greatest hinderance ever. There is only handful amount of days left before the calendar changes, and prior to that, we thought of taking an opportunity to reflect on this last 365 days: the bad, the worst and sliver of good that occurred in this ever-lasting bleak duration.
This article is not supposed to be a figure-accurate business growth summary, but a quick sum-up from the eyes of casual Dance music listeners on what transpired. Don’t worry, our goal is brevity so we will list the major points and our afterthoughts about this situation.
Devastation of live performances
It has to be the most depressing fact with all esteemed festivals getting cancelled altogether, which dealt a severe blow to not only fans who eagerly wanted to attend, but artists and event organizers mostly. In turn, live events became more available to anyone with an internet access, starting from laid-back gigs on social media to digital festivals held by Tomorrowland.
Packed release schedules
With artists quarantined at home for months, they spent most of the time in their natural habitat: home studio. We witnessed collaborations never anticipated before and countless worth-mentioning records which we tried to cover. Live performance abated, royalty from streaming became a reliable monetary source for creators. So much was the rush that fellow independent musicians might remember the weeks of wait before their songs got published by music distributors.
Slap House: The milked trend?
Like with most popular sounds in Electronic spectrum, the rattling (and somewhat unoriginal) genre of Slap House saw an astronomical rise. Names like Dynoro and Imanbek rose as top acts (with the latter getting a Grammy nomination), as various other made multiple remixes of earlier classics. Will this Brazilian Bass offshoot sustain and fare well next year as this one?
Greater focus on new ones
Increased live-sets and music streaming in this unexpected situation meant labels and even esteemed names had to up the ante. Up and coming aliases got more support than ever, scoring noteworthy collaborations and debuting on esteemed imprints and thus bringing forth new styles and signatures.
What are your thoughts regarding this? Feel free to comment on what else changed and influenced EDM in 2020. Last but not the least, we wish you a happy new year, thanks for reading and supporting our writings throughout!