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EDM: New Music Releases and Other Noteworthy Artists

A new sub genre of music has recently risen in popularity in the last few years. Some know it as EDM (electronic dance music). Although EDM is a sub genre, there are many similar sub sub genres to it as well. These include trap, deep house, dubstep, and many other variations. I love all these! My personal Soundcloud account is full of all kinds of EDM music. This is funny because I am NOT  a rave kind of girl or a partier in any sense. I am pretty introverted and like my circle of close friends. There isn’t too much that appeals to me about going to music festivals for EDM that are riddled with drugs, weirdos, and close sweaty bodies. Aside from me being borderline antisocial, I like this genre of music and follow it regularly. I would have to say my favorite artist is Dillon Francis, straight up! I also find quality mixes from Steve Aoki, Diplo, Yellowclaw, and Caked Up.

First, I think their stories are pretty cool! Dillon Francis is my fave, so we’ll start there. I don’t know too much on his back story but I do know how he markets himself. Dillon Francis has an Instagram account and a Snapchat where his stories are public. Francis uses good PR skills to connect with his fans. His IG account includes funny videos making fun of “real facts” and are just totally random. This may not sound like a great marketing strategy but the target market is teens and young adults, so the nature of the videos match up. Totally random and smart-alecky. It’s so entertaining! Francis also posts pics from his concerts with oh so cool filters and captions. These are to promote his tour. His Snapchat story is quite the hoot as well. Snapchat(dillonfrancis)

Both Steve Aoki and Diplo are amazing artists as well.  Aoki has started his own record label called Dim Mak. It’s interesting because Dim Mak actually means “touch of death”. Cool or threatening? Either way, Aoki has become famous around the world for his music. This is quite the anomaly because music is generally regional within reason. Since most EDM music has no words or any significant language to it, its mostly beats, the music is transferable across languages and regions. Diplo has started a similar career. He too travels around the world for shows and has also created his own label, Mad Decent. With this he can promote his work and sell clothing and other products to label himself and his work.

Some people might think that these artists are just punks who make repetitive and annoying music, but obviously they’re doing something right! This music has rocketed in popularity. Many EDM type songs are seen in the top charts and many new pop songs coming out have electronic elements to them, incorporating the electronic sound into parts of the songs. Whether you like it or not, EDM is coming to the forefront of music. Its great music to gt you going, perfect for a workout session to get you pumped, or just good listening!

Here’s some cool links! You might wanna check them out if you want to be one of the cool kids

Diplo’s new album with Skrillex https://soundcloud.com/jacku/sets/skrillex-diplo-present-jack-u

Dillon Francis on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/dillonfrancis

Dillon Francis remix of “Where Did I Go?” https://soundcloud.com/dillonfrancis/monsta-where-did-i-go-dillon

Dillon Francis “Not Butter” https://soundcloud.com/dillonfrancis/dillon-francis-not-butter

Awesome Two Hour Mix from Aoki and Torro Torro on Diplo’s BBC Channel “Diplo and Friends” (I love these two hour mixes! Great for a workout if you find a good one, then you don’t have to click through bad songs, its all good and in one song!)

https://soundcloud.com/steveaoki/bbc-diplo-friends-mix

https://soundcloud.com/torrotorro/torrotorrobbcr1xdiplo

Steve Aoki’s “Boneless” remix with Chris Lake and Tujamo https://soundcloud.com/steveaoki/steve-aoki-chris-lake-tujamo-delirious-boneless-feat-kid-ink-reid-stefan-remix

Disclaimer: Not my photo, and all music is not guaranteed to be 100% squeaky clean. Listen at your own risk. Feel free to comment any corrections also.

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Week 6, Day 7

Music speaks for the soul

Music speaks for the soul

Sunday has been a great relaxing day. I went to church and we talked about seeing miracles happen in our lives and also talked about the importance of visiting teaching. I know I haven’t been the best with visiting teaching but I want to be this semester! When I got home, I listened to LDS hymns and other uplifting music. I did this while folding laundry and doing little things around the apartment. It was really peaceful. It’s amazing what music can do for you. The right kind of music can totally calm your nerves and slow down your day. That’s what Sunday was. I felt like I was closer to God throughout the day and I kept my focus on the Savior more as I listened to uplifting, spirtually based music. Usually my normal jam is EDM, Indie dance, or Classic Rock. Sunday would have been a lot different if I had been listening to those genres. I love music. I don’t know who doesn’t, but it definitely has power and I’m glad I could use that to my advantage on Sunday

Dance Showcase Poster

Here is the first advertisement I was able to have published. I won a contest among the many graphic design classes in high school, so my work was plastered all over the place at school, online, and in the community to advertise this dance production. The show is kind of a big deal in he Rocklin area. There are two high schools that are highly competitive in sports, including dance. Both schools have nationally recognized teams and many girls in high school are highly involved in dance instruction. I think that that area had an exceptionally high volume of dance participants, so it was cool that my poster was selected to represent our schools production. It was also interesting because the highest level dance team from the opposing nearby school also participated in our schools presentation as well, so it was a piece that tied two rival schools together. I’m really proud of this piece because when I first started conjuring up ideas for what the poster should look like, I was just messing around and playing with fun ideas. The fun idea seemed to work and when my instructor saw it, she immediately saw that it was above the others. Not to toot my own horn but it looked pretty awesome compared to the other creations. I was surprised to find that my fun idea was now posted on every blank wall around the campus and it was a different feeling that i liked being able to say “Hey, I made that!” when others commented on the poster. Overall, it was an interesting building experience!

Weekly Soundcloud Discovery

Sexta-Feira

I know my blog is mostly design projects and communications journals but I have a passion for music. I know we all love music and don’t know where we would be without it etc. but I like to find music that may not be popular or well known and Soundcloud is perfect for that. My friend Enoch is a very talented singer and musician and this is his most recent song. Sung in Portuguese, his songs are very upbeat. Even though I don’t understand all of it, I love it! Check out his other songs, there’s more to come soon too.