EDM: The Explosion and Bubble

Cortney Harding and I recently spoke with Billboard writer Kerri Mason on our podcast, the Upward Spiral, about the current state of EDM and whether the festival business is sustainable. It was a highly insightful conversation filled with numerous great quotes.

My favorite part is when Mason talks about that “fear in everybody’s gut” that EDM could be a bubble and how they’re “all subject to the slings and arrows of fickle youth.” The entire episode of the Upward Spiral podcast, embedded below, is definitely worth a listen. But now you can also read an edited transcript of the best parts of the show.

The Origin of EDM

Kerri Mason: I would say that EDM started around 2009, with David Guetta’s collaborations with the Black Eyed Peas. “I Got a Feeling” is one...

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