Recently Deorro, aka Ton!c, has been coming up on my radar as a fresh new producer displaying some of the best in electro house and indie dance music. As a producer, I’ve noticed the last thing he does is color inside the lines. The reason I have been so drawn to him as an artist is the unique sounds and the diversity of each of his productions. I feel like he has almost created his own subgenre, it sounds like gangster meets electro house. No two of his songs sound the same (which I find is a bit typical with electro house producers) and everything he produces makes you want to get up off your ass and dance. Everything about what he does is just straight funky. Half the time I feel like his music doesn’t even fall into a genre because he just does what feels good, which in turn, provides an orgasmic experience for the ears. For me, his music is the total party experience. This is definitely not easy listening, if you’re going to switch on some Deorro, make sure the volume is on full blast and get ready for a dance because I really don’t see any possible way to sit still while listening to him. Enjoy some of my favorite songs by him!
“Trouse”, the newest trend in EDM since dubstep is beginning to take over many of my favorite DJs, and I’m not happy. It started with Tiesto, progressed to Above & Beyond, Arty, Gareth Emery, and Marcus Schossow, and now has claimed a new victim: Tritonal. Each of these DJs started with strong roots in trance. However, because of the rising popularity of EDM and the transition into mainstream, a lot of artists are beginning to make their sounds more mainstream to appeal to bigger audiences. Many of my favorites, I’ve noticed, have changed their sounds and are beginning to sound more alike instead of maintaining the individuality that made me fall in love with them in the first place. “Trouse”, if you haven’t figured out the meaning of the word, is a combination of the words “trance” and “house”. To me, trouse sounds more like a progressive house set with bits and pieces of electro and trance, which is not what I want to hear when I see my favorite trance producers. As of late, I feel there are not many true trance acts out there, as many of them are following the new trend and abandoning their old sounds. As much as I don’t want to say it, I feel like Dash Berlin is next. I’m not sure who else will be hopping on the “trend train”, but I have a feeling many trance producers are going to begin selling out. I began losing my faith in trance culture when Above & Beyond made the transition; if Armin or Markus ever go trouse, I am giving up faith in humanity.