Unless you've been hiding under a rock (& roll), you've been privy to the near over-saturation of the Electronic Dance Music circuit in the last five years. The lineup for multi genre festivals like Coachella has seen a higher proportion of dance acts overflow the Sahara tent and into the Gobi Stage, Yuma Stage and even the Main Stage, while you can find Dupstep, Trance, House and Bass anywhere from run of the mill television commercials, professional sporting events, and even in a video made by the White House concerning the President's State of the Union.
Dance music is literally everywhere, and while I certainly don't mind, it's an observation worth nothing; and it seems I'm not the only one. This April, the station that brought us American Idol presents the inagural Electronic Music Awards & Foundation. Hosted by none other than Trance legend PAUL OAKENFOLD, the first ever EMAF will tape in LA at the fantastic SLS Hotel on April 14th and air April 23rd at 8pm on FOX nationwide. Complete with live performances, exclusive interviews, red carpet coverage and of course - awards - the event hopes to both pique interest as well as raise awareness and funds for various charities.
The real question on everyone's minds at this point - with the amount of commercialism pumped into the industry in the last few years, exactly what facets of dance music will be hitting syndicated television, how much homage will the underground dance culture, community and artists behind it be paid and how will underrepresented demographics like women and minorities within dance music be displayed?
For these answers, and so much more - stay tuned to The DJ List.
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