Predictions in Electronic Music for 2018
In recent years, electronic music has branched out to include a multitude of subgenres, producers, and services. With the music’s rising popularity, a slew of young innovators has stepped up, alongside older favorites. Newer online networks for sharing, producing, and streaming electronic music are quickly overtaking those of old. Furthermore, technological advancements are making electronic music more immersive than ever!
Trends are changing all the time. Before you can blink, something new has seized the airwaves, while the pioneers and opposition are left, mostly, in awe. Before 2017 ends and the new year begins, check out these three predictions for electronic music in 2018.
Electronic music has been on the rise for years. 2017 witnessed an explosion of electronic artists like the Chainsmokers, and who can forget the Gorillaz’ comeback album. Rappers like Migos, Kanye West, and Jay-Z consistently prove the value of electronic music, alongside talented hip-hop producers such as MetroBoomin and MikeWillMadeIt. 2017 also saw wildly successful efforts from some genre-bending electronic artists, such as Skrillex, with his hard-banging dubstep remix of Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble.” The pace is showing no sign of slowing down, either, as electronic music continues to permeate the airwaves. Keep an eye out for the following artists, both up and coming as well as household names, in 2018.
This duo from New York is credited with production for the likes of Anderson.Paak and Griz, but most people will probably know them better for producing Chance the Rapper’s 2017 hit, “No Problem.” Their widespread success this year has landed Bass tracks among the artists to watch for most in 2018.
Signed to Deadmau5’s label, Mau5trap, BlackGummy is leading the way for new techno artists. The Impactor EP serves four tracks of synth and bass madness, showcasing some pretty expert production skills. Keep BlackGummy in mind in 2018.
Dutch electronic artist, San Holo, or Sander Van Dijck, has garnered over 45 million streams on Spotify for his newest song, “Light,” and some big-time record labels, including Skrillex’s OWSLA, have reached out to him. San Holo undoubtedly will be making major waves in 2018.
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Speaking of OWSLA, 22-year-old Mark Johns has signed with the imprint after showing off her talent in a cover of the Throne’s “N-s in Paris” just a year ago. Her debut EP, Molino, further solidifies her potential as one of the hottest up-and-coming artists next year. Expect her debut album soon.
This 19-year-old hails all the way from Norway but has become an artist to watch in America. Alan Walker’s streaming numbers on both YouTube and Spotify span up to the billions. Although he has only released three actual singles, Walker has blown up the charts in over 10 countries. The young electronic artist has also recently joined Rihanna on her European ANTI tour. His stardom is expected only to rise in the United States in 2018. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out his 2015 breakout track, “Faded,” which hit number 80 on the Hot 100.
Mura Masa made it big in 2017 when he collaborated with rapper, A$AP Rocky on his big hit, “Love$ick.” Other artists have been frothing to likewise work with this electronic artist, so you are almost guaranteed to hear more from this fly electronic music producer in 2018.
New Online Streaming Services
The internet affects practically every aspect of life these days, including electronic music. Any day now, Soundcloud will die, officially shutting down. For Spotify, this means almost total monopolization of music streaming. No one can quite predict what Spotify’s foreseeable dominance bodes for fans of electronic music, but one thing is certain: you’ll be hearing a whole lot more about the online streaming service in 2018.
New Advances in Technology
Technology has made leaps and bounds in a brief amount of time. Virtual reality equipment has been on the market for a few years now and has left a fairly prominent impression on several other niches. There is even a virtual reality video game based on the popular cartoon, /Rick, and Morty. As for electronic music, sources predict VR technology will bring electronic shows and even full-on EDM festivals to your living room. Imagine strapping on a pair of VR goggles and virtually attending a gathering like Electric Forest!
The future may remain uncertain on many fronts, but for electronic music, 2018 appears to be worthy of eager anticipation. Given the vast array of new and classic artists who put in successful, not to mention impressive, work this year, the next one should be promising. Streaming services like Soundcloud and Spotify are in states of flux, and virtual reality technology may very well bring raves to the privacy of a bedroom. Without question, 2018 will be an exciting year for electronic music.