What Went Wrong with the 90s Electronic Music Scene: A blog about the decline of electronic and rave music in the early 2000s.
By the mid 90s, all of this had changed, replaced by a string of artists that were nothing more than 80s style dance pop with a few extra bleeps and bloops thrown on top. The music industry, as it often does, saw an opportunity to cash in on a musical movement and immediately did so, but in doing so completely missed the point of what made people like these artists in the first place.
Granted, some of this was unavoidable – dance music had built up such a following by the mid 90s that it was impossible for musicians to avoid trying to make use of it either by creating new songs or remixing older ones. But it soon became clear that many artists were only interested in making a quick buck off dance music’s popularity and not in actually contributing anything new to the genre.
What Went Wrong with the 90s Electronic Music Scene: A blog about the decline of electronic and rave music in the early 2000s
Electronic music is a broad term used to describe musical genres that make use of electronic musical instruments or electronic processing. This includes synthesizers, drum machines, digital audio workstations, and more. The dance scene was one of the biggest things to come out of the 90s electronic music scene. This included artists like Chemical Brothers and Prodigy. Some of these artists were even part of an underground movement called “Acid House.”
In the early 90s, acid house was at its peak. One of the best examples of this is in the late 80s when a song called “Acid Trax” came out which is considered by many to be one of the best songs ever made.
The 90s Electronic Music Scene is a blog about the decline of electronic and rave music in the early 2000s.
The 90s Electronic music scene was a time of great discovery, experimentation and new musical developments, as well as a time when many new genres were born.
But it wasn’t all good news. The 90s Electronic music scene was also a time of great confusion and misunderstanding: it was during this period that many people began to associate electronic music with drugs, and dance music with “rave culture” (which is actually more of an American phenomenon). The 90s Electronic music scene can be seen as a kind of “dark age” for electronic music, before the rise of techno and house in the late 90s.
One thing that was clear from the beginning was that there were two separate scenes: one for house and techno fans, and one for those who liked to listen to more experimental forms of electronica such as IDM or ambient/chillout (which are now more commonly known as glitch or IDM).
In the 90s, electronic music exploded. Everyone from Madonna to Nirvana was sampling and remixing. Producers like Moby and Fatboy Slim were topping the charts around the world. And in every major city, club nights and raves were popping up all over the place.
But around the turn of the millennium, it all started to go downhill. The club scene fell apart, audiences just weren’t there anymore, and producers started to fade away. What happened? How did we go from a global culture of dance music to what we have today?
As an avid fan of electronic music during the 90s and 2000s with a passion for history, I wanted to find out what happened. I started my research at my local library – combing through rows of books on music history in search of clues. But despite finding plenty of useful information about how electronic music started (which you can read on Wikipedia), I couldn’t find anything about what happened next. So I kept digging online – searching for blogs and forums where people would post their memories from that era… but again, nothing….
So here I am sharing everything I’ve learned so far in hopes that someone else might be able to help me figure it out. I’m hoping that by putting together all this
For a brief period in the late 90s, electronic music was cool. The rave scene had reached its peak in America and the world at large. Some of the biggest bands of that era were: Moby, Chemical Brothers, Crystal Method, Daft Punk, Prodigy. These bands had mass appeal and weren’t just limited to a small niche of listeners. Electronic music had captured the ears of people worldwide.
However, shortly after this peak it seems that electronic music fell into a dark abyss and has yet to come out on the other end. What happened? Why did people stop caring about electronic music? Here are some reasons why it went wrong:
1) DJs weren’t making new music – They were simply playing other people’s songs.
2) Rave culture was more important than the music – Raves weren’t about going to listen to good music anymore; they were about getting wasted on drugs and partying all night long (which is not necessarily a bad thing).
3) The scene was oversaturated with artists – There were too many artists to keep track of so people stopped listening to electronic music altogether because they didn’t know where to start.
4) Electronic musicians weren’t touring – It’s hard for fans to be connected to an artist if
I’ve been a fan of electronic music since the late 80s, and I’ve noticed that it has been in a state of decline for the past few years. There are several reasons for this, but I’ll start with the most obvious one: Not enough people are buying electronic music.
The main reason for this is that the music industry has been pushing pop artists onto an already saturated market, which has led to a glut of mediocre albums being released by major labels. When you combine these two factors together, it creates an environment where there’s less money available for new acts, which means record companies don’t want to take any chances on them.
This makes sense because if they don’t sell well at first then they won’t make much money off them anyway. But what happens when these labels do take a chance? Well they usually fail miserably because they’re trying too hard to be something they’re not, and their efforts end up sounding contrived and uninspired.
At this point, you might be wondering how this can possibly affect electronic music? The answer is simple: It doesn’t! Electronic music has always been about experimentation and innovation, not imitation or conformity; so when artists try to imitate other genres’ sounds instead of just doing
In the early 2000s, I was a regular on the Detroit-area rave scene. At the time, it was vibrant and thriving. There were big raves every weekend for some of the biggest names in electronic music. In this article, I’m going to talk about what happened to the rave scene, where it went wrong, and how it can be fixed.
I left the scene in 2002 because of my disgust with how bad things had gotten. Recently, I attended an event for the first time in over 10 years, and this article is based on my experiences during that event.
Because of my own personal bias and negative experience with “rave culture,” I have avoided attending events for over 10 years. But recently I attended a friend’s birthday party at one of Detroit’s top nightclubs. The music was great, however, there were a lot of things wrong with this event:
First and foremost – there are too many people at these events! You can’t move around without bumping into someone or stepping on their feet. This makes dancing very difficult and uncomfortable for everyone involved. Also, the DJs are playing too loud! This makes conversation impossible unless you shout in each other’s ears like you’re standing next to an airplane engine taking off!