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Electronic Dance Music Becoming More Mainstream in Music City - Stacy McCloud

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Published on Jul 15, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn - Just about every week, there is an EDM show to attend in Nashville. It's just boomed out of no where. Week after week I see more and more new people coming out says Matthew Lomeli, an EDM fan who never misses a show that comes to town. But until about a year ago, Matt says he and his friends had to often drive to other cities to experience the music they love.Leon Jackson s a partner in Disco Donnie, a national promotion company that brings most EDM shows to town. He says it's great to see Music City diversifying. Bring back the rave. The rave days were fun. That is when it was about a community says Jackson.For the past two new years Bassnectar sold out Bridgestone Arena, last Fall Nashville hosted an EDM festival called With Your Friends and this September, Jackson is part of a team that hopes to fill Greer Stadium for Life in Color, an EDM based paint party that came to Nashville for the first time several years ago. It started out in parking lot, then to street and now a stadium. It's a great example of how EDM is growing in music city. It's just another notch in our belt to have such a great scene says Jackson, who believes festivals like Bonnaroo, radio playing EDM and now TV like the The CW, who put on a two hour with EDM music, - is what's pushing it to be more mainstream. It could have older folks understand it better. If you don't understand it you just think it's just a bunch of loud noise says Jackson.One of several EDM stereotypes fans like Lomeli hope will be broken, so that the Nashville EDM family will continue to grow.Many of these DJ's really help artists when they re-mix their songs. Sometimes they even take new artists and help put them on the music map. Nashville pop singer Nikki Williams is a great example of that. Her song Glowing was re-mixed by Fedde Le Grand, allowing the South African born singer to sing along side him at festivals like Ultra in Miami and taking her career to the next level.To learn more about Nashville's own Nikki Williams CLICK HERE. To hear her song remixed by Feddle Le Grand, CLICK HERE.

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