The Downfall of EDM, in :54 seconds.


Last week, Swedish duo Daleri released a minute long compilation combining every ‘hard hitting’ drop from the current Beatport Top 100. Their intent was to show the listener how repetitive and increasingly generic EDM has become over the past year, as well as inspire new artists to think outside the box when producing and composing. Check out the track list below as you may be shocked to find out which artists are spiraling downward and slowly losing their artist validity. We at Rager Onions could not agree more with this troll of a statement, and we cannot wait to see how the world of EDM responds.

1. Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike – Wakanda (Original Mix) [Intro]
2. Alvaro & Moti – NaNaNa (Original Mix)
3. Pyero – Genesis (Original Mix)
4. Chuckie, Dzeko & Torres – Down To This (Original Mix)
5. Makj – Springen (Original Mix)
6. Sini – Razz (Original Mix)
7. Pelari – Cango (Original Mix)
8. Krewella – Alive (Hardwell Remix)
9. Shermanology – The Only Way (Original Mix)
10. W&W – Thunder (Original Mix)
11. Gta, Henrix & Digital Lab – Hit It! (Original Mix)
12. Sultan, Ned Shepard, Fedde Le Grand – No Good (Extended Mix)
13. Henrix, Wayne & Woods – Jumangee (Original Mix) [Tiesto Club Life Rip]
14. Alvaro & Mercer feat. Lil Jon – Welcome To The Jungle (Original Mix)
15. Klauss Goulart & Mark Sixma – Rio (Original Mix)
16. Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike – Wakanda (Original Mix) [Outro]

35 comments on “The Downfall of EDM, in :54 seconds.

  1. Burnhard says:

    It’s pretty sad too for us artists that are different sounding and can’t get a label’s attention for the life of us! We make unique EDM and they are all too afraid to try something new… so we get passed over. What happened to the days of A&R?

    What do you think?

    • Kyle Young says:

      What happened to the days of A&R? Initially, MySpace. Lately, Soundcloud. Besides- some of the most influential scenes are what they are because they said fuck off to that whole process and started their own labels. There a droves of labels, scenes, producers, and DJ’s who exist and make living creatively outside of EDM. Just be present for it.

      • Danny says:

        It’s all down to what will sell and “what the fans want”… Personally I think it will be another 5 – 10 years before we hear a breakthrough artist

      • That my friend is what SectionZ Records is doing. See the latest Rager article “The man who discovered Deadmau5″… and our catalog 🙂

    • Someone sent a demo saying “It’s really different, not any one genre so it’s good right?” – not true. Different does not equate with good! Excellence > Genre, not difference > genre 😉

      Sooo if your “different music” is also demonstrating strong music understanding and proficiency with the tools and an awareness of proper tech of mixing & possibly even mastering then an A&R will respond. Guaranteed, at least with us. If not, your music is not yet demonstrating that which is valuable feedback to keep developing 🙂

  2. Yep! Enough of this shit…glad the soulful stuff is coming back.

  3. Just Kennedy says:

    ^ Second for the soulful stuff

  4. @burnhard your comment is too true… i got labels a label to take me up, but as soon as that first EP hit, i was kinda easily guided into making generic 110… that first EP got sent round to promoters and they all said it was too weird and wouldnt work… gonna go back to my roots and make weird shit again… weird is GOOD!!

  5. Izzad Loh says:

    I feel like this is happening because EDM is starting to become a very profitable business, and big money and corporate influences is coming in. This happened with hip-hop around the era of Public Enemy, after their album “a fear of a black planet,” and into the 90’s with things like “Sprite Parties” popping up, music got more formulaic to appeal to a mass. This style of big room house is awesome i love it hahah. But I wouldn’t say EDM is dead- you have to look at whats going with people like Ferry and Kaskade- their new sounds are very against the grain. I think this is just a phase: remember when Avicii and SHM push progressive house and everyyyything had syncopated piano chords? 😛 just my 2 cents though!

  6. Dredd says:

    “DJ Sacrilicious
    JULY 12, 2013 AT 8:36 PM”

    soulful and deep is for my grandpa’s afternoon coffe, boring as f*ck, furthermore the soulful and deep artists using the same synth most of their main productions (90%).Its not a genre problem or failure anyway, we can say that (nowadays) every genre has a mainstream and underground line.May you already feel that the mainstream line is simple and cheap, like the ordinary people’s need..or like the oridanary people…thats it.They are dumb and dont even have an ear…to hear the quality.If they would be more demanding, the wourld would be better (so..never :/ )

  7. Josh Roybal says:

    This always happens in pop culture. It’s nothing unique to EDM and does not mean EDM is experiencing a downfall. When Nirvana first hit the mainstream, every band sounded like them. When the movie Armageddon became a huge hit, disaster movies flooded the market. All this proves is that the mainstream has fully discovered EDM and the sheeple make purchases based on what other people purchase because they have no taste of their own. There is more groundbreaking EDM being produced then ever before, Beatport is just the wrong place to find it.

  8. This is great, and the receptiveness is part of the reason why many arena tours in the U.S. have failed for solo EDM artists (Avicii being the biggest example). That’s why festivals are so popular, because you can shift from stage to stage and enjoy all types of sounds/artists/subgenres. Whether it’s tech/deep/minimal/bass/trap/glitch/d’n’b/trance/progressive/electro/dutch house/moombah/disco etc etc. It’s cool that tech house/techno and disco/chicago house- style tracks are making a comeback.

    • theta64 says:

      DID you really say avicii solo tour in the US Failed??? for someone who is clearly uninformed, avicii was the ONLY DJ to successfully sell out every concert tour event in the US when he had his levels tour, and won an award in the process. don’t be putting avicii in the same category as the generic edm djs out there, cus he is the only one who is changing up the sound and bringing something new/different to the table.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I feel bad for people who emulate a style.
    Also if your making your music on just a laptop you might want to consider learning how to program a synth and drum machine, Also instead of playing with others material like loops and sample packs.. create your own.

  10. NK says:

    I feel bad for people who emulate a style.
    Also if your making your music on just a laptop you might want to consider learning how to program a synth and drum machine, Also instead of playing with others material like loops and sample packs.. create your own.

  11. here is a sarcastic video about how to make it haha. I’m all about the groove and soul in music, which is totally lacking in mainstream electronic dance music today. All about the underground.

  12. It is true with the big room festival sounds, but with so many gernres of EDM and many rise and fall, EDM as a whole will never die.

  13. KENTROИ says:

    Hahahah that was fucking ridiculous. Glad none of my shit sounds like this. Sawtooth ftw.

  14. KENTROИ says:

    it’s an interesting concept and proves that the same hook is in 30+ tracks but i wouldn’t drop this crazy shit! hard electro ftw

  15. Anonymous says:

    I Love this song, is it out yet?

  16. le7els says:

    Lol this is great. Although, I don’t think sampling 15 songs from the Beatport Top 100 is a good way to judge the whole of EDM at all.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I think most of EDM today is not to have meaning and not only sound good but to make it better to dance to at raves

  18. Anonymous says:

    yo drops are suposed to be like that. but if u listen to the rest of the songs besides just the drops they are more diverse

  19. Anonymous says:

    The fact that dance music can be produced quicker means that theres alot of room for trends. Right now the trend is hardstyle kicks with super detuned SAW waves. I mean it does sound really sick live and most of those producers on top 10 are big arena pleasing DJ’s.

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  21. FiSHY says:

    Unfortunatly im the 1%. I absolutely love every song in that mashleg, its my favorite Genre[s]. Hate on me if you want but when you get an extremely diverse sound of any edm genre it starts to be more of a whole instead of creative solo elements, which is how i see edm in the first place, keep the diversity and wide-ranged music to a full band or orchestra. Simplicity sounds amazing to anyone, thats why its so popular. Its the reason i started making EDM.

    But, thats just my opinion.

    Thanks for reading it.

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  23. So called EDM producers with their crappy FL Studio are nothing but gullible Generation Y garbage and typical gayish preppy boys. They don’t even know what real Techno and Electro is. I seriously hope they will all fail and lose the money. I’m so sick of the shit. How Avicci got as big as he did is also a bloddy mystery. It is beyond belief really. What a loser generation.


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