Dance music has been on the radio for decades, but for a while here in the U.S., it was more of a novelty than an actual aesthetic or scene.
But in 2009-2010, David Guetta began receiving pop radio airplay on a very frequent basis, while longtime stars like Enrique Iglesias returned to prominence by catching the wave. By 2011—the year EDM in America broke wide open, really—the music wasn’t just pouring forth all silky-smooth from kids’ speakers. It was shattering them.
And then, the drop changed. So, what happened?
Today, EDM has a different identity. You’ve already listened to some of the new artists (Robin Schulz, Omi), and there are more that soon will follow. Meet the new faces of today’s EDM.