Spotify Publishers Release State of Dance Music Forecast for This Year
Although platforms like SoundCloud, Audius, Amazon Music, Apple Music and others exist, it is not unreasonable to say that Spotify dominates dance music on streaming platforms (unlike, say, 6 years ago when SoundCloud was king). Playlists like Mint, Dance Rising, Hype, Bass Arcade, and more consistently showcase the latest and greatest electronic music, but with 2020 being such a tumultuous year for everyone, how will 2021 be?
For registration spoke to the dance global curation group (GCG), a team of editors who, as the name suggests, curates Spotify’s playlists, about the trends they’re seeing and some of their predictions for the genre this year.
Like many other industries whose productions were disrupted during the pandemic, the GCG dance team predicts that there will be a marked increase in dance music this year. “As listeners return to the clubs and producers can tour again, expect even more noise.”
Likewise, there is going to be an increase in underground and bedroom producers. As we come out of the pandemic, people’s tastes have changed – without live performances, although people’s favorite artists may have continued to broadcast live streams, there was an intense demand to find artists who lived in creative and sustainable music “elsewhere”.
Slap house, covers of classic songs from the 70s, 80s, 90s or even more recent, are also gaining popularity, despite strong disapproval from some groups. Think Kygo’s cover of “What’s Love Got To Do With It” starring Tina Turner, “Better Off Alone” from Purity Ring by Alice Deejay, or Don Diablo covering “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers.
The border between pop and dance is also getting smaller. Skrillex, Zedd, Calvin Harris, David Guetta and many more are just a few of the big names in dance music who are helping to cover their tracks, teaming up with pop artists or releasing pop hits themselves. . Of course, as we mentioned before, the rise of the underground is happening simultaneously, so don’t worry about your favorite genre disappearing soon.
You can read Spotify’s full report here.