Music geeks, rejoice! Local Seattle company Tableau Software has just utilized last.fm to create an in-depth visual analysis of the Sasquatch lineup. Visualizations are one of Tableau’s specialties, and this is a clever way of putting themselves out there while also providing something more interesting than a regular advertisement. The data that was able to be pulled was quite interesting, and putting it in a visualization shows some exciting differences.
Perhaps most interesting of all is how little EDM features in the data that was pulled from last.fm. This could be due to the fact that EDM fans prefer other music services over last.fm, but it also is a nice reminder that while we are in our EDM bubble here, other genres still have their own massive fan bases. Absolutely dominating the charts with many purple bars is the Rock/Indie genre. The only artist to make it onto Tableau’s page at all is James Blake, standing out as a solitary teal bar against a sea of purple.
The same is true of the genre cloud, with indie standing out in bright green above the other genres in lighter and smaller shades of green. Despite the reminder that Sasquatch is still very much a mainly rock festival with a little bit of EDM and hip hop flavor sprinkled in, the data makes for a quick and interesting read. We would love to see what something like this would look for Paradiso for example, where it’s almost as fun to nitpick what genre an artist is in as it is to build your totem. Check out the full Sasquatch 2015 data on Tableau’s page.
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