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Could Orchestral EDM be the New Big Thing?

With the recent releases of both tyDI’s album Collide, and the announcement of Deadmau5’s where’s the drop?, orchestral composition and electronic music are coming together in the mainstream.

Throughout electronic music history it has not been unusual for artists to incorporate classical instruments such as strings, piano, and brass instruments. However, using a full orchestra is moving to the forefront of electronic music. And Deadmau5 and tyDI are not the first to do it.

For example, over the last few years Pete Tong presented multiple shows performing renditions of classic electronic music songs with an orchestra. This last year his show at the 02 in London consisted of a performance titled, Pete Tong and The Heritage Orchestra Present Ibiza Classics 2017. In this performance, the Heritage Orchestra went alongside Pete Tong while he DJ’d, and they did an orchestral accompaniment with the music. But, more or less the orchestra played most of the music and Tong was more of a backing to it.

Check out Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics 2017

Back to the present, tyDI released his newest album Collide, bringing in help from two-time Grammy Award winning composer Christopher Tin to bridge between electronic music and orchestral arrangements.

[pullquote align=”right”]“When you watch a film with an intense score, you’re swept away to a different planet. The atmosphere, emotions, melodies and instruments captivate you. That feeling doesn’t always enter the dance realm. I wanted to capture that magic and bring it to the electronic world,” tyDi shared.[/pullquote]

On the other side of the musical spectrum, Deadmau5, shortly after the release of Collide, officially announces his newest live album wheres the drop?, with a subsequent show. There were some hints to an orchestral album in the works earlier this year, with deadmau5 stating it’s “the most epic thing ” he’s done with his music. The album includes 17 orchestral songs, scored by both Joel and composer Gregory Reveret, and is releasing March 30th. deadmau5 is bringing two shows to LA’s The Wiltern on March 31st and April 1st, plus teaming up with TIDAL to live stream it.

For more information on Deadmau5’s last big live performance tour check out here

With more artists turning to classical influences, what can we expect from the future of electronic music? As two different genres of music bridge together, we can hopefully expect more of it. Artists have been continually bridging electronic music with various genres over time. Trip-hop and trap evolved from hip-hop and R&B, even Avicii’s Wake Me Up incorporated some country twang. There is no limit to what a producer can do, and it’s continually inspiring to see what they come up with. This will only create new opportunities and create bigger and better ideas for the future of electronic music.

What do you think of this bridging of electronic music and classical, orchestral music?  What are some of your favorite genre-blending tracks? Let us know in the comments below!


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Hey I'm Jonathan, I'm 23 years old, and live in Bothell, Wa. I've been listening to dance music now for almost 12 years now and have been raving for about 5. My favorite genres are trance, deep/progressive house, and techno.

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