As the first generation of YouTuber viewers watch the demonetization debacle unfold, we collectively mourn “the good old days.” You know, the days when creative, low-budget videos could hit trending. The days when the majority of popular channels were run by individuals rather than companies. The days when small channels could still make profits. The “golden era” of YouTube, if you will.
When looking back on 2019, we often remember the things that have happened, but now for a moment let’s acknowledge something that was missing. Amidst the current YouTube drama, the iconic YouTube channel, now known as “EDMLyrics,” but formerly known as “DubstepLyrics,” faded from the scene.
The channel launched in 2011, releasing lyrics videos that united die-hard EDM fans and critics alike. The creator’s knack for translating bizarre, unpronounceable electronic sounds into the English language is both entertaining and impressive. For the fine tuned ear, the synchronized lyrics visualize complex details in each song, helping you keep track of everything that’s going on. For critics, the shear chaos of it all pokes fun at those strange, computer noises.
In the early days, the channel won a devoted following by choosing quality tracks that were well suited for this style of visualization, such as Klaypex’s Rain.
Over time, the simple text animations became more sophisticated and by 2017 videos like this were coming out:
Good things never last, though. In August of 2018 EDMLyrics published their last video. This video was a collaboration, featuring twelve successful lyrics channels. With no goodbye or any statement since on their mysterious leave of absence, EDMLyrics never posted again. Today we wonder, where has EDMLyrics gone? Why did they leave? Will they ever come back?
Perhaps the popular channel lost resources due to the recent rule changes implemented by their chosen video streaming platform. Perhaps the creator decided to take other opportunities or just lost interest in the project. Maybe they passed away.
Murky waters cloud the answer, but one thing is certain: we’re glad to have experienced the joy that was EDMLyrics, and we missed the channel deeply in 2019. As a fitting parting gift, intentional or otherwise, we were left with a collection of eleven other lyrics channels to explore. Perhaps one of them will prove to be the next iconic YouTube channel.
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