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The U.S. Reversal: How House is Gaining Popularity in 2018

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One of the most played out songs of the 2018 festival season Fisher’s Losing It, represents how house exploded in the American scene this year. After grinding for nearly 20+ years, artists like Green Velvet and Chris Lake are gaining attention for their interesting approach to house music; check out their new collaboration to feel the deep, tech-house vibes.

The resurgence of underground music has been growing. For the past few years, the Resistance Stage at ULTRA  has been featuring underground techno and house to a massive worldwide stage. Carl Cox has always had widespread respect within the community, but this past year he has gained thousands of new supporters. People are beginning to appreciate the melody focused genre. Techno DJ’s such as Charlotte De Witte are exploding into the scene. Her Tomorrowland 2018 set was one of the most talked about sets of the entire festival.

Simultaneously, Above & Beyond’s deep house label, Anjunadeep went on their first full length world tour featuring a variety of stops over the course of the year, branching out to many American hotspots, as well as various cities that may not normally be on a tour. The growth and success of these events explains how much house has grown in 2018.

Trance has simultaneously seen a popularity growth in 2018. Trance festivals such as Dreamstate explain the genre’s development. Supported by Insomniac Events, Dreamstate originated in San Bernardino in 2015, but now takes place in multiple cities across America, along with a Dreamstate themed stage at EDC. Likewise, the fact that ABGT 250 sold out the Gorge amphitheater in 2017 explains how much trance and deep house has grown.

Bass may still reign supreme across mainstream festivals in the U.S., but it’s hard to ignore the fact that many other genres are gaining respect. We are excited to see if house, techno, and trance will continue to surge in popularity throughout 2019.

Why do you think this is happening? Are early 2010 ravers growing older and deciding to try different genres? Is it a simple answer, like house has had a streak of successful 2018 releases? Share your thoughts in the comments or on social media!

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