Whilst travelling around Europe this summer, I learned a lot about electronic music, and how the love for this genre is undeniably vast. With the birth of electronic music beginning in Germany, it is no wonder that I was introduced to some weird and wonderful types of dance music whilst exploring German nightlife. Visiting nightclubs such as Club Harry Klein in Munich, renowned for its electronic music, and choice of DJs, it was an eye-opening experience for me, and a first real look into the ever-growing genre.
This growth is definitely evident in the rise of electronic music festivals across Europe. With more obvious choices such as Tomorrowland in Belgium and Creamfields here in the UK, Croatia seems to have the largest number of popular festivals with festivals such as Sonus, Ultra Europe and Dimensions. Other electronic music festivals across Europe are Sonar in Barcelona, Awakenings Festival in the Netherlands and Nuits Sonores in France.
The European Electro Playlist brings together the best electronic music from across Europe. With songs such as ‘Aaron’ by Paul Kalkbrenner from Germany, to ‘I’ll be Gone’ by Mario Basanov and Vidis from Lithuania, this playlist confirms that there is innovative and exciting electronic dance music being produced all over Europe.
These guys are insane. They’ve been around since 1989 and they still continue to produce original and authentic electronic music. They were part of the important group that brought electronic music to the forefront of music culture at the turn of the decade. As veterans of the genre, it’s comforting to know that they’re still producing albums such as Born in the Echoes, which came out in 2015. Their soundtrack to the German Thriller Film Hanna is mesmerising, and I’m so excited to hear their compositions for Michael Fassbender’s new film Trespass Against Us which is released on the 22nd September. They are performing at the Eventim Apollo in London on the 10th and 11th December if you’re interested in catching them live.
Percolate, originating from London, are bringing the party to Newcastle with four different events, starting on the 21st October at Cosmic Ballroom. With Scuba playing a set in one room, and another two resident DJs hitting up the other room, it is sure to be a night to remember. With a Soul Jazz flavour to his music, Scuba has his own unique take on electronic dance music. Normally based in Berlin, it’s an honour to the electronic music scene in Newcastle that he has chosen to perform here.