Kaskade’s optimistic look at dance music is refreshing amongst the many ominous, condemning opinions about the genre and culture’s future. In an interview with Associates Press, the Californian producer talks about how a lot of promoters who jumped into the industry for quick cash are starting to realize that more effort needs to be put in to make a good show. He also mentions the prominence of cities that are “off the beaten path,” as he says, such as St. Louis and Denver. Overall, his confidence comes from knowing that those who care 100% about what they do will succeed, growing the festival culture for years to come. Even though festivals such as TomorrowWorld and EDC New York have no plans to return next year, 2017 looks promising for all festivals across the country. EDM is alive & well right now as you can see it throughout the festivals as DJs are stop billed high on any major lineup.

Hear Kaskade’s comments in the video below and tell us your thoughts in the comments.

“Kansas City, St. Louis, Denver […] are starting to have these great festivals. […] I think the reason they work is they’re specific to that location and the local promoters are really starting to curate an experience that speaks to the people in that market.” – Kaskade

In the other hand, we have Deadmau5 claiming EDM has died back in 2015 on a recent interview with Rolling Stone.

It already did in 2015. Where have you been? 85 percent crossed over. It’s fucked. It’s out of the innovators’ hands; it’s not really grassroots anymore. I’m partially responsible – I’ve done my part to commercialize shit. Oversaturation. – Deadmau5

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