The Songs that Started it all – What Got You Hooked on EDM?
Everyone has a song or group of songs that started them down the electronic music rabbit hole. What are yours? We all know the songs that changed our life, but how about those first songs you heard that really got you hooked on EDM? For some people those might be the same thing, but for me there is a lot of music that I don’t ever listen to anymore that I credit with leading me to where I am right now in my musical tastes. I recently ran into a very, very cool remix of Doctor P & Flux Pavilion’s remix of Louder, done on a Launchpad in Ableton, and it got me thinking about this.
This song was one of the first probably dozen or so electronic songs I heard that I really liked back in high school – it was so catchy, bassy, and fun to just let loose to. I came from a rock and metal background before I was into electronic music, and I have actually seen this be the case for a lot of friends as well. The transition from listening to metal to dubstep is a fairly easy one to make, as on the surface it’s just a different beat to headbang to, with EVEN MORE BASS, as high school me absolutely LOVED.
Chase & Status – Eastern Jam
If you’re searching for bass music, you’re sure to eventually end up listening to Chase & Status. Eastern Jam especially is just HEAVY. It’s slow, growling, and shook the hell out of my poor Scion xB that I drove to school. I don’t even want to know how many times I listened to this on my iPod during passing periods either, I’m sure that number hit the hundreds after just a few weeks….
Rusko – Woo Boost
Any self respecting basshead has probably also heard this song a million times, but I couldn’t get enough of it. Woo Boost is catchy and just fun to to the dubstep “half-alligator-arm-2” dance to, as I will call it, even today. I had a major nostalgia trip when I heard Rusko drop Woo Boost at midnight a couple new years eves back at Resolution 2013. I don’t listen to it much anymore, as my tastes have moved to trance and housier music, but this song will always have a place in my dance music heart, and I’m always required to get up and dance if I hear it.
Wolfgang Gartner – Undertaker
Luckily for me, my parents had XM radio in their car all the way through high school, so I had a pretty good selection of music to choose from when we were driving around. I quickly found the electronic stations on XM, which included Electric Area and BPM if I recall correctly. Not quite as fortunate for me at the time, the dubstep I was really into at the time didn’t really get played much over the air. All I ever heard was “trance” (which I couldn’t stand at the time) and some slower, gritty music that I came to learn was called electro house. Undertaker was the first song I really liked that fell under that category, so, like any song I loved, I played it a hundred times every day and got sick of it after a few weeks. I definitely credit this song with moving me more towards the music that I listen to right now.
Deadmau5 – Ghosts ‘n Stuff
As you can probably tell, I’m moving towards house, as most people eventually seem to (from what I’ve seen among friends, anyway). But oh my, Ghosts ‘n Stuff. Right now, if someone told me they don’t recognize this song, I’d call them a liar. EVERYONE heard this song. I’m not joking. And everyone loved it. I still like it, but at this point I’d be surprised if I couldn’t sing every note by memory alone. Either way, it was the earliest house-y music that I listened to, and led me to buying a ticket to see the mau5 play at the Paramount Theater in downtown Seattle in the summer of 2011.
Bassnectar – Teleport Massive
While moving down the road to more house-y vibes, I kept the bass going strong through high school. As a result, this song was almost an anthem. The low end is nothing short of massive, and the hip-hoppy vibe and vocals are pretty fun too. I’d like to think that the subs in most of my friends cars at the time got quite a bit of loosening as a result our collections of Bassnectar’s tracks. I don’t really listen to bass-centric music much anymore, but that does not at all affect my excitement to see Bassnectar’s hair whip around and groove to the deepest bass that the Gorge will see for a while at this year’s Paradiso Festival.
Steve Angello – KNAS
In keeping with my cheesy electro taste I was eventually led to this song, which, as simplistic as it is, was way too much fun to bump in the car for high school me. I don’t think I’ve even listened to it since then, I can hardly stand it anymore. It is worth noting though, that Dillon Francis recently made a preeeeeeetty sick moombahton/trap remix of it, which is definitely worth giving a listen.
Daft Punk – Around The World
I’ll end on what was probably the first electronic song I can consciously remember hearing. I couldn’t tell you when or where, but even the “first” time I listened to it in middle school it sounded familiar. Homework, Daft Punk’s album containing “Around the World” cam out when I was only 4 or 5 years old, so there’s every possibility that I heard it on the radio, on my way to gradeschool in those years of the later 90s. Did I love it? Yes. Do I still? As Carl Cox would say, OH YES, OH YES!
There you have it, those are my tracks that got me hooked. Some of them still stand the test of the time that has passed and my ever changing tastes in music. And some haven’t! And you know what? That’s totally fine. I want to hear other peoples though. What are those first electronic songs you heard that made you jump down the rabbit hole? Do you still listen to them? And while you’re at it, think about those songs that changed your life too! Maybe there is some overlap?
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