EDMTunes Icebreakers #2: What One Song Got You Into Electronic Music?

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For many of our writers, joining the EDMTunes family has been a life-changing experience. Even though we all love our job, that doesn’t mean there aren’t aspects of it that sometimes get under our skin. One of the biggest issues is that we don’t often get the chance to voice our true opinions, which is why we have come up with a new series called ‘EDMTunes Icebreakers’.

When writing about song releases or news stories, we often remain objective in order to leave our biases out of the articles. That being said, we wanted to give our writers a chance to speak their minds as well as give our readers a chance to get to know us better. Every other week, our editors will ask our writers a question and they will answer with a few sentences. A handful of these responses will then be compiled into an article for you to read and react to. We hope the ‘EDMTunes Icebreakers’ series gives you a glimpse into our personal music preferences and helps bridge the gap between reader and writer.

This week’s question is: What one song got you into electronic music?

Tristan Chang

Ghosts N Stuff for sure. I remember this moment like it was yesterday. I was on a 7th Grade bus trip and a friend who was notorious for sharing his horrendous iTunes playlist with me persuaded me to listen to a yet another “track he was obsessed with”. But this time, it was different. The beautifully blended sounds and instrumentals of deadmau5 just appealed to me on a different, deeper level. And from that moment on, electronic dance music had my heart.

James Harmon

Chicane – Saltwater. It soundtracked the best years of college and lead me to an obsession with the world of electronic music. Everytime I hear it in a mix or played out live, my brain just goes into meltdown.

Will Vance

Feed Me’s “Cloudburn”. I had been producing hip-hop music for a while, so Feed Me’s use of break beat percussions and bass heavy productions bridged the gap. When I heard that song, complete with everything from vocals to chilling chords to gnarly bass lines, I saw his ability to bend, arrange and manipulate audio in a way that brought a certain magic back to music production that was lost in hip-hop for me.

David Margulis

Finally Moving by Pretty Lights. One of my first shows ever was Gramatik and Pretty Lights and I vividly remember the beauty of hearing the whole crowd join in singing the chorus. I still think that song is by far the most emotional and laidback of Pretty Lights’ work and I can always thank it for helping me fall in love with the electronic music world.

Philip Albers

Neon Indian – Mind, Drips (Bibio Remix). Neon Indian was one of my entrances into new age experimental music and the first time I heard this song it really shocked me in its complexity and depth. I think I first heard it when I was a Sophomore in high school and really opened me up to a whole world of music Id never experienced. To this day my taste in electronic music revolves around the experimental/ambient/downtempo feel I first experienced in this song.

Tyler Bolander

Greyhound by Swedish House Mafia. I was training at a hockey camp in Toronto when “Greyhound” started playing on the speakers. For the entire song, I lost focus on everything hockey and could only think about the song I had just heard, but I had no idea what it was called or who it was by. I was able to find out who had created the music playlist for that day and immediately downloaded “Greyhound” and listened to it on repeat. Shortly thereafter, I attended my first dance event–Swedish House Mafia at Madison Square Garden.

Ken Norton

So many have already been said, so I’ll go with Robert Miles’ “Children”! I remeber hearing it in the back of a car on a long drive super young. The vibe it gave off was unreal and something I had never really heard before.

Morgan Susalka

Mt. Eden – Sierra Leone. It was the first song that took me on a journey when I listened to it rather than just hearing a melody/song. It was an entirely refreshing type of music that sounded like it had a story/depth behind it that I didn’t recognize in the other songs/genres I listened to up until that point.


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