The chief criticism of electronic dance music and its massive rise to prominence is that there just isn't much going on behind the tables. Detractors contend that the DJs and producers that command capacity crowds these days bring little more to the party than a bunch of bells and whistles -- or LEDs and lasers, as the case may be. There's more to it than just twisting knobs and tweaking samples; they must also know how to move. We've compiled the signature dance moves of some of the biggest names in EDM that have come through this past year, from Skrillex and Bassnectar to Kaskade and Pretty Lights. Keep reading to see them all get down with their bad selves.
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DirtyLoud brought the clean bass at the inaugural Global Dub Fest at Red Rocks this past spring. Like most rookies on the stage at Red Rocks, one half of Dirtyloud snapped a crowd photo for the memory banks while the other enjoyed the moment. Some of you are in that photo, so basically you're, like, famous.
Flux Pavilion blew up with several catchy bass lines that nabbed the attention of bros, bass-heads and the like. His songs follow the same mantra as his dance moves, which is basically "hook, drop, repeat," so it makes sense that his signature move would be the same.
Alex Botwin (aka Alex B) sits behind a humble LED screen, bobbing and swaying along, waiting for the right moment to drop the next heater -- or take a sip of his beverage. The fact is, Paper Diamond shows rage; he just feeds the crowd with musical energy.
Skrillex knows how to rock a party: Play your own tracks several times in small parts, and then drop the massive bomb of bass toward the end. It could be that he makes it harder for himself just so he can work more while dancing in whatever spaceship/mothership/stage-monster he happens to bring to the show, or he just likes looking busy. Either way, twist on, brother.
Kaskade produces lovely music with lovely vocals that make people feel, well, just lovely. His shows bring all the boys and girls to the yard, er, venue, so it makes sense that he would be searching for his milkshake.
Lorin Ashton (aka Bassnectar) has not cut his hair since what looks like the day he was born. Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration, but those locks are a-flowin'. It's a given that, at every show, you'll be headbanging right along with him, but here we captured the bass-master himself mid-hair whip.
Marty Party (aka Marty Folb) is one-half of multiple side projects. On his own, however, he creates chainsaw-simulating sounds that you can't help but grind your teeth to. Granted, he is obviously the master of this movement, but it should be that way when you are leading a pack of wild bass fans on a two-hour grind-a-thon.
We understand that when 10,000 people are looking at you, it can get a little exciting. Zedd displays his reaction with arms up, an ear-to-ear smile and a little clap.
GriZ fuses two complementary elements of music by adding his signature saxophone to his DJ set. It brings a needed element of live improvisation while still keeping true to the promise to create an environment of total chaotic danceability.
Derek Vincent Smith is the master of all things production. His light show is, by far, the most organized visual mastery in the game right now. He doesn't skip a beat on the production end in regard to music, and he knows how to capture a crowd with his movements. Here we see Smith rallying the troops, then bringing them up for, undoubtedly, an epic drop.