Human League vs. Deadmau5: Electronic Dance Music then and now

June 13, 2012

Vikram Murthi

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On Wednesday's Eight Forty-Eight, music critic Jim DeRogatis discusses the recent mainstream popularity of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) – and its evolution over the last 30 years – in light of the first-annual Spring Awakening Festival taking place in Chicago this weekend.

How did we go from Human League and Depeche Mode to Deadmau5 and Skrillex? And how did it start making such a profit?

Here's an excerpt from Deadmau5's "Strobe":

And here's a video of Human League's "The Sound of the Crowd."