While the music industry has been hit hard by the global COVID-19 pandemic and is crumbling, the community is coming together in their own ways to keep fans, artists and everyone involved afloat through these tough times unlike any other.
Saying we’re proud to be a part of this close-knit industry, especially the EDM industry right now would be an understatement.
From artists throwing together live sets and streams on an unbelievable frequency to keep their fans entertained and stay connected with them through these trying times to event producers like Insomniac making virtual festivals a thing, everyone is showing up for each other in unbelievable ways.
In what he is calling #NeonFutureDinner, Steve Aoki went live on his YouTube last week with Nick Carter, will.i.am, Maluma, Lay Zhang, and Agnes Mo. Each artist gave their take on what life during quarantine looks like and their insights on what the future of the music industry in these times of the Coronavirus looks like.
The first #NeonFutureDinner was already legendary! Quarantine life, music talk, future predictions, just all kinds of craaaaaziness. You def need to watch the 1st episode. love my friends love u guys thank uhttps://t.co/oJWm47oOsR@maluma@agnezmo@iamwill@nickcarter@layzhang pic.twitter.com/6XEJlUPoth
— Steve Aoki (@steveaoki) April 13, 2020
Festival’s like Tomorrowland and Nocturnal Wonderland have been doing a number of virtual live streams, while individual artists like Diplo and Dillion Francis to name just a few have full-blown streaming schedules to keep their fans engaged and entertained.
While Ultra Music Festival went ahead and teamed up with SiriusXM during their festival dates for an audio extravaganza, Pasquale Rotella announced EDC might also go virtual during the festival’s original May dates. In one of the most recent festivals joining the list of cancellations for 2020, Burning Man will also be adapting to a virtual format.
Explaining what to expect from a virtual Black Rock City experience they said, “In this Multiverse, Black Rock City will be online, and everyone will be welcome to join in. On a virtual playa, there’s no limit to who can participate. Like that thing in The Desert, we will have costs and will need to create some kind of “tickets”. We’re working out those details and will share them as soon as we can. It won’t be like the BRC we’ve built over the years; we know there’s no substitute for an in-person experience. It will be a new kind of Burn. We want to co-create BRC online with 100,000 participants to share our passions, explore fun new ways to live more sustainably, connect in these challenging times, and take care of one another.”
While entertainers around the world are working on the fly to try and innovate around connecting virtually, one thing that has come to light in these times of crisis is that the music industry and particularly the world of EDM have shown up and risen to the occasion like no other.
With a number of relief funds being set up aplenty to aid those in need in these times, large companies, artists and fans alike are donating to those in need in more ways then one. From SoundCloud to Spotify, they’re getting innovative to help artists on their platforms. And big guns like The Recording Academy, Live Nation and Apple Music have also created massive funds to the tune of $2 million, $10 million and $50 million respectively with much more pouring in by way of donations.
In our own little way to get you through quarantine, here are our picks for some of our favorite EDM Documentaries to get you through.
Also, no matter what genre you’re into we’ve chalked out some of our all-time favorite sets from EDM to Dubstep, and Hardstyle to Drum and Bass!
We have made a special playlist to help you stay engaged, and stay at home during this lockdown, you can stream it here.
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