Electronic Dance Music is now one of the world’s most popular and creative genres.
Of course, today EDM is primarily created using electronic devices and technology. Composers and creators use synthesizers, drum machines and computers to electronically generate sounds.
To produce professional quality tracks, they usually need the services of a top recording studio. The buzzing EDM hotspot of New York City is now home to many of the leading EDM studios.
New York is one of the global centres of the EDM scene. Right from the roots of the genre in the seventies, it was key to the early development of dance music.
Clubs like Paradise Garage and The Loft were pioneers. DJs like Larry Levan and Frankie Knuckles helped shape techno music.
The 1980s and 1990s saw the rise of house. New York clubs like Sound Factory, Tunnel, and Limelight became iconic venues and artists like Masters at Work and Junior Vasquez gained international recognition.
The 1990s also saw the emergence of the rave scene in NYC, with underground dance parties like NASA at Club Shelter’s various venues.
Since the 2000s EDM has continued to grow in NYC, including mega events like Electric Zoo and Electric Daisy Carnival.
Major venues like Marquee in West Chelsea, and Avant Gardner in Brooklyn have been central to the scene. Electric Zoo, held annually in September in Randall’s Island Park, is now one of the largest EDM festivals.
New York remains a hub for DJs, artists and producers. From sharing tips for thriving NY sports betting apps to discussing the latest movies at a waterfront bar, the city’s creative dance scene often involves aspiring musicians networking and inspiring each other.
As part of this thriving scene, New York is home to some of the leading EDM recording studios in the world.
Electric Lady Studios
Electric Lady is right in one of the coolest districts: Greenwich Village. It’s known for its history in rock and pop – part of it was actually designed by Jimi Hendrix – but it has become a prime center for electronic artists.
The studio’s unique atmosphere and high-quality equipment make it very sought-after. Hendrix’s Electric Ladyland and John Lennon’s Imagine are two of its best-known creations and more recent clients have included John Legend, Alicia Keys and Vampire Weekend.
Platinum Sound Recording Studios
Jay-Z recorded ‘Empire State of Mind’ featuring Alicia Keys at one of New York’s prime studios, Platinum Sound. His hip-hop anthem showcases the studio’s range of Grammy-winning production expertise and state-of-the-art recording facilities.
The star producer is Jerry Wonda Duplessis, who has a publishing back catalogue of more than 300 million singles and albums sold.
That’s why the Manhattan studio facility is a favourite with so many aspiring artists in the hip-hop and electronic music scenes, as well as established stars like Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Chris Brown.
Jungle City Studios
Jungle City is also in Manhattan, on West 27th, and is known for its luxurious high-tech recording spaces in one of very coolest spots in the city. It has been used by various artists across genres, including EDM producers looking for top-notch facilities and a chic vibe.
It’s perfectly place for socialising at La Piscine, eating at Ovest Pizzoteca and sleeping at Hotel Americano – all close by on West 27th.
Alicia Keys’ grammy-winning dance track ‘No One’ was recorded at Jungle City – and other regulars include Usher, Drake and Jaz-Z.
The Cutting Room
This historic studio in Manhattan has all hosted all sorts of artists for 20 years, from rock bands to electronic musicians. It’s always been known for its welcoming atmosphere and professional way of working.
Artists using the Cutting Room have ranged from Cardi B to David Bowie, who recorded his whole semi-electronic album ‘The Next Day’ at The Cutting Room.
Penthouse Recording Studios
Da Baby, Meek Mill, Ozuna, Pop Smoke (RIP), DJ Khaled, Jennifer Hudson and French Montana have all used this classy studio in the heart of downtown Manhattan. Penthouse is all part of the renowned Music Row district, between 7th avenue and 48th street.
Industry insiders describe the perfect acoustics that have been carefully tuned for the best sound quality. It also offers an array of custom-built kit, ranging from a Pro Tools HDX recording system to both vintage and modern super-microphones, like the top-end Neumann U87.
Just as important though is the friendly vibe thanks to the famously relaxed staff. And best of all, the Penthouse is located on the top floor of 723 7th Avenue – with access to a spectacular balcony view of Times Square.
Leading studios like these have reached pre-eminence by adapting to the evolving needs of electronic musicians and composers.
Want to know more about what they can offer? Visit their websites for the most up-to-date information on their services and availability.