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The Drop, Vol. 5: Keys N Krates, Thoughts of a Kandi Kid, and Six Must-Hear Producers

on September 16, 2014, 1:00pm
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Senior Staff Writer Derek Staples returns to discuss all things related to the EDM market and culture. Don’t wait for it, read ahead now: The Drop.

In a recent Nod Your Head column, News Editor Chris Coplan made a valid point about the “growing pains” of the EDM community: “You’re always going to be music’s redheaded stepchild.” It is this very notion that has fueled the new wave culture. No matter the generation, children have always discovered the music and trends that were most likely to piss off their parents — and circa 2012 nothing was better at doing the trick than some beads, glitter, and a pacifier (all which seem innocent enough alone). But as legendary selector Carl Cox recently quipped, “EDM’s a sound America has latched on to, but once people start going left and right of that scene, they’re going to find their Art Departments, their Loco Dices and their Sven Väths – and that’s a really good place to be.” For those not familiar with the names, the point is simple: the allure of easily digestible EDM will lead interested listeners to the true artists within the club music realms. So, while this ongoing act of rebellion has led to the unwarranted success of DJ Rage and Paris Hilton DJ nights, it has also established a fanbase that would have otherwise remained blind to the visceral connection of a well-crafted live mix.

To ease popular resistance, EDM figurehead Diplo has taken it upon himself to shape up this so-called “redheaded stepchild.” Banning kandi bracelets from the final leg of his Mad Decent Block parties to help discourage the transportation of MDMA, Diplo is effectively modifying the perceived culture of a base that he helped cultivate. Gone are colorful bracelets and animal backbacks, replaced by skinny jeans and snap backs. Historically, prohibition has done little to curb societal ailments, so The Drop continues its path of industry education: Be it organizations sharing this cause, artists pushing the game, or insiders shaping the scene, The Drop aims to keep you in the know. This month, we bring you a chat with Keys N Krates, thoughts from an admitted kandi kid, and a short list of artists to keep listening to now that the festival season is winding down.

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