Last September, music magazine Spin wrote that America was experiencing an “electronica revolution.” Spearheaded by speaker-destroying producers such as Skrillex and Deadmau5, Spin wrote that a “new rave generation” has helped make electronic dance music an inescapable presence on the nation’s music scene, to the point this bass-heavy sound has seeped into contemporary pop and hip-hop hits.
As dance music becomes more omnipresent in America, it also stands the chance of becoming further commercialized and streamlined into a style resistant to experimentation. Travis Egedy, who records as Pictureplane, makes dance music outside of the mainstream. He’s part of a growing underground scene of musicians swirling 1990’s rave, modern-day pop and ’70s rock samples into Day-Glo dance tracks. Egedy, who will play shows in Tokyo and Osaka this weekend, has described his approach as a “down-and-dirty punk kind of music, but made entirely with computers and electronics.”