Michaelangelo Matos dissects the dance music explosion in new book, ‘The Underground Is Massive’
Although dance music has grown to be a living, breathing global culture, most of today’s listeners know little of the genre’s history. As a response, Brooklyn-based writer Michaelangelo Matos, who writes for Rolling Stone and NPR, has penned a book documenting electronic music’s surge in the US. What started out as secretive warehouse raves in the 90s quickly flourished into the more glamorous club and festival circuit that skyrocketed about five years ago.
Matos boils down the entirety of dance music’s roots into 18 chapters by recounting the stories of the birth of house music in Chicago, Woodstock 1999, and Daft Punk’s revolutionary Coachella set in 2006. Composed of interviews and heavy research tracing back to a plethora of moments leading up to dance music’s boom, The Underground Massive also brings technology and drugs into the equation. The Internet’s growing relevance, in addition to pioneers like Richie Hawtin who took advantage of technology’s developments to further fuel electronic music, are what helped shape the genre. Needless to say, Matos also argues that drugs influenced a considerable portion of dance music’s advancement, specifically during the MDMA-fueled days of the early rave culture.
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Via: The Seattle Times