November 3, 2010 by DJ Elroy
Yes, internet may have killed the superstar. It has certainly changed the music industry. But what about the musical hotspots?
In an era where anyone can get the newest music almost as soon as it’s out (if you know where to look or who to ask), are there really cities that influence electronic dance music like they did a decade ago?
New York, Chicago, LA, Miami… You know the list. And that’s only America; I won’t even begin to touch on the rest of the world. But are they still relevent? Do these hotspots influence the rest of the region like in days gone by?
I say no. Not like they used to, anyway.
Sure, the hot artists seem to be drawn to the big musical hubs. And these cities usually have the biggest and best clubs. But their influence doesn’t reach as far as it used to.
The web takes down the boundaries. It breaks the regional barriers. A live set in NY can be heard around the world. And while each region has its own sound and style, the music isn’t exclusive to those hub cities anymore.