The Swedish DJ and producer recently participated in an interview with Westword, where he gave an inside look at how things are changing overseas. In part, he’s noticed that a lot of pop music is taking power over EDM.
“It sounds tacky, but I try not to think in genres. I believe the music is a product of what you listen to,” he said. “I feel distanced from that ‘EDM’ term.”
Rather than focusing on trying to fit a certain style, he listens to anything that inspires him, be it hip-hop or indie music or whatever.
“We definitely have Swedish House Mafia and Avicii…but I feel like it’s kind of dying down.” Thankfully, Kasbo is taking an optimistic outlook on that. “For me, I’m not forced to have a trendy sound and can focus on doing my own thing,” he said.
Fans are appreciating that openness, too. Just because a DJ is steering away from strict “EDM” doesn’t mean they can’t have a place in the dance music atmosphere. In his performance at Decadence, he infused trance, hip-hop, dance, house and indie music into his set.
Though at this point we’re getting a little tired of the doom and gloom attitude about the future of EDM, it’s refreshing to see a DJ like Kasbo who can build on new influences and still be making music the EDM crowd goes wild for.
–EDM In Stereo Staff