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EDM 101: An introduction to Singapore's electronic dance music scene

Get clued in our local EDM scene. Here are five electrifying spinners to get you started

Nez Senja
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By Sofiana Ramli and Cam Khalid |
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Out of a plethora of genres Singapore has to offer, from fusion hip-hop to mainstream pop, it's apparent that electronic dance music (EDM) dominates the charts. You hear it at nightclubs such as Zouk, 1-Altimate, Bang Bang and Attica and big festivals like Ultra, ZoukOut, It's the Ship and Garden Beats. Singaporeans are also known to jet off to regional EDM festivals such as Wonderfruit in Thailand, Epizode in Vietnam and S2O Songkran Music Festival in Japan. Suffice it to say, we're pretty big on the scene here.

But don't be fooled – EDM is not a genre but is a term used to categorise dance sub-genres like house, techno, dubstep, trance, drum 'n' bass and more. These sounds are produced by DJs via their digital audio workstations (DAW), which mostly include computers and instruments such as the synthesisers, drum machines, turntables, samplers and more.

To get a sample of Singapore's EDM scene, here are five major players including prolific artists and DJs that will have you throw serious shapes on the dancefloor with their high-energy beats. 

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Ulysses

Ulysses

Real Name:  Ulysses James
Listen if you like: Disco, house and techno
Influences included: A widespread of artists from different genres including Kraftwerk, David Bowie, jazz legend Miles Davis and Moodymann
Don't miss: He helms the decks at Cé La Vi's Skybar and regularly plays at The Headquarters, Tuff Club and Kilo Lounge

Follow Ulysses on Soundcloud

Nez Senja
Photo: Ungku Ibrahim

Nez Senja

Real name:  Anaiz Majid (better known as Nez)
Listen if you like: Jungle and drum and bass. Nez also spins a mix of house, techno, soul, reggae and world music
Influences include: An endless list of artists that spread from house of hip-hop including Marcus Intalex, Blocks & Escher, Floating Points and J Dilla
Don't miss: His SubCity nights at Piedra Negra, Camp Kilo Charcoal Club's Tribe X Music Market by Revision and occasionally at Choice Cuts Goods & Coffee

Follow Nez on Mixcloud

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DuriO
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DuriO

Real name: Serene Ong
Listen if you like: Deep, dark and warm bass sounds that are still relatively upbeat and danceable with dancehall elements to really get your body moving
Influences include: Zed Bias, MC Fox and the sounds from the UK underground dance music scene
Don't miss: Her at Bass Supply with Baowbaow Collective, which happens every second Friday of the month at Piedra Negra

Follow DuriO on Mixcloud

Myrne

Myrne

Real name: Manfred Lim
Listen if you like: Future bass, high octane EDM and a lil' bit of indie electronica
Influences include: Electro producers Baauer and Erol Alkan
Don't miss: The multi-talented performer as he takes on the F1 2018 entertainment stage this September

Follow Myrne on Soundcloud

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Perk Pietrek

Perk Pietrek

Real name: It's really just Pietrek!
Listen if you like: Bass-heavy trap and high energy hip-hop bangers
Influences include: The likes of A-Trak, Siriusmo and Flume. He also gathers inspiration from acts such as Far East Movement, UZ and Flosstradamus
Don't miss: Upcoming gigs under his own nightlife label Super Snacks, featuring other homegrown talents like Axel Brizzy and Theodora

Follow Pietrek on Spotify

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