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🎥 In the meantime here is ’20 Years of Ultra – Episode 5 & 4′ from UMF TV.
Due to its unique timing at the very beginning of festival season, Ultra Music Festival has always been the place where the top artists in electronic music debut all of their newest songs. Musical performances are prepared all winter in the studio, then perfected for their debut at Ultra Music Festival. Often, artists use these performances as their standard sets for the rest of the year.
Due to the historical significance of the Winter Music Conference, it is also the first time each year that a huge number of DJs gather in one place, with Miami Music Week as the backdrop. Artists from the mainstream and the underground alike are able to see each other’s best performances and be inspired to improve their own. In this way, the progression of musical development is able to stay authentic year after year.
Over the last 20 years and especially recently, this has begun an arms race of sorts to see who can put on the best performances. Artists use their full spectrum of creativity to try to introduce groundbreaking elements into their shows. From new music, to special guests, to immersive audiovisual experiences, Ultra Music Festival has become the place for an artist to pull out all the stops in order to make their ambitions become reality. The biggest challenge for both the festival and the artists has become how to top the previous year’s performance every single time.
For 20 years, unforgettable moments have arisen across a variety of Ultra Music Festival’s stages. What started in Miami has expanded to dozens of countries across 6 continents, with over a million yearly attendees. Only time will tell what incredible moments will arise in the NEXT 20 years…
After 2010, several trends occurred simultaneously to make electronic music far more popular in the United States.
First, superstar DJs began to arise out of what was once an underground culture. Collaborations with a wide variety of pop music stars catapulted electronic music to the forefront of mainstream audiences and the fresh, engineered sounds caught on in a way that would revolutionize the scene forever.
Second, streaming live from festivals became commonplace. Suddenly, audiences worldwide could join with huge crowds in person and enjoy the same music and the same pivotal moments together.
Finally, a balance was struck that would fuel innovation in electronic music for years to come. The firm split between mainstream and underground electronic music allowed both scenes to develop independently but still influence and inspire each other.
This explosion of electronic music led to a golden age that produced some of the most pivotal moments in modern music. From the superstardom of David Guetta, to the famous Avicii/Madonna collaboration, to the very final performance of the supergroup Swedish House Mafia, Ultra Music Festival served as the place where electronic music history was written every single year.
After many years of relative anonymity, it was now clear that the whole world was watching.
Tracklist (Episode #4):
1. Avicii – Levels (Original Mix) Listen or Download: https://apple.co/2oScNbh
2. Afrojack – Bangduck (Original Mix) Listen or Download: https://apple.co/2HblvrM
3. Flo Rida feat. David Guetta – Club Can’t Handle Me Listen or Download: https://apple.co/2I5IRQV
4. Hardwell – Spaceman (Original Mix) Listen or Download: https://apple.co/2oMQi7l
5. Madonna vs. Avicii – Girl Gone Wild Listen or Download: https://apple.co/2tpiQbW
6. Joe Brunning – Now Let Me See You Work (Original Mix) Listen or Download: https://apple.co/2FvU66D
7. Gaia – Tuvan (Original Mix) Listen or Download: https://apple.co/2oME6n3
8. Swedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child (feat. John Martin) Listen or Download: https://apple.co/2oVBK4z
9. Fedde Le Grand – Dancing Together Listen or Download: https://apple.co/2H7ZA4H