2009 in review: EDM 

Resurrecting EDM

2009 saw a resurrection of the Indy Electronic Dance Music (EDM) scene, especially in the last few months. Some doors closed, but many opened — and 2010 is looking to be a bright year. Therapy Nightclub shut its doors, but reopened at the close of the year as Pulse; time will tell if it will offer as good a home to EDM (and with good sound) on the weekends. Eden, with its rich EDM history, reopened as Tru Nightclub and welcomed EDM events. Tuesdays at the Melody Inn had an internal shake-up, renamed to Juxtapose and started including all genres of EDM.

Adventurous promoters

Promoter sideTrack pushed barriers by bringing electronic music to venues that normally didn't host such events (Cosmos, Whammy Bar at The Music Mill, to name a few) as well as comedy afterparties (Disclaimer: Jack is a co-founder of SideTrack.) New promoters popped up, including G-9 Collective, which started with events at Bentley's on the North side. A promoter from Chicago brought a stellar lineup to mega-country bar 8 Second Saloon, promising to "bring back the rave". It didn't live up to its hype, but it effectively opened the doors of a a new venue to EDM (Carpe Noctum hosted a show there in December). Several Indy promoter/DJs got together to form INHouseMusic.net, which hosted showcase at both Oranje and Broad Ripple Music Fest. Indie/Rock promoters like MOKB Presents and A Squared started booking DJs on their bills. The infamous Disco Donnie brought his touring artists through Indy, packing Talbott Street to capacity with DJs Paul van Dyk and Above & Beyond - on Monday nights, no less.

New showcases

New weeklies and monthlies popped up all over the place, including the return of "Keepin' it Deep", this time at Blu and featuring loads of headliners. DJ Deanne started a monthly "open tables" night called "The Side Room" at Talbott Street, giving less seasoned DJs a chance to rock the decks. Bang Tech 12 announced "Get Down," a new weekly to begin at Red Room Thursdays in January 2010. IndyMojo started actively getting their crowd interested in dance music and throwing their support behind EDM events.

Talented producers

Indy continues to be home to many talented EDM producers. Adam Jay brushed off his producing hat and got back to churning out floor moving techno tunes. Active, label-published electronic producers in Indy include Parallel, Arsenic, Slater Hogan, John Larner, Star Steady, Shiva, Dave Owen, and more. Rudy Kizer's "Hit the Decks" show (Sunday nights on X103) was unique in featuring Indy DJs as well as national and international headlining talent.

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