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Monday, December 31, 2012

Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz

2 Year Anniversary Free EP






To celebrate two amazing years, Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz brings to you this 11-track Free EP. The release features a wide variety of styles and includes the following tracks:
01 Pink Floyd - Marooned (ENiGMA Dubz Remix)
02 iFa - Omnidub
03 Maddman - Wut U Seyen Bach
04 Requake - I Love
05 Retro - Dreamin'
06 Craggle - Sweet Talk
07 A-List - Voyager
08 Dillard - Lost
09 Sparc - Turntablah (Lokrian Remix)
10 Sub Antix - Culture Shock (p0gman Remix)
11 Controlled Kaos - Other Worlds (VIP)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz Radio Show Mix Archives [DUBSTEP]

Here, you will find archives for DJ Sashwat's Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz Radio Show. You can download more of Sashwat's mixes at the following link:

To download these mixes, 'Right-Click & Save-As':

Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 01) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 02) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 03) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 04) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 05) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 06) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 07) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 08) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 09) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 10) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 11) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 12) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 13) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 14) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 15) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 16) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 17) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 18) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 19) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 20) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 21) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 22) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 23) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 24) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 25) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 26) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 27) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 28) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 29) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 30) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 31) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 32) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 33) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 34) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 35) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 36) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 37) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 38) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 39) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 40) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 41) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 42) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 43) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 44) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 45) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 46) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 47) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 48) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 49) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 50) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 51) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 52) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 53) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 54) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 55) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 56) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 57) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 58) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 59) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 60) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 61) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 62) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 63) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 64) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 65) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 66) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 67) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 68) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 69) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 70) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 71) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 72) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 73) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 74) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 75) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 76) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 77) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 78) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 79) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 80) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 81) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 82) [DUB/REGGAE]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 83) [DUBSTEP]
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 84) [DUBSTEP] (Requake Dubplate Mix)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012



ZES is an Eindhoven-based producer and guitarist who creates a wide variety of forward-thinking, emotional electronic music. It is rare to find a producer experimenting to this extent in an age where recycling others' ideas is commonplace. ZES gives us hope that there is a bright future for electronic music lovers of all kind. We'll be keeping an extremely close eye on this guy as we suggest you do as well. His debut album, "Outcry", is available now for FREE DOWNLOAD

Preview the individual tracks here:

ZES - Outcry LP (Continuous Mix)

Outcry LP Tracklisting:
01 ZES - Sleeper
02 ZES - Coming Home
03 ZES - Airborne
04 ZES - Unwanted
05 ZES - Changing Gravity
06 ZES - Outcry
07 ZES - Hillside Sunset
08 ZES - She

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Sunday, October 21, 2012


After many requests, we’re proud to announce the 2nd Dank ‘N’ Dirty Dubz Production Contest ever! Remix contests happen a lot, but the result in often many similar-sounding submissions that lack originality and rely heavily on the stems provided. In an age where producing “original” music commonly involves recycling ideas and sounds, we are always looking for producers who are innovating, experimenting, and pushing the envelope. So, we have decided to hold a competition that differs from a traditional remix contest and encourages producers to try something new.

1)      For this contest, there is no single track to be remixed nor are there stems that will be provided. Instead, producers will reproduce an officially released song from the Dank ‘N’ Dirty Dubz catalog (see the Dank ‘N’Dirty Dubz soundcloud page for all songs released on the label). The following tracks MAY be reproduced, but if they are selected as winners, they will ONLY be released as FREE DOWNLOADS:
2)      Tracks should be reproduced using the producer’s own original sounds and techniques. Though sampling from the original song is allowed for this contest, please note that it should be used sparingly, if at all, since originality is the biggest criteria that will be judged.
3)      Your goal is not to replicate something that already exists, but to take influence from a song in the label’s catalog and re-create it into your own originally-interpreted style. So, for example, you can make a new deep version of 'Curzed - History X' using your own original sounds or make a filthy version of 'Laney - Hunger' or an acoustic version of 'Demure - Misunderstood' or a hip hop version of 'A-List - Utopia' or a hard rock version of 'Hijinkx - Metallic Vibez'... we're leaving it as open as possible so you can be as creative as you want.

1)      All genres are welcome.
2)      One submission per producer. Collaborations ARE allowed.
3)      Reproductions will be judged on Originality (50%), Production Quality (25%), and Musicality (25%).
4)      You may upload a preview of your submission, but the clip may not exceed 3 minutes in length and the download must be disabled until after the competition results have been announced.
5)      Reproductions MUST be submitted to by Midnight (GMT) on November 20th at the latest. Please submit tracks directly to us using or upload the file onto a popular hosting site like mediafire and include the link in your e-mail. Please also include the name of the original track in your e-mail. Please DO NOT send tracks to our soundcloud dropbox.
6)      PRE-MASTER tracks MUST be submitted as 16bit wave files with all limiters removed. They must peak between -3 and -5db, so there is enough headroom for the mastering engineer to work with in the case that the track is chosen as a finalist. We also prefer that you submit a playable version in 320kbps mp3 format too, but this is not a requirement.
7)      With the exception of samples taken from the original song, reproductions may not infringe on anyone else’s copyrighted works. By submitting your track, you agree that all samples have been cleared and you have the full authority to deliver your recording to the label for distribution.
8)      Tracks may only be submitted ONE time, so please double check to make sure you have followed all of the above rules before sending us your reproduction.

1st Place: A Dank ‘N’ Dirty Dubz T-Shirt (first ever pressed) to the producer creating the top reproduction. This producer will also receive the two prizes below.
2nd Place: Producers creating the four best reproductions will each have the opportunity to air any music of their choice for an entire weekend on the Digitally Imported Dubstep Channel, which caters to an average of 500+ listeners. One weekend will be designated to each of the four finalists. These producers will also receive the prize below.
3rd Place: All finalists will be featured on a compilation released on Dank ‘N’ Dirty Dubz. The top tracks will be released digitally on Beatport, iTunes, etc., while others will be given out for Free Download via the label’s soundcloud page. The number of finalists will be determined based on the number of submissions received. More submissions result in more finalists, so be sure to spread the word!

We wish you all the best of luck and look forward to hearing some great reproductions!!!

Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz


Sunday, October 7, 2012

[DANK012] ENiGMA Dubz & Sub Antix - Easy EP

[DANK012] ENiGMA Dubz & Sub Antix - Easy EP [DANK 'N' DIRTY DUBZ]

01) ENiGMA Dubz & Sub Antix - Easy 
02) Sub Antix - Gully Youth 
03) ENiGMA Dubz - Aliens 
04) Sub Antix & ENiGMA Dubz - Premonition [Free Download]

This EP will be out digitally October 10th, 2012 in all major online stores, including Beatport, iTunes, Juno, Bandcamp, & more:

The EP is being supported by Matty G, J:Kenzo, Requake, Brown and Gammon, Bukez Finezt, 50 Carrot, Reid Speed, Mat The Alien, Addergebroed, Squarewave, sMILOdon, Conscious Pilot, AD, and many more.

Review by Lawrence Bath:
After an extremely well-received collaboration EP (DANK004), ENiGMA Dubz & Sub Antix have joined forces once again to bring you the 'Easy EP'. The release explores the deep and dark depths of dubstep, showcasing a wide variety of unique sounds.

The title track, 'Easy', is the first official collaborative production between the two producers, infusing melodical prowess with tantalizing drum patterns to create a subtle, yet overwhelming bass music track.

'Gully Youth' by Sub Antix is an 8-bit driven journey through Dubstep and Trap, with the main essence of both genres pulling their weight. The track features powerful bitcrushed bass and rhythmic hi-hat patterns throughout.

Track three is one not to sleep on. The powerful sub tears through the track, accompanied by some menacing mid range, aptly fitting of the track's title, 'Aliens'. ENiGMA Dubz does it again with his punchy drums and brilliant sample work likely to bring chills to the listener.

The final track, 'Premonition', is another collaboration filled with chest rattling bass and eerie melodic synths. A great ending to the EP, and a track which will likely be used at the beginning, middle and end of many mixes. 

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Mastering by Kieran Taylor at 
Artwork by Ethan Santeler

Sunday, September 2, 2012

KeseK - Mt. Zion EP (Remixes by Radikal Guru & ENiGMA Dubz) [DANK011 - Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz]

[DANK011] KeseK - Mt. Zion EP (Radikal Guru & ENiGMA Dubz Remixes) 

OUT NOW on Beatport, iTunes, Bandcamp, and more!!!
01 KeseK - Mt. Zion (Original Mix)
02 KeseK - Mt. Zion (Radikal Guru Remix)
03 KeseK - Mt. Zion (ENiGMA Dubz Remix)

Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz is proud to present its 11th release, which takes things back to the dub roots and showcases some absolute vibes. This 3-track EP features an original track by Canadian-based producer, KeseK, entitled 'Mt. Zion' and some very special remixes by the Polish legend, Radikal Guru, and Birmingham-based behemoth, ENiGMA Dubz. The release will be available digitally on September 8th in all major online stores including Bandcamp, Beatport, iTunes, Juno Download, and more! Check the SoundCloud set above on the day of the release for a FREE DOWNLOAD of 'KeseK - Mt. Zion (Legend4ry's Sleepless Night Mix)'!!!

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Mastering by Kieran Taylor at
Artwork by Ashleigh's Abstractions

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Demure - Luminescence EP [DANK010 - Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz]

Pre-Order the EP (comes with FREE TRACK):

DANK010, Demure's 'Luminescence EP', will be out in all major online stores including Beatport, iTunes, Juno Download, and more on Monday, August 13th, 2012!!!

This chilled out EP will feature three beautiful garage tracks. The first, is a remix of Lamb's classic, 'Butterfly Effect', while the second two are original works by Demure entitled 'Misunderstood' and 'Submerged'.
01 Lamb - Butterfly Effect (Demure Remix)
02 Demure - Misunderstood
03 Demure - Submerged

The artwork for this EP was designed by Andrew Mastalli, who placed first out of 49 designs that were submitted in the Demure EP Artwork Competition. All of the submissions for this contest can be viewed here:

All tracks were mastered by Kieran Taylor at

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Sashwat & 50 Carrot - Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 34)

[DUBSTEP] Sashwat & 50 Carrot - Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz [Volume 34] (DI.FM Dubstep Channel) by Sashwat ★ Dubstep

Alternative Download Link:

Sashwat & 50 Carrot - Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz (Volume 34)
Sashwat - SoundCloud // Facebook
Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz - SoundCloud // Facebook
50 Carrot - SoundCloud // Facebook
01 Amun - Outro
02 Zeno - Dub Number 9
03 The Widdler - Ringu
04 Oceania - In The White Noise
05 Darj - Raven
06 Vibekrafter - Midnight Feeling Dub
07 Hellfire Machina - Demonic Bells
08 3rdeye - Ascent Descent
09 Hellfire Machina - 3 Prayers to Buddha (Man on Fire)
10 Hellfire Machina - Kush Town Riddim
11 Hellfire Machina - Buddhafist Style (The Widdler Remix)
12 OSC - Rockers Delight
13 Kiev - Imaginary Day
14 Lojik - Sparks
15 F - Chillin'
16 Yong & The Widdler - Cloudchaser
17 Ruckspin - Jibber
18 Farkas - Keepin' It
19 Farkas - Idiomatic
20 D1 - Ongie Bongie
22 Corporal F & Legend4ry - Wot
23 Benga & Youngman - Ho
24 Numa Crew - Clarks (Remix)
25 Swindle - Do The Jazz
26 Blasta - Black Muscatel
27 Farkas - Everything So Cold
28 Antiserum - Flustered
29 Farkas - Djungelvral
30 Riz MC - Radar (Sukh Knight Remix)
31 Desto - Shadow Sole
32 Joker - Tempered
33 Ludacris - How Low (Guttstar Remix)
34 Desto - Can't Take It
35 Numa Crew - Ghetto Youth (Remix)
36 Ekstrak - Mass Dampers
37 Cessman - The Empress Way
38 Legend4ry - Stoner Movement (Motivational Vocal Mix)
39 L-Wiz - Surreal
40 Author ft. Ben Glass - Green & Blue
41 Fornax - Kepler (Promise One Cut)
42 NoMan - Ashanti
43 Dubtek - Smoke
44 J:Kenzo - Conqueror (Heny.G's Soul Remix)
45 F - See The Light
46 Phaeleh - Orchid
47 Author - Fix
48 Wiley & MJ Cole - From The Drop (Acapella)
49 DJ Madd - Blue Soul
50 Headhunter & Djunya - El Presidente
51 DJ Madd - When I First Met You
52 Headhunter - Physics Impulse
53 DJ Madd - Numbers (VIP)

No Tracklisting for 50 Carrot's Guest Mix is available!!!

Massive thanks to everyone who tuned into this episode! Massive thanks to everyone who tuned into this episode! As always, this was mixed 100% live on a pair of cdj1000's and a DJM800 mixer.

Please follow me on mixcloud as I will be archiving all of my past mixes on this page from now on:

Feel free to donate if you are feeling generous :) All donations happily accepted and much appreciated...

Thursday, June 28, 2012




Preview the Album:

01 Amun - Intro
02 Amun - The Machine
03 Amun - Multiply
04 Amun - Landscapes
05 Amun - Frozen
06 Amun - Streets
07 Amun - Nebula
08 Amun - Fragile
09 Amun - Outro
10 Amun - Blanc [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Amun is a bass music DJ and producer based in Bradford, UK. Formerly having released tracks under the name 'White Noize' and currently still producing under his alias, 'Grave Robber', Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz is proud to announce the release of Amun's debut LP, 'Future Music'. This 9-track album is a highly experimental journey through difficult-to-classify forms of future bass music. Pushing the envelope with countless different styles and influences, Amun is definitely one to keep a close eye on in the future that is future bass music. 'Amun - Future Music' is OUT NOW in all major online stores including Beatport, iTunes, Juno, and more.

Production by Amun:

Released by Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz:

Artwork by Ashleigh's Abstractions:

Monday, June 25, 2012

Atem. - Grey EP [Free Download]

The world has become terribly monotonous. Everywhere there are unchanging streets and appalling housing. The same tired uniformity exists all around- horribly nauseating and sterile… People have grown dreadfully cruel. There is a chill on kindness. Certainly humanity does not know how to live. It has degenerated terribly, and has sped toward the abyss.

Atem.’s Grey EP evokes a sense of disillusionment, struggle, and isolation in the midst of the deterioration of the world around us.
Musically, he cites Burial as a major influence. This is particularly evident in the dark UK Garage flavour of the rhythms, and the crackle and chill of the title track. He also identifies Nine Inch Nails as the source of inspiration for “Nearly There.”

Atem. weaves in snippets of bittersweet mournful re-pitched R&B vocals from the likes of Diana Ross, and other, more obscure, sources. (He explained to me that his mother was fond of Motown music).

At the heart of this record are washed-out soulful chords and delicate piano melodies, which can be heard on “Plaster,” “Nearly There,” and “Hanna.” (Atem. has been playing the keys since infancy.) The melancholic piano reflects a period of imbalance and frustration experienced by the artist during this records construction. While composing the Grey EP, he moved away from his hometown, ran out of money, went through periods of withdrawal from creativity, and faced the disappointment of a consuming romance that ultimately never got off the ground.

In the German language, “atem” means “breath.” And so, we might interpret his moniker,“Atem.”, to signify the cessation of the breath. As the artist related to me, “the period signifies a stop; hence- stop breathing.”
Atem. is Keith Stewart; a young artist based in Vancouver, B.C.
The Grey EP was mastered at Transition Studios (London, UK). The artwork was created by Brian Harries (Vancouver, CAN).

~Alexander Wolfe

DOWNLOAD the Full Release HERE:
Atem. - Grey EP

Atem. | Grey EP - Free Download by Atem.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

30 Richest DJ's in the World

Found this list on Celebrity Networth and thought it was worth sharing as it'd be a great way to depress a majority of us DJ's out there...

#30: Afrojack Net Worth – $2 million
#29: Markus Schulz Net Worth – $2 million 
#28: Darude Net Worth – $2.5 million 
#27: Kaskade Net Worth – $3 million 
#26: Martin Solveig Net Worth – $3 million 
#25: Eric Prydz Net Worth – $4 million
#24: Swedish House Mafia Net Worth – $4 million each
#23: Gareth Emery Net Worth – $5 million
#22: Avicii Net Worth – $6 million
#21: Skrillex Net Worth – $8 million
#20: ATB aka Andre Tanneberger – $8 million
#19: Calvin Harris Net Worth – 10 million
#18: Deadmau5 Net Worth – $12 million
#17: Benny Benassi Net Worth – $14 million
#16: Carl Cox Net Worth – $15 million
#15: The Chemical Brothers Net Worth – $15 million
#14: Ferry Corsten Net Worth – $18 million
#13: Steve Aoki Net Worth – $20 million
#12: Fatboy Slim Net Worth – $22 million
#11: David Guetta Net Worth – $25 million
#10: Moby Net Worth $28 million
#09: Daft Punk Net Worth – $30 million each
#08: Pete Tong Net Worth – $30 million
#07: Judge Jules Net Worth – $40 million
#06: Sasha (DJ) Net Worth – $40 million
#05: Armin Van Buuren Net Worth – $40 million
#04: John Digweed Net Worth – $45 million
#03: Paul van Dyk Net Worth – $50 million
#02: Paul Oakenfold Net Worth – $55 million
#01: DJ Tiesto Net Worth – $65 million

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Dumbing Down of Electronic Dance Music

The Dumbing Down of Electronic Dance Music

Once almost exclusively an underground movement, electronic dance music (EDM) is now embraced by a mainstream pop audience. Accordingly, some of the new, radio-friendly music feels meek and calculated, especially when it's spun at high-energy festivals: The complex rhythms and synthesized orchestrations from a variety of sources that gave texture and a sense of adventure to the music now sit equal, if not secondary, to pop and hip-hop vocals. But there's a fear that hitting the mainstream will have a corrupting effect on EDM.
Once almost exclusively an underground movement, electronic dance music is now embraced by a mainstream pop audience. But as Jim Fusilli explains on Lunch Break, there's a fear that hitting the mainstream will have hurt the genre. Photo: Getty Images.

"If somebody said to me: Play 'The Time of My Life' by the Black Eyed Peas and throw your hands in the air, I couldn't do it," said Carl Cox, a veteran DJ and producer. "If you gave me $10 million, I couldn't do it."

There's also a growing sense that some newcomers to giant EDM festivals (the three-day Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas beginning Friday, for instance, is expected to draw more than 300,000 people), or those who spent time in the dance tent at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, still prefer songs they've heard on the radio to on-the-spot DJ mash-ups or the varying forms of EDM known as house.
Carl Cox during the 2011 North Coast Music Festival in Chicago.

Some DJs are reaching for pop stardom. David Guetta's 2011 album "Nothing but the Beat" featured vocal performances by Jennifer Hudson, Ludacris, Nicki Minaj and Usher. Five of the album's tracks scored high on Billboard's top-singles charts. When Mr. Guetta spun at Coachella in April, he leaned heavily on his pop productions. Similarly, the highlight of Calvin Harris's pop-minded set at the same festival was an appearance by Rihanna, who turned up to sing "We Found Love," their collaboration from her 2011 disc "Talk That Talk." But the backing tracks built by Messrs. Guetta and Harris are cliché-riddled, white-bread house that don't represent the best of the genre.

Said Norman Cook, the veteran DJ and producer who works as Fatboy Slim: "David Guetta and others took it out of the underground. Everybody is trying to ride that wave. They're just trotting it out."

For some of today's biggest EDM names, the preferred workshop is the recording studio rather than a nightclub riser. Tim Bergling, aka Avicii, a 22-year-old from Stockholm and an emerging EDM superstar, said: "I didn't come up from DJing, where you're doing 300 shows a year. I feel pretty free, but I want to cater to everyone. I can't play house for two hours."

EDM artists in pursuit of a larger audience are also exploring new venues. Last December, Swedish House Mafia sold out Madison Square Garden. Avicii's next tour, beginning on Thursday, is booked in arenas—not clubs—in the U.S. and Canada. "I stay pretty true to my own music, my own sound," he said. "It's pretty improvisational, but I have a plan."

As EDM and its related events continue to grow, an audience may be developing that wants nothing more than predictable, middling entertainment. Given the new audience's response, why would big-name producers go back to old-school DJing that requires concentration and knowledge of a vast musical database? At festivals, with the computerized lasers and frenetic lights ablaze, a producer can slap on one of his hits and walk away until it's time to press a laptop key to start the next one. But Mr. Cox finds all that contrary to the DJ ethos. "I'm not Carl Cox the hit player," he said. "I find I have to work hard for it. I have no idea what I'm going to play when I start."

A few old-school DJs, who once spun vinyl albums that they carried around in crates, see a bright side to the rising popularity of EDM. They believe a significant portion of the audience will soon tire of pop-electronics and migrate to something more spontaneous. Richie Hawtin, who referred to himself as a DJ with a classic approach, called it "cross pollination." "I'm optimistic," he said. "This new generation of producers are getting a new generation of people into the sound of electronic music."

Said Mr. Cox: "I'm 50 years old now. I grew up with vinyl, a needle on a record. Turntablism. I'd play a blend of disco with funk, soul and house with a 909 drum machine," he added, referring to a primitive device. "Am I supposed to dumb down to the idea that all I'm doing is pressing a button?"


Mr. Fusilli is the Journal's rock and pop music critic. Email him at or follow him on Twitter: @wsjrock.