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The world’s best electronic music bands

 

Electronic music is a style that consists of creating songs by using electronic musical instruments, circuitry-based music technology and digital instruments. The first electronic devices that were used to create music appeared at the end of the 19th century. After that, electronic music started to gain territory within the industry.

We have selected the best-known electronic music bands whose songs are and were listened to all over the world. However, besides the ones that we have listed below, there are many other bands and artists worth listening to.

 

  1. Daft Punk

Daft Punk, a two-man band, is a well-known music band that has albums that are known throughout the whole world. Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo met each other in 1987 at the age of 12. When they were 17, they formed their own music band, a lo-fi indie punk that was called “Darlin’”. Then, in 2010, Daft Punk made its first public appearance at a Phoenix show.

 

  1. Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode is an electronic music band that was formed in 1980 in Essex. Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher are the members of this band who released great songs that were appreciated across the whole world. This band’s debut album was called “Speak & Spell” and it was launched in 1981.

 

  1. Massive Attack

Massive Attack made its debut in 1991 with the album “Blue Lines”. The band consists of Robert “3D” Del Naja, Andy “Mushroom” Vowels and Robert “3D” Del Naja. Massive Attack won numerous awards since their debut, including two MTV Europe Music Awards and two Q Awards.

 

  1. Dragonette

This Canadian electronic music band was formed in Toronto, Ontario in 2005. It consists of Martina Sorbara who is a singer and a songwriter, of her husband Dan Kurtz who is a bass player and a producer and Joel Stouffer, who is the drummer. Their debut studio album is called “Galore” and it was released in 2007.

 

  1. Boards of Canada

Originally being a commune of Scottish artists and musicians, consisting of three artists, they  then became a duo of electronic musicians named Boards of Canada. The band was formed in 1980 by Michael Sanderson and Marcus Eoin. There were 4 cassettes released between 1987-1993. The debut album was called “Music Has the Right to Children” and was released in 1998.

 

Of course, these are not the only bands that have gained success in the field of electronic music. There are other ones that may also catch your attention and that have a unique history, because music is one of the types of art that share feelings. This is why the history of a band matters so much.

Cool facts about Depeche Mode

 

Depeche Mode can be considered the symbol of an entire generation. The band was formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex. Although the group is English, the name is inspired by the French culture; its meaning is close to “fashion news”. At first, nobody trusted their innovative style, but soon they became pioneers of electronic music.

Their musical activity is impressive. Over the years they have rewarded the public with studio and concert albums where fans can find all their favorite songs. Depeche Mode is a fascinating band, so let’s find out more interesting facts about them.

Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher are the founding members. The lead singer, Dave Gahan, joined them after an audition. Their singing style is inspired by the punk decadence of the ’70s and by the synth-heavy electronic works brought by Kraftwerk and The Human League. Considering this, we could say that these guys wanted to cover the gap between the past and the future.

Although Depeche Mode is on the list of electronic music pioneers, they’re still using modular and old-fashioned synthesizers from the ’70s and ’80s even when they sing more recent plays. With all the innovation brought on the musical market, the band never had a number one single in the UK.

The closest they got to top three was in 1984 with the single “People Are People”, in 1997 with “Barrel Of A Gun” and in 2005 with “Precious”. All of these songs were on the 4th place in the UK charts.

“Personal Jesus” was launched in 1989 and it is an enduring anthem from the band’s discography. At first, their media company, Warner Bros, hesitated to release the song because the sound was radically different.

Also, they feared that the message could be misunderstood by conservatives since it could be perceived as a “double entendre of sex and religion”. In the end, they were glad that they accepted the challenge because, at that time, the song became the biggest selling song in all of Warner Bros’ history.

 

The album which brought Depeche Mode commercial success in the USA was “Music For The Masses” released in 1987. Their breakthrough was possible with support from producer Daniel Miller, who is also the founder of Mute Records.

If we were to ask band members what their favorite song is, Gore and Fletcher would say “What’s Your Name”, a song from their debut album, ‘Speak & Spell’, launched in 1981. Many people think that this record has a lighter tone in comparison with the band’s later work.

All things considered, Depeche Mode remains one of the most important bands from the musical market. They are road openers and many new bands take them as an example. If you like their music, keep listening to it because it sounds really good! If you want to be like them, follow your dream!

 

Cool facts about Frank Zappa

 

Being a famous rock star in the 1970s was no easy task, especially since everyone was envying singers and bands for having an insane lavish lifestyle full of outrageous parties. But this was not actually the case of Frank Zappa, one of the most prolific composers, and a guitarist, producer, and movie director.

In a career that lasted more than 30 years, Zappa wrote rock, jazz, electronic music, orchestra music, as well as music influenced by other genres.

So, if you’re not familiar with the importance of Zappa in the history of music, here are some of the coolest facts about his life and career to trigger your interest.

 

 

Man of the arts

As I previously stated, Zappa was not only a composer and a talented guitarist, but also a true man of the arts. His interests were extremely diverse but they all had to do with arts and free expression. Apart from creating music of various genres, he directed long movies, music videos, and designed plenty of album covers.

Zappa produced almost all his 60 released music albums from 1966 until 1993, the year he died. Nevertheless, after he passed away, he left an enormous amount of unpublished records and songs, so that other 15 music albums were released post-mortem. His latest is entitled “Greasy Love Songs” and was released in April 2010.

Since the death of Zappa, his family released 38 posthumous albums, reaching a total of 100 albums.

 

His name will live forever

Due to his great global success, Zappa will remain in the history not only as a phenomenal musician, but also because different fish, jellyfish, and even a fossilized snail were named after him. How many people can say that about their impact on this planet?

 

A self-learner

Like many other artists worldwide, Zappa also made his musical debut at a young age. More specifically, he starred in a school band in San Diego as a drummer, when he was just 11 years old. Only four years later he learned to play the guitar on his own and since then has perfected his technique.

Known for his “colorful language”

Just like a true rocker, the language often used in his lyrics was colorful and sexually-oriented.

He was so popular for the type of lyrics he used in his songs that even his Grammy-winning album, “Jazz from Hell”, required “Parental Advisory” even though it doesn’t contain any lyrics at all, as it is a mere collection of instrumental songs.

Because he was often criticized by the media for his lyrics, he even went to former U.S. President, Ronald Reagan, to protest against America’s strict laws regarding the song lyrics. He felt like he wasn’t allowed to express himself as he wanted and, because the President didn’t support his protest, his lyrics became even more vulgar in his last years.  

 

What makes the difference between a synth keyboard and a digital piano?

 

Although classic pianos deliver an unbeatable sound, digital ones have emerged on the market as a more modern and reliable alternative for those who cannot afford to record their songs using acoustic, expensive pianos.

Digital pianos resemble the classic ones in plenty ways, but their most important feature is that they are more accessible to the wide public. Singers and songwriters often use digital piano sounds to improve their tunes and deliver a unique sound that will hopefully turn the lyrics into a hit.

Nevertheless, working with musical instruments is not an easy task, as, apart from regular digital pianos, there are other options in the same specter. So, if you’re looking for a comparison between the top digital pianos and synthesizers, here are the main differences between these two.

 

Digital Pianos

They are mainly built to replicate the sounds and the performance of an acoustic piano, to the highest possible extent. Digital pianos aim to deliver a clean and clear sound, as similar as possible to the one delivered by classic, acoustic pianos. One important difference between these two is that the latter costs a lot more than a digital piano.

Apart from the competitive price, digital pianos also differ in size, portability, and features from the regular acoustic pianos. Due to their compact sizes, digital pianos are more portable than regular ones and also feature plenty of connectivity methods which make them more appealing to the younger generation of musicians and sound engineers.

Digital pianos also offer a full set of 88 keys and feature a touch sensitivity comparable with the acoustic pianos. In addition, most digital pianos also come with a built-in music library that allows you to easily learn some of the most popular piano songs and try to replicate them as accurate as possible.

 

Synthesizer Keyboards

One of the main differences between synth keyboards and digital pianos is represented by the purpose for which they were created. While digital pianos aim to replicate as good as possible all notes and tones of acoustic pianos, keyboards are mainly a more affordable alternative used by newbies and fresh singers to get used to the new wave of music devices.

They are not built to replicate the sound and clarity of an acoustic piano. In fact, their greatest achievement is their portability. They are extremely lightweight and easy to carry around and are mainly chosen because they can also produce a piano tone quite accurately. Keyboards usually weigh below 20 pounds and mainly feature 49 to 61 keys.

There are also significant differences in sound between synths and digital pianos which you will mainly discover once you start playing at both of them.