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In a new interview with Mixmag, Machinedrum reckons that the current EDM explosion in America may eventually encourage kandi ravers and sweaty brosteppers to tap into more experimental, out-there sounds.
The American DJ/producer is currently based in Berlin, having moved to Europe to concentrate on his career. Apart from certain notable camps (such as Brainfeeder, Low End Theory, Percussion Lab et al), he thinks there's "a lack of underground" in the USA.
"EDM is all encompassing of many things stylistically. I kind of like that Americans are waking up to this kind of music but at the same time I feel like there’s a lack of underground, a lack of people pushing the envelope," Machinedrum said.
"There’s certain scenes, of course. I love what’s going on in LA with Low End Theory and Brainfeeder and the Percussion Lab guys in New York. There’s select things but the underground side could be stronger," he added.
While America certainly does have a bristling underground, it isn't as if a fresh bass music act could break the charts, as a group like Disclosure have done in the UK.
There's also a difference on the dancefloor, as Machinedrum explains: "I’ll have played certain venues in 2010 and played the sort of sound that I’m into, a bit faster, a bit more experimental, and I would clear entire dancefloors and really feel frustrated that people in America were stuck in this brostep dubstep zone and they coulnd’t really explore outside of that."
"But [now] I feel like people have already changed their attitude, they’re looking for new sounds. Maybe from that a new underground scene will be birthed. I’m not going to give up on America just yet," he added.
Find out what else is making Machinedrum optimistic with Mixmag's full interview with him here.