What is dark electro music all about?
And here comes dark electro / industrial, perfect for dancefloors and clubs. It still has some elements of metal, like harsh vocals, it is still hard to digest for people from the outside world, but it also has all those elements which keep a good party going.
Important thing is, that dark electro / industrial is a DJ-able kind of music. There is little scope for DJ-ing in rock/metal – in dark electronic you can use all the tricks from the techno scene – and get away with it. Ok, we would not recommend scratching, but apart from this everything else is allowed. Obviously alternative Djs jumped at the opportunity to get the best from dark independent and techno worlds.
The Djs, who usually organise parties as well are the life blood of the dark electro community. Unlike in the techno scene, they have not replaced the bands, but they are at least as important, as the bands. This gives a good incentive to pursue the alternative DJ career, even though there is little rewards other than recognition in the scene.
The ability to have an alternative rave-like party made dark electro very popular among the followers of the dark scene, even if outside of the clubs they have different musical preferences. Predominantly guitar oriented goth subculture embraced dark electro and now it became a fully recognised part of the wider goth/dark scene.
The situation in the goth scene is actually quite unique – the two streams, gothic rock and dark electronic coexist in perfect harmony (well, let us not talk here about the usual “too much guitars” versus “too much techno” arguments), despite of being on the opposite sides of the barricade.
We believe that the best for the dark electronic is yet to come. From a small niche, it managed to grow to a stream that has its own exclusive followers. Increasing number of fans follow the electronic part of the goth scene. In the countries with strong scene, like Germany, there are big festivals devoted to dark electronic music. The need for good party music for the non-mainstream communities is growing. Metal needs some alternative, and probably replacement over time, when more and more people lean towards electronic genres.