Beatport Reinstates Hard Techno Genre

Beatport Hard Techno

After receiving feedback from artists, labels, and others involved in the Hard Techno community, Beatport has reinstated the genre.

As the world’s top source for both artists and fans alike to purchase dance music tunes, Beatport has continued to show that they’re open to the changing trends in the scene. Shifts that have taken place on the platform include the movement of Big Room from the Progressive House genre, as well as the recently announced split of Electronica/Downtempo in the formation of the Organic House & Downtempo page earlier this summer.

Now, Beatport has announced the latest change to the landscape of genres on the platform with Hard Techno being given its own space to flourish. Citing the growing popularity of harder techno beats, as well as feedback received from artists, labels, and distributors alike, this new page that was launched on July 28 for the genre will also feature a standalone Top 100 to help define the sounds in that realm of underground beats.

“Many labels and artists, including myself, were absolutely gutted when the Hard Techno was combined with Peak Time/Driving. The two styles of music have actually moved farther apart, with more melodic techno at one end of the spectrum and harder faster music at the other. I’m very glad to have the Hard Techno genre back. I once again feel that I am part of a scene and belong to a sound of music that is relevant to my label. Good call, Beatport.”

D.A.V.E. The Drummer

To create the new page for Hard Techno, previous releases on the Techno (Peak Time/Driving/Hard) and Techno (Raw/Deep/Hypnotic) pages will begin to populate it from artists like Shlømo, D.A.V.E. The Drummer, and Coyu along with labels including Hydraulix and Ragnarok. Additionally, Hard Techno will be removed from its previous home on the peak time page moving forward.

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Grant has been listening to electronic dance music since the early 2000s. Actively involved in the EDM community, Grant is an admin for the EDC & Coachella subreddits and their Facebook groups. Previously he has been part of several EDM startups and promotion companies such as Shamele55, Electric State of Mind and Q-Dance. Originally listening to trance artists such as ATB, Armin Van Buuren and Paul Oakenfold, Grant has expanded his listening experience to include a full set of genres ranging from hardstyle to deep house and has been regularly attending both festivals and club events since 2010.

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