April 13, 2012 by staff
Coachella 2012, The next wave of popular musicians isn’t made up of guitar heroes and searing Les Paul leads. Instead, they come equipped with computers and sequencers and a sound to make people move.
Electronic dance music, with its throbbing beats, synthesized sounds and throngs of dancing fans has joined the ranks of the power ballad, guitar solo and flicking a Bic at a big rock show, like at this weekend’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio.
“It replicates the heart and the way the body pulsates,” said Rick Dominguez, an electronic music deejay who goes by the name DJ Ickee and has been performing in the area for the last two decades.
The Riverside native started a weekly residency called I Love Dubstep at the Mission Tobacco Lounge more than a year ago that has attracted people from as far away as Bakersfield and Victorville.
Dubstep is the latest flavor in electronic music, with a wub-wub-wub sound melded with fast beats and distorted synthesizer sounds.
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