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What is melodic techno?

Melodic Techno, a derivative of Techno music heavily influenced by trance, distinguishes itself with a slower tempo, usually spanning 120 to 125 BPM, and softer percussion akin to Minimal Techno. Drawing parallels to classic trance, it's evidenced in the resurgence of 1990s remixes. This distinct sound birthed in the latter half of the 2010s, owes its genesis to trailblazers like Tale of Us, Mind Against, and Agents of Time, who shifted from deep house in 2013.


Pioneers like Stephan Bodzin, alongside labels such as Dynamic Music, notably spearheaded the genre's evolution. Dynamic Festivals and Solomun's residencies further cemented its global presence. The rise of Afterlife added depth, fostering both established and emerging talent like ARTBAT and Innellea. Seasoned producers like Maceo Plex and Kölsch have also embraced the genre.


Renowned figures like Stephan Bodzin, Patrice Bäumel, and Yotto epitomize Melodic Techno's allure with their distinctive styles. Bodzin's captivating melodies, Bäumel's trajectory from multimedia design to celebrated DJ, and Yotto's innovative Odd One Out brand underscore the genre's diversity.


In recent years, Melodic Techno has gained traction across Europe and South America, buoyed by its affinity with techno and related subgenres like melodic house. Arpeggiated minor melodies, ethereal pads, and rolling bass lines characterize its hypnotic ambiance, reminiscent of trance's early days.


With its global appeal and evocative soundscapes, Melodic Techno continues to captivate audiences worldwide, heralding a new era in electronic music.



What is Melodic Techno?
What is Melodic Techno?

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