Fist Pump The World: Tracking The Global Spread of Electronic Dance Music
Fist Pump The World is a website produced by U.C. Berkeley undergraduate student Kyle Meshna in my international reporting course during the 2011 fall semester.
Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is overwhelmingly popular in western contemporary culture. The 2010 Electric Daisy Carnival, a “massive” music festival, attracted nearly 200,000 attendants over a two-day period, according to the LA Times. So where did this music genre come from? Who and what were the major influencers? EDM owes much of its origins to the late-1970s underground club scene in Chicago, when artists began spinning Disco records in garages and warehouses in the city. But a major moment in the rise of EDM was when it found an audience in the United Kingdom — and from there, it kept moving. This website tracks the history and momentum of EDM, while paying tribute to the artists who keep the scene fresh today.
Initially created as a side project by an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley in 2011, this site now serves as a community for producers, remixers, and DJs to promote their creative works.
Since its inception, Fist Pump For The World (FPTW) has grown to become a vibrant multimedia website with a team of writers, reaching thousands of readers globally, many of which contribute their own productions.
Many such sites exist; so what makes FPTW different? The answer is its commitment to bringing readers the highest quality content possible. This means well-written articles, insightful interviews, high-quality audio, high-resolution pictures, and the best music we can find.