how to predict the future of music

September 5, 2019

A few years ago, Skrillex posted this mix on his YouTube channel. I knew I loved EDM, house, and even dubstep”—as tainted as that word has become. But I remember discovering, through Birdy Nam Nam, trap,” a new genre I’d never heard of. At the time, even EDM hadn’t fully become a part of pop music.

Fast forward a few years, and all of those genres that were considered obscure or niche are wildly popular. Countless pop songs adopted an electronic-style bass drop, or you can hear the wild snare drums consistently found in trap music. Skrillex has produced countless chart-toppers with his unique style that just years ago was brand new. In a different vein, Travis Scott, A$AP Rocky, Post Malone, Young Thug, DaBaby and more have adopted the trap sound and taken it to the top of the billboards.

Though predicting the future of music is difficult, the first step might be to pay attention to all the obscure, weird, unknown music that middle-aged white women would balk at. This applies as well to just about anything that’s constantly changing—what’s on the fringe today ends up in the mainstream tomorrow.