Exploring Underground Electronic Music in Vancouver

One of the most beautiful aspects of living in Vancouver is the thriving music scene. Despite the sky high rent, and rapid gentrification the creators of the city persevere and provide a diverse music scene. Whether you are listening to noise punk at The Black Lab or techno at 333 there is a niche for fans of every genre from folk to free jazz. In particular, Vancouver is home to a rising underground electronic circuit. Aspiring DJs from Calgary to St.Johns have been known to make the pilgrimage to Vancouver for their shot at expanding their careers. Venues such as Red Gate Art Society provide support for artists to throw shows that larger venues would dismiss.

There is also a massive network of distribution channels to share these electronic sounds across the world. Online radio stations such as No Fun Radio and Save On Radio offer fresh music by a variety of selectors from the city and touring DJs. Events companies such as Blueprint and Monstercat ensure a solid flow of international bookings and networks to bring local artists to a bigger stage.

Terrestrial FM hosts, Kev McGrath (Left) and Emerencz Merkle aka Nomad Black (Right)

In this environment saturated with amazing music there is always room to further support and develop new artists and create equality in an electronic music scene traditionally dominated by Caucasian men. With this in mind the show Terrestrial FM was created on Co-op Radio this past summer. Terrestrial FM features a rotating collective of artist that span the LGBTQ2S+ spectrum, ethnic backgrounds and musical influence.

If you are looking for a new perspective on electronic sounds tune in to Terrestrial FM on CFRO Co-op Radio 100.5 FM on Friday nights from 10 PM to midnight or join us on Facebook for weekly live streams.

Keep it extraterrestrial Vancouver!



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