What’s a genre anymore, really? Clearly not very many voters in this year’s International Dance Music Awards (IDMA) are able to answer that question.

IDMA is an annual awards ceremony held during the Winter Music Conference in Miami and this year includes 57 different categories ranging from Best Global DJ to Best DJ Software. Both fans and professionals within the industry are able to vote in order to nominate who they deem worthy of these different titles. According to IDMA, every year there are more than “two million votes from music enthusiasts in 209 countries and territories”, contributing to the well-rounded and wide array of nominees.

This year, the array of nominees may have been a little too wide though considering Martin Garrix is up for Best Trance DJ. I admit that it can be difficult to genre-differentiate within EDM; however, I think it’s safe to say that Martin Garrix’s style of music is pretty far away from your typical trance sound.

One can only hope that Garrix doesn’t have his heart set on winning Best Trance DJ, because with his competition being legendary trance artists Armin Van Buuren, Above & Beyond, Dash Berlin, Gareth Emery, Markus Shulz, Mat Zo and W&W, his chances are pretty slim.

My guess for the nomination can be summed up in the famous quote by Miles Kington, “Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in fruit salad.”

“Knowledge is knowing that trance is EDM, wisdom is not voting Martin Garrix as Best Trance DJ.” – Me. 


source : edmcanada