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The Next 10

While going through video footage we've shot in the course of 5 Magazine's 10 years, it struck me how things have changed in a very short span of time. The evolution of the music industry is forever tied with that of technology, sometimes at the expense of artistry. Yet at the same time technology enhances it, creates new possibilities for sound and the presentation of it. And Lord knows it's certainly made it easier and more accessible for everyone to express their musical vision. So in lieu of a formal editor's note, we asked 12 insiders in the dance music industry to gaze into the proverbial crystal ball and give their predictions as to how the art and business will be three, five or ten years from now.

John-Christian Urich: What The Future Looks Like

I THINK WE ARE GOING TO SEE some cooler, smaller niche festivals (3,000 to 5,000 people) gathering for weekenders and I also think we're going to see more venues that combine different forms of...

Joe Shanahan: What The Future Looks Like

I DO NOT HAVE A CRYSTAL BALL, it is more like a mirror ball. I feel it will be as it always has been for decades: about community and the support that community gives...

Mark Farina: What The Future Looks Like

TEN YEARS FROM NOW... good music will still be good music and bad will still be bad. All the sub-genres established by the early sounds of House and Techno will change names/titles and be...

Roy Davis, Jr.: What The Future Looks Like

I THINK THAT THE SALES of actual vinyl will start to increase and the digital record stores will become weaker, as the streaming avenues like YouTube, etc. thanks to advertising companies, will become a...

Rees Urban: What The Future Looks Like

AT THIS POINT I'M absolutely lost with the direction of dance music. It's at an all time high as far as the fanbase is under the umbrella of EDM, but at an all time...

Mark de Clive-Lowe: What The Future Looks Like

TEN YEARS AGO this industry was totally different - digital was an unknown and divisive newcomer and the old guard still dictated the way most of the industry worked. Now we're in a time...

Steve “Silk” Hurley: What The Future Looks Like

FIVE YEARS FROM NOW I have a feeling that House Music will have made a complete comeback to where it was in the early '90s, but with even more commercial success. I believe it...

Tommie Sunshine: What The Future Looks Like

I BELIEVE people will get interested in what House Music was all about in the beginning: the feeling. I predict there will a gravitational pull towards the real and towards anything that evokes an...

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