IN FIVE TO TEN YEARS, DJs who cannot function without digital music will hit a wall and be forced to turn back to the analog basics in some way, shape or form, as a representation of the right to be declared a professional.

Rich Medina


What The Future Looks Like: 12 predictions by 12 industry insiders on the future of dance music

Joey Negro: “Writing a decent song is still pretty hard, despite all the new tech we’ve been given.”
Terry Hunter: “In three years we will have a drastic shift in music as we know it.”
John-Christian Urich: “It seems like it could be corny, but it’s not. It works.”
Joe Shanahan: “It will be as it always has been for decades: about community.”
Mark Farina: “Good music will still be good music and bad will still be bad.”
Roy Davis, Jr.: “Streaming avenues will become a major source of income for most artists, if done correctly.”
Mark de Clive-Lowe: “We can’t be more than a few years away… from the average consumer not owning any music at all.”
Rees Urban: “Things will come full circle back to the underground mentality sooner than later…”
Steve “Silk” Hurley: “It will be more musical and soulful, on the level of late ’70s Disco…”
Tommie Sunshine: “There will a gravitational pull towards the real and anything that evokes an emotional response.”