To what extent is the Dance (or EDM) genre distinctive, when compared to the structures currently present in the dynamic music industries? We have combined a literature review with a qualitative analysis through interviews with prominent Dutch Dance label owners, in order to answer this question. The analysis shows that the Dance genre is not compatible with the existing models developed by Negus and Hesmondhalgh, used to explain the structures and the (power-) division within the music industry. The article looks at the unique characteristics (e.g. the 'digitally born' nature, the absence of majors and the live revenue focus) of this genre and what this has meant, and means, amidst all digital advances, for its development.

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Keywords Electronic Dance Music, Dance music genre, independent music produc-tion, Dutch Dance, music sociology, music economy
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Journal International Journal of Music Business Research (online)
van der Velden, J.A.M, & Hitters, H.J.C.J. (2016). The distinctiveness of Electronic Dance Music. Challenging mainstream routines and structures in the music industries. International Journal of Music Business Research (online), 5(1), 59–84. Retrieved from