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Jakarta Post

Invasion from the dance floor

  • Niken Prathivi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, February 17 2013   /  10:44 am
A dance scene at the Djakarta Warehouse Project last year. (JP/R. Berto Wedhatama)(JP/R. Berto Wedhatama)

A dance scene at the Djakarta Warehouse Project last year. (JP/R. Berto Wedhatama)Once a club sound, dance music has forayed into pop radio. The result: top DJs today lead stadium-large crowds with nerve-jangling rhythms.

Jakarta is one of their conquests. Over the past couple of years, A-listers such Tiësto and David Guetta have played sets to crowds that fill large open-air areas like Pantai Carnaval and Ocean Ecopark, both in Ancol.

Trio DJ Swedish House Mafia opened the year with their farewell concert, “One Last Tour”, here in Jakarta last month.

In a Muslim-majority country that was once under Soeharto’s autocratic regime, the genre, better known as electronic dance music (EDM), was only played at nightclubs and private parties in the 1990s, while television aired melodic tunes from pop rock bands like Dewa 19 and Sheila on 7.

House music, a sub-...