Youtube is the biggest (and arguably best) place for audiences to discover and listen to new music. If you are familiar with this process, you likely know of several promotion channels, but just to make the distinction for this article, a promotion channel only uploads music and does not represent any specific artist or record label. The purpose of this article is not to rank these channels in terms of popularity (or subscriber count), but more so to identify the channels that are most relevant and significant within a certain subset of listeners.
- Airwave Music TV
Genres: Dubstep, House, Future Bass, Glitch Hop, Drum & Bass
Airwave Music TV is a multichannels music promo network that encompasses most forms of mainstream EDM. However, what makes Airwave so successful is its dedication to promoting very palatable tracks within its wide array of genres. If you aren’t too familiar with EDM and want to figure out what all this computer music stuff is about, or if you just like some good easy listening electronic tunes, Airwave Music TV is the channel for you.
Genres: Space Ambient, Ambient, Downtempo
SpaceAmbient is one of the few channels known for single-handedly both unifying and defining a genre, in this case also being known as Space Ambient. If you couldn’t tell by the name, Space Ambient is an ambient subgenre based around echoing soundscapes and ethereal atmospheres that take the listener on a journey through the vastness of space and into other worlds. The channel SpaceAmbient uploads almost exclusively this style, featuring both new releases and older releases from as early as the mid-1990s. Pair that with colorful images of starscapes and exoplanets, this channel never fails to provide an intriguingly-relaxing experience.
- MA Music
Genres: Dubstep, Brostep,Trap, Glitch Hop, House, and just about anything else
Sometimes you just want to listen to music that’s hip, music that will make you feel cool or fit in with the crowd. Or maybe you already fit in, and this is just what you like listening to. Either way, MA Music is your one-stop-shop for the hottest up-and-coming trendsetters and the subsequent legions of trend-followers on the EDM scene. Ma Music (an abbreviation for Most Addictive Music) features the freshest tracks in nearly every mainstream electronic genre. If you like to use the adjectives “sick,” “dope,” “dank,” or “massive” to describe your favorite tunes, your vocabulary will likely have a field day once you check out the uploads on MA Music.
- The Psychedelic Muse
Genres: Psytrance, Psybient, Goa Trance, Ambient, Downtempo
The Psychedelic Muse is the one music channel that goes with hallucinogens like peanut butter goes with jelly. Aside from an expansive wide array of psychedelic electronica, what makes this channel the best is that featured releases are typically uploaded as full albums or eps, allowing you to sit back, and complete your acid trip uninterrupted. Although mostly known for Trance, The Psychedelic Muse also offers a variety of ambient and chillout styles as well.
- Darkstep Warrior
Genres: Darkstep, Techstep, Neurofunk, Moombahcore, Breakcore, D&B, Dubstep, Deathstep
Ok, time to fess up, you didn’t know most of those genres were a thing. That’s the awesome thing about Darkstep Warrior, you can find plenty of artists and genres you’ve never heard of before. But despite this diversity, DW’s releases are known for being consistently bone-crushingly heavy and filled to the max with filthy, gritty basslines. Swallow that with sci-fi esque images of monsters and aliens, and you will practically smell the darkness and evil coming out of your speakers. Although the channel takes its quality control very seriously, its music is not recommended for the faint of heart or ears, and may not appeal to all listeners.
Genres: Trance, Uplifting Trance, Progressive
Remember the 1990s? Neither do I. But just in case you want to hear some more polished Trance style music that is both sleek and modern, yet still reminiscent of the good ol’ days, this channel pulls it off quite well. While most EDM promoters frown upon trance, Paradise promotes exclusively within the genre (both with and without vocals), showcasing the style’s uppermost quality tracks. If you still think this could get any better, wait until you see the beautiful women whose images are featured on every upload, and you will believe that Paradise is for real.
- Dubstep Nation
Genres: Dubstep, Brostep, Riddim, Melodic Dubstep, Chillstep
Of the many EDM promoters on Youtube, Dubstep Nation is the one that will never fail to deliver your daily dose of dub. Uploading nearly anything at 140bpm, Dubstep Nation is also known for having a knack for promoting undiscovered artists instead of established ones, making the channel a hotbed for fresh talent and unique styles. The channel’s upload schedule averages more than one per day, and it actively promotes diversity in its uploads, making it the best place to find new dubstep tunes in any style.
Genres: Chillout, Ambient, Downtempo, Liquid D&B, Chillstep, Progressive House
Fluidified simply brings you the deepest chilled tunes in existence. This channel specializes in serene soundscapes, peaceful melodies and relaxing beats in any tempo, ranging from downtempo to drum and bass or even breakbeat. Featured tracks are uploaded both individually and in complete mixes for hours of nonstop chill. If you enjoy tunes with incredible atmospheres, or just need some softer music to help you unwind, there is no better source than Fluidified.
Genres: Melodic Dubstep, Future Bass, Chillout, Ambient, Downtempo, Indie Electronica
If the name alone hasn’t sold you already, let me explain why over 3 million EDM fans already love this channel. MrSuicideSheep is dedicated to promoting quality, inspiring and emotional music across a wide array of electronic and sometimes even the occasional non-electronic genre. Either way, when you see a track from this channel, you can safely bet that it’s going to sound fantastic. Whether it’s Dubstep, Trap or House, or anything else you might encounter, the Sheep’s tunes always have that melody that feels just right and that rhythm that fills your soul.
Genres: Dubstep, Drum & Bass
Of all the music promoters on Youtube, UKF is easily the most prestigious when it comes to electronic music. One thing every EDM producer knows, is when you get uploaded on UKF, you’ve definitely “Made it.” While the channel may be mainstream, the fact of the matter is only the best of the best get to be this mainstream. Sporting a follower count well into the millions, while only uploading a handful of tunes every month, competition to get featured on this channel is fierce as anything, so it’s common knowledge that only a select few make the cut. Despite the laid back upload schedule, UKF is definitely worth subscribing to for any EDM fan.