By Andrea Caccese
Electronic music is much more than EDM. It is one of the most freeing and creative ways to turn an idea into a song: producers and artists have the unique perk to be able to actually create professional grade material with nothing but a laptop and a few items of software. Over the years, many established rock performers turned to electronic music as a way to re-discover their creative potential and to make music without depending on the limitations of bulky gear, loud amplifiers and stubborn band mates. Here are some influential musicians who started out as rockers, later turned into electronic music gurus.
Skrillex: few people know, but Skrillex actually started as a member of emocore band, Built To Last. Frustrated with the limitations of the genre, he set out to pursue his dubstep solo career, and as it turned out, it was probably the right choice.
Björk: This electronic and avant-garde pop innovator from Iceland actually started out in a punk band. Frustrated by the lack of diversity of that kind of music, she eventually moved towards electronica as a medium of creativity.
Jon Hopkins: The sophisticated dance / ambient producer actually started out as a guitarist and a classically trained pianist, but became consistently more interested in the possibility of electronic music.
Tom Delonge: The former Blink-182 frontman abandoned the pop punk genre in order to pursue his solo compositions under the moniker of Angels & Airwaves - blending synth pop, electronica and 80s hooks.
James Blake: Originally interested in piano and jazz music, James Blake set out to discover electronic music production and truly defined his career by bridging the gaps between singer-songwriter music and electronica with a vintage feel.
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