7 Must-Follow YouTube Channels for Electronic Music Fans
No matter what you’re looking for, you can probably find it on YouTube. Whether it’s how-to videos, product reviews, or various forms of pure entertainment, there’s a seemingly endless supply of content waiting to be discovered. This holds true for electronic music fans as well. Outside of the wide array of channels hosting music, there are a ton of exceptional platforms and series that are perfectly tailored for EDM fans. From DJ sets to in-depth interviews, creative challenges, documentaries, and more, there truly is so much to explore. The sheer wealth of content can be overwhelming at times, but we are here with a carefully curated list of the best YouTube channels to suit your needs. Without further ado, here are the 7 channels you need to follow.
Boiler Room is nothing short of iconic, a pioneer in bringing club culture to YouTube and mainstream audiences. As they put it, "Boiler Room started with a webcam taped to a wall, opening a keyhole into London's underground." That keyhole has expanded into a global powerhouse with over a decade of exceptional events, 8000+ videos, and millions of fans. If you've watched a live set on YouTube in the past 11 years, chances are it was a Boiler Room event. The platform has hosted a slew of iconic acts, from OGs like Frankie Knuckles and Goldie to cultural mainstays like Jamie XX and Joe Kay. Boiler Room has also played host to any number of internet-breaking moments. Who can forget the hilarious crowd for Kaytranada's Boiler Room Toronto or DJ EZ's mind-blowing on-the-spot remixing skills in London? The performers are exceptional, the sets are pristine, and the often-animated crowds add an unmatched level of excitement and delight that's made Boiler Room a pillar of the community.
What happens when you combine stellar DJ sets, the most breathtaking places in the world, and top-tier video production? Cercle. The channel sweeps viewers away to exotic and stunning locales around the world and then drops an artist to craft a performance fitting of the picturesque scene. Standout sets include FKJ playing from the world's largest salt flat (Salar de Uyuni), Ben Böhmer in a hot air balloon that drifts over Turkey, ZHU at Hakuba Iwatake in Nagano, and Sébastien Léger playing at the Great Pyramids of Giza. And that's just scratching the surface of the immense offering that Cercle provides. Tune in and transport yourself sonically and visually to places you've only dreamed about.
Define Everything Future - better known as DEF is the dark horse on this list. The Atlanta-based events + media collective has taken 2021 by storm with the combination of their incredible line-ups, unique venues, and FOMO-inducing videos. The latter are all available on their YouTube channel and showcase the one-of-a-kind experience that is DEF. If you could distill what makes everything about the underground scene so incredible into one thing it would be DEF. With sets from X&G, Ivy Lab, CLB, TSURUDA, capshun, Floret Loret, Chee, and so many more. DEF is showcasing the future in the absolute best way possible. If you’re not lucky enough to be in Atlanta, at least you can relive their parties through their channel.
Helmed by veteran DJ and producer Willy Joy, Back to Back with Willy Joy provides in-depth interviews with the hottest artists in electronic music. Producers and DJs are the focus with legends like Steve Aoki, A-Trak, Flosstradamus, Zeds Dead, Destructo, Mura Masa, and so many more. But it’s not just artists. Episodes with Chad Kenny of Brownies and Lemonade, the Space Yacht founders, and Clayton Blaha (Audius & OWSLA) provide a fresh perspective into various facets of the industry. Willy’s tenured career in music offers a unique perspective and deeper line of questioning than seen in most music interviews. Forget electronic music. Back to Back is one of the best interview shows in music, period.
Sometimes the most straightforward ideas are the strongest. A fact proven true with Sidewalk Talk EDM. Grab a camera, an artist, take a walk, talk, and film it. The concept is simple, but the conversations are great. The series has hosts Lauren Engel and Jina Kim connecting with a wide array of artists, including San Holo, Getter, TroyBoi, Illenium, Cray, and Boombox Cartel, to name a few. So if you’ve ever dreamt about taking a stroll with your favorite artists, this is the next best thing.
Another institution of the culture, Mixmag is practically synonymous with electronic music. With their YouTube channel boasting 1.52 million subscribers and over 400 million views, they’re one of the biggest platforms on the list and could not go without mentioning. Their signature The Lab series has taken them from New York to LA, Mumbai, Johannesburg, Paris, and London with sets from the best out. Their videos give you a front-row seat into some of the most incredible sets you will ever experience. Their videos are perfect for DJs, producers, and partiers alike, moving between close-ups of the decks, wide shots of the DJs, and crowd scenes.
Documenting global electronic music since 2003, Factmagazine is another mainstay on YouTube and throughout the scene. Priding themselves on their original video content and visual storytelling, their channel boasts a diverse offering to please fans. Against The Clock sees producers like Chromeo, Araabmuzik, Channel Tres, and Yaeji making a beat in just ten minutes. The challenge offers insight into the artists' process and pushes their creativity to new heights. If you're in the mood for something different, Patchwork presents an exploration of modular synthesizers and the art of making electronic music with hardware. There's also a long list of original documentaries ranging from artist profiles, genre-based deep dives, and cultural phenomena. Factmagazine has a wealth of content that will allow you to get lost for hours, so dive in now.