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by Britt Chester

It’s been long pondered in the dance music world when the supposed “EDM bubble” would pop: When will dance music no longer draw crowds simply because it’s dance music?

That question might be in the process of getting answered thanks to events such as Zombie Spill, which is happening at Greene Street Club on Saturday night.

Zombie Spill is EDM with a theme. No artists are listed on the flyer.

Promoters and event producers can plaster “dubstep, EDM, rave, dance” all over flyers until the khandi-cows come home, but in this day and age, whom does that attract?

Zombie Spill is sort of the next iteration of dance music events capitalizing on themes to draw crowds. Years back, and currently in some markets (we’re looking at you Señor Frogs spring break attendees), foam parties were all the rage. Who doesn’t want to dance under gallons of suds falling from the ceiling while music plays?

What came next is the paint party. This is where you pay money to go to an event that plays dance music and the people on stage shoot day-glow paint all over the crowd.

Yes, you pay money to have paint sprayed at you.

Although this doesn’t sound like the greatest time to some people, these events are selling out all over the country.

Right here in the Triad, resident DJ Hek Yea, also known as Bryan Short, has built quite a following locally and regionally with his Glo Paint Party tour. The Facebook page for the tour has reached more than 20,000 followers. What does that say about dance music?

Nothing. It really doesn’t mean anything other than this event is popular and guaranteed to be a good time.

For Zombie Spill, it’s a double-whammy of an event with the incorporation of zombies, arguably the “it girl” of the now thanks in part to the season (Halloween, duh) and increasing popularity of AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”

The odd thing is that these events aren’t as much about the music as they are about the paint and theme.

Does this mean that DJs will simply be relegated to thematic events, or does this mean that thematic events are only kept alive by DJs?

There are two sides to every story, and regardless of what your thoughts are on the paint parties, they are always a good time. Loud music playing while paint gets sprayed and drinks get poured. Sounds like a house party with an entrance fee. !

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