Big Room House Guide

Thanks to Beatport's unwillingness to respond to the creation of new genres and their constant mislabeling of tracks, Big Room House is now most commonly known as Progressive House, though it shares almost nothing in common with actual Progressive House. Big Room House is currently the most commercial type of house, largely due to its wide mainstream appeal.

Big Room House sits between 126-132bpm. One of the staples of the genre is the big supersaw leads that have been taken from trance. However, the melodies are much simpler, more accessible and written to be catchy. Tracks will feature a lengthy melodic breakdown before reaching either a melodic climax, or a more Electro House inspired drop.

A lot of modern Big Room House also features bass-heavy kicks, with minimal musical elements, sometimes only a syncopated supersaw or percussion.

2012 - 2014 24 tracks

Copycats

Due to over saturation, Big Room has become extremely fad-based. Once a deviation in production becomes popular, producers flock to the sound, creating hundreds of tracks only slightly different from one another. A key example of this is Martin Garrix - Animals, in which a minimalist percussive drop with large bassy kicks paves the way for an overwhelming number of incredibly similar productions.

2010 - 2011 21 tracks

Taking Over

Big Room House is now the dominant music at every major mainstream music festival worldwide. The uplifting and easy to digest melodies and general 'feel good' attitude that the genre represents makes it very appealing to a younger crowd.

Some of the current biggest names in EDM began their rise to popularity during this time, such as Avicii, Hardwell, and Nicky Romero.

Jumping Ship

Many key players in the trance scene jump aboard the Big Room House train in hope of furthering their careers. Popular artists include Ferry Corsten, Sander Van Doorn, Tiesto, Marcel Woods and Marcus Schossow.

2007 - 2009 6 tracks

Early Big Room House was dominated by a few key artists, namely Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Axwell, who would later go on to form Swedish House Mafia.

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