Electroclash is a subgenre of Electronic Dance Music that takes elements of New Wave and Electronic Dance Music. Larry Tee coined the term, but DJ Hell is often regarded as one of the pioneers of the genre.
The term “Electroclash” first rose to media attention in the early 2000s, when the Electroclash festival was held in New York.
This was as a kick back against the current Electronic Dance Music scene, in an attempt to host more of an artistic underground movement.
The “Electroclash” artists took their inspiration from not just New Wave, but also modern art, and produced a synthesised pop sound.
Many of them played live at art galleries instead of traditional clubs and gig venues.
The genre had a peak of interest between 2002 and 2004, when many media outlets focused on it. Due to this popularity, some people criticised the genre, claiming that it is without substance or that it was created by the media, but the Electroclash festival that was originally held in 2001 and was held again in 2002 with subsequent live tours across the US and Europe in 2003 and 2004.
The festivals have included performances by Felix Da Housecat, Peaches, Fischerspooner, Chicks On Speed, 2 Many DJs, DJ Erol Alkan, Princess Superstar, Tommie Sunshine, Avenue D, My Robot Friend and many more.
Even though 2002 is known as the year of Electroclash, 2009 is known as the Electroclash Revival Year, thanks to the growth of Electro music worldwide since the early 2000s and the release of material by the likes of Peaches, Chicks On Speed, Avenue D, Fischerspooner and other electroclash artists during this year.