|Stylistic origins||Trance, techno, synthpop, EBM|
|Cultural origins||late 1990s, Europe|
|Typical instruments||Synthesizer, drum machine, sampler, music software|
Futurepop is a form of electronic dance music that evolved in the late 1990s with groups like VNV Nation, Covenant, and Apoptygma Berzerk. The term "futurepop" was coined while a discussion between VNV Nation lead singer Ronan Harris and Apoptygma Berzerk lead singer Stephan Groth to describe their sound at the time, and that of similar groups. Other leading artists of the genre are Assemblage 23, Neuroticfish and Seabound.
The genre began to emerge in the mid/late '90s. It features a danceable sound with heavy synthpop influences (such as song structure, focus on lyrics and vocal style) and epic trance (grandiose and arpeggiated synthesizer melodies) to create a techno-beat-driven, club-oriented music. In addition, it includes heavy use of sampling and an absence of vocal modification that is popular in many other forms of electronic music.
Some songs in the genre have become popular in alternative dance clubs, particularly in Germany, where several bands in the genre, such as Covenant, Apoptygma Berzerk, and VNV Nation, have enjoyed chart success. Futurepop music is popular in the cyber youth culture and general alternative electronic music scenes. Music festivals that feature futurepop bands include Infest, Amphi festival, Wave Gotik Treffen and M'era Luna.
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