The Threshold of New Beginnings

Next week will be a week of great significance for Christian music in general. The Cornerstone Music Festival will begin on Monday, July 2nd and then on Saturday July 7th, the festival will close its gates for the last and final time.  After 28 years, Cornerstone will be no more. The main and obvious reason for this is finances, but the more significant part of the story is the loss of Tastyfresh.com’s Afterhours stage and where do we go from here.

The truth is that we, the entire CEDM scene is in transition now. Cornerstone was the standard for CEDM. Even before Tastyfresh was involved, the dance club existed. It changed hands no fewer than 3 times and then there were a few awkward years of joint control between Scott Blackwell and Phillip Kim after Scott’s departure from N*Soul. In the end though, everyone involved with the dance club (or Afterhours as it was branded for the past few years) consistently came together, put aside their differences and did their best to put on a world class show in the middle of a cornfield. It was a grand experiment in so many different ways. And as all grand experiments go, they are in reality training grounds.  Now, it’s time for us to stand up and start something new.

This is why I started focusing on this idea of sustainability. It’s also why we will be on it for some time. It’s time that we all start banning together and putting the things that we have all learned to good use. We’re already making progress. I’m not talking about just the Tastyfresh community here, but whole CEDM scene world-wide. We’re small locally, but we have so much potential globally. So what’s next for Tastyfresh? We’ll let you know as soon as we do. We haven’t given up hope on doing events, in fact… we may be more inspired than ever if only to keep the spirit of Cornerstone alive.

Anyway, I thought now might be a good time to feature some videos of CEDM events that have happened in the past few years. No, this isn’t all of the events, but they are a decent sampling. Please use them for some personal inspiration.

Transform DJs at Icthus 2012 (June 2012)

God + Bass (June 2012)

Future Sound of Worship 4 (May 2012)

Awakenings (April 2012)

Dance + Pray (March 2012)

Eternal (2010)

Afterhours 20TEN (June/July 2010)

Heat Worship House 2010

(I’d post something more recent. Their last event was White As Snow 3 in Feb 2012)

I hope you enjoyed the show. We’ll be back with more on sustainability in the coming weeks. I believe Josiah Freebourne is up next with information on where and how to find funding for your events. Until then, enjoy the show below.

Dave Richards has been producing a mixture of tribal, tech and progressive music for about ten years now. He has had releases on Next Dimension Music, PWM Records, Deeplife Records and more. In 2002, he became the owner of Tastyfresh.com and since then has developed the site’s name and favorable reputation across both the Christian and secular scenes. Currently, Dave works as the label manager with his partner in crime Kevin Oneel at MK837. World domination through “Jelly Doughnut” diplomacy is sure to follow.

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  • Josiah-Fingaz

    “There is nothing more sad and glorious than generations changing hands.” – John Melloncamp

    I think this quote embodies the feelings about Cornerstone and its contribution to CEDM perfectly. I think the Dance Club/Barn/Afterhours has touched every Christian EDM enthusiast in at least some way.  If not personally, then through relationships with those that this special event has touched. It was a dream come true for me and an honor to be a part of that great piece of CEDM history.

    • Josiah-Fingaz

      It is glorious in that there is such great potential coming up in the next generation for CEDM. I’m excited to see the glory of God revealed even more through this music culture that I care so much about.

  • sonarzone

    *Great article guys. I did a dj set at Future Sound of Worship last month. It was an awesome experience. After that, I put on an event at my church in Scotland Vine Church as a fund-raise for Hope for Justice charity 

    The event was called Dance for Justice and you can see some footage on our facebook http://www.facebook.com/danceforjustice 

    Local media coverage

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  • Josiah-Fingaz

    Congrats on the event! It is good to see events like this one happening all over the world.

  • J.Hill

    I like seeing that unity theme popping back in :) I see good things coming for CEDM in the future going forward. More and more interest is being shown in these types of events worldwide and really, for my money, Transform DJ’s are hitting the nail on the head. Getting festivals, playing to big crowds where they already are and proving that the young Christian community is receptive to our sound… I’m getting offers to play local churches because the church recognizes that people are ready for something different… and CEDM might just be that…

  • Josiah-Fingaz

    Start playing those local churches J. Hill! Get video, get references. Then start sending your EPK to Festivals in your area. Fully expect to see you on the roster at some fest next year!