I was bemoaning the increasingly self-referential nature of most dance music with a friend recently, and he brought up the very good point that modern dance music (using 80s house/techno/electro as the baseline) is now 30 years old; by the time rock, jazz, hip-hop, reggae, etc had reached that age, the "formats" of the genres were effectively solidified, with any further trends essentially being either: retro retreads (most 4/4 dance music now) increasingly minor variations ("It's REALLY minimal techno!") fusions of already-established genres (disco house, dub techno, Brazilian D+B, etc) The internet has only increased the pace of this maturation and its cycles. In its relatively short history, D+B in particular has already churned through a hardcore revival, a ragga revival, and ripped influences from almost any other musical genre you can name (including other dance music genres). So...is this more or less it? Do you think we've basically seen all of the significant innovations that we're going to see within dance music? The last legitimately new genre that I can think of is dubstep, which is now over a decade old (and even that is a hybrid genre with a fairly clear "genealogy" within dance music). Are we now cursed to forever look backwards?