Why Rubio is Really Interested in Electronic Dance Music

This article is a collaborative effort, crafted and edited by a team of dedicated professionals.

Contributors: Andranick Tanguiane, Fred Lerdahl,


Senator Rubio’s continued interest in EDM does not appear to be a passing fad.

Rubio’s love for electronic dance music

Rubio has always loved electronic dance music and it has been a huge part of his life. He’s been to countless concerts and festivals, and he’s even produced his own music. Rubio is now a huge advocate for the genre, and he’s even working on a documentary about it.

His love for the music

Rubio has said that he loves electronic dance music and often attends music festivals. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he said that his favorite DJs are Tiƫsto and Skrillex. He also said that he is a fan of the band Swedish House Mafia.

His love for the people

Rubio has said that his love for electronic dance music is about the people who enjoy it.

“It’s not just the music, it’s the people that go to the shows and festivals,” Rubio told Miami New Times in 2016. “It’s a very different scene, and I’m really into it.”

He added that he liked how EDM “brings all types of people together,” noting that it was “unifying.”

Rubio’s political career

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio has proposed a new amendment that would give tax breaks to electronic dance music festivals, a move that has some people wondering about his motivations.

His election to the Florida House of Representatives

In 2000, at age 28, Rubio was elected to the Florida House of Representatives for District 111, which included West Miami. He was the first Cuban American elected to the Florida Legislature. He was re-elected in 2002 with 56% of the vote and again in 2004 with 60% of the vote. In 2006, he won re-election unopposed.

His election to the United States Senate

In 2010, Rubio ran for the United States Senate. He won the Republican primary with support from the Tea Party movement and went on to defeat Democratic Representative Kendrick Meek in the general election. He became the first Cuban American elected to the Senate. As Senator, Rubio advocated for numerous pieces of legislation and authored or co-authored several bills, including the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013 (S. 744), which sought to increase high-skilled immigration to the United States.

Rubio’s presidential campaign

Marco Rubio, the 44-year-old junior senator from Florida, isn’t your typical Republican politician. He’s young, he’s Latino, and he’s interested in electronic dance music (EDM). This might seem like an odd thing for a politician to be interested in, but it could actually help him connect with young voters.

His announcement

Rubio’s announcement comes as the 2016 presidential campaign is in full swing, with a large field of candidates vying for the nomination. The Florida senator joins fellow Republicans Jeb Bush and Rand Paul in making a play for the youth vote with his EDM-themed announcement.

While some might see Rubio’s focus on EDM as a cynical ploy to appeal to young voters, it’s worth noting that the senator has been a fan of the genre for years. In 2012, he tweeted his excitement about attending the Ultra Music Festival, and earlier this year, he mingled with DJs at Miami’s Winter Music Conference.

Whether or not Rubio’s love of EDM is genuine, it’s clear that he believes the music can be a powerful tool for connecting with young voters. In his announcement video, he touts the genre’s ability to bring people together and urges Americans to “join the party.”

It remains to be seen whether Rubio’s EDM-themed campaign will be successful, but it’s certainly an interesting way to connect with voters. And who knows? Maybe Rubio can convince some young people to vote Republican.

His platform

Rubio has been critical of what he sees as the excesses of the electronic dance music culture, saying that “the festival scene is a disaster” and that “the culture surrounding it is troubling.”

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Rubio said that he believes electronic dance music can be a “force for good” but that it has been “corrupted by drug use and a focus on hedonism.”

Rubio has said that he would like to see electronic dance music used to promote healthy living and positive messages, rather than what he sees as its current focus on drug use and hedonism.

Rubio’s interest in electronic dance music

Marco Rubio, United States Senator from Florida, has been displaying a sudden and quite intense interest in electronic dance music, or EDM, recently. It all started with a series of tweets he made, in which he not only expressed his love for the genre, but also his intention to start attending EDM festivals.

His attendance at Ultra Music Festival

Rubio has acknowledged his interest in electronic dance music, and has attended the Ultra Music Festival in Miami. He has said that he is “interested in the culture” and that electronic dance music is “something [he] enjoy[s] listening to.”

His support for the music industry

Rubio has been a strong supporter of the music industry, and in particular the electronic dance music (EDM) sector.

In 2016, he co-sponsored the Fair Play Fair Pay Act, which would have ensured that artists receive royalties for their work when it is played on the radio.

And in 2017, he spoke out against a proposed bill in Florida that would have made it illegal for people under 21 to enter nightclubs that feature EDM music.

So why is Rubio so interested in EDM?

For one thing, it is a growing industry. In 2017, global revenues from EDM concerts, festivals and club nights totaled $7.4 billion, up from $6.9 billion the year before.

And as the son of Cuban immigrants, Rubio may see himself as a champion of an art form that has often been associated with minority communities.

“I think [Rubio] sees himself as someone who is supportive of an industry that is not just growing economically but also culturally,” says Andreski.

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