I’m about to tell you what EDM is and why I think everyone could stand to LEARN what type of music they are really listening to.
“EDM? Is it that thing with the bass, and then the drop?” All you know really know is that “you can feel it in your veins!” Chances are if you’ve said that in ear shot of an Electronic music Dj that has been in the scene for 10+ years, they are probably cringing. Don’t feel bad, we were you at one point and probably shouldn’t judge either. To this day the well rounded person into loads of different music can have difficulty categorizing the many possible and ever changing genres and their sub-genres.
So what is it?
EDM stands for Electronic Dance Music.
Yes thats right, its not Electric it is Electronic. Don’t worry we thought it was cute when you said that. It’s a description of all of electronic music you listen to, not just one.
“But how do I explain such a wide range of music to my friends?” You ask.
Imagine EDM as an umbrella and under that are all of its genres and sub-genres.
Having a hard time wraping that one around your head? This website that helped me when I was getting into dance music was this one: EDM GUIDE
Things about other genres you already know, like hip and country music.
You wouldn’t call it Rap music if it was RnB or HipHop.
You wouldn’t call it Metal if it was really Punk or Alternative.
There for Techno is NOT Drum and Bass or Electro. It is it’s own category under the wide description of (Electronic Dance Music) or as you know it “EDM.”
We are describing dance music with wide assortment of electronically made music at various BPMs (beats per minute) produced and manipulated with all sorts of production programs, synths and different plug ins.
Under that broad description of electronic music you have the genres: EDM GUIDE
House, Trance, Techno, Breakbeats, Jungle, Hardcore and Downtempo
As you break down each genre into its sub-genres you realize that deep house and speed garage are still a form of house music. You notice that techno varies from progressive and minimal to euro, detroit and even tribal.
The Guide to Electronic Dance Music website even gives you a bit of history about each genre. A bit out dated and wont have genre’s like Big Room or Trap, but you get the idea around it.
Did you think you were rolling in those deep basslines when it first came out and was all the rage? Opps! That genre of music has been around yeas before you were born. You could literally hear a tune from 15 years ago and it would sound brand spanking NEW today. Why? Because 1. you’ve never heard it 2. often the music of today is the recycled music of yesterday.
Am I blowing your mind yet?
You maybe feeling silly for calling drum and bass, techno or dubstep music electro-house but now you are equipped with a little more information that will make you slightly smarter then all of your friends. Just don’t abuse that power.
Just be grateful you no longer have to sound like the poor kids in this video.
If you`ve read the chart and are still confused about what music you are listening to don`t fret. Shazam it and save it for later. (Instructions coming soon keep reading.)
Please don’t feel ashamed that you`ve told people the wrong genre because you simply didn’t know. Chances are, they never did either!
The simple reply, “If it makes me move and I can’t help but groove, its good music.” will do.
So why should you care to know what sort of music you are listening to?
Now the really fun part starts. Take the time and try to learn about the tunes you love the most and find out just what genre you are listening to. Search for other artists and labels putting out those types of tracks. Having that little extra bit of knowledge is:
1. A Great conversation starter
2. A way to impress your friends and or that guy/girl you’ve been crushing on.
Think about all of those amazing tracks you will stumble across you may never have found otherwise. You will be the talk of the party when you are showing everyone all these great new tracks you’ve discovered. (Okay, maybe only a few people will appreciate it but they’ll be the friends worth having.)
Just beware that no one likes a music snob. If you walk in the room and someone thinks that they are listening to trance and you laugh at them and say, “Oh my gosh, this is progressive-electro-house with synthesis.” You’re just being a dick. Offer some history, a story if you’d like to educate your friends if you like. It’s not about showing people up, it is about empowering and learning while enjoying some really great music. At least if it’s “about the music” for you we hope it is!
Go off into the world baby bird and discover something new and exciting!
But wait, don’t you want to know what Techno REALLY sounds like? Here is a classic example, “One Night in Hackney – Dave The Drummer and Chris Liberator.” A perfect introduction to techno with a story of a young man that visited london for the first time… as luck would have it he was exposed to loads of drugs and techno music.
There are many forms of techno that are not as “in your face” but like I tell my friends. “If you heard some TECHNO, you’d probably know because it would sound like there was a train coming through your house.”
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2 thoughts on “What is EDM?”
Thank you for checking out the article and sharing your experience. I am glad you enjoyed it and I am stoked that you were able to find music more to your liking. Looks like you have great taste in music, but I may basis as you enjoy the type of stuff I play 🙂
I’ve been listening to electronic music for the past couple of years now and have moved on from the ‘big room’ EDM that’s so prevalent at all of the commercial music festivals, standard nightclubs and what typically plays on the radio.
Really appreciate the post, my tastes in music have been shifting more to tech house, deep house – stuff like Hot Since 82, MJ Coles, Disclosure etc. and like you said, it does make you seem a lot more intelligent when you’re able to accurately describe the kind of music you listen to.