EDM For Dummies

Raving to all your friends about that sick “deep house” party you went to this weekend? Chances are it was just a dance music party that had many different sub-genres of music but you’ve unknowingly piled them all into one specific genre. Don’t feel bad, because we are about to teach you all about Electronic Music in the simplest form you can relate to. Food.

EDM For DUmmies

So what is it?

EDM stands for Electronic Dance Music. Yes, that means we are talking about all different forms of dance music. So for a moment think of EDM as food. A descriptive word to explain “any substance[1] consumed to provide nutritional support for the body. It is usually of plant or animal origin, and contains essential nutrients, such as fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals. The substance is ingested by an organism and assimilated by the organism’s cells to provide energy, maintain life, or stimulate growth.” – Wiki

With that in mine let us look at genres. Genre’s are like food groups ie. proteins, dairy, grains and vegetables. For example, house, techno, dubstep and break beats would be some of the many food groups within electronic dance music.

Now we get to break it down to the sub-genres, which is basically a list off specific foods ie. tomatoes, mushrooms, steak, kale and peanuts. If we were listing off sub-genres of EDM you might hear, deep house, progressive house, netro-funk, or minimal techno.

Still confused? Don’t worry, many newer DJs are still lost when it come to the music they play and promote. Chances are it’s that very mix up that contributes to the confusion about electronic dance music (EDM). It doesn’t stop with the DJs either. Genres are mislabeled on top music purchasing sites, Beatport, Juno records and iTunes. So unless you have a good understanding on the “musical food groups” this often only causes more mis-labeled genres.

Keeping in mind that a lot of music is blended into other genres now a days, which creates loads of not yet specifically described music. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes it’s just better to state, “I went to an awesome party with loads of great electronic music.” Rather than try to get technical in a world where most people can’t tell the difference. If you focus on the food groups while you learn the sub-genres, you’ll be in the clear.

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