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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Why Haters are actually your Motivators.

Why Haters Are Your Motivators

Why Haters Are Your Motivators

There are 5 steps I use that have changed the way I deal with haters, forever. As I share my story, experience and knowledge with you, I am confident that by the end of this article you will have a better understanding about the psychology of a “hater” and how you can turn their negative energy into motivation towards your career and happiness. This information is important for two major reasons. To help keep you on track, headed towards your goals and to really understand that their response is NOT about you. (References to sources throughout article including bullyingstatistics.org, The National Domestic Violence Hotline Site and Wikipedia. )

Definition of a Hater?

Wiki states: “Haters are identified as people who offer solely negative criticism to others, without justification. Haters deal in negative cognitive bias, prejudicially arriving at a conclusion first and then drawing in their reasons afterward, refusing to alter their conclusion with exposure to the opinions of others. Haters are frequently thought of as imposing their self-hate on others.”

Why they do it?

Simple. Think about people that are grumpy. What do they want? Some company. Sometimes they do this by sharing that negativity. Other times they do it to bring others down to their level by shaming them. Think about a happy, healthy person. Do they take joy in bringing down others? No. Generally, they want to lift people up.

What’s the big deal with haters anyways?

When you take a look at an abusive partner in a relationship you see a person that must be in control over their victim. Going to great lengthens of emotional, verbal and sometimes physical abuse, the goal is to make their victim feel worthless, while convincing them that they deserve the poor treatment they receive. (See source “abusive partner”) This is a pattern you see in bullying. It is say that these abusive relationships start off like sunshine and lollipops. But like a slow emotional poison they implement their stance on their victim. Sometimes the abused gets a clear enough head to see what’s really going on and gets away from the abuser. Unfortunately in the most several cases the abusers will continue to try and harass the original victim, stalking them after the relationship ends.

online harassment


Online Harassment VS. Abusive Relationships

Call it what you want to call it, it’s Cyber Stalking (See source) and it’s illegal. The trouble with both public and anonymous harassment, is that it’s like living with an addict or abuser. “Will this be a good day or a bad?” Never knowing when they may hit again can become emotionally exhausting and extremely stressful.

Understanding the psychology behind the hater’s motives: We’ve establish that their real goal is to feel in control and superior over you. They do this by trying to make you feel poorly about yourself with their words, pictures and even videos. It’s like an addiction to hurting people. They only get off and feel better if someone feels horrible about themselves or think they might.

Haters are your motivators

Think about that for a moment:
Could you imaging living like that? Never being able to be happy for another person, because you want what they have? You feel they are above you and want to bring them down to your level. Instead of accepting it and using it as motivation to do more in your life, you sought out people that have the things you want and troll them. You want them to feel pain, something you don’t want to cope with let alone admit that you are experiencing. 

It’s not about YOU:

If you’re suddenly feeling empathy for that jerk that just trashed you, you’re not alone. By now you’ve probably realized that your “hater” has some deeply seeded issues. With a grip on reality you’re able to appreciate your blessings. While people that struggle with their perception in life can have a great deal of trouble. I am talking about that kid/teen/adult that is hiding behind a computer and possibility bullying you too. He or she may be desperately trying and hold on to the one thing they feel they have control over. The thing distracting them from their failures and self-hate. It does not sound like a very rewarding life to me. How about you?

How do we fight the hate?

The natural reaction is to be hurt, upset, angry or even outraged. What we do with that energy, is where the power comes into play. We do not have control over the other people in our lives but we do have control in how we respond.

The 5 steps to keep you on track

How do I turn that HATE into some motivating power?

  • First, BE MAD! It’s a normal reaction and you don’t have to feel bad about it. Seriously get angry if you like, tell your partner, your Mom or your best mate (that you trust to keep to themselves) what kind of dick-hole this person is. Hell, draw a picture of this jerks house, pretend he is in it and then set it on fire. (Not for real, just the picture.) LOL.
  • Give yourself a time limit. Maybe it’s 10 minutes or half an hour to be as angry as you want. Of course do this without witnesses. You don’t need your work associate to call the police because you threatened to burn his house down while ranting to yourself in the bathroom mirror. Don’t give yourself more than an hour to do this and if you have to be angry the next day about it, only do it for an allotted amount of time too. Maybe it’s first thing in the morning before work or right after dinner.
  • Once that is done. (After the first time.) Do something good for yourself. Take a bath, buy some new music, go for a walk, play a game, go out for dinner or get yourself a yummy smoothie. It’s easy to get into a mindset of hurt and pain. It’s a natural response and I don’t want you to shut yourself down. The trouble is when you start believing you deserve that treatment (which can happen). We are human and some of us are just quick to put ourselves down. So do something nice for yourself to balance out those emotions.
  • If and when you find yourself in a place of pain (usually before the anger but can sneak up on you later in the process) instead of questioning yourself start asking, “Has this person recently lost a love one, their job, possibly going through a breakup and may be lashing out as a distraction?” Clearly you didn’t run over the person’s cat so there is no reason for the hostility. This puts you in a place to forgive them, which helps you to move on. And having empathy for their situation makes it a lot less about us if we are still struggling with that thought.
  • Lastly, do something GREAT. If you are like me than naturally when someone tells you that you are not good enough or that you can’t do something, you’re going to do it anyways. If you are not, dive yourself into a place of curiously. Be open to learn all that you can in your hobby, career or relationship because this is where you’re going to start setting life changing goals.

I made it a thing of mine that each time I received a negative response or “hate mail” I would use that as motivation to accomplish 3 small goals or 1 big one.

“But Kilma, I am still dealing with the ANGER!”
There is this fantastic journaling technique that works well for anger management. You start off completely unfiltered in your writing. Don’t worry it’s supposed to sound quite unreasonable. You re-write this “open letter” to whomever you are angry at a few times. Eventually the letter reads more clearly and you’ll notice yourself start to feel calmer about the situation. NOTE: You don’t actually ever send it. It’s just for you however…

refocus your energy

Refocus

Let’s refocus with Kilma. I took it one step further this year due to some interesting events. I turned my anger into thought provoking conversation about relevant issues with unorthodox views and solutions. I wrote one article about the “Paris Hilton DJs” of the world because I was sick and tired of hearing DJs complaining about artists that weren’t even their competition. It started to feel like maybe it was their excuse not to try any harder and wanted to find out more. After hearing the 100th accusation that girl DJs have it “easy” and the many ridiculous double standards I wrote all about “Sex Appeal” and Branding. I wanted to empower Women and educate the Men whiling putting those misconceptions to bed. The responses blew me away. I found a medium that worked for me and attracted other like minded people that in turn I ended up working with. These people inspire me and I feel like I’m creating this whole new family of people with the sort of drive I strive for. This article in particular was motivation by you guessed it… What I thought was 15 different people in a span of 4 years, was one guy. A local producer kid, with the world at his feet but his head in his ass. His hate quickly turned into an obsession, fake profiles, breaking into my online accounts and stories of accusation with details that would change each time the story was told. The fake profiles he’d made in a negative light inspired me to show my brand’s authenticity by recording video and writing content that would showcase just what the brand is about.

Here is the coolest thing, because I started writing about myself, my thoughts, opinions and advice debunked the fake profiles. For once people heard me for the person I always have been and not just the DJ mixes shared. I found a new passion. Writing. putting yourself out there Putting yourself out there can be scary and people are going to judge you. There is no doubt about that. But you have to let the rest go. The only way you can regain that power is to continue on in a positive and inspiring way. What I am saying is that, regardless of the people that go out of their way to try to make our lives as miserable as theirs, is that you can not only rise above but empower yourself with these “hidden” bits of motivation they freely supply you with.

Do you have a “hater” story? How did you turn it into a positive? Do you think your friends would find this article helpful?  Please share the love and definitely let us know what you think in the comments How to stop being a hater. Free gift for you, the lastest Soffiare mix by Kilma fans in denial

What is EDM?

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.”

What Is 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.)

WARNING:

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.”

Just incase you wanted some more.


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What happened to DJ SW@T?

If you know me, you know I am into loads of different music. I was originally turned on to Drum and Bass music from the start. I liked the fast paced sounds, and how it was influenced by so many other genres. From that dub and reggae sound to a more ambient and soulful feel.

I was lucky enough to work with Viper Recording’s producer Inside Info. We released two tracks “Awkward” and “Bottled” and ended up filming my first music video for “Bottled.”

There were definitely situations that made me ask myself a lot of questions about the scene and how women were viewed in it. Something that probably sounds ridiculous to so many considering the rights we have in our country but it was something more and more women had brought to my attention over the years. Situations that came to light as I experience abuse and harassment. This was actually one of the reasons I was inspired to create the Drum and Bass Girls of Canada in 2009. I created with my sisters a roster of strong women across North America in Drum and Bass ready to strengthen our brands while working together in support and motivation.

I talked about the differences in a very important interview I did with Girls on Decks. It really forced me to reflect on everything I had been through and what I was feeling in the present. It was lovely to get it out there, as typically it wasn’t something I enjoyed talking about.

I dabbled into other electronic music genres like dubstep and electro but I found myself back into house and techno music each time.

Before fully switching over, I worked with local artists Tripwave on a tune, “Feel it” featuring my vocals. An elaborated music video came out of that production directed and produced by Cory Quinn. It’s was the craziest two days of filming, not sure where I got the energy from but by the end of it I was dead to the world. The end result, one amazing video.

Once realizing my new niche I quickly saw how SW@T was heavily  known in the drum and bass community and now dubstep community with “Whispers – Biome feat. SW@T” radio 1 play.  It occurred that my new interest in music was lost on many fans and people that had come to know the name SW@T. It was time to make that clean break and move on in a new light.

Around came Kilma. The name Kilma is from this old 70’s movie. It’s super weird like most of the movies from that era… like Barberella. None the less is reminded me of my jungle roots since she was an women of the amazon and was a part of a tribe of women that ran the island. It just bought me right back to the empowerment of women. Her tribe was all female and women ran the world.

As I started playing with the word I ended up with some fun tag lines, like “Don’t Kilma Vibe” and “Kilma Tempa.” It was somewhat fitting considering my old tag line was, “Don’t F#%$ with SW@T.” On the outside it sounded like some super angry person, but really it was always about taking care of business. Like any professional you’ve got to get things done.

I dropped everything, my old alias, the music and started from scratch again. As opportunity would have it, I was able to re-brand in the Jungle as Kilma. How fitting, eh? I was given the chance to play out in Costa Rica in February of 2014. I made great new friends, saw a part of the world I’d never been to and got to play one of the most beautiful Envision Festival. It was quite the intense experience and I will never forget what knowledge I took from that trip.

When I returned home I was buzzing with different ideas, I couldn’t wait to get started. I got back in touch with a friend,Chris Tweten aka Tweten Online. He is the social media genius of Winnipeg, working in the Ramp Up Manitoba space with like minded entrepreneurs. I knew that if I wanted to make a real impact this time around, I needed to be working with people that could offer what I could not. The idea of #BrandMeSilly came to me because I always had loads of people asking me questions about branding and promoting themselves. I wanted to take those bits of advice and turn it into real knowledge that when used properly people could monetize from. With the help of Tweten Online we were able to come up with workshop to help strengthen our local community.

Another project that I started up some months ago with the Re-Brand is “The Basement Sessions.” It’s a live stream radio show that happens each Saturday evening on UStream.TV. It’s loads of fun and I get to share this show with my friends both locally and across the globe. People tune in, watch, get in the chat room and we get to be interactive, silly and enjoy one another’s company.

I think my most favourite part of the re-brand is the fresh start. It’s a very different scene of people and environment. My goal was to work with people looking for a new, exciting, and different experience. With so many DJs to choose from now a days it’s easy to get lost in opinions. With me, they knew I was going to be different from the average DJ and cater to a different crowd.

To me, djing it like dating. If you meet someone new and try to be who you think they would be into instead of just being you, you’ll end up with someone that likes the phony you. If you dj music you don’t like, that will show too. I think in order to get your own crowd of people you have to stop worrying about catering to “the people” and start worrying about pleasing yourself. The people that dig your sounds will come around.

Kilma in Costa Rica (Envision Festival 2014)

I had such a great time in Costa Rica, was able to get you a recording of my set at Envision Festival 2014

Kilma Music, Live in Costa Rica at Envision Festival 2014

Here are a few pictures from my travels.

Neon Steven and Kilma ( Costa Rica)

Neon Steven and Kilma ( Costa Rica)

Kosmik and Kilma (Envision Festival)

Kosmik and Kilma (Envision Festival)

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Kilma, Funkhunters, Kosmik, Saratonin Envision Festival, Costa Rica

Kilma Music Costa Rica Photo Shoot

Kilma Music
Costa Rica
Photo Shoot

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(Envision Festival) http://www.DontKilmaVibe.com

Kilma, Hermosa

Kilma, Hermosa

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The Funk Hunters, Neon Steven, Kilma Music, Kilma, Don't Kilma Vibe

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