EDM here EDM there, we all know that guy who calls any track EDM or EDM best.
But, do we really know what does it mean?
EDM – Electronic Dance Music… easy, right?
But before you call any new song as an EDM hit, you need to understand that EDM is just a big name for many genres of electronic music like techno, house, dubstep etc…
EDM – The beginning of times
EDM has started gained popularity during the 80s and the 90s, mostly in Europe. In the United States at that time, the acceptance of dance culture wasn’t universal. Although, in the new millennium, the popularity of EDM increased globally, including the United States.
OK, cool but what about the genres?
As we said, it’s actually an acronym for electronic dance music.
There are tons of genres and it feels like any day there are more and more unique rhythms, bpm rates, styles and basically, we are talking about art here, there are no rules you know…
To be more specific we chose 5 of our main and favorite genres.
Techno: Is in the house!
Techno is a form of electronic dance music that emerged in Detroit, Michigan, in the United States during the mid-to-late 80s. The first recorded use of the word techno in reference to a specific genre of music was in 1988. Many styles of techno now exist, but Detroit techno is seen as the foundation upon which a number of subgenres have been built. Stylistically, techno is generally repetitive instrumental music, often produced for use in a continuous DJ set. Music journalists and fans of techno are generally selective in their use of the term; so a clear distinction can be made between sometimes related but often qualitatively different styles, such as tech house and trance. Here are some of the notable artists from all around the world of this genre – DJ Hell & Claptone from Germany, Futureshock from the United Kingdom, Adam Beyer from Sweden, Ken Ishii from Japan and many others.
DEEP : The Deeper the better
Moving on with deep house. Deep house is a subgenre of house music. It originated in the 1980s, initially fusing elements of Chicago house with 1980s jazz-funk and touches of soul music. Deep house tracks generally have a tempo of between 120 and 125 beats per minute (BPM). This style of house music can often have an acoustic feeling.
Record labels of the genre include Alleviated Records (Larry Heard), Glasgow Underground, Naked Music, Om Records, Peacefrog Records, Soma, Source and Spinnin’ Deep.
Artists are known to the genre – Loud Luxury from Canada, Robin Schulz from Germany, Alex Schulz also from Germany and once again – many others.
Almost forgot our favorite guy-Oliver Heldens, look for him, you won’t regret it.
Trance: Like trying shrooms without trying shrooms
Trance state, like a different state just for the trance. Trance is a genre of electronic music that emerged during the early 90s in Germany and the rest of Europe, as a more melodic offshoot from techno. It is characterized by a tempo lying between 110-150 BPM, repeating melodic phrases. Trance can be purely instrumental, although vocals are also a common feature. Artists known with the genre are mostly Tiësto (More likely in his past), Armin Van Buuren Markus Schulz, Vini Vici, Future Rock and many more.
Dubstep: Well… it is what it is, love it or leave it
Next is Dubstep. Dubstep is a genre of EDM that originated in South London, England. It emerged in the late 1990s as a development within a lineage of related styles. The music generally features sparse, syncopated drum and percussion patterns with bass lines that contain prominent sub bass frequencies. Towards the end of the 2000s and into the early 2010s, the genre started to become more commercially successful in the UK, with more singles and remixes entering the music charts. Music journalists and critics also noticed a dubstep influence in several pop artists’ work. The genre includes a few famous musicians as Steve Aoki(more likely in the past), Zedd (more likely in the past), Labrinth, Skrillex, Borgore and many other less known for example WTD.
Future house: If spaceships could make music (Not really)
Another genre in the EDM is the Future house which is emerged in the 2010s in the United Kingdom, described as a fusion of deep house, UK garage and other techniques of EDM.
The future house is a subgenre of house music. Songs within the genre are normally characterized by a muted melody with a metallic, elastic sounding drop and frequency modulated basslines. Artists such as Don Diablo, Kerri Chandler, Mike Williams, Mesto, Curbi and Swanky Tunes have used the sound of the future house for their work.
Progressive House: You might say mainstream
Another style of house music is the progressive house which is also a genre of the EDM, keeping the best for the least.
Progressive house is a style (subgenre) of house music. The progressive house style emerged in the early 1990s. It initially developed in the United Kingdom as a natural progression of American and European house music of the late 1980s. Progressive house emerged after the first wave of house music.
According to American DJ/producer duo Gabriel & Dresden, Leftfield’s October 1990 release “Not Forgotten” was possibly the first progressive house production. The genre including the most famous DJs these days like Avicii, David Guetta, Alan Walker, Alesso, Hardwell, Skrillex, Zedd, Tiësto and obviously many others less known.
As you can see, the genres in the EDM have changed so much since the beginning, and definitely getting better, bigger and mainly different each day that passes.
Keep on supporting your favorite artists and keep listening to good music and remember, there is nothing wrong or right about any genre…
art is art…