What exactly is electronic dance music?
What characteristics to find as a whole?
Where did it come from?
And what are some examples of it?
If you’ve wondered things like this yourself, then keep watching because today we’re dissecting and defining just what EDM is and what makes it special.
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Alright, EDM stands for electronic dance music.
So no, it’s not EDM music, just so we’re clear on that.
Secondly, its current definition is popular music intended for dancing in clubs, typically having a repetitive beat and a synthesized backing track.
Despite popular confusion, EDM is actually the broad term for a wide variety of musical genres that originated in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
So yes, EDM is not a subgenre of EDM.
There are many sub-genres of electronic dance music, too many to list in this video, but some popular ones include disco, house techno, hardcore, pop, ambient and breakbeat.
There are also tons of Micronesia sub-genres underneath all of those as well that still fall under the big EDM umbrella genre.
Now, the EDM of today has evolved over time and the EDM of today across many sub-genres sounds very different than it did in the 70s, 80s, 90s and even early 2000s.
As it’s known today, EDM began in the late 60s and 70s.
After the invention of the meeting by eco Takahashi, as well as the invention of the Moog synth by Robert Arthur MOOC, it achieved more prominent mainstream popularity in Europe before rising in the US in the 2000s and 10s, or whatever we’re calling this last decade, a
During this time, attempts were made to try and categorize this newer DJs slash mainstream artists fusion of pop music into a small subset of what EDM should actually mean.
However, due to criticism of it not being distinguishable enough, the attempts ultimately failed.
Now, depending on the release, those songs are either categorized as just pop or dance music, but either way, they both still fall under the broad EDM genre.
EDM is generally, although not always the case, produced by DJs for nightclubs, festivals and raves, with tracks being designed to flow seamlessly into one another.
Popular more recent EDM artists you might be familiar with are Skrillex, dead mouse, Martin Garrix, David Guetta, testo, Vici.
Zed, Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki, Armin Van Buren, Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia, Marshmallow, Kraftwerk, and many many others I’m sorry if I didn’t list your favorite artists.
Now here are some examples of my personal favorite EDM tracks. Catch Me If You Can by Girls Generation day by Zedd and Alessia Cara hold the line by Vici and Arizona and we found love by Rihanna and Calvin Harris.
Gee, I wonder what my favorite sub-genre of EDM might be.
So that is what electronic dance music is.
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