A Simple Guide to EDM Genres Part 1
Fancy yourself a fan of electronic dance music do you? “EDM” has been a ubiquitous term last few years as house music has entered a sort of renaissance. This particular type of music genre has been around for decades. Daft Punk‘s “Homework” is widely regarded as one of the greatest EDM albums of all time, and that came out in 1997! Also the king of Trance himself, Tiesto has also been bumping sick beats as a dj for years, way before EDM has gained the devoted following it has now.
So what has brought about the resurgence of EDM to the mainstream? The genre has been evolving lately; branching into sub-genres that were non-existing a few years ago. You can credit Kygo for creating “Tropical House” for example. But therein lies the answer to EDM’s massive popularity; new artists experimenting to create a fresh, unique sound.
With all the many sub-genres representing electronic dance music, it’s easy to distinguish a particular sound to just EDM. Fear not, in this first part of a 3 part article series, we will be going into detail about the different generational sounds of EDM. By the end of this series, you will not only be a fan of the music, but also a pro.
House is one of the most popular forms of EDM. It’s almost three decades old, and is one of the truly American born styles. It started materializing in Chicago, rising from the aftermath of disco, and the “four-to-the-floor” sound is one of the most recognizable forms of EDM in clubs and on the mainstream. That’s right, everyone from David Guetta to Zedd are currently ruling the radio with their distinct brands of house music.
For someone who has never listened to EDM, it’s easy for them to describe the sound as “techno.” Techno is NOT a way to describe all of electronic music however, but it is one of the genres that’s been around the longest. Another American born style, techno got its start in Detroit, where DJs loved the sounds of Kraftwerk and Yellow Magic Orchestra just to name a few. Detroit’s techno scene grew steadily with the likes of Juan Atkins and Derrick May helping nurture the foundation, and once Europe got a hold of the sound, it exploded, spawning a number of different scenes worldwide, with everyone from U2 to Madonna using the long-loved style in their own work.
Notable artist of this genre are Moby, Adam Beyer, UMEK, Chris Liebing and Brodinski.
Trap has a drum-heavy sound that dance music producers have been working within since early 2012. Many credit the production of hip-hop producers like Lex Luger and artists like Rick Ross and Waka Flocka for bringing the new sub-genre. EDM producers started applying the build-ups, drops, and breakdowns found within many dance music genres to this style of production, and created a monster. An obvious beginning to this scene was Flosstradamus‘ remix of “Original Don” by Major Lazer.
Some notable artists of Trap music are CRNKN, Carnage, Mayhem and Baauer.
Now that you’re armed with this valuable musical knowledge you have just received, go ahead and listen to these notable artists and see for yourself if you hear the difference in these genres. Let us know in the comment section below if you can and what is your favorite EDM artist? Stay tuned for part 2 of this series!
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