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Today people find kindred spirits and form bonds with others based on various interests and ideologies. “What genre of music do you enjoy” is a pretty common question and would leave you a bit confused unless you know what you like and can spell it out for the other person. But most of the time you would stand there wondering what you genuinely enjoy and scroll through the list of musical genres in your head. When you finally pick a genre and let them know, the next question would be your favourite sub-genre, since it is a pretty big deal nowadays. Even in the case of metal, you can’t just say you like metal and leave it at that. To sound cooler, you would probably say that you only listen to black metal bands from Sweden. Electronic music is no exception to this trend and has its own array of sub-genres that differentiate between your favourite artists. Some of these artists do make music that belongs to various sub-genres, and they do not confine themselves to just one in particular. Even country music is now being remixed into electronic music! Let us examine a few of the sub-genres in Electronic Music.
Electronic Dance Music
Electronic Dance Music, or EDM, is one of the most well-known sub-genres whose name is often used interchangeably with Electronic Music. As is apparent from the title, this music intends to get people on their feet. You can hear EDM playing at your favourite clubs or local festivals. Some of the biggest names in EDM includes Skrillex, David Guetta and Martin Garrix.
House Music, whose name is said to have originated from a Chicago club named The Warehouse, uses deep bass and synth along with occasional rap. Some famous artists of this genre include Calvin Harris, Tiesto and Afrojack.
Trance music emerged in the 90s and is characterised by repetitive melodies and a structure that builds up tension. Trance music is also said to be similar to classical music because of its harmonies and melodies. It was initially popular in Germany before it moved on to the rest of the world. Trance music has its own sub-genres such as uplifting trance, progressive trance, vocal trance, psytrance, etc. Armin Van Buuren and Paul van Dyke are two famous trance music artists.
Dubstep might not be as popular today as it once was, but it was pretty iconic for its time. What stands out in dubstep is its specific regular drum beats and heavy bass lines. Dubstep originated in the early 2000s in London and spread once it arrived at the American music scene. Some famous dubstep artists include Excision, Flux Pavilion and Datsik.
The world of Electronic music sub-genres does not end with this list, but these are the most popular and familiar names in the game. With more and more innovations, the number of sub-genres is sure to expand.
Electronic music is hands down one of the most popular genres today. Whether you are chilling in your room by yourself, or on the dance floor with your friends, EDM will bring up the energy. With the repetitive beats and intense sounds, EDM is pretty easy to vibe with, and the best part is that it can even be produced by you, from the comfort of your own house. Let us take a look at the basic things that you must do to make great pieces of Electronic Music.
To produce Electronic music, you would require software that will help you create or organize sounds and notes and manipulate them to develop something that sounds musical. Finding a good Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) does not mean that you are immediately ready to put together your first song.
If you are unfamiliar with this area, the most obvious step would be to familiarise yourself with the software and learn all the tips and tricks associated with it. With YouTube freely available to teach you almost anything, this wouldn’t be much of an issue. Pick a video that you think would work well for you, and thoroughly familiarise yourself with the software. As we said before, do not promptly assume that you’ll learn everything while you make your first song.
Now that you know your basics and you feel well equipped to tackle the software, start trying out stuff. Proceed with whatever your heart tells you to do, go wild. This experimenting will help you become even better acquainted with the tools available at your disposal.
You can finally start creating music on your DAW. No, it might not necessarily turn out to be music in your first few tries. But, you know, there is always a learning curve. You will learn from your mistakes and to help you with your process, turn to music theories to learn more about what you are creating and bring order to a possibly chaotic world. Learn mixing to make your creation more appealing and exciting.
Once you seriously start creating Electronic Music, do not forget to listen to what others have to say about the songs you made. If you can find experts, ask their help or ask your friends who are avid listeners of EDM. Figure out which elements of your song work and which don’t, what the listeners like and dislike and what will make your songs even more exciting to the human ears. Upload on websites with music enthusiasts who will gladly give you their feedback. If you do get the opportunity, create collaborations with other artists, not necessarily from the EDM genre. Create something new, something different, that both your listeners would enjoy.
A music festival is a place where you can have insane lots of fun. And electronically produced music festival will definitely have its own perks and disadvantages as well. EDM is a form of music that is produced on a computer, with the help of multiple devices, which are all powered with the help of electricity. It actually ranges from festivals like Tomorrowland to the Electric Daisy Carnival. Music festivals are actually considered one of the most enjoyable experiences that a person can have. Let me tell you that one of the biggest benefits of attending an EDM festival, is having fun with your best friends. It would be best if you went to this music festivals with people you can have fun with. However, there are some disadvantages which are associated with attending these festivals. This guide will focus on the pros and cons.
I will now list out the above.
One of the biggest advantages of attending an EDM festival is that you can see your favourite musician in person. Obviously, it gives you an amazing feeling to see your favourite musicians perform live and in person. The same is true at EDM music festivals. If David Guetta go to hold a set and you were there to experience it, I am sure you would have an amazing time. You would use all of your power to point your camera phone at the show and film it. And I am sure that your Snapchat story will be more than 15 minutes long, and your friends will have to sit through your never-ending Snapchat story.
You will also be able to click some insane Instagram pictures. We all want an amazing Instagram wall, and you can get one of the best shots at music festivals, because they have insane lighting. Another great thing about a music festival is that you can have a carefree attitude. It is also an ideal place to unwind and be a little irresponsible with your best friends. I highly suggest you wear a decent outfit and completely let go.
Another great thing about attending music festivals is that you will be creating a memory that you will cherish for a lifetime. Life is all about creating memories with the people you love, and a music festival will contribute to it in huge ways.
There is a lot of alcohol and drugs at these venues, and people lose their minds. You need to be careful of yourself. Keep in mind that you will be in a huge crowd and you need to be okay with that. It is also very annoying if you happen to lose your friends, so I suggest having a mobile phone with full battery life so that you can reach them.
Music possesses a unique magical virtue that no other inanimate object has. Something with just tunes and instrumentally created beats has the ability to suck the negativity out of you to regrow life within. Although music can be considered an artistic creation with no apparent form, the amorphous presence it holds is breathed to life through the souls inspired by these tunes and lyrics. Many genres have created massive waves in the industry over the years, and the modern-day culture has its roots mostly in EDM. The current generation is nourishing their souls with the upbeat music created by the artists. Various modes of EDM are being launched these days to expand the space it has created in the past few years.
As fashion and music have become international aspects influencing people, the artists also have to bear the onus of keeping the songs politically correct. However, not every creation adheres to these requirements, and that is why independent music exists. This is one field where you get to express your concerns and resentments through deeply meaningful lyrics. EDM, on the other hand, is the genre that lightens the mood and lifts your spirits. Let us look at the different types of EDM every aspiring artist must learn about.
This is one of the types of electronic dance music that started making a mark in the late 1980s in the US. Although many other styles have been introduced since then, they are only subgenres of Detroit techno.
A tempo that lies between 100 bps and 125 bps defines this genre of electronic music. It came into being in India and Germany in the 1990s. Heightened consciousness in a hypnotized state is the emotion this music genre evokes. Although all these are elements that people love in a trance track, it is often combined with other forms of music such as techno.
Trap is a subgenre characterized by unique sounds and lyrics, and it was first played in the southern US in the 1990s. It assimilated with EDM to remix various versions of the music.
Glitch hop was developed from the abused digital audio recording devices such as electric hum, CD skipping, software bugs, and digital distortion. It first made its mark in the late 1990s.
New music and sound patterns were introduced with this electronic music genre named so in the mid-1970s. This music style is mostly referred to as a harsh and challenging genre that fuses various faces of electronic music and rock.
Drum and Bass
Jungle and rave scenes were the origin of the drum and bass genre launched in the 1990s in the UK. Heavy sub basslines and bass with fast breakbeats are the attractive features of this subgenre. This type of music became more popular with the growth in interest for dance.
The other types of electronic music include chillout, house, deep house music, dubstep, and hardstyle.