What Is Electronic Dance Music?

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Electronic dance music or EDM is a blanket term used for a large variety of commercially popular dance music genres played in raves, nightclubs, and festivals. While there was a decline in popularity of disco music in the United States in the late 1970s, European disco music continued to evolve with European artists like Silver Convention and Munich Machine, and American artists like Village People and Donna Summer whose “I Feel Love” was the first disco hit with a synthesised track.During the post-disco era an underground movement of disco-inspired music started to emerge on the East Coast which borrowed heavily from the electronic component of disco, dub music, and other similar genres. In early 1980s electro music was born as a synthesis of funk and New York boogie.

With the development of the electronic sound, synthesizers and drum machines replaced instruments such as the bass guitar and drums. By 1988, house music was the most played genre of dance music in nightclubs in Europe, and acid house was gaining popularity in Germany and the UK. The popularity of acid house and house set the scene for the emergence of Techno.By summer 1989, European people started going to raves – underground dance parties that played forms of EDM. Initially, EDM associated with the European rave and club scene failed to make much headway in America and instead of finding mainstream commercial success, many established EDM artists found themselves on the fringes of the US music industry. However, the success of Madonna’s album Ray of Light album in 1998 pushed the genre to the forefront of popular music in America and into the consciousness of the average listener. Like other music genres, the subgenres of EDM have evolved over the past 30 years. These include dubstep, hardstyle, electro trance, drum and bass trap, chillstep and several other genres and their combinations.

How to make EDM

Before learning how to make EDM, you must first learn the basics of music. If you have never made music or played an instrument before you must learn an instrument, preferably the piano. You must also learn the basics of music like beats, bars, time signature, BPM, major and minor keys, basic chords and chord sequences. Learning these will help you understand how songs work and how they’re structured. You must then buy a DAW or a Digital Audio Workstation, which is the software you’ll be using to arrange and produce your music.

Next comes the synthesizer to produce the variety of sounds you will need. The next step in learning how to make EDM is to get good drum samples. You must choose the drum samples that will define your sound and suit the music you’re creating. Once you have mastered the music basics, your goal should be to become the best at using your DAW, using your synthesizer and choosing the best samples. Listen to EDM religiously to become an expert on making EDM and try and pick apart tracks in your head. Learn to mix and master tracks so that everything fits nicely together and all the volumes are correct.

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