EDM – music genre here to stay?
When I began in the arts industry 5 years ago I was amazed at the number of new artists popping up every day. Our site receives event information from numerous websites on a daily basis. What we also obtain is profile information on new artists. Even more interesting, in my opinion, was and still is the number of new EDM (electronic dance music) artists. If you are a generation ‘X’er like myself, the EDM scene may sound somewhat foreign or new. But after doing some research I have discovered the DJ scene has been around for several decades.
Wikipedia states – EDM is generally produced for playback by disc jockeys (DJs) who create seamless selections of tracks, called a mix, by segueing from one recording to another. EDM producers also perform their music live in a concert in what is sometimes called a live PA.
According to Google Trends, EDM today is the fastest growing music genre. The genre is not exclusive to ‘rave culture’ as once forseen. Festivals are now dedicated to the popular genre that bring in thousands of fans. A-list musicians across genres are collaborating with these so-called EDM artists. David Guetta, who began as a DJ in Paris in the 80s recalls how it all began.
“There was a movement called ‘disco sucks’. It was a shame to like disco, but then there was no music to dance to, so some DJs started to use old disco records, but the B-sides and the acapellas, and we began producing beats with drum machines.” Guetta said.
“I remember buying those records and the label (vinyl sticker). DJs would use old records and print on top of it, melt it, and print on the top, very low quality, this was super, super underground.” So disco music is EDM’s predecessor.
“I started in ’88 to play House music, it was a huge revolution for me. I went to London and I saw a DJ on stage and that was crazy at the time. I was one of the really respected and famous DJs in Paris, but they would never show me. I was hidden. A DJ on stage and people dancing and facing the DJ, looking at him? I was like ‘wow!'” says Guetta.
“This is what happened – it was born in the U.S., but the U.K. made it trendy. And it became a massive movement in Europe, but never in the U.S., which is crazy. I think America is always creating the new movement and then the U.K. has this genius of taking this concept and making it accessible to the masses.”
“It’s an evolution. The thing is that, every musical genre starts from the underground, gets trendy, then it becomes popular, and then it dies or it is reinvented in a different way,” says Guetta.
It’s a genre here to stay and is making quite a prominent mark in music history. To find EDM events near you visit
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