Forms of EDM

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For the rest of you who’d like more information about the various kinds of EDM, we’re pretty sure that you will find this column helpful. Here we will be exploring the various forms of EDM. If you happen to be budding musician in the modern genre or even a DJ, this information will be really helpful. Additionally, those who wish to pursue the same as a hobby, might just find the right chord here!

Electro Music

The invention of Roland TR-808 drum machines, is what led to the fabulous beginning of Electro Music. Superficially, you are most likely to find some elements of hip hop in this form of EDM, and not to forget, a bit of funk and disco. Most people assume that Electro Music directly evolved from hip hop, but this popular opinion is contrary to facts. From what one can trace, the Electro Music Genre was actually a modern-day rendition of the ‘Boogie’ genre of electronic dance music. While Boogie certainly had elements of dance music, there was a lot of emphasis given on lyrics instead of the instruments. Electro Music matches up to the same tone. Albeit with the slight difference is that drum beats are the main component here, replacing lyrics. So with sparse lyrics, intense drumbeats and periodic electronic distortions such as vocoding and talkboxing, this form stands out amongst the most popular variants of EDM till date!


One cannot possibly talk about EDM for one minute without mentioning Trance! As is the case with most categories of EDM, the most popular misconception associated with Trance is that it evolved in the US. But the fact is that this soulful category has its roots in Germany. Of course the most basic premise of Trance is its intense, rhythmic beats (often going up to 150 per minute!), but the repetition of a melody is also equally important here. Trance happens to be the sub-genre of EDM that has taken up or imbibed maximum influences from a wide range of related, partially related and completely un-related musical forms. So you can mix it up with certain elements of classical music, or pop music or film music, and it sure still works as heck. Now that’s the beauty of trance, and the fact that this continues to be the single-largest rage every Saturday night!


Just so you know, the sub-genres of Techno music include Hardcore Techno, Dub Techno, Minimal Techno, Ambient Techno and Acid Techno. The origin of Techno can be pin-pointed to Detroit, where African-American artists worked magic with a combination of funk, electro, electric jazz and also the popular Chicago House Music. The result was sheer beauty, and the fast pace as well as loud and clear distinction of Techno, has often accorded it with the nomenclature of ‘rebel music’. So all those of you who thought that African-American Artists are best accredited with various forms of rap, you’re completely mistaken (yet again). Their creativity has been reflected on a global scale, with Techno being a chartbusting form of EDM.


Combining the elements of fast-paced drum beats with art of melodious story-telling, Hardstyle is extremely different from other forms of EDM. One might say that it borders closely with Electro Music instead, but its continuing popularity in live events, music festivals and nightlife venues, makes it considered as a sub-genre of EDM as opposed to plain Electro Music. Yet again, the origins of this sub-genre are not to be found in the United Stated but in Netherlands instead. The two most popular sub-styles that became global sensations were Euphoric Hardstyle and Raw Hardstyle. Jumpstyle is yet another derivative form that’s gaining grounds in recent times.


Those who are plagued by the nostalgia of the 70s and 80s, are sure to love the EDM style that is Synthpop. As opposed to all other categories, this one has more fans in the higher age groups and lesser amongst the younger generation. This form is reminiscent of the post-punk era and has traced of pop along with progressive rock.

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