Tracing Steps…

Just so you know, Electronic Dance Music is also referred to as Dance Music or Club Music, and this form of music evolved in the United States, somewhere around the early 21st century. This was the time when raves were the ‘in-thing’ and the development of live mixes and segueing started become a very popular trend. The only difference is that while most of such trends tend to fizzle out in a couple of years, this one has lived on for almost two decades now. The popularity of EDM music is still super-strong, and all credit goes to the rave-party enthusiasts who in their ‘high’ state decided to experiment with a few mixes and matches, churning out a mind-blowing musical genre that would leave generation after generation enthused.


What started off as a rudimentary term ‘disco music’ went on to become the slightly more evolved ‘post-disco phase’. Mind you, both of these can be considered as the pre-phases and they shaped up during the last decade of the 20th century. Incidentally, the concept of electronic music came up when the popularity of disco music amongst youngsters of the United States (and even worldwide) started spiraling downwards. A fringe gained ground with a few musicians conceptualizing an electronic form of disco music. This in fact, was the most rudimentary form of EDM that we enjoy in blaring levels at nightclubs, pubs, DJ Nights, raves and so on. Now what’s interesting to note is that this rudimentary version evolved into two variable forms- Electronic Music and Electronic Dance Music. Now, there’s no doubt about the fact that both of these are related. But they are intrinsically different when you look at the various formats. And of course, there’s the fact that the former is mostly in the realm of tape music while the latter boats of a live, almost impulsive format. While Electronic Music can be branched out into dub music, industrial music, Electronica, Synthpop, Dance Pop and Elecropop, the diversions of electronic dance music or club music are somewhat different. These include the following:-

  • Trance
  • Hardcore
  • Electro
  • Hardstyle
  • House
  • New Beat
  • Breakbeat

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