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Electronic Dance Music for Dummies

For the previous generation it was alternative. For the generation before that it was rock and roll. However, for our generation, the defining music comes from electronic dance music (EDM).

EDM has swept the globe and become a world-wide phenomenon; clubs and concerts are featured everywhere from Ibiza, Spain to Stockholm, Sweden and even to Mountain View, California.

The primary focus of EDM is a dance setting, where sweaty bodies can pound the dance floor long into the night. But for some exceptions, it’s often characterized by the repeated kick-snare pattern (the Boom -Clap sound). Through their unique sound sets and styled build-ups, different styles of EDM evoke different emotion in the listener. But like comparing different flavors of ice-cream, they are all delicious.
Trance, house, dubstep and Drum & Bass are just a few of the many sub-genres of EDM. The range of sounds and musical qualities extend far beyond what anyone can define as a genre.

The most subtle form of EDM is trance music, associated with the more melodic sets and chilling vocals. Those lucky enough to see Kaskade perform live at Identity tour, had the experience of trance music at its most fundamental form. Other prominent trance artists include Tiësto and Above & Beyond.
House is another staple in a healthy EDM diet. This genre typically features a kick-drum on every beat, commonly known as a “four to the floor” pattern. House tunes also usually feature heavy synthesizers that provide the main melody. Check out producers Swedish House Mafia and Deadmau5 for a great sample of House.

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Dubstep has become one of the most prominent genres out on the market. Although it may be an “acquired taste,” the intense build-ups and heavy bass always make for good listening and dancing. For a good representation of dubstep, listen to Skrillex’s “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” or some of Flux Pavillion’s electrifying singles.

The most amazing thing about EDM is the sheer quantity of quality music that is being put out through the Internet, which has become an invaluable tool for the distribution of EDM.

The EDM scene is focused around concerts more than song sales, so most songs are available for download online for free. For some sites, check out or The Kollection.

EDM concerts are always sure to provide a good time. The heavy beats, throbbing crowds and flashing lights make the music come alive. Concerts really are the best way to experience EDM. Be on the lookout for these upcoming concerts in the Bay Area.

World-renown House and Electro artist Deadmau5 is playing a set along with Feed Me in San Francisco on Saturday, October 29. The duo will be playing at Bill Graham Civic Center for an epic bass-filled night. As far as concerts go, this one promises to be one of the best.

Also coming up is the music festival Treasure Island, located on an island in the middle of San Francisco Bay. This music extravaganza features some of the top dubstep and house artists from around the world. Be sure to check them out at
Only time can tell how long EDM stays relevant, but what we know already is it’s here, it’s loud and the bass is slapping. Eardrums beware.

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