EDM has been around for a lot longer than most of us give it credit for. Though it did take stage formally around the 80s, experimentation with electronic music in that sense had already begun as far back as the 60s!
The genre seriously exploded between the late 90s and early 2000s hitting the mainstream in a big way. Over the course of this blog, we’re going to elaborate on the evolution of the EDM industry as well as the music its self for those wondering how this musical genre has changed over the years.
You have names in the industry that are huge now such as David Guetta and Tijs Michiel Vervest (better known as Tiesto), who started their careers as humble underground performers. The EDM scene then was extremely low key. If you we’re really into it, you probably didn’t know what’s up!
Further, most mixing was done using vinyl records and there was a lot less by way of technological facilitation. It was the UK where EDM really started picking up and making waves as a trend.
Making the Mainstream
Around the early 2000s EDM hit the music scene in a big way with clubs picking up DJs left right and center as well as the formation of some serious EDM groups, producers and labels. The genre its self began to further split and explode with subgenres including trap, deep house and glitch.
The genre expanded not just by way of audience but also by way of versatility and with hundreds tuning in and listening to EDM songs everywhere from Toronto to Tokyo. It wasn’t long before EDM made it out of the underground and found its place in the mainstream.
Social media and the internet did play a huge part both in making this genre accessible as well as in spreading the genre to all corners of the globe. One of the things that worked out the most for EDM is that a lot of the tracks are more musically inclined than lyrically. Music as you know is an international language and even an infant can feel a good beat!
As a result the genre was understood and accepted regardless of language spoken or general location on the planet.
Where Do We Go Now?
The EDM industry today is worth billions globally speaking and with all the shows, festivals and records being sold, this is no surprise.
Technology used in production is a far cry from the simple equipment that started this genre. The fact that a lot of the production can be digitally managed allows EDM producers a lot more freedom by way of what they can do creatively.
EDM has always been in a state of evolution and the past few years are no different. Further, with more capital being invested in the industry as well as more individuals taking interest in the genre, the music being produced just seems to be getting better and better. Needless to say, EDM is not going anywhere for a while!
The thing with EDM music is it is in a constant state of growth, motion and evolution. If you’re someone who is into this kind of music, it helps to stay on top of the latest EDM news, songs and production.
If you want to keep up to date with what is happening in the EDM scene, we’ve got you covered! Rave on!