What on earth is EDM?
The phrase ‘LOL’ has bludgeoned to death the delightful act of TRULY and physically laughing out loud. It has reduced an emotion to 3 letters. The phrase EDM has ripped the heart out of electronic dance music and objectified it to a measly 3 letters!
How would you define EDM? No, it’s not Environmental Design Management!
Wikipedia has it down as ‘electronic music primarily for use within a night club setting, or in an environment that is centred upon dance-based entertainment’. The article goes on to mention mainstream popular music and I think that this is the key to EDM.
Pop Music EDM Culture
As big artists such as Madonna have made attempts at bringing ‘underground’ dance music into the pop realm, a dance music sound has become more popular in the mainstream media and the charts. The use of computer technology has been embraced more heavily in the production of various tracks and the glamorization of DJ’s has been marketed to the mainstream; with the likes of Tiesto and Paul Van Dyk being shown as ‘god-like’ figures who earn too much money! (see article below) Then Deadmau5 comes along and makes some noisy bleeps and grinds, reminiscent of my Spectrum 48k loading up. This entire facade is marketable and has therefore received the tag EDM. (Note: Many of you might not realise that computer games took 5 minutes to load, they were on cassette tape and made a disgusting shreiking sound with blips and screeches as they loaded)
Death of EDM
In the interests of maintaining some level of intelligence I request that the phrase EDM never makes the crossover into the underground dance music scene. I don’t ever want to hear anyone talk about EDM in any clubs I consider as decent, or I may complain to the NCO.
Yes, Night Club Owner!
Exactly, that sounds remarkably stupid, and so does EDM. You get the point, so lets just drop it there.
- Tiësto tops Forbes’ dance music rich list (guardian.co.uk)