series : intro to edm

A beginners guide to the expansive world of electronic music

  1. An Introduction to Electronic Dance Music

    So you’ve heard your friends talking about EDM, or electronic dance music. Maybe they were going to a music festival like Coachella or Ultra. Maybe they DJ or produce some music. But your friends have shown you different music, and you’re confused. What is EDM? Those songs don’t sound the same. Or maybe you’re on the opposite side of the spectrum. Perhaps everything does sound the same. One friend says “I like dubstep,” and your other friend says “I like tropical house. ... Read More

  2. Introduction to House Music - Intro to EDM

    House music generally sits at 125-130bpm (usually 128bpm). It’s drum pattern is fairly repetitive, with a kick on every quarter note and a snare or clap on every half note (which is optional - not all house music has the snare/clap). The drum pattern is referred to as “four on the floor,” which I’ve assumed is because it’s hitting the kick on each of the four beats per measure in the 4⁄4 time signature and the kick pedal and drum sit on the floor in a real drum kit, but I don’t know the actual reason. ... Read More

  3. Introduction to Progressive House Music - Intro to EDM

    Progressive house is probably the most popular and most produced form of electronic music outside of the broader genre of dance. Take a look at the massive list of progressive house producers and you’ll probably see a lot of names you’ll recognize: deadmau5, Zedd, The Chainsmokers, Kaskade, Swedish House Mafia, and many others. It’s my personal favorite subgenre of house. The “drop” of progressive house tracks (if applicable) generally emphasizes a melody instead of a percussion or kick. ... Read More

  4. Introduction to Electro House Music - Intro to EDM

    Electro house is similar to progressive house, at least the newer, “pop” version of progressive house that I call mainroom house. It hits harder, is made more for clubs and DJing, and has a lot more synthetic sounds. There’s not as much of a “layering” that happens. Usually all the sounds jump in very quickly or all at once. In my opinion, the best way to decide if a song is electro house or progressive house is to evaluate how “human” or “electronic” it sounds. ... Read More