EDM, short for Electronic Dance Music, is a widely loved genre known for its unique beat and bass drops. DJs play a crucial role in crafting and showcasing this genre. In recent times, EDM has become hugely popular and is closely linked to global festivals.
The origins of electronic music can be traced back to 1969 with the release of the song “Popcorn,” which is considered the first-ever ‘dance track.’ However, it was not until the 1980s that disco DJs had a breakthrough. This was made possible by the affordability of electronic instruments. Armed with these new tools, DJs started making their own records by blending disco with other contemporary dance music styles. This innovative genre rapidly gained popularity and by the mid-1990s, electronic dance music had firmly established itself as a prominent force in global contemporary culture.
Electronic Dance Music encompasses various subdivisions such as house (including electro house), techno, trance, hardstyle, UK Garage, and dubstep. These genres are all performed by DJs. In the industry, there is a multitude of DJs; however, according to Dj Mag’s rankings, the top three DJs are Robbert van de Corput (Hardwell), Armin van Buuren, and Avicii (Tim Bergling). Hardwell was born on January 7th, 1988 and specializes in Dutch progressive and electro house DJing and music production. Armin van Buuren was born on December 25th, 1976 and is recognized for his prowess in Dutch trance music production and DJing with a focus on progressive and uplifting trance styles. Born on September 8th, 1989, Avicii is a Swedish DJ who excels in remixing tracks as well as producing records within the dance genre.
Among the many famous festivals, previous DJs have been known for their performances. One such renowned festival is Tomorrowland, held in Belgium every August since 2005. Additionally, Creamfields is a notable EDM festival in Britain, which started in 2009 and showcases both DJs and live acts.
To sum up, Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has experienced consistent growth and is projected to thrive in the future. It has already gained immense popularity among teenagers and in clubs worldwide.