Introduction to EDM

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My friend at Paradiso music festival

The Electronic Dance Music (EDM) scene, some would say, is a way of life. Time Out Chicago referred to EDM as becoming “the driving beat behind pop music and product sales, the soundtrack of choice for a new generation.”

With the coming of the digital age, EDM has recently blown up into a thriving subgroup of the music industry, with DJs creating entirely electronic songs that are complex, catchy, and sophisticated. The technique of electronic music production, and remixing, has become a musical art form.

Many sub genres of music have spawned from EDM, which has tentatively been around since the 80s, until its very recent surge in popularity that occurred in the past few years. PLUR is a mantra of the rave scene, a genre of music that is a branch of EDM. PLUR stands for Peace, Love, Unity and Respect. These are grounding values for a culture of young people who frequently take the drug MDMA to experience feelings of love, peace, and unity with the people around them. While EDM doesn’t necessarily involve drugs, drugs are often used by those who partake in it.

Many music magazines will have a reviewer that specializes in covering EDM. They can receive press passes to giant events such as the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) or the iconic Coachella Music Festival. One of the best blogs for following EDM is Discobelle.

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