The need for introduction might seem irrelevant, since almost anyone under the age of 40 believes to know what EDM is.
The problem is, EDM has become such a huge complex phenomenon, that describing it with white and black is almost impossible, yet many music fans and journalists are putting it into one of these boxes. The last drop in the glass for me to lay down these words was an article on Electronic Beats titled "Does playing vinyl legitimize EDM DJs?"
but a Polo is notIt's simple, people like to believe what they hear, rather than doing a bit of research into the field. So I did. EDM emerged around 2010 when electronic music had really made its foothold in North America. As our friends on the far side of the ocean are really good at marketing, they quickly came up with a bare bones, simple as hell, refers to all expression. They took three words, electronic, dance and music and they put the first three letters together, creating EDM. As more and more people got exposed to the new sound, it is not surprising that they were attracted to the simplest and most energizing music. Some producers have learned quickly how to roll out tons massive electro house filled build-ups and colossal drops. As the complexity of the music stopped here, it was easy to digest and it became the top seller. Naturally, millions of newcomers knew only this part of the electronic scene, so they referred to it as EDM, while experienced junkies called genres by their name. As the power of the festival bangers drew more and more people into the scene, those who liked it for being different, for being a refuge, started to back out. In the process of backing out it was important to point out a common enemy that is responsible for flooding the scene with commercialism and other unwanted "aspects". EDM was the target of choice, due to all what I've described above. As both the commercial mass and the deep culture had its own misinterpretation, EDM has become one of the most wrongly used expressions of all time.
Why on earth shall the ability to be able to play vinyl be the signature that you're a good DJ? Maybe one put in more practice and knows the tunes better, but that doesn't mean that someone who is using a single laptop and a four channel mixer can't make a better party than the vinyl junkie. DJing is much more than that. If you can make your audience feel good, than you're a good DJ, but nothing more. But if you can make your audience feel something that they never felt before, than and only then you shall call yourself an artist. Marilyn Manson once was asked to define art and all he said, that it has to be a question mark.
Written by Kado