Different Types of EDM music

by Andrew R. Researcher

EDM is a popular genre of music, mostly played across clubs. Fundamentally, EDM is made of music that has repetitive beats, with degrees of synthesized backtracks. Music has since the beginning of time, being an intrinsic part of human life. Different forms of music taking on different styles, peculiar to different people, and produced in different ways. 

Just like the early years of every form of music, EDM had a slow start and acceptance. However, with famous personalities taking more interest in the genre, it has successfully evolved from disco music and established itself as a significant genre with different sub-genres. 

In this article, we would be exploring the various types of EDM and the peculiarities of each of them.

  • Techno

This sub-genre of the EDM started in Detroit in the 1980s. Specifically, the word Techno was first used to describe it in 1988.  It would have been expected that Techno became a genre of music on its own, as other musical styles are premised on it. However, it remains categorized as a sub-genre of EDM. 

  • Trance

This genre originated from India and Germany in the 1990s, as a form of Electronic dance music. What makes this genre peculiar is the tempo, always between the 100th and 125th beats per second. This genre is also profound enough to be a genre on its own, as it also influences other styles like Techno. 

Trance is a genre of music that is capable of causing the listener to get hypnotized. There is always an extensive build-up and a sudden release in this genre of music. 

  • Trap

This genre of music started in the 1990s in the Southern parts of the United States. The etymology of this genre refers to a place where drug deals take place. Beginning as a genre on its own, being remixed by several artists have gotten it categorized as an EDM

  • Glitch Hop

This is a form of EDM with roots dating back to the 1990s. It wasn't borne out of creativity or whatnot; it was made from malfunctioning digital electronics or devices used in recording music. In some cases, it results from software bugs or the skipping of a CD.

  • Industrial Music

This form of EDM is premised on modern ideas and sounds. Though it started in the 1970s, with the name given by the Monte Cazzaza band and throbbing gristle. The genre was the tagline of the album released by Throbbing Gristles, quoted "Industrial music for industrial people." The name of the album was "Second annual report." This genre is referred to as the most aggressive form of EDM

  • Drum and Bass

Drum and Bass also started in the 1990s, and it was made of fast breakbeats. It is made of several subgenres, including; hardstep, breakcore techstep, dark step, neuro funk, and raga jungle. 

  • Chillout

Starting in the 1990s, this genre is known for its mid-tempo aided by the mellow styles of beats. This music type is played away from the dance floor, in a room where the dancer is trying to chill out or relax from the fast tempo of the music on the dance floor. 

  • House 

House started in the 1980s in Chicago, and it started similar to the disco music. But in its case, it was more minimalistic and electronic. 

Final Take

There are some other types of EDM genres: hardstyle, Dubstep, and Deep House Music. There are several sub-genres of the EDM, and one fundamental characteristic of them all is the quality and form – it is more synthetic. EDM has been a long time, and it continues to date. If you are looking to download the best of EDM music, visit

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