5 Reasons Why You Should Call It EDM

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EDM. Dance music. Electronic music. Electronica. Electronic Dance Music. Eurodance. Techno. Dubstep. These are just some of the names that've been used to describe the music we all care so deeply about. For a long time, it didn't matter what we called it, because no one else was paying attention and it was just ours. In 2013, the year of the rave, we know that this is no longer the case.

As more and more people find their way behind the decks and festivals get bigger and bigger, this music is experiencing growing pains. What we're actually calling it seems to be the biggest right now. EDM, as it has been called on this site, has taken the most flack and while we see why, we're not subscribing to it. Dance music isn't quite right and neither is electronic. Electronic dance music is just burdensome. Techno and dubstep are indivdual styles that at times have been reappropriated as derisive terms from haters. So once and for all, here are five reasons why you should call it EDM.

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  • aliasizmbass

    whoever wrote this shit.. i hope you die

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  • hlogic

    If this isn’t a troll i just dunno……..worst thing i have ever seen, you clearly have no idea what you are talking about

  • SHAQ

    What the fuck has techno ever done to you?

  • http://www.facebook.com/dylan.smith.nz Dylan Smith

    Why even bother writing this shit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gdbiles Greg Biles

    Wow this is really fucking bad. Jesus you must have just gone to your first rave the other day after your friend offered you some molly so now everything is hunky dory. You are the reason that everyone criticizes the electronic scene you moron.

    >2013 the year of the rave

    Find the nearest bridge and throw yourself off it.

  • Dancing Dickface

    Dancing Astronaut is for LOSERS!11!!!!!111111

  • Garrett

    When I was in 3rd grade my uncle put his mouth around my penis, true story.

  • Chinese Loser

    Wait, Dancing Astronaut definitely sells out, but aren’t others far bigger prostitutes?

  • Innit

    This is some of the poorest writing I have ever seen. I don’t understand how you can refer to yourself as a professional writer. “It’s easier” and “it’s not wrong” are not valid arguments. Where did you learn to write?

  • Haterade

    Shitty article

  • http://www.facebook.com/afitton815 Andy Fitton

    “Dance Music” is also viable for every single one of the reasons listed.

  • http://twitter.com/keithwozniak Keith Wozniak

    “it becomes tedious to write out electronic dance music.” It’s all tedious reading horrible lists. Don’t write that out, write what genre you’re describing. This is pure laziness. Don’t give in to the corporate term that was invented by suits.

  • nick

    It’s called House Music (Dubstep and all that crap shouldn’t even be associated with it). It’s been called house for the longest time. If not just call it Electro. EDM sounds like a sexual disease

    • http://www.facebook.com/xavier.mafe Xavier Mafe

      you are a sexual disease bro

    • Evan Scott


      I strongly agree with Nick

  • http://www.facebook.com/xavier.mafe Xavier Mafe

    Jordan fuck the fuck off. I’m not even going to play nice guy anymore. You have absolutely no room to talk with some of the quarter baked shit that I see coming out of electrojams. The fact that you can’t keep talent at electrojams is nobody’s fault but your own.

  • http://www.facebook.com/xavier.mafe Xavier Mafe

    The nutless individuals that commented on this article are exactly what is wrong with the scene right now. Judging by your comments, I am led to believe that none of you bros (or hoes) are qualified or even capable of writing a counter argument against what Jake had to say. If you are going to criticize an opinion on the internet that’s great. I’m sure Jake would totally love an intelligent and challenging discussion on the topic. You clowns are just wasting everybody’s fucking time however.

    • Greg


      fuck you xavier you prissy twat.

    • househead

      So…how many people think this guest post was written by Jake?

  • Lipstick21

    This is what happens when u let mainstream website to cover electronic music, which is (until recently) underground.
    F U for this hidius article
    Im ashamed

  • Martin

    “Yes, I know there are differences between what David Guetta makes and what Maya Jane Coles makes and that one is more accurately EDM, but these differences are nuanced to most. To take the time to separate the two in casual conversation is more than most people will want or care to understand. After years of explaining that I liked variations of house music, I’ve adapted to saying EDM because it’s simpler than explaining what drumstep is.”

    See, this is where you went wrong… Everyone who hates the term “EDM” also cares very much about the variations of music that arise from “EDM”. Clearly it isn’t important to you since you support this term but for us, it’s a limiting generalization that is ruining our music. This is what happens when America takes hold of something. Before it was “EDM” to you and before it was “Techno”, it was labeled as something else. My favorite nickname of them all. It was called “The world’s best kept secret”. I always loved that nickname. If you remember that and remember how it was posted on the very few blogs that created this movement, you’ll remember why we loved that it was a secret. Not so others wouldn’t find out about it, but so that we knew how special it was to be part of the secret and part of the music. Individuality > Conformity man. Plus, I’m very sure your reasons 3 & 4 are exactly the same.

  • http://www.facebook.com/InspekTheHex Hector Garcia

    Growing up as a kid techno was what it was, didn’t make sense at all, now techno is a genre in edm, wow it’s changed

  • sleepster

    I stopped sleeping after i heard that medical industry uses term REM instead of Rapid Eye Movement. take that industry

    • khal



    Techno != EDM
    House != EDM
    Dirty Dutch != House

    EDM is big room top40 overstated garbage. Eric Prydz has fallen far since 2004, but I can’t blame the guy for cashing in on teenage trends.

    The author of this article knows nothing and needs to listen to more dance music.

    • khal

      ladies and gentlemen, the expert has spoken. let’s hope he never speaks again.

  • Olliepop

    Terribly written reductionist drivel. EDM is the overly simplistic bastard child of american mainstream culture and its inability to take in any information beyond one phrase.

    EDM Makes a mockery of the originality and creativity of the true creators in the scene by lumping the underground pushers of new music in with the cookie cuter band wagon riders like SHM and Skrillex.

    A name already exists, and its dance music.

    Using a term like EDM is like saying that you’re going to start saying Guitar Rock. Its fucking stupid.

    The Main argument though is truly that nothing new is happening in dance music, so americans have no right to storm in claiming new names and genres for things that already exist on a massive international scale.

    • Sqreel

      Indeed sir! The only reason they have to call it “EDM” is because before they all labelled it as “Techno” which was used as a derogatory term…but now the states has finally (FINALLY after 20+ years!!!!) caught up with the rest of the world they have to “re-brand” it to make it cool and acceptable.

  • Ronnie M

    The term “EDM” has been around a long-ass time, long before all these little kids jumping on the bandwagon who call themselves so-called “house music-lovers” caught wind of it. Back when people were so ignorant, they were referring to all types of EDM as “techno”, which is even worse. So don’t hate on the term just because you’ve only recently heard of it. It has been around for a while. I do agree that now that EDM has become so much more mainstream (especially in America), people are using the term “EDM” out of ignorance, because they really don’t know the difference between all the different genres. The reason why they use the term “EDM” is because they don’t know the difference between house (and all it’s sub-genres: tech house, progressive house, etc), trance, techno, dubstep, drum&bass, breaks, and all the other genres in EDM (which is pretty sad). Most people don’t know anything else besides what is mainstream

    • Sqreel

      What are you on about?? The Abbreviation “EDM” has been around since 2006. The *rest* of the world were actually allowed to listen to dance music without having it branded “Techno” and “shit” since 1988.

  • househead

    “To take the time to separate the two in casual conversation is more than
    most people will want or care to understand. After years of explaining
    that I liked variations of house music, I’ve adapted to saying EDM
    because it’s simpler than explaining what drumstep is. For me,
    electronic dance music has been my life and if you read this site, you
    probably feel that way to some degree.”

    –Yeah so this music is my life but it’s soooo tiresome to explain in an extra 20 seconds to someone else exactly what drumstep is! Actually the truth is…I have no idea what drumstep is…so I just say EDM–

  • mir

    last time i f*ckin checked, rap and hip hop, rnb was electronically made as well. that’s EDM too, right? even pop is EDM. jesus you damn noobs are trying the “Scene” now, go back to linkin park and what was hot before modern dubstep came the US

    • mir

      trying to control the “Scene” now

    • khal

      “last time i f*ckin checked, rap and hip hop, rnb was electronically made as well. that’s EDM too, right?”


  • lennahc_cisab

    This is so fucking sad. It makes me so angry. Because electronic dance music is my passion, and this article is an archetypical example of how such amazing musical culture and history have been completely FUCKED up by the “American mainstream” (I hate that word, mainstream, but that’s the best I can do to convey the group responsible for this travesty).

    Most would argue that proper electronic dance music culture as we know it first got going in the Detroit underground during the peak of the city’s industrial decline. It was a reactionary movement spurred by such terrible socioeconomic conditions. All these people had left in their life was music and a bunch of abandoned warehouses, so techno was born. And ever since its genesis, techno and club music have been a *counterculture* (it exists specifically as an alternative/reaction to the norm), aka it was underground. Most would say techno and dance music are defined as being rhythmically-oriented, super repetitive, hypnotic, etc etc, but the main defining point of techno was always that it was NEW and RADICAL and DIFFERENT. Hence it is a underground by definition.

    Fast forward to the rise of the commercialization (made for profit (as opposed to being made for the love of the culture) aka exploitation) of such music in clubs and then on to massive festivals, and then to…. brostep. And now we have “EDM” as the kids call it. It’s by all means
    “mainstream” fodder marketed by huge economic entities as a way of profiting off of our youth. EDM is super-saturated pop music. It’s not NEW, not RADICAL – it’s a gimmick.

    Now I can’t even tell people that I like “quality” club music anymore without them rolling their eyes.

    Have fun at Electric Zoo / ULTRA / EDC you ignorant morons.

  • http://NSFWallpaper.tumblr.com/ RaYZoR

    oh, I didn’t realize everybody is throwing around the term EDM so loosely nowadays. Its like calling any song with a rap featured artist, just RAP… its so loose… Idk about you guys but I try to be direct and explain to my peers what I specifically like because EDM is so broad… mainly because there are so many different forms of electronic music that the term EDM is misleading…
    Now for example say we take a genre like HOUSE, which is apparently just referred to EDM according to this article…HOUSE within itself has many sub-genres, to name a few: Tech House, Deep House, Progressive House, Dance/DJ, etc… I can go on… but what bothers me is just calling House music, just house music… I’m an audiophile, and I like to know what I’m listening to exactly. no generalizations! Maybe that’s just me.. But if someone is listening to a house-y song, and I ask them what genre is that.. I’d want to know exactly. Oh that’s Claude Von Stroke, its Deep House-y and Dance music…. oh thanks!!
    That’s much more informative than just saying, Oh that’s Claude Von Stroke, he’s an EDM producer…

    The fuck does that mean?!?!
    LOL. Idk that’s how I feel about the term… Its a good term if you’re with your friends who listen to similar electronic musics with you… then I’d use the term EDM… but not when I’d have to explain it to somebody.

    Dubstep.Trap-style. HOUSE and DEEP HOUSE. AMBIENT Instrumentals. GLITCH-HOP

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  • whateverwillb

    EDM or Electronic Dance Music IS NOT A GENRE. If I ask you what kind of music will be playing at the party/gig/rave and you tell me EDM, I still have no idea what to expect. If I rock up and it’s techno (no disrespect to people who like techno), but I won’t like it. I don’t like techno. If it’s hardcore, or tech house, I won’t like it much either. If it’s drum and bass or funky house, or dubstep, I will probably love it. The reason people shouldn’t call it EDM is because it is entirely useless as a descriptive term. It’s like grouping Rock and Roll, Country, and Grunge as ‘Acoustic’. And when these millennial kids are asked what music they’re into and they say ‘EDM’, it’s like a big screaming neon sign that reads ‘I HAVE NO CLUE ABOUT MUSIC, I just like what they play at the dance parties I go to.’

    Get educated.