The 10 Biggest Misconceptions About EDM

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EDM can be hard to understand. Unconventional electronic music that is experienced best in a dark club, played by guys wearing huge mau5heads, or with monikers like "Skrillex?" Yeah, that's a hard concept to grasp for most Americans, but there are a number of misconceptions that people have about EDM. There are times where we as EDM fans feel trapped in some alternate reality, or a remake of Reefer Madness (EDM Madness?) with some of the glances we get when people hear what we're listening to, or how our parents' parents thought about what rock & roll would do to their kids.

Everything gets scrutinized, especially on the Internets, from how the music is made to what you call the music. Let's take a look at the biggest misconceptions people outside of the EDM scene have about EDM.

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  • Peter Meeuwsen

    ‘ you can’t just say “oh it’s electronic dance music, so no instruments are allowed.” ‘ – Then why the fuck do you insist on calling it Electronic Dance Music. Just call it Dance. Everybody will know what you mean.

    • khal

      We use a variety of terms on this site; dance music being one of them. But for people who are outside of the dance music scene, all they know is “EDM.” It’s a term “we” didn’t coin, but one “we” have gotten used to using so that we can open dialogues about dance music and it’s many genres with others…

  • Jonathon Casalou

    Detroit invented techno.

  • ✝⫷▲ии△kⓘɳẒ⫸✝

    I’d like to add:

    deadmau5 is pronounced DEAD MOUSE.

    Nero is 2 dudes & a chick

    Girl Talk is 1 dude who makes sick mash-ups

    Pretty Lights is also just 1 dude.

    Dub & Dubstep are 2 VERY different music genres

    Trap music, once the term used to describe Sothern style hip hop (Wacka Flocka, Gucci Main) is now also a term used for a genre of bass music that involves hip hop inspired drum beats (i.e. Flosstradamus, Baauer)

    E.D.M. stands for ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (you’d be surprised at how many times I’ve been asked what EDM stands for (kill me 8|))