Long gone are those days when Gershon Kingsley’s track Popcorn defined Electronic Dance Music. EDM, as we know it today, isn't just dance or electronic music; it is a whole new language in itself. While most like equating EDM to simply rave and drugs, I chose to disagree.
EDM had its break-out in early 2000 when dubstep, which is now a subset of EDM was becoming increasingly popular through Jamaica.Thanks to globalization, one could hear different predominantly European artists all across the globe.
A question I get frequently asked as an EDM addict is what do EDM enthusiasts talk about? If you come to think of it, that's a valid question. It’s a fairly young genre with a lack of words. I agree we are swinging into the whole lyrical zone now but its still kept to a minimum.
When you think about this question deeply, you realize that EDM is a genre in which every beat, every tone, every ‘drop’ can be perceived in a way. Take my current favorite track One, Two, Three by Flux Pavilion; all I want to do is dance with joy while my friend here got prepped up for some brutal ‘revenge mode’ action. EDM isn't solely about carving out carnal desires. Give a hear to Move into Light by Juventa and Errica Curran and you will know what I am talking about. All it has is one single, simple paragraph merged so beautifully with the tones that it garners an array of emotions within you and next thing you know, you're acting like Scarlett O’Hara in love.
Take any other genre - listen to Brian Crain's piano and violin instrumental Wind. It manages to smoothly gather all your energies into one single emotion. There's an air of the bizarre around EDM, given its uniqueness as compared to the music our ancestors knew, however it manages to, in its own way, induce the same stirring in our souls which defines music.
There is a reason a majority of young adults are getting attuned to EDM. With every second, life as we know it is getting more complicated and as words are thrown at us, EDM offers a release into the abstract. While sometimes lyrical music can become inspiration, people are getting decreasingly interested in the words of it - preferring a more sensual form of poetry. Classical instrumental and jazz is a brilliant example of this. It ruled the entirety of 20s, 30s and 40s and is revered till date. EDM is precisely a modern off shoot of that phenomenon, superposed into the 21st century.
To end it all, EDM has created this new language which everyone wants to cling on to. Walk deeper into history - even Claude Debussy and Mozart avoided the intrusion of words into music. We might take it for granted now, but in their time, they threaded a new language into civilization, much like EDM is doing now.
Hold your swords right there, I am not drawing any comparison with the classics, but perhaps its time to have a small epiphany - lyrics like, "I came in like a wrecking ball" just won't do.