Techno Electronic Tickets
Electronic Dance Music (EDM) found popularity in the mid 90s, but the genre has been there for decades. Artists like David Guetta, Deadmau5, Daft Punk and Tiësto brought it out of the shadows and placed it into the limelight alongside pop. Various music genres have integrated the elements of electronic music that mostly incorporates electronic recording devices and musical instruments.
EDM has a mass appeal which is why electronic concert tickets remain in demand throughout the year. It brought freshness and endless possibilities to explore various musical styles. Even though EDM is becoming more prominent, it hasn’t been able to carve out a niche for itself. EDM artists still have to fuse pop, rock and hip-hop into their songs to blend into the mainstream. The emergence of new artists, an increase in electronic music events and festivals, and the recognition the genre received at the last couple of Grammy Awards definitely point towards its rise.
Types of Electronic Music
There are different types of EDM, each having its own style and feel.
Drawing influence from the 70s’ disco scene, House Music originated from a dance club in Chicago called The Warehouse. Considered an “American born style”, it was introduced by DJ Frankie Knuckles. Treating the fans to the four-to-the-floor sound, the style wouldn’t be what the listeners recognize it as today if it hadn’t been for his editing techniques and experimental mixing. In the last few decades, House Music has spun into several sub-genres.
- Tribal House – Produced over 4/4 beat, tribal house relies on synthesized or sampled tracks. A fusion of different styles, its sound is mostly based on percussion. When performed live on stage with bongo and drums it’s considered to be in its purest form, but with digital enhancements, it’s seen as tribal house.
- Deep House – With a lot of emphasis put on drum machine, deep house blends complex melodic elements with house tracks. Meant to be an ambient genre, it fuses jazz, soul bass and funk lines and often doesn’t reach a climax.
- Acid House – Emerging in the late 80s, the style reached its peak in the 90s. It gets its signature sound by using the derivative “squelching” bass on the TB-303 synthesizer.
Just when Chicago was producing House Music, Detroit was introducing Techno to the fans. Blending house, electro and synth-pop music with soul tracks and sampled funk, the genre pushed music into the technological age. Musicians like Derrick May and Juan Atkins helped lay the foundation of Detroit techno and once the sound reached Europe, it finally exploded. Music legends like Madonna and U2 incorporated it in their work to give it that extra spunk. Live shows were arranged featuring only techno music, resulting in the huge demand of techno concert tickets. It also branched out into sub-genres like
- Amigacore – It gets its name from the main instrument it uses, the Commodore Amiga Computer and gives the genre its raw sound.
- Ghettocore – Featuring raw, explicit lyrics, it’s an unpolished version of techno music.
- Freetekno – Combining various high energy sounds, this style is more of a freeform with no fixed rules.
Having its origins overseas in Germany, Trance is the most popular form of Electronic Dance Music. It’s particularly enjoyed for its style in which the artists build up a track and then break it down, deconstructing it, to put it back together again. It also uses one identifiable sound or hook that is repeated throughout the song. Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Above & Beyond and Judge Jules are among the most notable artists of the genre. Its sub-genres include
- Psychedelic Trance – This form of trance music has its roots in classic Indian music, sampling with tabla beats and the instrument sitar.
- Hard Trance – An aggressive form, its known for its slow pressing beats and hard groove.
- Buchiage Trance – Finding its roots in Japanese music, poppy high-pitched sound differentiates it from other styles.
Dubstep has played an important role in pushing EDM into the spotlight. Great Britain has been credited for its discovery, as it featured an experimental take on 2-step sound. Its popularity started to grow in 2005 with artists like Skrillex, Bassnectar, Pavilion and Skream taking it to the next level. They categorized it into further sub-genres like
- Brostep – Featuring more mainstream iterations of the style, artists like Skrillex emphasized on the middle portion of dubstep tracks. It produced more high-pitched, danceable sound.
- Luvstep – It gives extra attention to emotional lyrics, emphasizing on words that are full of feelings.
- Thugstep – All of the EDM styles come full circle in this sub-genre. Incorporating R&B, rap and hip-hop elements, it also draws from soul and jazz.