How Electronic Dance Music Is Changing Contemporary Culture

Electric Daisy Carnival. Ultra. Electric Zoo. These are among the many music festivals where you'll find Millennials as electronic dance music (EDM) has risen in popularity in recent years, sparked by Gen Y's desire to experience events "IRL" (in real life). This genre has exploded lately; in fact, the VMAs added the Best Electronic Dance Music Video category this year and college students are blasting these sounds all over campus. EDM represents a very Millennial mindset of mixing sounds and not being limited to one genre. In many ways, it's changing the culture of music today as YAB member Matt explains.

How Electronic Dance Music Is Changing Contemporary Culture

EDMIt’s been said that Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is taking over the music world.

From Nicki Minaj’s “Starships” to Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me,” pop music has adopted a different sound thanks to EDM’s rise in popularity among Millennials, particularly college students.

Catchy synthesizers and heavy bass lines have become the trademark sound for the new generation of listeners who look to music for an uplifting shot in the arm. Mix a Calvin Harris or David Guetta beat with pop music’s trademark synthesized vocals and you have an instant radio hit.

Even vocal verses are no longer a necessity for pop listeners, as evidenced by the popularity of Avicii’s “Levels,” which dominated radio airwaves no less than a year ago.

Since Gen Y has unquestionably attached itself to EDM and claimed the genre as its own, it’s easy to forget just how far EDM has come from the days before it dominated Billboard charts. Now merged with the familiar sounds of pop radio, EDM has deviated far from its roots as a genre with an underground cult following in Europe.

An encompassing acronym that includes aspects of house,…

 
 

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