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Electronic dance music (EDM) consists of different electronic music genres made for nightclubs, raves, and EDM festivals by DJs who mix tracks known as DJ mix. Electronic dance music producers also perform live in concerts or festivals known as live PAs.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, due to the popularity of raves, underground festivals and club culture, electronic dance music took Europe by storm. Though EDM was not as popular in the United States, electro, techno, and Chicago house music started to pick up steam both in the United States and Europe.

Chicago house is house music produced during the mid to late 1980s in Chicago. House music is an EDM genre characterized by a repetitive four-on-the-floor beat at 120-130 BPM. It was created by DJs and music producers from Chicago’s underground club culture in the 1980s from disco music with a more mechanical beat and deeper basslines. EDM house DJs and producers included Frankie KnucklesLarry LevanRon HardyJesse SaundersChip E.Steve “Silk” HurleyMr. LeeFarley “Jackmaster” FunkMarshall Jefferson, and Phuture.

Techno is characterized by a repetitive four on the floor beat at a tempo of 120-150 BPM. Artists use drum machines such as Roland’s TR-808 and TR-909sequencers, synthesizers, and digital audio workstations. Techno originated in Germany in the early 1980s. In the late 1980s, a new EDM subgenre produced in Detroit known as Detroit techno which mixes synth pop with house, electro, and funk . Early Detroit techno artists included Juan AtkinsDerrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Eddie FowlkesBlake Baxter, and James Pennington. Techno subgenres such as acid technohardcore technoambient techno, and dub techno emerged and grew in popularity in the UK, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

In the 2000s and the 2010s, EDM gained popularity worldwide with multiple genres, including dubstep, electro, and trap.

Dubstep originated in South London in the early 2000s characterized by sparse, syncopated rhythmic patterns with prominent sub-bass frequencies. Dubstep has its roots from UK garage EDM, drawing on 2-step garage, dub reggae, junglebroken beat, and grime. Pioneers and early supporters include DJs from London’s night club Plastic People, at the “Forward” night, and on the pirate radio station Rinse FM, BBC Radio 1 DJ John PeelDistanceDigital Mystikz, Plastician, and BBC Radio 1 DJ Mary Anne Hobbs.

Electro is characterized by a prominent bassline or kick drum at 125-135 BPM. Electro DJs, producers, and artists included Dimitri Vegas & Like MikeHardwellSkrillex, Steve Aoki, Benny Benassi Fedde Le GrandBodyrox, Luciana, Feed MeKnife PartyThe M MachinePorter RobinsonYasutaka Nakata, and Dada Life.

Trap music originated from techno, dub, Dutch House, and Southern hip hop in the late 2000s. It is characterized by hip hop with a tempo between 70-110 bpm, Dutch House dance music, and dub. Trap EMD musicians included RL GrimeFlosstradamus, and Carnage (DJ). Trap is now mainly used as remixes.

Electronic dance music reached its peak in mainstream popular music in the 2010s.

You can find a list of EDM music groups on Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia

Disco music as a dance music genre emerged from nightlife venues popular with African, Hispanic and Latino Americans in Philadelphia and New York City during the late 1960s and early 1970s. By the late 1970s, most major U.S. cities had thriving discos where DJs mixed dance records.

Disco music is characterized by 4/4 beats, syncopated basslines, string sections, horns, electric piano, synthesizers, and electric rhythm guitars. Well-known disco musicians include Donna SummerGloria GaynorGiorgio MoroderBoney M.Earth Wind & Fire, the Bee GeesChaka KhanChicKC and the Sunshine BandABBAThelma HoustonSister SledgeThe Trammps, the Village People, and Michael Jackson.

Disco music’s popularity began to wane in the United States amid the Disco Demolition Night in 1979 which ended in a riot. However, it remained popular in Europe throughout the 1980s, and influenced EDM, house musichip-hopnew wavedance-punk, and post-disco.

Disco music was revived in mainstream popularity since the 2000s. “One More Time” by Daft Punk, “Love At First Sight” and “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” by Kylie Minogue, “Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)” by Spiller, “Lady (Hear Me Tonight)” by Modjo, “Rock DJ” by Robbie Williams, and Confessions on a Dance Floor by Madonna are a few examples in the 2000s.

Get Lucky” by Daft Punk, “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, “Take Back the Night” by Justin Timberlake, “Treasure” by Bruno Mars, “I Want It All” by Karmin, ‘Wrong Club” by the Ting Tings, “Blow” by Beyoncé, “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson , “Sugar” by Maroon 5, “Can’t Feel My Face” by the Weeknd, “I Don’t Like It, I Love It” by Flo Rida, “Adventure of a Lifetime” by Coldplay, “Back Together” by Robin Thicke, “Levels” by Nick Jonas, and “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake are a few examples in the 2010s.

Say So“by Doja Cat, “Stupid Love” by Lady Gaga, “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa, “Dynamite” by BTS, “Look What You Made Me Do” by Taylor Swift, and “Disco” album by Kylie Minogue are a few disco music examples in the 2020s.

You can find a list of disco musicians on Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia

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