EDM / Drum & Bass ?

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So im forever seeing drum & bass being put under the EDM category so my question is,

Is Drum & Bass, Electronic Dance Music (EDM)?
 

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Technically yes of course but the reality is highly subjective.

For me, EDM is any heavily compressed synth led euphoric music, be it D&B, dubstep, house, drumstep or whatever aimed at the US market (I think that's where the term EDM comes from..) with a commercial purpose in mind, whereas most D&B doesn't fall into this category.

I'd say some artists do crossover - probably for commercial reasons - but best not to pigeonhole anyone just because they might have made an EDM track at some point in the past..
 

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Yeh I would say EDM is a style of music regardless of tempo. That's sort of how I view techno - it's a style of music that isn't bound by bpm. I would say a lot of the Samurai Horo, Ruffhouse, Clarity etc. stuff is techno as well as being Drum & Bass.
 

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Ok

I just feel like they put the EDM tag an all sorts of music they choose really. Im not able to recognise whats EDM and whats not at the moment.
 

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For me EDM isn't a genre or style of music. It's just a stupid generalising term and weird American culture. I wonder how many DnB artists would actually consider themselves to be EDM producers?
 

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I was quite happy to ignore the term EDM but its popping up everywhere you just cant ignore it now. Id just like to understand it though
 

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wouldnt worry too much about it imo. Anyone who says EDM to describe what kind of music theyre into is automatically a cretin . Its as bad a term as 'intelligent drum n bass' was.
 

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Technically yes of course but the reality is highly subjective.

For me, EDM is any heavily compressed synth led euphoric music, be it D&B, dubstep, house, drumstep or whatever aimed at the US market (I think that's where the term EDM comes from..) with a commercial purpose in mind, whereas most D&B doesn't fall into this category.

I'd say some artists do crossover - probably for commercial reasons - but best not to pigeonhole anyone just because they might have made an EDM track at some point in the past..
This
 

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Before this term was able to reach the masses, it was used as a summary word for all electronic music genres.

I even counted genres like IDM or the old Glitch Hop (edIT, Flashbulb) to this category, because EDM didn't stand for anything bad.

Meanwhile a majority if people understand EDM as big room or in general heavy compressed synth bullshit (as someone above already mentioned). I clearly saw that the term is completely misunderstood as i saw local 'EDM - Partys' around here. What should a special 1 hour EDM set supposed to be? A mix of 50 different sub genres?

Conclusion is, that i completely stopped using the term EDM, because there are no reasons to do so. I produce Drum&bass, that's pretty much all that counts for me
 
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I think EDM is two things.

The first meaning of EDM is a category for almost every electronic produced music. May it be House, Drum and Bass or something else.

The second meaning of EDM is actually a music genre. The music Martin Garrix etc.. make. It is also known as Big Room House.

But I'm not sure about it.
 
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