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EDM Explained: How To Identify The Correct Sub Genre!



EDM Explained: How To Identify The Correct Sub Genre!
EDM aka Electronic Dance Music is a type of music that generally is quite a popular music intended for dancing to in clubs, typically having a repetitive beat and a synthesized kind of backing track. It has grown to huge popularity throughout the last decade or so. Yet, lots of people seem to confuse EDM with the various sub-genres that fall are very categories of it. I bet you have heard a song recently and thought “I love that EDM song”, which might fall under the classification of electronic dance music – but it’s not EDM. Many people are actually unfamiliar with the history of dance music and other sub-genres and therefore tend to mistakenly call every Electronica track “EDM.” This confusion is actually why lots of funny memes and T-Shirts exist in this space as it is so common!

Here are two aspects of EDM that separate the type of EDM that song actually is:


Mood of a song? It may sound a bit crazy but some of the different sub-genres of electronic dance music can put you into several kinds of moods. For example songs in sub-genres which have a high Beats Per Minute (BPM) (such as Drum & Bass or Dubstep etc) often hype people up or put them in a very energetic kind of mood. Sub-genres with slower BPM’s (such as House or Techno) make people want to dance or relax.

mood of a song

Although Techno is a specific sub-genre of EDM, there are actually further sub-genres of Techno itself. These include Acid Techno or Detroit Techno. Techno songs always fall between 120 and 150 beats per minute. This is quite a lot slower than the Dubstep as mentioned above which is around 140 BPM but faster than hip-hop music that runs around 115 BPM. Knowing the tempo of your favorite electronic dance music song can be found a number of different ways, but the easiest is by simply counting them!

Remember, EDM is basically a generic term for a genre made up of loads of specific sub-genres. Here is a list of several types of Electronic Dance Music:

Subgenre: House
Further subgenres: Deep House, Progressive House, Electro House, Tech House, Tribal House etc

Subgenre: Techno
Further subgenres: Acid Techno, Detroit Techno, Minimal Techno, Dub etc

Subgenre: Trance
Further subgenres: Progressive Trance, Tech Trance, Vocal Trance, Goa, Psytrance etc

Subgenre: Dubstep
Further subgenres: Luvstep, Brostep, Thugstep etc

Subgenre: Drum and Bass
Further subgenres: Techstep, Drumstep, Jump-Up, Liquid Funk, Neurofunk etc

Subgenre: Garage
Further subgenres: Speed Garage, UK Garage, Bassline, 2-Step etc

Subgenre: Grime
Further subgenre: 8-bar, Sublow, Sinogrime etc

Subgenre: Trap

Subgenre: Hardstyle
Further subgenre: Hard Dance, Hard Trance, Happy Hardcore etc

Subgenre: Jungle
Further subgenre: Ragga Jungle, Darkcore, Intelligent Jungle etc

As you can see there are loads – and these aren’t even all of them! These are all specific sub-genres and your favorite dance song most likely falls into one (or even two) of those. Knowing the exact type of dance music you like can make it easier to find other songs you enjoy as well. By knowing a song you like is actually “Techno,” you can visit your favorite music app or website to search and discover new kinds of songs!


Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style.

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