The Difference: Why Dance Music Is More Than Just Beats
Dance music can be broken down into a few different categories: house/tech house, dubstep, and trance/progressive house. Although these genres are quite different from one another, the one thing that connects them all is the formula used to produce them. Dance music producers follow a consistent pattern of repeating elements in order to create a song that is enjoyable for dancing. This pattern of repetition is what makes dance music different from other genres. The simplicity of the beats allows people to dance to the music without having to focus on complicated rhythms, because the rhythms are repetitive and continuous.
These days, it seems like almost all new pop music has been influenced by EDM (electronic dance music). In many popular songs today, you can hear catchy drops and a steady beat that make it easy to move your body. Many people don’t realize how deep EDM runs in the roots of pop music; they just think it’s trendy at the moment. In reality, this trend has been going on since the late 2000s when artists such as Lady Gaga were creating songs with beats that were very similar to those found in electronic dance songs of that time period.
The reason for this is simple: electronic dance
There are many reasons why dance music is different than other genres. It’s the only type of music that has a “drop”. It’s the only type of music that is played at clubs. It’s the only type of music that people actually dance to. However, there is one thing that makes dance music so special, and it’s something that every other genre of music is missing: a sense of community.
Most radio stations don’t want to play dance music because they can’t make money off of it. So if you want to listen to the best dance tracks from around the world, you’ll have to go somewhere else. Luckily for you, we’re here to help! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite online radio stations. Take a look at them below and see which one fits your needs!
-Dance Music Radio: The go-to place for all things electronic and dance music related. They feature both local and international DJs playing their favorite tracks around the clock. Their website also has a lot of content on upcoming events in NYC (and other cities) as well as interviews with artists and producers who work in the industry.
-EDM Radio: A station dedicated entirely to EDM (electronic dance music). They feature both
For many people, the terms “dance music” and “house music” are interchangeable. After all, house is one of the most popular forms of dance music, and it’s been around for a while.
However, the two styles are actually quite different. While they share some similarities in their beats, they differ in many ways. House is a more traditional style of dance music that relies on strong rhythms and melodies to create a sense of movement. It also has a very distinctive bassline that makes it stand out from other genres like techno or dubstep.
On the other hand, electronic music is a newer form of dance music with less emphasis on rhythm and more emphasis on synths and samples.
So what makes these two styles so different? What is it about electronics that makes them such an integral part of electronic dance music? And how do you tell which is which?
The first thing to understand about electronics is that they are not always used for their intended purpose. For example, you could use your computer to play back recorded sounds from your CD player or DVR box, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t put it inside an instrument case and plug it into an electric guitar amp instead of into speakers. The same goes for synthesizers:
With the explosion of electronic music and the increase in popularity of certain genres, I often get asked the question, “What’s the difference between house and techno?” It’s a legitimate question. If you’re not immersed in this culture, it can all sound like BPMs and synths. And while there are many similarities between the genres, there is a world of difference.
It’s easy to see how people could make that mistake. A lot of people who are getting into electronic music today are getting into it through festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival , Ultra Music Festival or Tomorrowland . There are also many popular internet radio stations that play electronic music: Sirius/XM (Ch 54), Digitally Imported , Proton Radio, Frisky Radio and Soundcloud .
The thing about these is that they tend to play music from a wide range of genres under the umbrella of “electronic music.” People listen to them because they like dance music in general but don’t really know what genre they’re listening to at any given time. The same can be said for most DJs playing at big festivals. In fact, most DJs today play a mix of different genres.
I’m not saying this is bad or wrong. In fact, I think it’s great that electronic
For the uninitiated, electronic music can seem like a confusing blur of beats and bass. And, in many ways, that’s exactly what it is. But there are distinctions that separate it from other genres of music and those differences aren’t always obvious, even to avid fans.
It’s generally accepted that many musical genres are defined by their instruments: bluegrass features banjos; rock employs electric guitars; jazz relies on the horns; classical uses a wide range of acoustic instruments. But electronic music is not defined by its instruments. In fact, it usually doesn’t use any instruments at all. Rather than having electric guitars or strings, electronic tracks are composed entirely of synthesized sounds.
On the surface, this might seem like a very small difference. After all, as with most other genres, it would be difficult to distinguish an electric guitar from its acoustic counterpart when played in isolation. And yet this distinction is still considered important enough to separate them into different genres.
What’s more interesting is that no single instrument is capable of producing the sounds that comprise an entire electronic track, so even if an artist were to play live they would have to use multiple instruments in order to recreate the song accurately (unless they were using prerecorded backing tracks). This means that
Because of the internet, we can now access basically any type of music and for free!
The new generation of artists are growing up with the internet and the amount of musical styles they are exposed to is much more than ever before. This means that they are influenced by a wider range of music than ever before.
You can listen to an artist you love and then find out who influenced him or her. This will lead you to another artist, who has influenced someone else that you know. You can do this forever! If we go back twenty years ago, it was all about breaking down barriers between genres, but today there’s just so many more genres to mix together. It’s almost like a big buffet table. There are so many different flavours that you can have in one dish, which makes for some interesting meals!
There is no single genre anymore. Fans have become much more open-minded. The problem with this is that people will always want to define things and put them in boxes, but these days I don’t think it’s as important anymore because we have too much choice on our plate and people are just getting confused.
I myself am an electronic music producer from Berlin and I’ve been producing for about 8 years now so I