So I was talking with a friend recently about how electronic dance music is becoming increasingly mainstream, and it got me thinking about the way that EDM has garnered a reputation for being particularly exclusionary. So in this blog post I’d like to look into why EDM has a reputation for being exclusionary.
To be clear, I know that there are definitely counter-examples to this claim. There exists EDM music which is not exclusionary, and there are many other genres of music which are just as exclusionary as EDM. However what I hope to argue here is that there is a trend in mainstream EDM towards being exclusionary, and that this trend needs to be more actively addressed by both artists and fans of EDM.
EDM, or electronic dance music, has been around forever. I remember the first time I heard it in the early ’90s. My brother and a friend of his told me that there was this new genre of music called “EDM” that was going to take over the world.
They were right. EDM is now one of the most popular genres of music in America and other parts of the world. But there is one problem with EDM: it’s not very inclusive.
Many people who are not part of mainstream society believe that EDM is just for white people. That belief is false. The truth is that EDM is for everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or any other demographics.
The reason why many people think that EDM is only for white people or straight men has to do with how EDM has been marketed by record companies and promoters in recent years: as a “guilty pleasure.” In other words, these companies have created an image of what they want their customers to believe about EDM (that it’s only for white people or straight men) and then used marketing techniques to reinforce this idea in consumers’ minds through advertising campaigns on TV shows such as MTV’s Jersey Shore, radio stations like SiriusXM
In this article, I’m going to be focusing on the lack of inclusion of women in mainstream EDM.
In my opinion, they should have a better representation in the music industry. EDM is the biggest genre of music right now, so it’s upsetting that women are not being properly represented as DJs and producers. It’s also upsetting that there aren’t too many women attending shows and festivals.
The most popular DJs are all men, but there are plenty of women who deserve recognition for their talent, who don’t get it. For example, Alison Wonderland is one of the most talented female EDM artists today, but she isn’t as big as her male counterparts are.
I find this to be an issue because it isn’t fair that women are not getting their due for their talents, but it also makes me sad to see how few people care about this problem.
Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is a genre of music that was originally underground, but hit mainstream popularity in the 1990’s. It has since become one of the most popular genres, with EDM-focused festivals and concerts selling out all over the world.
Despite its popularity, the genre itself is still very much a work in progress. The genre has been dominated by men, which has been especially problematic as EDM culture has become more and more associated with drugs and sexual assault.
The lack of women in EDM is especially concerning when you look at the fact that most DJs are men. This means that most of the music being produced and promoted by DJs is designed for a male audience. This can lead to an environment where women feel unsafe or unwelcome at venues or are put off from attending shows because they don’t feel comfortable in an environment dominated by men.
This is not to say there aren’t any women in EDM, but they are underrepresented compared to other genres such as hip-hop or pop music where female artists have had more success commercially and critically than their male counterparts. There needs to be a shift towards including female DJs in order for EDM culture to continue growing as well as diversify it’s audience base so that everyone feels welcome
The lack of diversity in the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) scene has been a heated topic for as long as I can remember. From the blatantly racist costumes to the overall lack of representation on stage to the culturally appropriative music, it’s no wonder why people of color are hesitant to enter this space.
EDM is a genre that was created by and for white people. And with that, comes a lot of privilege. We see it time and time again with artists like Avicii, David Guetta, Martin Garrix and The Chainsmokers among others dominating the scene. Arguably some of the most famous DJs in the world (with one Grammy between them), but not a single person of color in sight.
The reason why I am writing this is because I think it’s important to note that representation matters. For example, if you were to scroll through a lineup poster and you didn’t see anyone who looked like you, how would you feel? What if there was only one person on that whole poster who was your skin color? Wouldn’t that make you feel uncomfortable?
Electronic dance music is a genre of music that emerged from the 1990s, and it has become a popular choice for fans of dance music. The genre has garnered a lot of attention in recent years, thanks to the rise of artists like Skrillex, Diplo, Calvin Harris, and even Kaskade.
While EDM is primarily known as “dance” music, there are also many different subgenres within it, such as trance and dubstep. While these may have some similarities in feel and sound, they are not at all the same thing. For example, trance is an electronic subgenre of music that uses repetitive synthesizer patterns to create a trance-like state. Dubstep is a subgenre of electronic dance music that utilizes heavy bass lines to create an aggressive feel.
Despite the fact that EDM comes in many different shapes and sizes, it’s important to note that all electronic dance music is not created equal. There are plenty of talented artists out there who make great electronic dance music, but there are also plenty of people who just want to make money off of your taste buds by creating bad electronic dance albums. If you’re looking for good EDM records, be sure to do some research before buying them so you know what
The DJ-producer-remixer has been on a meteoric rise since the release of his debut album, Bangarang, in 2011. But when you look at the production credits of Skrillex’s most recent album, Recess (2014), many of the producers are not as well known as Skrillex himself. The increasing number of co-productions shows that it’s becoming more and more difficult for an artist to simply make all the music himself.
However, this is not a bad thing. Kelly Rowland collaborated with Beyoncé Knowles on “Independent Women, Part 1”, Queen Bey collaborated with Jay Z on “Crazy in Love” and Britney Spears collaborated with Justin Timberlake on “Cry Me A River”. These collaborations were all successes — but these were all same gender collaborations. It seems that collaboration is only good if it’s between a man and a woman?