Cliche Electronic Dance Music and How to Avoid It

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Cliche electronic dance music is something that we all have come across at some point or another. Whether it’s the same four-on-the-floor beats or the same synth presets, it can be easy to fall into a trap of making music that sounds like everything else out there. So, how do you avoid making cliche EDM? In this blog post, we’ll share some tips on how to stay creative and avoid making music that sounds like everyone else.

What is a Cliche?

In electronic dance music, a cliche is a musical phrase, sound, or production element that is overused. This can happen in any genre, but it’s especially prevalent in EDM. When a new sound or production element becomes popular, it’s often used to death by producers who are trying to cash in on the trend. As a result, the once-fresh sound quickly becomes overused and tired.

Defining a Cliche

Broadly speaking, a cliché is an overused or hackneyed phrase, idea, or image. In the world of electronic dance music (EDM), a cliché can be any musical element that has been used so often that it has become trite or unoriginal. Clichés can manifest themselves in various ways, from an over-reliance on certain types of sounds to predictable song structures and lyric themes.

While there is no hard and fast rule for what constitutes a cliché in EDM, there are some common elements that are often cited as being tired and overcooked. These include the use of drop-outs (silence followed by a sudden burst of sound), build-ups that never seem to go anywhere, and excessive use of reverb and delay. Other clichés include the rely on bass drops as a way to create energy, using synth stabs as punctuation points, and using chugging techno rhythms as a default groove.

Of course, not all use of these elements is automatically clichés; it depends on how they are used and what context they are placed in. For example, if a drop-out is used to create suspense before a big moment, it can be effective. Similarly, if a chugging techno groove is effective in getting people to dance, then it serves its purpose. It’s only when these elements are used in a way that feels predictable or uninspired that they become clichés.

If you’re interested in making EDM thatavoidsthese pitfalls, the best advice is to be aware of the clichés that exist and make sure that your own music doesn’t rely too heavily on them. That said, don’t be afraid to experiment – some of the most successful EDM tracks have been those that have taken risks and tried something new. The key is strike a balance between being fresh and innovative while still staying true to the fundamentals of what makes EDM so exciting in the first place.

Examples of Cliches

A cliche is a phrase or expression that has been overused to the point of becoming trite or commonplace. Cliches are often used in everyday speech and writing in an attempt to add color or emphasis, but more often than not, they end up sounding dull and hackneyed.

There are many different types of cliches, but some of the most common include:

-Overused metaphors or similes (e.g. as busy as a bee, cold as ice, etc.)
-Proverbs that have been worn out through overuse (e.g. bad news comes in threes, there’s no such thing as a free lunch, etc.)
-Phrases that have been popularized by pop culture (e.g. YOLO, dope, lit, etc.)

While there’s nothing inherently wrong with using a cliche here and there, it’s important not to rely on them too heavily. Overusing cliches can make your writing sound lazy and unoriginal, so it’s best to use them sparingly. If you’re not sure whether or not something counts as a cliche, try reading it out loud – if it sounds like something you’ve heard a million times before, chances are it’s a cliche!

How to Avoid Cliches

When it comes to electronic dance music, it can be easy to fall into the trap of making cliche sounding tunes. In this article, we’ll show you how to avoid using cliches in your music so that your tunes stand out from the rest.

Be Unique

EDM is a genre of music that is often full of cliches. If you want to avoid making your music sound like a cliche, you need to be unique. One way to be unique is to use different instruments or sounds that are not typically used in EDM. You can also experiment with different rhythms and melodies. Be creative and don’t be afraid to try something new.

Do Your Research

When it comes to music, you need to do your research in order to stay away from any and all cliches. The last thing you want is your music to sound like everyone else’s. Be unique, be different, set yourself apart from the pack. There are a million different ways to make a great sounding track, so don’t be afraid to experiment. Try new things, take risks and push boundaries. Who knows, you may just create the next big thing in Electronic Dance Music.

Find Your Own Sound

When you’re just starting out, it’s easy to fall into the trap of copying other producers. It’s important to find your own sound, but how do you do that? Here are some tips:

-Listen to a lot of music. Not just EDM, but all genres. This will help you develop an ear for what you like and don’t like.
-Experiment with different sounds and genres. Don’t be afraid to try something new. You never know what will inspire you.
– be patient. It takes time to develop a unique sound. Just keep working at it and don’t give up.

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