The Electronic Dance Music Trade Journal

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The Electronic Dance Music Trade Journal is a site that discusses the business side of the EDM industry.


The electronic dance music industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that caters to a global market of music fans who enjoy attending live events, downloading and streaming music, and purchasing DJ merchandise.

The electronic dance music industry is comprised of three main sectors: the live event sector, the recorded music sector, and the DJ merchandise sector.

The live event sector is responsible for producing and promoting live concerts and festivals around the world. The recorded music sector comprises record labels, distributors, and retailers that sell physical CDs and digital downloads of dance music. The DJ merchandise sector sells a variety of products such as turntables, mixers, headphones, and clothing.

What is EDM?

The Electronic Dance Music or EDM is a type of electronic music that is produced for the dance-oriented clubs. This type of music is usually characterized by a strong beat and a repetitive melody. The EDM has its roots in the disco music of the 1970s and the 1980s.


In the 1980s, an underground movement of DJs and producers began creating a new kind of dance music that was heavily influenced by what was going on in Chicago’s house music scene. This new sound, which came to be known as “house,” spread quickly to other parts of the world, and by the early 1990s it had become one of the most popular genres of dance music.

House music is characterized by a 4/4 time signature, a steady bassline, and simple but effective melodies. The style is often very minimalistic, with stripped-down tracks that emphasize the rhythm over everything else. House beats are usually produced with a drum machine or sampler, and the genre makes heavy use of synthesizers and other electronic instruments.

While house music has its roots in Chicago, it has been adopted by DJs and producers from all over the world. In recent years, house music has experienced a major resurgence in popularity, thanks in part to the success of artists like Disclosure, who have brought the sound to a whole new generation of listeners.


Techno is a type of electronic dance music played on synthesizers and drum machines featuring repetitive 4/4 beats. It was first developed in the late 1980s in Detroit, Michigan, by Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, and Derrick May, and has since evolved into a variety of subgenres.

Drum and Bass

At its heart, drum and bass is a music of contradiction. percussion that seems to scatter in all directions, at dizzying speeds and yet with an astonishing clarity of detail; basslines that are brutal in their power, yet also intelligent and playful; melodies built from vibrant shards of noise, yet also strangely beautiful. These contradictions have made drum and bass one of the most innovative – and one of the most popular – forms of electronic dance music of the past two decades.


Trance is a genre of electronic dance music that developed in the late 1990s. It is characterized by a tempo of around 140 beats per minute, repeating melodic phrases, and a distinctive synth sound. Trance music is often used by DJs to create a state of euphoria or to induce a trance-like state in their listeners.

The History of EDM

The history of EDM is a long and colorful one, full of creative innovation and experimentation. From the earliest days of electronic music, artists have been pushing the boundaries of what is possible with technology. In the early days, electronic music was created using analog synthesizers and tape machines. This allowed for a wide range of sounds, but the technology was limited.

Early Beginnings

Electronic dance music has come a long way since its early beginnings in the 1970s. This genre of music has evolved rapidly, taking on many different forms and styles along the way.

The earliest examples of electronic dance music can be traced back to the disco era of the late 1970s. At this time, DJs began to experiment with using electronic instruments and effects to create new sounds. This led to the development of disco-infused EDM, which became increasingly popular in clubs and dance floors around the world.

As disco began to decline in popularity in the early 1980s, EDM began to evolve into new genres, such as techno and house. These genres placed a greater emphasis onbeat-driven rhythms and catchy melodies, which helped them to become some of the most popular forms of dance music in the world.

In the 1990s, EDM underwent yet another transformation, as new subgenres such as trance and drum & bass began to emerge. These styles were characterised by their use of complex arrangements and psychedelic soundscapes, which helped them to stand out from other genres of dance music.

Today, EDM is one of the most popular genres of music in the world, with millions of people attending festivals and clubs each year to experience its unique sound.

The First Wave of EDM

The first wave of EDM DJs came about in the early 1970s as disco started to take off. These DJs were mostly playing in nightclubs, and they would use special equipment to extend and manipulate the sound of the records they were playing. This new style of DJing quickly became popular, and soon there were clubs all over the world featuring this new sound.

The first wave of EDM DJs were mostly playing disco records, but as the 1970s progressed, they began to incorporate other genres into their sets. Funk, soul, and even rock music found their way into the mix. By the end of the decade, EDM had become its own distinct genre, with its own sound and style.

The first wave of EDM DJs laid the foundation for the genre, and their influence can still be heard today. Many of the biggest names in EDM got their start during this time, including pioneers like Giorgio Moroder and Kraftwerk. If you’re a fan of EDM, then you owe a debt of gratitude to these early innovators.

The Second Wave of EDM

If the first wave of EDM was about artists pushing the boundaries of what could be accomplished with new technology, the second wave was about those artists turning their attention to the dancefloor. Producers began to experiment with different ways to make people move, and by the early 1990s, a new generation of clubgoers had begun to emerge. These were people who were more interested in dancing than in taking drugs, and they were looking for a new style of music to call their own.

producers like Jeremy Healy, 808 State, and Andrew Weatherall began to experiment with new sounds and new ways to make people move. The second wave of EDM was about pushing the boundaries of what could be accomplished on the dancefloor, and it quickly gained popularity around the world.

In the United States, second-wave EDM found its home in Chicago, where a group of producers known as the Warehouse Crew began to experiment with a new style of music called house. House music was based on a simple four-on-the-floor beat, but it incorporated elements from other genres like soul, funk, and disco. The result was a sound that was both familiar and unfamiliar, and it quickly caught on with clubgoers in Chicago and beyond.

The second wave of EDM came to an end in the late 1990s, as a new style of music called trance began to take hold. Trance music was more focused on melody than rhythm, and it soon became the dominant sound in clubs around the world. But while trance may have ended the second wave of EDM, it laid the groundwork for what would come next: The third wave.

The Future of EDM

In the past few years, Electronic Dance Music has seen a surge in popularity. More and more people are attending EDM festivals and listening to EDM tracks. This has led to a lot of excitement about the future of the genre. In this article, we will take a look at the future of EDM and what it holds for the genre.

The Third Wave of EDM

The first wave of EDM was very melodic and poppy, think of artists such as Avicii, Kygo and The Chainsmokers. The second wave was heavier, with more bass and drops, think of Expect us by Marshmello or Lean On by Major Lazar. So what will the third wave sound like? I believe the third wave will take the best aspects of both the first and second wave to make a sound that is uniquely its own.

The third wave will have a mix of both heavy bass drops and melodic tunes that will get you up on your feet and dancing all night long. There will also be a focus on story telling in songs, with artists using their music to transport listeners to another world. This is something that has always been present in EDM, but I believe it will be taken to new heights in the third wave.

So get ready for the third wave of EDM, it’s going to be a ride you won’t want to miss!


In conclusion, the electronic dance music trade journal is a great resource for anyone interested in the genre. It provides an overview of the history of the genre, as well as information on current artists and trends.

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