Where Did Electronic Dance Music Come From?

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Many people think of electronic dance music (EDM) as a recent phenomenon, but the genre actually has a long and fascinating history. In this blog post, we’ll explore where EDM came from and how it has evolved over the years.


Electronic dance music, or EDM as it’s commonly called today, is a broad range of percussive electronic music genres made largely for nightclubs, raves and festivals. It is generally produced for playback by DJs who create seamless selections of tracks, called a mix, by segueing from one recording to another.

EDM developed in the underground club culture of the 1980s and early 1990s in Europe and the United States. It grew out of the rich tapestry of genres that emerged from disco, post-punk, new wave and synth-pop. House music, a genre that originated in Chicago clubs in the mid-1980s, was the first popular form of EDM. Detroit techno followed shortly thereafter and by the early 1990s, rave culture had taken hold in the UK.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, EDM achieved mainstream popularity in Europe with the rise of trance music. By the mid-2000s, it had become popular worldwide with the success of various artists such as Tïesto, David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia. In recent years, EDM has been increasingly inspired by trap music and other hip-hop genres.

The Birth of House Music

Electronic dance music, or EDM as it’s commonly called, has been around for several decades. But where did this genre come from? How did it evolve into the popular sound that we know and love today?

The roots of EDM can be traced back to the 1970s, when disco was all the rage. At that time, DJs began experimenting with new ways to create beats and rhythms using electronic instruments. This led to the birth of genres like house and techno.

As EDM became more popular, DJs began to experiment with different sounds and styles. This led to the development of subgenres like trance, drum & bass, and dubstep. Today, there are dozens of different EDM genres, each with its own distinct sound and style.

EDM has come a long way since its humble origins in the 1970s disco scene. But one thing has remained constant: the desire of DJs and producers to push boundaries and create new and exciting sounds.

The Rise of Techno

Techno is one of the most popular and well-known genres of electronic dance music, but where did it come from? The roots of techno can be traced back to the early 1980s in Detroit, Michigan, where a group of visionary African American DJs and producers created a unique new sound.

This new sound was inspired by the synth-pop and post-punk music that was popular at the time, as well as by the city’s rich history of soul and Motown. The resulting sound was something completely new and different, and it caught on quickly with clubgoers in Detroit.

The first techno tracks were created using rudimentary synthesizers and drum machines, but as technology progressed, so did the sound of techno. By the early 1990s, the genre had exploded in popularity, with leading DJs and producers like Carl Cox, Laurent Garnier, and Richie Hawtin helping to take it to new heights.

Today, techno is enjoyed by millions of people all over the world, and its influence can be heard in many other genres of electronic dance music. Thanks to its early pioneers, techno will always have a special place in dance music history.

The Evolution of EDM

Electronic dance music has come a long way since its humble beginnings in the underground club scene. Originally known as disco not disco or new wave dance music, early EDM was characterized by its use of synthesizers, drum machines, and sequencers to create hypnotic, repetitive grooves. In the 1980s and early 1990s, techno and house music emerged as the two most popular genres of EDM, followed by trance in the mid-1990s. Today, EDM encompasses a wide range of subgenres that fuse elements of techno, house, trance, and more.


In conclusion, electronic dance music has come a long way since its humble beginnings in the 1970s. Today, EDM is enjoyed by millions of people around the world and shows no signs of slowing down. With the help of technology, EDM has evolved into a genre that is truly unique and offers something for everyone. Whether you enjoy the fast-paced energy of electro house or the more laid-back vibes of trance, there is an electronic dance music subgenre that is perfect for you. So put on your dancing shoes and get ready to experience the power of EDM!

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