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All genres of music have strong followings attached to them. While some fans have only recently become familiar with the “scene”, others have spent so much time involved with the music that they essentially know all that there is to know about it. When you’re new to a style of music, it can be difficult to understand the world surrounding the genre.

EDM is a category of its own, made of multiple genres and subgenres. You’ve most likely heard of these genres and subgenres at one point, but maybe you didn’t know that they actually all fall under Electronic Dance Music. EDM is percussive; progressive dance music made up of electronic beats, that is heard in nightclubs, festivals, and raves. If you are new to the EDM world, it’s important to understand some of the popular genres and subgenres within this music style.

House
House music is one of the most popular genres of EDM. It started in Chicago in the late 1970s at a club called The Warehouse, which is also where House music got its name. Although House music has been around for quite some time, it has continued dominating the radio with artists such as Avicii, Daft Punk, David Guetta, and Zedd. A few of the subgenres of House music include Tribal House, Deep House, Electro House, and Progressive House.

Techno
Techno seems to be the one word many people not well versed in the EDM world will use to describe all electronic music. Techno music originated in Detroit during the mid to late 1980s and served as the jumping off point to most subgenres of EDM. A few of the subgenres from Techno include Experimental and Minimal. Richie Hawtin, Juan Atkins, and Carl Cox make up some of the more well-known Techno artists.

Trance
Trance music made its way into the rave scene during the late 1980s in the United Kingdom. It continued to progress during the 1990s in Germany and eventually became popular throughout Europe. Trance is one of the more popular genres of EDM. Progressive Trance, Vocal Trance, and Tech Trance are just a few of the subgenres of Trance music, with notable artists including Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, and Judge Jules.

A few other popular genres in EDM include Dubstep, Drum and Bass, and Garage. Like any style of music, there’s are a variety of genres and subgenres that make up the music culture. For anyone who has just begun listening to EDM music, it can be very beneficial to understand the origins and types of music with each genre of Electronic Dance Music.