How To Get Started with EDM Music
Whether you like it or not it's coming your way, so here's how to break it down (and no, you don't need any glowsticks.)
Listen to the remixes. DJs take songs that you already know and mix them with beats. Start with some transition songs you already like and then go from there. Most of these will be “House” music, since that's the most mainstream. Start listening to some Avicii, “Levels” or Fleetwood Mac's “Dreams” remixed by Gigamesh. You could also listen to really any Calvin Harris song (especially “Feel So Close”) as much of his music is on mainstream radio. Or if you like more of a country flavor try Avicii's “Wake me Up.”
Now let's take it up a notch.
You've heard some beats drop and some bass pumped. Listen to Skrillex's “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” or Swedish House Mafia's “Don't You Worry Child.” Both are very different from one another but still a slower beat. Well Skrillex's starts out slow… You could listen to Flux Pavillion's “I Can't Stop” And yes, you've probably heard it before, it's also featured on the movie The Great Gatsby.
Make it drop.
It's time to get into some dubstep and harder beats. Nero's “Promises” is an easy song to listen to, but if you really want something hard listen to Skrillex. Or you can try Bassnectar's “Basshead.” Try out these songs when you're working out. It will help you keep the pace and go harder. Or, it's just too much, you can try some trance music. Tiesto's “Paradise” or Hardwell's “Call Me a Spaceman” are two of my favorite songs ever.
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Go to a concert at a small venue.
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Go to a festival.
You've now mastered all the genres and even picked out a few standout artists you like. These festivals will really make your love for the music complete. Sure I went to a festival with 180,000 people. But it wasn't overwhelming. It was perfect. There is a sense of community unparalleled here, we are all here to listen to the music and have fun. Who doesn't want to do that? Best festival (I'm very slanted on this): Tomorrowland, in Belgium. There is also the Electric Daisy Festival in Las Vegas or check out Rage Texas to see any event going on in our state.
So what do you think?
Will you get into the music?!
Other artists I recommend: Armin Van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Afrojack, Knife Party, Alesso, Steve Aoki, Danny Avila, ARTY, Nervo, Zedd, Benga, Yves V…oh there's just so many.