Types of Electronic Music


Quick guide to electronic music

Ever hang out with your friends and realize you have no idea what they're taking about? Skrillex? Dubstep? Deadmau5? Are you guys speaking English? If so, we're here to help. Vibin is here to give you a crash course in EDM culture.


"Electronic dance music" is a broad term that puts different artists under the same umbrella, which probably adds to the confusion surrounding the genres. Think about it: "Wake Me Up" by Avicii or the Calvin Harris beats in Rihanna's "We Found Love" sound very different from less commercial tracks such as Justice's "Civilization" or Bassnectar's "Bass Head." This vague generalization is why most DJs dislike the term, for example: Basically, "EDM" is a lazy way to generalize a wide variety of electronic music.


an EDM genre characterized by heavy sub-bass lines, or low beats that you can feel through the sub-woofers more than you can really hear them. For some Americans, dubstep= Skrillex. Skrillex's aggressive sound, coined "brostep" by some, is the popular dubstep we know in the States, but it's actually much different from the genre's British origins. Head over to Spin Magazine for more on dubstep's Western expansion.


House music originated in the 1980’s in Chicago, Illinois. After having success in the mid 90’s, house music grew larger with the wave of Progressive House. It is known to be the most ‘human’ sounding music of all of the genres. It is also the most popular and most used in the Top 40 mixes, because of it’s catchy tunes. Famous House DJs are Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Steve Aoki and Tiesto (formerly focused on trance). Deep house, for example, has a super relaxed, lounge-y sound with sexy, smooth vocals (if any). Progressive house tends to have long buildups and a climax somewhere in the middle of the song. In recent years, house music has seen major mainstream success with songs like Zedd's "Clarity," and "Levels" by Avicii, just to name a few.


Trance is one of the most emotional jerking genres because of its melodic tunes and it’s repetitive synths. Trance originated in the 1990’s and is usually characterized to be between 125 and 150 beats per minute. Popular trance artists today include the likes of Dash Berlin, Armin van Buuren, and DJ Tiesto.


Electro is short for electro-funk or electro-boogie and was influenced by the TR-808 drum machines and funk sampling. Song usually feature drum machines and heavy electronic sounds. Electro usually does not consist of vocals unless they are distorted.


Unfortunately most noobs think of our music as a genre as techno. Typically this genre is considered to be EDM or Electronic Dance Music. Techno is a form of EDM that emerged in Detroit, Michigan in the late 1980’s. Techno is generally a repetitive beat in common time (4/4). The tempo is generally (120-150 BPM) and generally uses drum machines, digital workstations and synthesizers.


Dubstep originated in South London at around the year 1998. Dubstep is known to be “tightly coiled productions with overwhelming bass lines and reverberant drum patterns, occasional vocals, and clipped samples.” In 2011, Skrillex and other artists such as Rusko and Datsik have gained the appeal to people in the US market by introducing a post-dubstep style known as brostep. Brostep is known to be “lurching and agressive.”


Moombahton is a mix of house mix and reggaeton. This genre was made famous by American DJ and Producer Dave Nada in 2010. Moobahton is very close to dutch house and electro house, but at the tempo of reggaeton (108-112 BPM).

Trip Hop:

Trip hop is the downtempo electronic music which originated in the 1990s. It is known as the post-acid house music which is a variant of soul, jazz and funk.

HipHop USA:

In the USA Hiphop has re-emerged as a dominant force as an electronic music genre. In the past DJs used to sample records, but now they are using the tools from Electronic music to lay their tracks. They do not need to take anything from mainstream artist to find success anymore.

Trap Music Wiki:

According to Wikipedia, trap music is a music genre that originated in the early 1990s in the Southern United States. It is typified by its aggressive lyrical content and sound, where the instrumentals are propelled by 808 kick drums or heavy extended sub-bass lines, double-time, triple-time and other faster time division hi-hats, layered synthesizers, and "cinematic" strings.