How To Talk To Your Family About Electronic Dance Music This Holiday Season - EDM Culture

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How To Talk To Your Family About Electronic Dance Music This Holiday Season - EDM Culture

That awkward moment when you're sitting at the family holiday dinner and Aunt Susie hears that you're a fan of electronic dance music.

"EDM?" she questions.

That's where your Uncle Bob says "Yeah, EDM. That's those parties the kids are going to where they take drugs and die. We heard all about it on the NEWS."

Trying to sound cool and relevant your mid 30s cousin/Pearl Jam fan chimes in, like she's still hip "ya, they are called raves. The music all sounds the same . . . 'Untz, Untz, Untz' It's horrible."

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Since you can't really "cool story" your family, you've got to come up a way to explain your love for the music. Here are four rebuttals to some of the common misconceptions of EDM culture.

1. EDM all sounds the same

Well, to the untrained ear, maybe so, but that statement is a bit short sighted. It's like comparing Johnny Cash to Garth Brooks. Yes, both may be considered the same genre, but they are very different. And in actuality there are lots of varying sounds in electronic dance music. Some might say that EDM has elements of all forms of music- classical, jazz, rock, hip hop, and even country (Thanks Avicii!).

2. EDM has no history

As a genre, electronic dance music is at least 30 years old. It has a rich history, storied in the socio-economic challenges that impoverished, working class communities in both the U.S. and Europe. Some of the pioneers of early dance music didn't have access to things like music lessons in school, guitars, drums, and recording studios. But, they could afford samplers and drum machines! EDM is a prime example of people using what was around them to do what they love- and that's make music.

3. EDM is all about drugs

There's been a long connection between music and drugs, which a unfortunate reality. Bands like the Beatles have songs like "Yellow Submarine" (debatable) and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" (not debatable), where drug references can be found the song and the title. While it's an important issue that needs to be discussed, to say EDM is all about drugs is like saying the Beatles were just strung out hippies. Thank your parents and their generation for bringing the drugs and music discussion to light in the 1960s and 1970s, and state that your generation can hopefully learn from their example. Pass the gravy!

4. It's not real music

From the guitar to the electric guitar, to the drum to the drum machine, to the piano to the the synthesizer, music and how music is made is made is always chaining. Music styles have been evolve with technology and vice versa. Just because it's made on a computer doesn't mean that it's worse, it's just different.

Now it's pumpkin pie time. If they still don't get it, excuse yourself for a moment, put on your headphones, and listen to this-