Many people lately have been claiming that the genres of electronic music are useless and annoying, but I have to say I REALLY dissaggree. There is nothing worse in music than wanting some solid melodic trance and ending up with some experimental, noise-core tune. People want to hear what they like and there is a TON of difference between the major genres.
I agree that some are very similar, but if you’ve been listening to it a lot, like me, you want something specific and you don’t want to wade through a bunch of other stuff to get there.
The best way to learn what the genres mean is to listen to them, though I have to say that mp3.com is not the place to find a good representation of the genre everytime. Here’s a list of some world-class artists/DJ’s from outside the internet to get anyone started:
Paul van Dyk: Probably the best DJ in the world for trance and its variations. Also the music he produces himself is as good as it gets.
Paul Oakenfold: Very similar to van Dyk, but often a little harder and less melodic.
Sasha: Very much less melodic. He mixes more repetitve and bassy (if that’s a word) trance.
L.T.J. Bukem: The king of Drum & Bass.
BT: Producer of what I call techno. He uses lots of styles including ambient, trance, and other harder more hip-hop feeling stuff.
Prodigy: The best Industrial Techno you’ll find if you ask me.
Anabolic Frolic: The best Happy Hardcore DJ in the world. This genre’s a breeze to recognize.
Skillet: More Great industrial (Christian) rock-techno stuff.
DJ Dan: One of the best house mixers in the land.
Fatboy Slim: Another great house mixer, though I honestly hate the stuff.
Well, that’s just an intro. It may seem greek to many people at first, but you’ll catch on fast. To give you an idea:
A few years ago, I was strictly a classical and jazz musician and I basically didn’t consider this stuff music at all. I thought it was just a bunch of mindless thumping crap, but now I’m not only a huge fan, I’m a producer and amereur DJ. Now that I understand it and have learned to feel this music, I have built a love for it. I put it in a whole different category all together compared to other types of music. Its purpose is simply different. It cannot be subject to the same considerations as classical compositions just as classical music cannot be subject to the same considerations as electronica.
What has suprised me the most is the number of people who have no idea what it is, but don’t like it. I live with some VERY conservative people who wouldn’t consider the stuff at first, but soon were borrowing CD’s and a few have bought there own. I recommend this genre to anyone, but if you are going to try it out, give it a little time and try more than one style to be sure you don’t just hate one of them. Heck, I hate a few of them myself.