The Evolution of EDM

By Abel Arriola | Staff Writer |

With knob-turners like David Guetta, and Tiesto, these iconic DJs helped grow Electronic Dance Music (EDM) and made it what it is today. Guetta was spinning turntables in ’88s and Tiësto in the ’90s.

Still alive today, these two DJs continue to be founding fathers in electronic music, according to CNN.

DJ’s are the ones behind the music. They mixing songs with one another in a continuous set.

Its roots began with DJs employed by discotheque clubs and play music for the crowd.

“By the late ’80s to early ’90s, there has been increased popularity among the table turners themselves. DJs, although not producers, began to produce more of their own material,” according to

These DJs became more known when producing electronic music, more and more people got attracted to it.

By the ’90s, DJs started to perform in indoor and outdoor music events known as raves. Raves were for people to enjoy the music and each others presence.

“EDM is on a whole other level! If there is anything that could bring world peace or gatherings where people feel loved, and feel a place where there is no judgment and free of all troubles,” said student Alec Alvarado.

“For most of its lifetime, EDM has generally been a movement confined to lower-middle class people who are searching for a place of belonging and acceptance,” according to

With the help of these producers, the electronic music world has evolved rapidly, making it increasingly popular. Thousands of people come from different parts of the world to enjoy good music, good company, and the scene.

“DJ and performers/producers branched out and performed on traditional music festivals either ‘spinning’ a DJ set, or actually perform live. More currently however, the EDM world has become much more mainstream, with DJ’s pulling in crowds of 20,000 or more on a daily basis,” as said in

With the help of these knob-turners branching out of the nightclubs, electronic music festivals are some of the biggest functions there are, bringing people from all parts of the world to enjoy the music.

The Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) is one of the most famous music festivals, as well as the largest electronic music carnival. EDC Las Vegas welcomed 400,000 people across the world, according to

EDC broke records with bringing in a mass influx of people to a music event. Electronic music was never like that before and for a carnival to bring that many people, you can expect it to grow even more throughout its time.

“I attended EDC [in] 2014 and it was wild! I’ve never experienced EDM like that. I didn’t believe it was going to be as popular as it was. I used to think EDM was lame and underground, but to come to a an actual festival I now know why it’s growing rapidly. It’s amazing!” said student Selina Lopez.

Knowing that it was only played in nightclubs and underground raves is hard to believe when some of the world’s largest festivals are electronic music gatherings.

As an EDC attendee myself, I experienced its entirety. From the excitement of the fans and DJs I can only see it pushing forward. EDC has opened up to Mexico, the UK, New York, Orlando, and Puerto Rico.

The expansion of EDC has opened up to Japan and Brazil and with the way things are going it might open up in an area near you.

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