What Is Deep Techno?

What Is Deep Techno?

Deep techno, or simply techno, is a genre of EDM that first emerged in the late 90s and early 2000s. Today, it’s one of the most popular genres of EDM around the world, with famous names like Carl Cox leading the scene in countries like Germany and Italy. Despite the ubiquity of the genre, however, there are plenty of people who still aren’t quite sure what this genre actually is and how it differs from other similar genres of music, like progressive house or dubstep.

The History of Deep Techno

As one of EDM’s original subgenres, deep techno emerged in Detroit in 1992. This style of music was created to be released as a side project by some of Detroit’s most famous techno artists, who wanted to experiment with tracks that weren’t quite as heavy on 4/4 drum patterns and didn’t involve dropping beats. Because of its association with progressive house and trance, this genre became incredibly popular throughout Europe (particularly Berlin) in 2000.

The Most Famous Artists

Carl Cox, Ricardo Villalobos, Loco Dice and Richie Hawtin are some of the most famous artists. There are many other artists who use deep techno elements as a genre and style to create new music. The rhythm patterns typically go around 138-142 BPM (beats per minute) along with some moderate to fast bass lines (35 Hz to 110 Hz). There can be some slight variations but most of these artists uses these two styles combined. Stylistically, it has characteristics of progressive house, trance and minimal techno all in one genre.

Why Is It So Popular In Europe?

While it may be easy to write off European techno as more aggressive and exciting than American music, there’s also a lot of deep history behind it. As EDM in general began to grow in popularity, DJs looked for ways to keep their art interesting and relevant. One way was changing up their sounds—and that led to today’s trend. Unlike its genre-mates, this genre takes its cue from classic progressive house (especially Carl Cox) and then adds layers of grit with elements like tempo changes and percussion mixed together. This often results in lengthy track lengths (the average is 10–20 minutes long), but many fans say they wouldn’t have it any other way!

How Is Deep Techno Different From Other Electronic Dance Music Subgenres?

Techno, especially deep techno, has a slower tempo than most other genres of EDM. It also features syncopated rhythms and a more prominent bassline. In addition to these two stylistic elements, this genre also incorporates many elements from its parent genre: house music. Like house music, deep techno incorporates samples of older music into its compositions. However, unlike house music’s sample-based approach, deep techno tends to use much longer loops as building blocks for their tracks. This makes for a much more distinct sound that emphasizes synth melodies over drumbeats. The tonality of most songs in this genre is generally melancholy.

Travel

What sets EDM apart from other genres is its emphasis on live performance. You can hear live EDM at almost any bar, club, or festival these days, but to experience deep techno in a real dance environment you’ll need to travel to Europe. If you don’t have plans for your next vacation, start planning now; a trip to Berlin will get you deep into what makes techno great.

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What is Deep House?

What is Deep House?

Deep House is one of the many subgenres that fall under the EDM umbrella, with origins as far back as the late 1980s in Chicago, USA. Although its heyday was between 1993 and 1995, when artists like Fingers Inc., Mr. Fingers, and Farley Jackmaster Funk were producing at the peak of their popularity, this genre still sees some production by popular DJs such as Malaa, Tchami, Rufus Du Sol, Lane 8 and Gorgon City (the latter of which is associated with Big Room House).

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History


A subgenre of EDM that originated in Chicago, first came to fruition in 1985 when musician/producer Larry Heard‘s collaboration with fellow artist Robert Owens yielded their trackCan You Feel It.” The song became known as one of the most important releases and set a precedent for tracks that followed. While there are some artists who claim to have been influenced by dub music and reggae, it was Heard‘s take on these genres that helped define what this genre would become. This genre has since grown into an amalgamation of different styles.

Subgenres


This genre has come to have many subgenres due to its long evolution. The main subgenres are Progressive and Tech-House. Tech House can be broken down further into Deep Techno, Minimal, Hard-Techno, and Techno, while the Progressive Deep House is more commonly known as Progressive House or Tech-House.


Tchami, Malaa, Rufus Du Sol, Lane 8 and Gorgon City. It’s also worth noting that Deep House isn’t just a genre—it’s an umbrella term for several subgenres (many of which have their own distinct fanbases). They include Deep Progressive House, Detroit Techno House, and Deep Tech House. In short, if you want to explore more about this genre there are dozens of different directions you can take it in!

Where To Hear


Just like every other genre, you’ll find these events scattered all over North America, South America and Europe. In major metropolitan areas like Miami, Los Angeles, New York City and Toronto and right here in Denver – you’ll find tons of events featuring Deep House artists. Further, there are many festivals to travel to including Ultra Miami and EDC Las Vegas to hear this genre.

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What is Chillstep?

What is Chillstep?

Chillstep, also known as chill-out dubstep, is a subgenre of electronic dance music that focuses on the creation of mellow, downtempo beats designed to relax the listener. The genre has been around since at least 2009. However, it wasn’t until 2012 that the term chillstep became widely used to describe the style of music that had already been popular in EDM circles for years.

A brief history

Dubstep, a genre characterized by heavy bass and syncopated drum patterns, was created in England during the early 2000s. As its popularity grew across Europe and North America, various producers began creating dubstep variations that hewed closer to pop music aesthetics. Among these offshoots were British electro house and future garage. Further, these two genres began to incorporate more melodic basslines.

How does it differ from Dubstep?

To answer that question, we must look at what makes chillstep and dubstep different. As such, dubstep tracks usually have faster tempos than many other EDM genres with an emphasis on highly energetic sub-bass. This can be heard in songs like the classic “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” by Skrillex. These are perfect examples of classic dubstep which features dominant wobbles, large kicks and loud atmospheric sounds. While there’s nothing wrong with creating these types of dubstep tunes, many artists found they had more success when they slowed things down and focused more on melodic basslines; subverting the original purpose of dubstep to create a new style.

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Artists who contribute to the genre

ODESZA, Seven Lions, Pretty Lights, Porter Robinson and Adventure Club are all leading artists within chillstep. Each artist has their own unique style which sets them apart from one another. ODESZA’s 2013 release titled “In Return” took home a Grammy for best dance/electronica album in 2014. Their hit single “Sun Models” remains at number 13 on Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic songs chart. The pair have been making music together since 2007 with releases like “My Friends Never Die” (2008) and “Summer’s Gone” (2009). After releasing an EP titled “Say My Name” in 2010, they were quickly noticed by legendary singer-songwriter Diplo who put out their first full length record on his label Mad Decent that same year.

Chillstep for the future

The World of Electronic Dance Music continues to grow as a profitable business, with many international DJs making millions off their performances. DJs continue to innovate and create new subgenres that appeal to large audiences and result in even greater profits for themselves. If you haven’t traveled out of state to hear some of these artists, we highly recommend that you do so!

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What is Big Room House?

What is Big Room House?

Big room house music originated in the early 2010s as a subgenre of house music. The genre became known through artists producing songs to be played out to large crowds within the festival circuit, with many artists including Tiesto, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Swedish House Mafia and Armin Van Buren producing within this genre. This style of house involves 4-on-the-floor beats, thumping basslines and heavy syncopation on all beat kicks throughout the song structure to create an epic sound that builds continuously to the drop.

Big Room House History


Where It Comes From and What Makes It Different : Big room house is a subgenre of house music. Developed in 2000s, it became popular in 2010s with many artists producing songs to be played out to large crowds within festival circuit. Many artists produce within genre including Tiesto, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Swedish House Mafia and Armin Van Buuren. Big room house differs from traditional house due to it’s EDM elements and big build-ups on breakdowns before drops. It’s progressive, energetic style makes it perfect for dance clubs and festivals alike.

Big Room Genre Popularity
This genre has become increasingly popular in recent years, with many new artists producing songs within. Hardwell‘s “Spaceman” was one of 2012’s most popular big room songs, moving over 2 million copies through Spotify alone. In addition to its exposure on online streaming services like Spotify and Pandora, this genre has also garnered popularity at electronic music festivals such as Electric Zoo and Ultra. This growth only stands to benefit big room house producers who continue to craft impressive tracks for consumption by festival-goers everywhere.

Big Hits That Defined The Genre


Moreover, big room house has a defined sound that differentiates it from other sub genres of house music. Like all genres, this genre has its own set of popular songs that help define what it sounds like. Further, the following hits are must-listens for anyone interested in digging deeper into big room and discovering more about what defines it as a genre: “Don’t You Worry Child,” by Swedish House Mafia, Martin Garrix’s famous “Animals,” and Calvin Harris’sFeel So Close.”
As an artist who creates within this genre, what do you love most about big room house?

Artists Who Are Still Leading The Pack


Overall, inventors of big room house include Tiesto, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Swedish House Mafia and Armin Van Buuren. Each of these artists has created his own unique sound that sets him apart from others in his genre. Further, if you’re looking to travel out of state to see this genre, consider festivals like Ultra and EDC Las Vegas.

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