Apologies And How To Differentiate Types Of EDM And House Music

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Apologies And How To Differentiate Types Of EDM And House Music

Dear Students,

First off, I have to apologize for the huge blast of emails you received a few weeks ago. I upgraded my website, and all the blog posts were marked as new and sent out again. The good news is that I also updated most of the posts to be more relevant. Here's a fully updated version of an older post breaking down the types of EDM:

How To Differentiate Types Of EDM And House Music

If you have no knowledge about the different music styles/genres played in a nightclub, then this series of articles will help you sort out the confusion. By recognizing different styles of music, you can match your dance style to the music, have a lot more fun in the club, and show a bit of musicality to impress the ladies.

I generally prefer clubs that cater to a wider club crowd so I can get a feel of each genre and switch up my dancing. Recently, a significant clubs are skewed for EDM (electronic dance music). I dare to say most spin EDM, but it also depends on where you live and the demographic. I also hit up Latin clubs often to keep myself sharp as well as go out to a music-specific nightclub once a month. I recommend searching for playlists on Spotify to get a better feel of the genres.


In this article of a series of three, I'll introduce some different categories of electronic dance music - specifically Club/Top 40 Dance, House, and rave.  Rave is actually not a style, but it refers to music associated with a rave.  I've put the sub-styles together since this article is only an introduction and rave music isn't as pronounced in most nightclubs.

Electronic dance music is usually the easiest to dance to because of a consistent beat.  Regular nightclubs that play all kinds of music will often play a lot of Club Dance, some Classic House, and almost no Rave music.   However, if you find yourself on a dark nightclub with lots of lasers and lighting, and where only electronic dance music is played (no Hip Hop/R&B), then you'll hear a little Club Dance, some Hard House, and lots of Rave styles.

Club/Top 40 Dance

This style of electronic music is heavily associated with pop and is characterized by catchy vocals.  If you listen to a Top 40 radio station, it's the "danceable" songs you'll hear. Visit Billboard.com's dance chart "Hot Club Dance Play" for more examples.  Often, pop songs are remixed to be danceable club songs and fall into this category. David Guetta/Calvin Harris tend to pump out crowd-pleasing club dance tracks continuously.



This music style is difficult to identify for newcomers to the club scene.  It is a form of EDM (electronic dance music). It has several sub-genres and can range from a hard dance style (tech house) to chilled-out background music (lounge house, beach house).  However, the percussion pattern is similar across all house songs.  Just listen to the example above, or if you want  to get technical, it's characterized by a kickdrum bass on every beat, with a hi-hat , snare, or clapping sound on every other beat (beats 2 and 4). More commonly, people call it "unce, unce, unce".

There's also a distinct style of dancing for house music, though I teach a subdued nightclub version that's less bouncy and energetic in nature.  Venues that usually play only house music, especially lounges, are generally smaller with a niche crowd.  Top 40 clubs will often play a set of classic house music (not so hard hitting)  that averages 15 minutes in length.

Junior Jack's "My Feeling"  is an example of a pretty old Classic House song while "Jackie Chan" is a newer song incorporating Classic House elements. Along with Classic House, Deep House usually has a deeper bass line and a slightly slower rhythm making it very nice to dance to. For Deep House, try this Spotify playlist.


As mentioned in the introduction, rave is actually not a style of music, but a term referring to music associated with a rave. Rave music can be more high-energy in nature, either with a higher beat rate or a harder bass line, and can included techno, progressive house, tech house, hard trance, and drum and bass.  Some songs may be pure electronic and have few vocals.  Trance, one of the more popular types of rave music, has more soulful and haunting vocals.  Trance songs can best be described as more hypnotic in nature  ("trippy") with plenty of echo effects, and sometimes in large clubs, may be played in a separate room. Even though he's sadly gone, Avicii spun lots of progressive house that became more mainstream.

If you go to an EDM festival or a club that plays harder EDM, then dancing well may not be that important since everyone's facing the DJ on the platform at the front, or looking at the laser effects.  Of course, to get into the mood (without taking the often associated drugs), dancing with rhythm is key.  Large clubs that play rave music often have a smaller room that plays house music or the DJ may play a set of hard house.  Rave, and specifically trance, are popular choices for large outdoor parties and festivals.

If you have the space and energy, then the best kinds of dance moves are the dynamic house dance moves I teach in my programs and shuffle dance, which is a combination of high-energy footwork from many styles of dance. Most importantly, drink lots of water if you're at a festival.  Dehydration is a serious problem at these events.


Electro has a distinct sound. It has origins in electro-funk which slower in rhythm and popular for popping, but like most music, has integrated with EDM.

Electro typically has a hard house beat, and a distinct robotic synth instrument that gives it that "80's electronic" sound.  Compared to classic house, I tend to prefer doing less shuffle dance moves to electro, because the synth sound makes the song less energetic.  Often times, electro will mix with house beats or dubstep bass lines. 


How To Dance To EDM!

Most importantly, if you want to learn how to dance to all the styles, make sure you check out my EDM Dance programs!