Many music fans think of the rise of EDM as a purely American phenomenon, but as any well-informed DJ knows, musical movements in the UK, Europe, and Jamaica had as much to do with today’s EDM sounds as the American scene did. That’s not to say, however, that the American electronic music scene of the 1970s, 80s, and 90s wasn’t important in shaping the sound of EDM; in fact, many of the EDM subgenres we hear on the radio and in clubs today came out of Detroit, Chicago, and other major American cities. But before all of that happened, there was one movement that would change American dance music forever: disco.
The Rise and Fall of Disco
In the 1960s, electronic music production was already taking off places like Europe and Jamaica, but American music fans would have to wait until the 1970s before they got a true taste of electronic dance music, thanks to a dance hall known as the discotheque.
During the 1960s, the world of disco was dominated by R&B acts like the Jackson 5 and Sly and the Family stone that relied on more traditional live instrumentation, but by 1970, DJs began to [...]Read More...