In With the Old and New: How EDM Connects Different Generations


Audio-visual rental services in Tampa aren't just for parties and events. You can also spice things up as a learning experience, without making it seem like one and making it less cool. There is also the potential to bridge the gap between Gen Z party goers and those from older generations who are still fond of EDM music. Multi-generational parties can and should be a thing.

Of course, there will be a lot of safety concerns, precautions, and measures at any party. Still, in this case, where one generation can easily be overpowered by their elders, this is a priority. Nevertheless, such a set-up may bridge understanding between ages and foster a sense of cooperation and friendship.

Here are a few ideas. They may seem far-fetched at first glance, but each of them is worth a try. There's nothing to lose in the process of bridging gaps between generations.

Mix the Playlist.

EDM, which stands for electronic dance music, has been around for decades. The earliest forms of EDM can be heard in Donna Summer's disco hit "I Feel Love," which was released in 1977, and George McCrae's "Rock Your Baby." But the 80s took EDM to incredible heights with the use of synthesizers, creating a genre that's making a huge comeback nowadays: synthpop.

Synthpop is everywhere in this age, from The Chainsmokers to Haim to Calvin Harris to CHVRCHES, to give a few examples. And if you listen carefully, they sound a lot like their 1980s ancestors: A-ha, Depeche Mode, Eurythmics, Blue Monday, and countless others. The 90s also amped the ante in EDM with a new subgenre called dream techno, which saw artists like Robert Miles of "Children" fame, Armin van Buuren, and Daft Punk. Other recent notable acts include Skrillex, Kygo, and Nero. 

The point is: both the old and the young unite with electronic dance music. Consider making your playlist a salad bowl of different generational hits. Chances are, your audience won't know the difference and might get curious. Their taste will expand in the process of learning more about the music.

Experiment with Styles.

Another obvious way to get the attention of both the old and the young is through music that is simultaneously old and young. How is this done? Where do you find such music? You can achieve this through new covers of old songs. On the flip side, some new songs are remixed to sound like they were made with the 1980s or 1990s technology. That is another way to spice things up and open your audience to a variety of new (and old) music. It will also give lesser-known artists added exposure.

EDM and its fans will not die anytime soon, and as the genre develops, so will their listeners' tastes. Nothing connects the world and all its differences the way music does. EDM remains steadfastly popular for a reason, arguably our answer to classical music. Just like classical music can be appreciated by old and young people inside the same room, we can foster a safe party environment that encourages dialogue and connectivity.

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