EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) is right around the corner and that means mapping out which artist and DJs to see. EDC offers a number of EDM genres to choose from, which can get a little overwhelming. If you are struggling to choose check out this list of EDM genres and artist!

Trap

Trap music generally uses hard-lined and melodic synthesizers, creating a harsh, dark, grim sound for the listener. It can be very identifiable with loud kicks, snares, and brass. Trap integrates dubstep, techno, and other house styles.

Trap artists to look out for at EDC: Afrojack, Alison Wonderland, Borgore, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, Ghastly, Hardwell, Jauz, DJ Khaled, San Holo, Don Diablo

Trance

Another popular style of EDM, Trance music is the genre that takes you to a state of hypnotism and profound consciousness. This occurs by the building up and releases of melodies. Trance is known to have mid-song climaxes proceeded by a calm breakdown of percussion and beats.

Trance artists to look out for at EDC: Above & Beyond, Armin Van Buuren, Tiësto, Paul van Dyk, W&W, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, Gareth Emery, Infected Mushroom, Comic Gate

House

Most popular genre goes to House music, being that it has been around for almost three decades. Probably the most recognizable forms of EDM heard on the radio and in club. House music can be compared to disco music characteristics but it is more electronic and has a repetitive rhythm throughout the song. House has many sub-genres like deep, electro, progressive.

House artist to look out for at EDC: Afrojack, Alan Walker, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Duke Dumont, Galantis, Hardwell, Kygo, Major Lazer, ZEDD, Oliver Heldens, Alesso, Porter Robinson, Rüfüs du Sol

Techno

Techno is a American-born style and a style of EDM that has been around the longest. The sound can be described having a fast beat and synthesized sound. Techno doesn’t have vocals or a trending song structure.

Techno artists to look out for at EDC: Adam Beyer, Green Velvet, Nicole Moudaber, Chris Liebing, Pan-Pot, Showtek

Dubstep

Originating in London, Dubstep is a take on 2-step style, techno, dub, reggae, and drum and bass. Dubstep sound can be identified with percussion patterns with bass lines and sparse, short drums.

Dubstep artists to look out for at EDC: Excision, Fluxx Pavilion, Getter, RL Grime, Dirtyphonics, Griz

Hardstyle

Known for its heavy distorted kicks and sounds, Hardstyle can be caterigorized as hard techno and hardcore. The sound includes strong faded or reversed baselines paired with the beat and catchy dissonant melodies telling a story.

Hardstyle artists to look out for at EDC: Angerfist, Brennan Heart, Coone, Frontliner, Da Tweekaz, Wildstylez, Noisecontrollers, Atmozfears, Code Black, Yellow Claw

Future Bass

Future Bass is a newer and up-and-coming genre of EDM. It is trending extremely and it is heard all around the world. Future Bass is produced with a wide range of rhythms and sounds. It is the next generation of dubstep and chilltrap.

Future Bass artists to look out for: Marshmello, Louis the Child, NGTMRE, Jauz, Martin Garrix, Illenium

For all of the EDC Festival goers, hope this list was of assistance and hope you have unforgettable time.

Want to keep the party going all week long? Las Vegas will be hosting EDC day and night events all weekend long. Check out the event list below:

Hakkasan at MGM Grand:

June 15 – Kaskade 10pm

June 16 – Steve Aoki 10pm

June 17 – Calvin Harris 10pm

June 18 – NGHTMRE 10pm

Wet Republic at MGM Grand:

June 16 – Armin van Buuren 11am

June 17 – Tiësto 11am

June 18 – Afrojack 11am

June 19 – Steve Aoki 11am

OMNIA at Caesars Palace:

June 15 – Armin van Buuren 10pm

June 16 – Martin Garrix 10pm

June 17 – Axwell ^ Ingrosse 10pm

June 19 – Zedd 10pm

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