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The Advanced Guide to EDM Christian Music

Against Deception | December 6, 2020
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EDM Christian Music, also called CEDM, Christian EDM or Christian dance music, is an ever-popular genre of contemporary electronic dance music. The term ‘EDM’ itself might confuse some people because it’s also the term used by the younger Christians to refer to the more’modern’ form of Christian music which is popular with many non-Christians but is becoming increasingly popular among Christians and other age groups. It’s worth pointing out that this isn’t necessarily a negative thing, though. EDM can have its place in Christian culture just as much as any other type of popular music that is enjoyed by non-Christians. EDM is actually very compatible with many aspects of Christianity and therefore has a lot of potential for growth and success in the future.

 

The term ‘EDM’ (which by the way refers exclusively to Christian electro-dance music) was first used in 1995 when the Christian radio station WBCM (Women’s Christian Radio) started using it as the name of their new song category. At first the term didn’t take off and was only used by a few station operators, but by the end of the next year over 20 different EDM varieties had appeared. By then however, the phrase ‘EDM Christian Music’ had become widely used and by 2007 it had reached almost universal usage in both church and non-denominational contexts. In particular the use of the phrase on Christian radio and TV stations was growing exponentially. As a result of this huge success of Christian EDM in recent years, new EDM styles and concepts are constantly being introduced. This has resulted in a huge diversity in the sounds and styles of EDM Christian Music.

 

‘EDM Christian Music’ is very much a work in progress and is constantly changing. There is already a huge array of EDM styles and music coming out and being promoted on Christian radio stations worldwide. The biggest challenge, therefore, is to constantly challenge traditional christian artists to create more original and innovative christian music with an edm twist.

 

For instance many Christian songs at present have been transformed into fast paced, aggressive, glitchy and catchy modern electronic dance tunes (sometimes even containing guitar! ), which is quite a feat considering that many popular christian songs in the past were slow and uninspiring. Nevertheless in recent times some well established christian songs have been brought out, in addition to new fast christian songs, which are proving hugely popular with worship crowds worldwide. A perfect example of this is ‘She Says’ by Disclosure whose chorus seems like something straight out of a rave tune but with the lyrics written in backwards time- signatures, taking a further nod from modern day British music, and with an endless list of radio singles to top off the massive success of Disclosure’s ‘Releaders’.

 

Another great example is Kaleidoscope, an incredible new album from UK legends producers Disclosure and Jacobsen. Although born in the UK, Kaleidoscope was made using four of the world’s most popular electronic dance music producers: Ed Ocum, Mauro Delmonte, Alex van der Meij, and Andy Croll. It’s no surprise that Disclosure are already dominating the Christian music industry with ‘Paparazzi’, ‘Look’, ‘Stressed’, ‘Wake Me Up’, ‘I Decade’ and many other incredible tracks, including one called ‘We Aite’.

 

Christian trance music has also been successfully mainstreamed by acts such as Nothing But Thestrings, featuring Ben Heaton, along with Andrew Ridgeley androyce da Gavina, with the track ‘I Am’. Other big names in the Christian electronic dance music scene include Disclosure, with songs like ‘All I Want’ and ‘Don’t Play This Song’, while Faithless’ by Imagine Dragons features Marcus Evans and Gillian Anderson in the vocals. With all this Christian trance music coming through the bars, it’s no wonder that Christian clubbing is enjoying a revival. These days, EDM is big business in the UK for Christian singles, as well as Christian DJ’s.

 

Christian Trance music is big business now in the UK for Christian singles, as well as Christian DJ’s, thanks to rising popularity of trance music among the younger generation of Christians. Christian trance music has been widely embraced by young Christians who are looking for a safe haven for their faith. Trance Christian music has been used as a vehicle for Christian worship music, which enables the church to reach out to people who might not be familiar with the beliefs and preaching of the church, whilst still maintaining a strong presence in the communities where they grow up.

 

Christian trance music has already proved popular in England, where its use has grown significantly over the last few years, and now looks set to become increasingly popular in other parts of the world. Recent surveys have shown a marked increase in the number of Christians buying electronic Christian music, and the growth in Christian DJ’s has also been fuelled in part by the rise of’EDM worship music’in Christian radio stations. EDM Christian music has already made its presence felt, and will continue to do so in the coming years as Christian worship becomes more mainstream.

 

 

 

 

 

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