It was the addition of drum machines and synthesizers that had a huge impact on club music, giving DJs even more tools to use to create their own unique style and sound. While compared to the state-of-the-art equipment available today turntables in the 1980’s were basic, DJs of that era did all that they could to utilize what they had to throw in their own signature sounds. Today all of those classic sounds can be accomplished by computer-controlled electronic equipment, providing DJs with an extensive range of choices to help them create their unique dance music mixes.
Club music in the early days was often referred to as ‘drug music’ which largely came about after an infamous week in the late 1980’s when a group of DJs got together in Ibiza and partied hard. One of the DJs, Alfredo, was playing a wide mix of tracks, and under the influence of the drug Ecstasy listeners found the music to be ‘revelatory’.
Though club music (EDM as it is widely referred to today) is a recognized genre of its own there are several genres that typically contribute to the unique sound. Hip hop, techno, house, dub reggae and even rock are all used by DJs to compile dance music mixes that each hope will be a hit with the crowd they are playing to.