Don’t Become Too Meta About EDM

We love electronic music. If you don’t love electronic music, then what are you doing here? Research? If so, go find a different article. You won’t find anything even slightly resembling education in any of my posts.

Back to the beginning: if you didn’t love electronic music, then chances are that you didn’t read that first sentence; because if you didn’t love electronic music, you wouldn’t be here.

Music does a lot for me. For many, music gives us a medium of expression and social interaction. Naturally, music becomes the center of a lot of our lives.


For many of us, music is way more than a hobby. For some of us, music is a profession, so it becomes a topic of discussion and analysis on a day-to-day basis. We talk about what’s going on within this quasi-hobby-profession: which artist is doing what, which direction the industry is taking, who made an ass of themselves this weekend, which genre the bandwagon is bumping this year, the ethics between going to festivals and going to a show down the street, “Go see this show because they use a fucking piccolo in the act,” “I can’t believe how much the stage at that festival looked not like a stage.”

Talking about every part of the music really lets us dissect the object of our inspiration and analyze it’s inner workings; similar to a medical student dissecting a cadaver, carefully inspecting each piece and figuring out how it works with everything else to make a whole.

In the same way a medical student can forget that what they’re cutting and removing once belonged to a living being that had hobbies and a pulse and was mostly comprised of water and didn’t reek of formaldehyde and probably did weird shit like eat their boogers or shit in their hand, in our own dissections of music we can forget that what we’re talking about is a work of art.

The song or album or performance is, hopefully, something that the artist poured out their heart and soul to express. Whether or not we like it is our own opinion, and we’re free to express that in turn. Let’s not forget why it is that we listen to the music in the first place though. Which is hopefully because we thoroughly and honestly enjoy it.

Don’t Become Too Meta About EDM

If we forget why it is we begin to critique something, it can become hard to give it an honest chance. Instead, we find ourselves thinking things along the line of paragraph four.

It can be hard to realize, especially when you live around, listen to, and work around the music for so much of your day-to-day life, how much you actually still enjoy doing it. Then again, I may be the only one with this problem.

Every once in a while it’s good to take a step back from your own life and analyze what it is that you do and why it is that you even do it. Sometimes you’ll come back feeling refreshed and with a new perspective. Sometimes, you don’t.


Colin Rinehart

Colin Rinehart

Colin Rinehart hails from Dallas, Texas and currently attends Texas State University in San Marcos. He's big into Glitch Hop, Trap and anything that catches his ear. Colin strives to find the best music coming out of the Austin/San Antonio area and bring it to your home sound system via Only The Beat.
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