EDM: Music's Most Hated Term?

Ever since "EDM" was first used as a catch-all for electronic dance music, the  acronym has sparked ire for its sterile vibe and corporate overtones. While industry pundits ponder an alternate (SFX's Robert F.X. Sillerman's vote: EMC or "electronic  music culture"), three vets explain why EDM has become music's most divisive term.

"It's too much of an umbrella moniker. There are more descriptive terms to call each subgenre." -Charlie Amter, manager, dance A&R, Warner/Chappell

"EDM is an easy way to categorize a bunch of people who like similar things but doesn't consider the subgenres of the music." -Paddy Scace, tour producer, MTheory Management

"As an acronym, it's functional, but for people of a certain age, it's troubling because it doesn't communicate the nuances of electronic music." -Kerri Mason, senior VP music, SFX


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