Skrillex, Tiësto, Diplo, Avicii, Zedd, Kaskade, deadmau5, Flume – whether you’ve heard of them or not, they are all the rage amongst teenagers. The problem with teens is that we want to stand out while simultaneously fitting in. This kind of contradiction runs through our veins. The vast majority of people my age are so into this genre, known as “EDM” or “House”, because they think it is unique and will make them seem more interesting than if they were fans of regular artists, and that it sets them apart and gives them a “cool factor.” However in reality, everyone had the same idea, and going to raves and listening to lyric-less computer generated sounds is not quirky, it’s mainstream.
Any of the EDM artists listed above can be found on stage standing behind a table covered by a table cloth, with a mac laptop on top. They then proceed to press buttons on the laptop, to make certain sounds play. When they want to look busy, they’ll adjust the volume or add in some DJ record scratches.
I look back on my elementary and middle school years with fond memories of the music I would hear on the radio during the drive to and from school, such as The Fray, Avril Lavigne, Paramore, P!nk, and Green Day. I recently realized that when I’m in college, and present-day middle schoolers are my age, they’ll look back on songs like “Turn Down For What”, to remind them of the pre-pubescent era of their lives.
It concerns me that kids only a few years younger than me are missing out on the experience of growing up on certain music, that they can later look back on. In a way, they’re being robbed, and they don’t even know it.