Are you an aspiring DJ? It’s quite daunting, but the way the crowd screams your name and glorify your music by dancing with it makes it worthwhile. But what kind of styles do you need to know to catch the attention of the crowd?

Almost all DJs have their own personality when they make music. They add a piece of themselves in their music and make it personal for them as much as possible. They add a hint of their story in the songs and even some flair when it comes to the sweet beats they produce. As they say, DJs can easily be differentiated with their styles and their genre preference, but what genres should you consider learning to make the crowd love you?

With the continuous expansion of EDM genres and the challenges it pose to make it unique, it has birthed multiple subgenres known to every audiophile in the planet. Since most DJs, celebrities, or indies don’t really fit in one genre, they focus on the most popular kinds that people love as well as its subgenres. Below are the common genres used in popular EDM around the globe:

House Music

This is the first thing you should master since it’s the most popular and most loved out of all EDM genres. You will hear this at any party and festival, and you’ll recognize its iconic four-beats-per-minute style. Classic and clean with a sweet melody and captivating vocals, common clubs from around the world like playing this since it’s easier to dance to and gives good vibes to party-goers. Because of its rising popularity, house music became part of mainstream music since legends like Calvin Harris and the iconic David Guetta took over the internet and the radios!

The known subgenres for house music are progressive, electro, tribal, deep, tropical, tech, garage, and future.


Notice how some music pulls you in and welcomes you into an entirely different universe? That’s what trance music does, and it became a staple for people who like to sit back and relax. Trance is a nice music experience for those who want to experience it on another level. The main focus of trance is the dreamy instrumental buildup and lesser vocals. Some trance music mix in some pop-song vocals to cover more fans of the genre.

The known subgenres for trance are goa, Balearic, tech, progressive, acid, hard, vocal, nitzhonot, and psychedelic.


Techno music is easy to recognize right away; it has this basic beat and is almost identical to house music, only slightly faster and with more beats per minute and a darker tone. It has repetitive beats and slower gradual changes, and sometimes you can hear the iconic industrial and gritty sounds from the era of the Industrial Revolution, when it was born. With the proper DJ equipment, you can possibly make your own electrifying techno beats and break for it!

The known subgenres for techno are minimal, acid, brega, experimental, dub, hardtek, Detroit, and tecnobrega.


Dubstep gained its popularity with the masses through the iconic Skrillex. If you want to create bass-filled music for parties, this genre is for you. Dubstep produces scattered and screeching sounds that would make you want to jump from your seat and bang your head back and forth. If you want to cater to parties that require epic jumping and screaming, master this genre, and people who enjoy hardcore bass drops will love you for it!

The known subgenres for dubstep are trip hop, ambient dub, trap, dub techno, dub poetry, lovestep, brostep, glitch hop, dubtronica, thugstep, and dub reggae.