Decide what Genre to compose.
The first decision to make is what type of Electronic Dance Music you want to make.† A Genre that you are most familiar with will make a good starting point.† If you choose to produce music in unfamiliar territory, you may create a genre breakthrough and produce completely original and unique tunes.
At the simplest level, Electronic Dance Music can be divided into 2 main genres types, either regular 4 to the floor Kick or Broken / Irregular Beat.† Genres with a Regular 4 to the Floor Beat have more emphasis on the musical element, however Genres with Broken Beat have a greater importance rhythmic variation.
Beat Electro Drum
and Bass Garage Dub
step / Grime
step / Grime
4 to the Floor Beat House
Each Genre contains a wide range of Sub Genres with emphasis on either chord progression, e.g. Intelligent Drum and Bass / Trance, or atmosphere and vibe e.g. Dark Drum and Bass or Hard House.† If you can master both elements, your choice of Genres will increase considerably.
The full definitive list of main and sub genres will probably never be complete as genres overlap and new categories are invented regularly.† Wikipedia contains a reasonably comprehensive list however true pioneers are out creating music and donít have time to update Wikipedia (or create books on Dance Music Rudiments!)
To save you seconds of your precious studio time, Iíve Googled the subject for youÖ
It is outside the scope of this book to define the combination of elements that determine a particular sub genre but to categorise the elements themselves.
I have been producing Breakbeat (Mazala Recordings) and Drum and Bass (Bass Fix Productions) for over a decade and have released numerous singles, EP and Albums globally.† Although this book is created from an author with a background in the above genres, there is no reason why a Trance producer, for example, can benefit from the ideas contained within.