Learn to love dance music

Three steps to developing an EDM appreciation.
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Can’t see yourself soaking up the European rave beats at this summer’s fests? It’s not as foreign or chaotic as you think. These tips will help ease your eardrums.

Don’t be a grandpa. You may be older and wiser, but writing EDM off as kid stuff is just plain fogyism. Dance music’s pulse has been beating for more than 30 years, since Frankie Knuckles first rocked the Warehouse here in Chicago, and many of its more mature followers still know how to get down.

Get up on the dance floor. Dance music is not a spectator sport. Listening at your desk at work or while lurking at the back of the club is like eating with a cold—you’ll taste something, but you won’t get the full flavor.

Rihanna and Black Eyed Peas are gateway drugs. Avicii, Skrillex, Tiësto. These names may sound like alien invaders, but the music behind them isn’t that different from American chart toppers. These days, hits like BEP’s “I Gotta Feeling” and Rihanna’s “We Found Love” are so indebted to European dance sounds, you’re probably a bigger fan than you realize.

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