Christian electronic dance music

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Christian electronic dance music, also known as CEDM, Christian EDM, Christian Dance Music, CDM, or Christian electronic music is a genre of electronic dance music and Christian music. Its musical styles closely mirrors non-Christian EDM; however, the CEDM culture's lack of drug use and emphasis of positive lyrics (often focused on Christianity-based principles) distinguish it from non-religious counterparts. EDM.com wrote "the [CEDM] culture can feel quite welcoming."[1] Many different Groups such as Christian Electro Spot, Found Beats, God's DJs,[2] and CEDM Radio have been created to support and foster the CEDM genre.[3] Many live concerts and events have been held in Christian churches[4][5] in addition to traditional venues such as Lumination,[6] Creation Festival and LifeLight Music Festival.[7] CEDM has also been incorporated into some Christian worship routines.[8][9][10]

Popular figures[edit]

CEDM band G-Powered perform live in 2010.
CEDM band G-Powered performing live in 2010.

Capital Kings, Matthew Parker, Bryson Price are some of the most popular Christian electronic music figures.[11] Other artists have entered the genre too, such as Transform DJs, Re5a, The Loyalist, Oiwolf, Tony Foxx, DJ Flubbel,[12] Red Letter Hymnal,[13] Gawvi,[14] Hillsong Young & Free,[15] Reyer D, Andy Hunter[16] and more.

Christian electronic artists such as Owl City and Kye Kye have more of a pop sound. A significant number of artists from this genre tend not to take kindly to the Christian music label,[17][18] similar to Christian rappers Andy Mineo and Lecrae. There also is a perception of genre-blending between CEDM and Contemporary Christian music.[19][20][21]

CEDM also includes other subgenres included in EDM, such as Dubstep, Techno, Deep house and Trance.[22]

Reception[edit]

In September 2014, Hallels.com conducted an interview with popular CEDM artist Matthew Parker, and claimed that some in the Christian community deem dance music as, 'music of the devil'. Matthew Parker replied "I don't believe any rhythms, melodies, chords, or harmonies are inherently evil and belong to the devil. Frankly, I think that's stupid."[23]

Zurich Lewis of the Biola University Chimes wrote an article aimed at Christians distinguishing the harmful elements of the EDM culture (such as drug use) from the musical style of the genre itself.[24]

Matt Shea of Noisey made a sarcastic blog post, saying "Nay, the Lord has spoken, and he has done so through womps...Hallelujah!" Shea goes on to write a confusing review of Christian dubstep and it is unclear whether Shea is cynically supportive or cynically dismissive of the genre.[25]

Radio[edit]

Multiple internet radio stations broadcast CEDM, such as Radio U Fusion: EDM,[26][27] NRT Radio Remix,[28] God's DJs,[29] URLive, and GLOW.[30][31][32][better source needed] NRT Radio and David Thulin partnered to create a CEDM radio show, The Reconstruction, which seeks to promote Christian EDM.[33]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Gods DJs Is Bringing the Love of Jesus to the Dancefloor". Insomniac.com. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  3. ^ "Labels and Promoters | Christian Electro Spot | Where Christian EDM Comes to Life". Christian Electro Spot. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  4. ^ "Clarendon Church to Host 'EDM' Show". ARLnow.com - Arlington, Va. Local News. 2014-10-15. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  5. ^ "Deuteronomy meets Deadmau5 as church DJs seek exaltation". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  6. ^ Saptarang. "Lumination Music Fest". Lumination Music Fest. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  7. ^ Jones, Gabriel (2015-09-16). "Talking to the Capital Kings". decentchristiantalk. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  8. ^ "Why are millennials flocking to Toronto's C3 church? | Toronto Star". thestar.com. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  9. ^ "Wait Upon the Drop". ChristianityToday.com. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  10. ^ "ABOUT". fearlessbnd.com. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  11. ^ W, Chris. "Bryson Price". Indie Vision Music. Indie Vision Music. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  12. ^ CCMFocus, Artikelen. "Ontwikkelingen binnen de Christelijke dance muziek". CCMFocus. Admin. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  13. ^ "🎧 EDM and Christian Music - It can be done well... - TheOverflow.com: Streaming Christian Music". TheOverflow.com: Streaming Christian Music. 2014-01-17. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  14. ^ "Exclusive Interview with Rising EDM Artist Gawvi | The Smoke Signal". Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  15. ^ PH, One Music. "Hillsong Releases New Album for the Youth". One Music PH. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  16. ^ "Hillsong Young & Free and the World of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) - chvnradio.com". www.chvnradio.com. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  17. ^ Frochtzwajg, Jonathan. "Do Portland-area electro-pop act Kye Kye a favor: never call them a Christian band". Oregon Live. The Oregonian. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  18. ^ Vivaldo, Josephine. "Interview: Owl City's Adam Young and His God-Inspired Music". Christian Post. Christian Post. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  19. ^ ""God's Great Dance Floor," Or, Why You Don't Need Ecstasy to Have an Ecstatic Good Time". Ethnomusicology Review. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  20. ^ "Not Your Mother's Christian Playlist". Odyssey. 2016-05-03. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  21. ^ "Winter Jam 2016: Crowder headlines annual Christian music tour". Spokesman.com. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  22. ^ "CEDM: Discover New Christian Electronic Dance Music Songs". EDM Sauce. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  23. ^ Hallels. "Christian EDM Artist Matthew Parker Talks with Hallels About His New Album "Shadowlands" : Exclusives : Hallels". www.hallels.com. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  24. ^ "Engaging electronic dance music culture". The Chimes | Biola University. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  25. ^ "Christian Dubstep Is Kind of a Big Deal | NOISEY". NOISEY. Retrieved 2016-05-31.
  26. ^ "RadioU | Fusion". radiou.com. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  27. ^ "Listen to RadioU Fusion: EDM on TuneIn". TuneIn. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  28. ^ "NRT Radio Remix, Christian Online Radio, Dance, Electronic, EDM, Christain EDM | NRT Radio Network". www.streamlicensing.com. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  29. ^ "Gods DJs Radio – Tune In | GodsDJs.com – Worlds Largest Christian Electronic Dance Music Community". www.godsdjs.com. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  30. ^ "Glow Chart 26-50". Archived from the original on 2016-09-09.
  31. ^ "Glow Chart 26-50 – Freq Media". 2016-09-09. Archived from the original on 2016-09-09. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  32. ^ "Glow – Freq Media". 2016-11-16. Archived from the original on 2016-11-16. Retrieved 2017-06-09.
  33. ^ "Christian Dance: From 'Worship Trance' to Daft Punk - Attack Magazine". Attack Magazine. 2013-05-06. Retrieved 2017-07-09.