EDM is the perfect platform for promoting faith
Amidst all the negative press that EDM receives, from drug use to festival fatalities, one subgenre in the EDM community seems to keep on shining: Christian EDM. That’s right, Christian EDM. The growing genre has seen a massive influx in producers and promoters, and it has the potential to make some huge waves in both Christianity and the EDM community.
It’s probably not what you’d expect in a sub-genre. At a Christian EDM show, you could hear a broad variety of genres, from house to techno to dubstep. However, instead of condoning drug use and excessive hedonistic rave attire, the genre spreads a more "Biblical" message of the PLUR montra. Artists such as Rubicon 7, Matthew Parker, and Todd Edwards have all created music that falls into the category of Christian EDM, and there is a growing number of artists that are contributing to the scene as well.
For most of the last decade, Future Sound of Worship has provided hundreds, if not thousands of individuals with a faith-driven festival event, and it features a handful of these upcoming Christian EDM artists. Matthew Parker, one of the faces of this growing genre, utilizes his knack for producing EDM to promote his relationship with God. In a recent interview with Hallels, Parker describes his upcoming album Shadowlands as the contrast between dark and light, noting "The light is the Good--is God--and the darkness is the power of evil... I think it's a good way for people to visualize our human condition."
Christian EDM has so much potential because of its ability to adapt to EDM’s message of PLUR (Peace, Love, Unity, Respect). For those who practice Christianity, the “Golden Rule” is to “treat others as you would treat yourself.” It’s basically the Christian version of PLUR, but with just with a few more words in it. The fact that Christian EDM assimilates so well with the message of PLUR could help revitalize the Christian faith in many of the younger generations that have turned away from the religion.
Not only could Christianity benefit from Christian EDM, but so could the entire EDM Community. Peace, love, unity, and respect each encourage incredibly powerful messages within EDM, and by incorporating that with one of the most popular religions of today, the numbers will continue to grow and grow. Despite all the negative sides of “rave culture” being blasted all over mainstream media, the EDM community could really use a PLUR makeover.
Christian EDM could also help pave the way for other religious-based festivals and concerts, providing an alternative route for those interested in developing their faith while enjoying the music. The pillars of PLUR stay true no matter your religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, race, or any other "distinguishing" quality, so for those who aim to enjoy music in a safe and drug-free environment, the culture can feel quite welcoming.
It will be interesting to watch as this genre continues to build, and the boundaries of EDM are blended with more shows rising to support of this blossoming scene. You can listen to more Christian EDM on Matthew Parker's SoundCloud and upcoming album Shadowlands, set for release on September 30th.
Cover Photo Credit: RUKES
Written by Jimmy Schleisman