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Students embrace EDM club on campus

The Electrotoads club president DJs in the commons. (Photo courtesy of Emma Dickey)
EDM music (YouTube)

The TCU “electronic dance music” club, the Electrotoads, founded by Emma Dickey in October 2023, is planning an upcoming concert for this semester.

Oxford Languages defines EDM as a type of music intended for the club scene, consisting of repetitive beats and a synthesized backing track. Dickey created this club to unite students with a similar love for artists and genres, specifically within the realm of EDM.

The rise in popularity of this music genre, especially among college students, is prevalent on the TCU campus. This club allows students to discover their similarities with one another and create a new experience for those who seek to be educated on the power of EDM music.

Emma Dickey, the club president, adds a lively soundtrack to student’s daily walk to class. (Photo courtesy of Emma Dickey)

Not only is the club a chance to unite similar interests and foster new relationships among your peers, it can also be an educational experience. Members will be introduced to music production, the background of EDM and how it has impacted the world around us. 

Dickey’s love for house music and EDM stems from her appreciation of its history.

“It is important to showcase those contributions, especially in marginalized groups,” Dickey said. 

She hopes to use her new club to collaborate with other organizations on campus. The Electrotoads expect to see potential collaborations with the Black Student Association, the Gender Resources office and theCrew, all resonating from the desire to spread the historical impact within the TCU community.

EDM music is known to be accompanied by a party culture that influences college students to participate in unsafe and harmful activities. The Electrotoads hope to help break the negative stigma surrounding house and EDM music by focusing on the music’s power and influence. Through this club, members will embody “PLUR” (peace, love, unity and respect). 

The Yard, an outdoor venue on West Seventh Street, hosts an event for the TCU EDM club. (Photo courtesy of Emma Dickey)

“I love EDM music,” said Reese Heffernan, a junior criminal justice major and student DJ. “It is a great way to connect with people. There’s a unique and special feeling you get while listening to music and collectively experiencing and creating that feeling for other people is what I love.”

The Electrotoads have some exciting events in the works, including a collaboration with the University Recreation Center with a list of potential concerts for their members. They are searching for new members, including those interested in a leadership position to help the club flourish.

This club does not require dues or fees other than purchasing concert tickets as events arise. The best way to join the Electrotoads and discover more information is through TCU Engage or QR codes around campus. There is also a form that allows you to share your musical preferences to be matched with others who share the same interests. 

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