Chill Trap: Where Did it Come From and Why Does it Make Me Feel So Good?


Not all that long ago, Campus Vinyl covered the emerging rise of Trap music. If there’s one thing any of us knows, when it comes to electronically-produced music and when one genre blows up, expect a flurry of sub-genres to be birthed in a very short amount of time. Personally, I could not be happier with the way trap music has hit the scene and exploded in the past few years. One subgenre of trap that I happen to be completely in love with at the moment is chill trap (honestly, you can call it whatever makes you happy, though: love trap, melodic trap, happy trap, the list goes on…). Chill trap has all the defining features of trap music, with 808 bass kicks and tinny hi-hat and snare strokes. (Random fact: the “808” refers to a classic Roland Drum Machine which was known for producing what we now associate as those “trappy” music sounds). Where it differs from classical trap music, though, is in its use of melodies with punchy and distinct synths and tweaked vocals to produce a slightly more dreamy sound.

What So Not High You Are

So, why the big deal? There is no denying that this music just has the most versatile sound. Unlike a lot of other EDM music, such as dubstep or drum and bass, chill trap has a slightly more mellow sound that is much easier on the ears to someone who has had little experience with electronic music. The songs are constructed in an ornate, yet simplified manner which makes it perfect music to do homework to. On the other hand, the deep, rolling bass hits and half-time shuffle song compositions allow for it to be music that you can just crank and jam out to. Half-time refers to a 4/4 count (1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4,…) when the snare hit is on the third count. This style is what forces you to get that slow head rock and body bounce while you’re listening to the music.

Sweet Nothing

If you end up obsessed with this music, as I am, check out Thissongissick’s “Chill” category for a limitless supply. Producers are constantly pumping out singles and remixes of huge pop songs so there is never a shortage or wait for more electronic music (another plus!). If you’re still skeptical about this emerging genre, my advice is to stick with it- it might take a little while, but it WILL grow on you; I guarantee it.



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