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Hello, Ian here, owner of "ClubRevolution". On this page of the website I would like write a few comments about music. Music for the Dance Community as well as music created by people at home...be that a bedroom, living-room, or even, (you should be so lucky), a music-room.
I began my journey in music as a child, but it was 1987 that I became a DJ!!! I've now hung-up my stylii and sold my van, for the public performances, but I still keep-my-hand-in at home in my music-room - half of my living room! Elsewhere on this site, I want to create a forum for people to be able to express their views on music...the creation of it, the listening to it...indeed dancing to it! I feel that a forum like this might be well received. Anyone, will be more than welcome to contribute to this forum. As the content, (hopefully), grows I will crystalise different topics and answers into 'threads' and organise them accordingly in their own pop-up windows. I would like to 'start-the-ball-rolling' with this comment about dance music and styles. This is my opinion and people are more than welcome to reply with their views.
Comment on 'Dance' music and 'Styles'.
Dance music and Styles can be a subject which raises strong emotions among the late night community. I have been a DJ for quite a few years now, and my driver on music is to see a dancefloor packed with people who are enjoying themselves and really feeling the music. I have been to many clubs where people are 'dancing', but look like they are just doing it because they are there. On the other hand, I've been to clubs where people are jumping up and down, whistling, hooting and making other noises as the 'drops' come in, or another musical element is delivered to them by the DJ. So what is the difference between these two types of venue ?
Well, it has been said that many DJ's are like parasites as very few of them actually make their own recordings. I actually disagree with this statement as a good DJ will take music created by others and actually analyse different tracks to 'see' and hear what will go together and then play these two tracks at the same time to create something 'new'. Alternatively, DJ's who are just starting out, or who are relatively unknown and just play the vinyl they have spent hours looking for in the shops, do not do it for the money, but for their love of the music they play!
But being in a venue is more than just listening to the DJ. The popularity of a certain club depends in part, on what they play and also the atmosphere in the club. Sadly, I have been to many clubs where excellent DJ's have been playing, but the surroundings in which they are playing leaves a lot to be desired. Worse still are teh clubs which do not invest in the upkeep of their equipment and everything is distorted! Purists of a style of dance music will dance anyway, but the experience for them would be so much more enjoyable, I feel, if the owners of venues and DJ's worked hand-in-hand on entertaining their audience more.
Given that I want to see a packed dancefloor, how does one go about this across music styles ? To answer this, once again I call upon my experience. Women love drums, and men love bass. I do not know why this is so, but it's been statistically proven. Therefore, if a track contains drums and lots of bass and sub-bass, then a DJ is certainly on the way to filling his/her floor. But it's more than that. Techno and Trance contain a lot of 'syth' sounds. While not strictly these styles the synth on the 1996 track Fi-Fi-Fo-Fum by the Candy Girls, featuring Sweet Pussy Pauline(!), [I have a clip coming so you can hear this], is a perfect example of what one of the first synth sounds was like and it had a big impact on audiences. If a song has a good 'hook line' then it's almost certainly going to be a hit with dancers. Blank & Jones', 'Nightfly' is a good example here. But these are songs....what about styles.
If you spend a few minutes in record shops looking at the different genres you will quickly see the same songs appearing over and over again in different styles! It's all about arrangement and production of a song. The 1992 Plastic Dreams did practically nothing in the market, but when it was re-mixed, re-packaged and re-released in 1997 it was a massive hit! In my collection of music, I have the same songs in house, trance, techno, disco and speed-garage styles. I would be interested to see different people's definitions of all these different styles submitted here on this website as it is so difficult to put these styles 'into words' I have been into record shops in different countries and asked for directions to a certain style and have been quite surprised on many occasions on their interpretation of 'what-is-what'.
For example, if one asks for 'Deep House', it is widely misconstrued as 'Lounge'. Trance gets mixed-up with Techno. Speed Garage with Hardhouse....the list goes on an on.
I play many styles, but my favourite without doubt is Deep house and Progressive house. For my interpretation of these two styles, I would point you to Danny Tenaglia and Yves de Ruyter, for deep house, and Timo Maas, Jimmy van M and Drumscape for progressive house. Obviously there are many more, but I want to leave room for you to make your recommendations. Deep house targets the internal organs [smile], and contains a lot of filtering and sub-bass, whereas progressive house has these elements, but explores sounds and 'new' harmonics in putting them together.
In conclusion, I would like to say that with ClubRevolution, I will promote software for you - those who are interested in this aspect of music - and try to provide leading-edge articles that get you thinking.
For those really interested in music, check out the bottom of this page where you will see a music player that you can download free. There are many things I think you will like about this :)
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Peace and Prosperity.....Ian
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