Monthly Archives: August 2016

EDM

Over the last three years or so my  musical taste has shifted.  I don’t want to say evolve and even shifted isn’t the right word because I still love all the music I loved ten years ago.

The difference is that I now spend a lot more of my time listening to electric/remixed music than before.  Ironically I think I owe this to dub step.  Dub step is heavily remixed and has had a strong influence on dance music in general.

But more and more I hear top 40 and pop songs not first from the radio or television, but from remixes online.  I won’t even know a song is a remix of another until I look in to it for myself.  And most of the time (not all) the remix is better than the original.

I almost think these artists write decent songs and then hope to collaborate with another artist to remix the original and make even more money off it.  If that’s the case I can hardly blame them.  The next step in the musical create process seems more and more to be including another artist in the recreation of your work.  This has the effect of  both creating more good music as well as giving the original musical piece a longer shelf life, so to speak.

What’s come along with this shift in musical taste for me has also been a newfound appreciation for female  artists.  Not that I didn’t listen to them before but all my favorite artists were male.  Sure, the occasional Taylor Swift Christmas song was awesome but I wouldn’t have put her in my top ten artist list or anything.

Now I’m loving me some Ellie Goulding, yes Taylor Swift, and even some Tove Lo.  Not that I’m buying albums but it seems every song I hear from these artists, even if it isn’t remixed, is awesome.

Here’s an example of what I’m talking about:

And at the time of this posting this video has 443 million views!

Believe it or not my buddy runs a landscaping company and they love blasting music while they work, when possible.  He said they’ve very, very slow started to evolve in their musical choices in a form similar to mine.  Imagine that, a bunch of yard workers blasting AC/DC one day and then Taylor Swift remixes the next?!  What a sight to see.  And I’ve seen it actually and I love it.

They work on my yard once a week and I encourage them to crank up the music.  The best part is they do good work of course.  You can check them out here if you’re in the area and need some landscaping done.  And feel free to have them change or turn off the music of course!

All this musical evolution makes me wonder- what’s next?  Music is fluid and always changing.  Old topics are recycled and given new tweaks and new instruments are given voice.

I’m already feeling a desire to start cranking up some of my old favorites.

The journey continues.

DUBstep

What happened to it?

It seemed like for a few years it’s all anyone was listening to.  Yes, I know it started with a small cult following which probably still exists.  Those listeners likely begrudged it’s booming popularity.  But it seems like overnight it went from best music ever to common punchline.

The problem with dubstep was that it turned out to be too gimmicky.  Sure, the drum is amazing.  It’s exhilarating, exciting and unique.  But when all you have is the drum, or when it is responsible for carrying entire songs and albums, it’s appeal fades.

Properly used the drum is a perfect accent to a good song.  Remix a top 40 piece or some new pop, or whatever you want really, with some tastefully placed drum and you have yourself some serious dance music.

But the drum shouldn’t drive an entire genre.  And while I was in to dubstep for a few years when I listen to those original Skrillex remixes they just sound silly.

Ah, the passing of time and the changing of opinion.  We laugh at 80’s clothes and culture.  Maybe our children will laugh at our dubstep.  Or will it be super cool?!?!?