? regarding Recent Top 40/Dance Music

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DJSTEVEZ

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Maybe it's me...but it sounds to me that the recent Top 40 Dance Tunes have some Celtic elements to them. Some other tunes from the same genre seem to be otherwise modern country, but with dance bass-lines and beats. Does anyone else find this as well or is my chronic sleep deprivation finally getting to me? -Z-


ps I do like what I'm hearing.
 
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Old_Goat

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Hmmm...well now...since you mention it....I'm going to go and listen to some tonight. I have a bit, (and access to a little bit more), as well as a LOT of Celtic-oriented / derived music. Can you give me an example or two to study?
 

DJSTEVEZ

DJ Emeritus
Hmmm...well now...since you mention it....I'm going to go and listen to some tonight. I have a bit, (and access to a little bit more), as well as a LOT of Celtic-oriented / derived music. Can you give me an example or two to study?
If you were to listen to Big Country's "In A Big Country" or Slade's "Run Runaway" you can't help but hear the Celtic/Scottish influence in the guitar riffs.

The music from today:

Avicii / Aloe BlaccWake Me Up

I need to think about some more examples...I didn't write any down prior to posting and now I'm drawing a blank.
 

hippydog

wuz here when it was Red.
I would say we are more going into a "folk" element.. which is kinda a prelude to the music scene swinging back into the "rock" element..
and if the cycle and my prediction holds true, we should see a slew of new "rock" and "hard rock" bands coming to light within the next year or two.. except it will 'sound' a bit different because the EDM factor is still going strong..
 

DJSTEVEZ

DJ Emeritus
Hippy, yes Yes YES! Definitely folk music as well.

The cutting edge music from the kids I see in my practice is absolutely ROCK, more like the next incarnation of metal,
but rock is definitely bubbling under and is poised for a strong come back.
 

jodi

Active Member
If you were to listen to Big Country's "In A Big Country" or Slade's "Run Runaway" you can't help but hear the Celtic/Scottish influence in the guitar riffs.

The music from today:

Avicii / Aloe BlaccWake Me Up

I need to think about some more examples...I didn't write any down prior to posting and now I'm drawing a blank.
[video=youtube;oozQ4yV__Vw]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oozQ4yV__Vw[/video]

This is another one that is really taking off with the same kind of feel. I agree with the whole folkie guitar driven thing being a prelude to a circular music popularity. I've had as many requests the last couple of years for Home by ESMZ, or Wagon Wheel by OCMS as I have for BEP (I love initials!)
 

Old_Goat

Senior LDJC Member
Okay, but....

Is it just ME or does EVERYONE want to strangle the girl in the "Prius Hum" ads?
 

hippydog

wuz here when it was Red.
I don't think EDM will hit a backlash like disco and 80's newwave and 90's 'dance' music did.. but thats just a guess.. Judging by whats coming out lately I think it will simply keep morphing and continue on, as its own genre (like urban music)..

what I'm waiting for is a "Macklemore of rock" or a new 'Nirvana' .. some indie that hits big and turns everything upside down again.. :)

and the cycle continues :)
 

DJSTEVEZ

DJ Emeritus
and the cycle continues :)
I think it's the evolution that continues...what we perceive as a cycle may indeed go off course and become an oval, a trapezoid or even a rhombus...and isn't that darn exciting? This is a great time to be a DJ. In the 80's when I started I used to dream about what it would've been like to be a DJ back in the glory days of Disco...ans yet I was less than 5 years away from those glory days...it seemed a lot longer back then. Now, Dance music is so much more sophisticated than a high-hat and your basic 4x4. There are so many different genres and sub-genres. Nearly everyone knows of the art form of beat mixing and appreciates it. Today Top DJ Mixers/Producers are selling out arenas. It's all happening! -Z-
 

jodi

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Maybe it's me...but it sounds to me that the recent Top 40 Dance Tunes have some Celtic elements to them. Some other tunes from the same genre seem to be otherwise modern country, but with dance bass-lines and beats. Does anyone else find this as well or is my chronic sleep deprivation finally getting to me? -Z-


ps I do like what I'm hearing.
So, speaking of Celtic elements ... when I heard Sting on the Today Show this morning, I thought I was at a St. Patrick's Day party, a Dropkick Murphy Show, or the Riverdance after party....

[video=youtube;FE_euNY_clg]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FE_euNY_clg[/video]
 

djtunes

Checking Reality
Hopefully we're overcoming that "hump" that was Rap music everywhere you looked. About 10 yrs. ago 8 out of 10 top 40 songs were "Rap" whether it was Nelly-type hip-hop or all out rap.

I like rap but I was tired of the only requests being 20 kids requesting/demanding the same 4 rap artists for 3-4 hrs.
 

Ausumm

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Big Country was from Scotland, so that may explain it.

But I guess it's only natural that people eventually sway back to their families roots.
If an artist had a grandparent who was born in Ireland....I'm sure it would show up (even a little) in their music.
 

DJSTEVEZ

DJ Emeritus
Maybe it's me...but it sounds to me that the recent Top 40 Dance Tunes have some Celtic elements to them. Some other tunes from the same genre seem to be otherwise modern country, but with dance bass-lines and beats. Does anyone else find this as well or is my chronic sleep deprivation finally getting to me? -Z-
ps I do like what I'm hearing.


If there was any doubt about Country/Celtic/Folk merging with mainstream Dance I think the proof is on the radio. I'm loving the Pitbul/Ke$ha duet Timber and so are the Dancefloors.
LOL, the trickle is not-so-slowly turning into a deluge...who else is LOVING IT?
 
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KennyZail

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EDM I think will be lasting because it is like early rock n roll, everyone had a guitar, (now a lot of bedroom DJ). I think we are due for a new trend. My theory is that music changes every 7 years (with sometimes a 1 year overlap). 1956 - 1963 - 1970 - 1977 - 1985 - 1992 - 1999 - 2006 - 2013
 

Mark Evans

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Here's a few new songs I like.

[video=youtube;gTmFmEBeEog]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTmFmEBeEog[/video]

[video=youtube;nGBLlFMn9Xc]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGBLlFMn9Xc[/video]
 

KennyZail

Caffiend
Being a drummer in a former life, I have always been biased toward rhythms and being danceable. I was not a fan of Led Zep, Rush, or those types of bands, even though they had great drummers. I needed to make a living, so I couldn't be involved in bands that made $300 and all the beer you could drink. :)
I agree the early 2000's were difficult with most hits not breaking the 100 beats per minute. I loved it around 2006ish when the dance beats came back (120-130 bpm). I like where much of the EDM is now. They have finally gotten away from the same 2 bar phrase repeated 16 times!!!! Thank goodness! :)
 

KennyZail

Caffiend
EDM I think will be lasting because it is like early rock n roll, everyone had a guitar, (now a lot of bedroom DJ). I think we are due for a new trend. My theory is that music changes every 7 years (with sometimes a 1 year overlap). 1956 - 1963 - 1970 - 1977 - 1985 - 1992 - 1999 - 2006 - 2013
With (I believe) the first EDM "Album of the Year" Grammy - This may be the 2013 change of music I was referring to. Not that every Album of the Year will be EDM, but do I see a trend coming???? :)
No need for musicians - just your computer, Ableton Live and a Midi/mixer to create songs?
 
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