So far I‘ve shied away from music related postings on here, which is strange because music has always been a big thing for me.
I think the main reason is that I sort of lost confidence in myself with new music. My area of expertise got a bit fuzzy and lots of external factors diverted my attention (plus lot’s other peeps do it already).
But before all that here’s a bit of a ramble on my musical background. I think it’s important (at least to me) to sort of set out my stall a bit, before selling you new music:
I’ve been into music properly since about 91ish, just after starting secondary school. A pirate radio station had started up in the area called Zee100. This little conduit brought the exciting underground noises of acid, house and hardcore flooding to my little ears.
I crammed my life full of dancey electronic and hip hop based tunes for the next 11 years. I became a decent DJ, I dabbled with a bit of music production, I went to a lot of clubs. It was great.
But in the last few years things have changed:
- Dance music* stopped moving forward. What was once exciting, new and innovative has become a bit stale and derivative. I still really enjoy it, but it just doesn’t tweak my knobs in the same way.
- I met my beautiful wife to be – it’s hard to expose her to the subtle bleeps and weirdness of minimal German techno (she’s from the School of Rawk ;o) )
- I got a proper job – gone are the days of leafing through piles of vinyl all day, like in uni…
- I lost conduits into new music. Mainly Jockey Slut magazine closing, but also going to less clubs and vinyl emporiums. I’m getting old…
- I bought an iPod – don’t underestimate how this can impact on your listening habits.
- Getting a mortgage – yeah money and all that.
So dance music is dead (which is bollocks – but a different post all together). Fortunately there are loads of new bands that have not had their ears closed for the last ten years.
They may or may not have liked dance music, but the influence is there stamped deep into all sorts of new music. From Franz Ferdinand to the Arctic Mokeys there’s a certain stompiness to guitar music that wasn’t there in the 90’s.
And I approve whole heartedly.
Over the last few months I’ve really started to get back into the swing of discovering new music. My methods have adapted, and I’ve discovered lots of new sounds that I once closed my ears to.
Anyway what I’m trying to say is that I’ll pretty much listen to anything these days.
I love finding new music, I love the fact that out there, somewhere, is hundreds of fantastic pieces of music I don’t know about.
So from now on I’m going to start posting about some of the tunes and acts that have been exciting me recently.
I know it’s not a new idea.
I know it will be boring to a lot of people.
But sod it, I will enjoy it!
*Dance Music is a horrible term. But after being asked all my life what sort of music I’m into it’s a much easier answer than “hhmmm well… a bit of house, techno, hip hop, electronica, soul, jazz, funk, hardcore, drun’n’bass” (it we’re jungle in my day!) and god knows what other genre du jour. So dance music means all this.
i.e. music you can dance to