Why Dance Music Will Never Die
From the time of our fruition inside the womb, the very first sound we ever hear is a beat. From the deep sub filled thumps of our mothers heart to the whirring bass of mumbled conversation, we are exposed to music before we are even born.
Because of this, we find a deep comfort within vibrations. Pattern recognition is one of the very first things that are subconsciously implemented into our developing minds. Therefore, in our more conscious years when we hear a steady driving beat, it takes us back to a deeply primal part of our mind; one that developed when we were merely a single cell. The human heart typically thumps at about 60 to 70 beats per minute, interesting when most dance music lies within the realm of 120 to 140 beats per minute, exactly double. This is why a song has the ability to take hold of a person and allow them to leave their body, exhaling their spirit from their physical vessel to escape into a divinely metaphysical paradise inside of their own mind, a place many call home.
Music genres have always had a consistent tendency to grow into and fall out of fashion. From monocle wearing classical orchestra enthusiasts and mobs of sweaty 80s hair metal fans, to the flower children who roamed the streets of Ashbury and the platform stomping disco kids, they all have had one thing in common: they all fell through the cracks of time.
So it is only logical that those who speak for the future imagine that our modern day dance music will suffer this same fate. But what they neglect to remember is this has already happened. In the early 90s, the rave scene was demolished by closed minded authority figures who saw it as nothing more than a drug infused habitat where sin would fester and grow. As a result, they believed this could lead to no good, and the rave scene was slowly shunned from our society. Yet, dance music rose again; and in massively greater numbers. No genre has ever done this in the history of music. This alone shows the resilience of our culture, but the evidence is vast and continuously growing.
An essential foundation for this is the amount of variety that can be found in EDM. Every single emotion conceivable can be conveyed using the same formula within dozens of different sub-genres. From chill trap to aggressive electro all while using unique and unimaginable sounds that seem to have come from a different dimension, there is literally no limit. This quality cannot be found in many genres.
If we focus on the acronym EDM and break it down, we can find just how essential it is.
If electricity was removed from our planet, our world would crumble into the stone ages. We only knew electricity to be imperative to daily life once we knew we could maintain it, as this is equally applicable to music.
Since the dawn of man, it has been human nature to move our bodies in large numbers. It gives us a sense of community, of belonging. On a dance floor, people can find happiness, wonderment, the love of their life, and even more so, they can find themselves.
This is an imperative part of our existence. Music adds life to what has none, it gives us a soundtrack to the movie that is our lives. Without music, we would disintegrate collectively. Frankly, without music, humanity would be pointless.
All three of these things have been successfully merged into one style.
Music is infinite and there is an unfathomable arsenal of concepts in which to alter and create new styles and genres. But ultimately and realistically, we have reached a peaking point for what can be done physically. When synthesizers were introduced to audio, many naysayers stood against it, saying this was not "real" music and that it could never contrive honest emotion from humans because it didn't come from a physical acoustic instrument. Those who denied the power of electronics were left in the dust as the masses saw the incredible potential behind what was new and different. So we moved forward to what music has become today. But now with the accessibility of producing programs and the commonplace of musicians, there are no new instruments that can be introduced and stand out without some type of electronic manipulation. Don't view this is as a bad thing, for the human mind is infinite and incredible artists are discovering alluring new ideas to advance our culture even farther every day. So don't worry, I know that it may seem as if musicians will eventually run out of ideas, but this isn't Hollywood we're talking about. This is human emotion incarnate; captured into a few short minutes and spread freely to be interpreted uniquely by each person who lends their ears to the artist.
The only way our dance music culture could ever possibly suffer the same fate as past fads and clichés if we moved backwards mentally. As a society, we are constantly progressing forward seeking new and powerful artistic ideas to give to each other. Electronic music is now fundamentally implemented into the realm of modified sound and has reached a point to where it is impossible to be removed (unless of course a solar flare struck Earth and we experienced a ten thousand year blackout, but let's not worry about that right now). Not only this, but every single club on Earth would have to shut down because youthful humanity was no longer interested in becoming intoxicated and dancing with members of the opposite sex in a dark and hip environment. Imagine that for a second. But ultimately, the number one reason dance music will never die, is because of you.
You are the blood in the body, you are the air in the lungs, you are the most crucial and essential piece of the dance music world. Without us festival goers and club kids, the dance floors would be empty. Our community would dissolve without your attendance, and the mark we have made on humanity would fade into history. So let's continue to breathe life into our culture, continue to embrace new and creative ideas, continue to love our lives and live within a limitless dimension of sound. I'll see you on the dance floor.
Article written by David Lee Crow