September 15, 2015 by DJ Elroy
“We wanted… Actually we didn’t know what we wanted.
But it was something interesting.”
Rob Gordon, “High Fidelity”
This isn’t just the mantra of college kids, millennials, hipsters, and record-shop elitists. It’s what us music fanatics and true tune lovers live by. It’s a way of life. Sometimes people call me jaded because I love the way things used to be and haven’t been much impressed with the current state of music.
And yes, I’m jaded. But is there anything wrong with that, really?
It’s like Rob Gordon (John Cusack) said. I don’t really know what I want most of the time. Sure I miss the “good ol’ days”, but I realize we can never go back to the “Golden Age” of raves; there’s no recapturing the sound and style and vibe of my youth or the innocence and excitement of the early electronic dance music scene.
Just give me something interesting. Something good. Exciting.
And it doesn’t necessarily have to be new. I’ve found a lot of amazing stuff by diggin’ in the past. And not just DJ mixes. Swing from the 20s and 30s. Crooners from the 40s. Rockabilly and country western from the 50s and 60s. Rock and metal from the 70s. And disco! Early, pioneering hip hop from the 80s. And up to Early Chicago house, Acid house, and “rave” music from the late 80s and 90s. It’s not new, but it’s interesting. And not just the music, but the artists. They used to have personalities, they used to be fun. Not like today where it seems the artists are interchangeable with their high fashion and perfect hair and white teeth. You could switch the DJ names on the mixtapes and nobody would notice.
But so much of the dance music lately is contrived. Ghost written. It follows the same commercially-successful cookie-cutter formula that it’s not interesting at all.
So don’t settle for what people tell you is good. Wait until you find something you can feel for yourself. You may not be able to define exactly what makes music good, but you’ll know it when you hear it.