The Magic is Gone

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March 15, 2016 by DJ Elroy

Disclosure (photo via Facebook)

Disclosure (photo via Facebook)

In a recent issue of DJ Mag, Disclosure‘s Guy Lawrence had some interesting things to say about collaborations and the assembly-line process of much of today’s music. Check it:

“We don’t do a whole lot of sending a beat to someone and get them to write something. We always get in a room [together] around a piano. That’s missing in a lot of music.It’s the reason we have a lot of soulless, monotonous, formulaic music at the moment. It’s all sounding the same: make a beat, send it off, someone writes the topline, someone else sings. The magic gets lost. There’s nothing like sitting in a room with all those brains together…”

What do you think?

I completely agree.

It’s often hard to say what that “magic” is, but most of us know it right away when it’s not there. And it seems to be missing from more and more tracks lately. All the studio polish and over-compression and effects can’t cover up the fact that so much music today is one-dimensional and disposable. It doesn’t breath. It isn’t alive.

And that’s a shame.

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