Episode 117 – The Report

Remix Report has been taken over!  Who knows what’s going on!!  Watch to find out!!

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(Big thanks to Dj Guzie & Dj Solarz aka the Rockit! Scientists!)

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4 comments

  1. Hey guys, that was a very good flip on Remix Report, or shall I say Rock-It Report! Very entertaining, and the Rock-It Scientists did a great job on the “take-over”!! It was nice that JD and Spring had a chance to shine on thier own production that they put quality time in to pull off what we, the DJ community gets to see on every episode. I think I speak for most if not all who tune in when I say Thank You.

    I just wanted to touch on what you guys had nailed in this episode about the Dance Hip Hop ratios and such. I use the following example to transition into what in my opinion plays a part in why dance is more accepted now vs maybe 5 or ten years ago. One of the clubs I had a residency at back in the early 2000’s, was a popular open format club, and it quickly was turning into a strictly top 40 only club, based on what the club goers were requesting. I was also spinning a 80/20% rotation of playing 80% top 40(which really narrowed down to commercial hip hop, like Ja-Rule, Ashanti, any Timbaland crossover productions..etc)And the other 20% would be Progressive House and Trance, but again mainly focusing on the commercial stuff like Castles,Sandstorm etc….. Keeping in mind even though some of those songs were on radio stations, they werent in heavy rotation, and not every station was playing them, like you would have now a days, so literally, within the first minute anything above 105 BPMs came on, say like 130BPM, the influx of questions to our “Guy in charge of handling requests” started..The questions were, “Hey, what happened to the Hip Hop”, or “You guys were tearin it up, and on fire, now you ruined the flow with this dance crap”…if it was derogatory towards dance, we heard it all, and mind you this was an open format, and top 40 club with different nights. I have to say this wasnt a major issue, cause it was around the time glow stix were dominating the dance floor, so we did have people who really wanted to hear dance as well!

    However over the years I began a theory into why Dance is so much more exceptable in mainstream today, and why just 5 or 10 years ago lots of people wouldnt accept it or not care to dance to it, and heres my theory, again just my opinion to part of what may have changed in the fusion of accepting Hip Hop style Dance:

    Back in the late 90s and early 2000’s as far as fast dance music was concerned, what was energizing most of the clubs and dance floors around town was Progressive House,Trance,Hard House, etc….If you remember the formula of this genre, on the average, it went from 130 to about 138 BPM(give or take a couple of beats on each end)and the basslines and melody lines were for the most part, arpeggiated. (At the risk of sounding corny,) the arpeggiated patterns used souded like “duck-a-da,duck-a-da,duck-a-da,duck-a-da,”(thats my interpertation of the arpeggiator) Put that arpeggiated bassline with a 130 BPM Kick drum, and your bouncin up and down quite fast while dancing, again IMO feelin the kick drum as well as the bouncy arp bassline..

    Fast foward to todays Electro infused Hip Hop or Top 40 Pop, and what do you find as a simularity?…not much except the tempo(or BPM) We have Electro going from 125 to 130 BPM..so whats different? The basslines arent apreggiated in time with the kick drum for the most part, alternativly the basslines follow the chords of other instruments being played and arent being ping-ponged all over the place with arpeggiators, so it gives the illusion of the track having more of a “slower” groove to dance to even at 130 BPM while still being able to capture all the energy that Progressive House use to posses with its arpeggiated basslines. It almost follows the same production techniques that Hip Hop followes, but at a higher BPM(Case in point…DJs got us Falling In Love by Usher) Although songs like “My Love” by JT incorporate an arpeggiated string line, and I believe that track falls in at around 120 BPM, however the beat is “Halved” making the song seem as if it was dragging, cause it dosnt incorporate a “4 to the Floor” kick. Energy, say like in Electro today isnt really defined by a killer arpeggiated bassline anymore. Just listen to an Afrojack or Chuckie track, and you can quickly see that there is a minimalistic presence to the track, however it still energizes the floor and you can feel the energy from one of these tracks. Most of the time its just the kickdrum and a saw wave using portemento, and thats it. Steve Angelo from SHM says he can be energized with just a kick and a bassline…anyway Ive take waaaay to much space here, so thanks again to Remix Report for hosting such a great site :)

  2. great interview, i strongly agree as well about having musical training to back up DJing. I have been playing jazz alto saxophone for 8 years now and have been learning on flute, tenor sax, and piano for about a year now and it has helped tremendously as well as 4 years of music theory…definitely helps.

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