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Craig's List: 5 Reasons Why Dance Music Will Never Die

Every generation is the "beat" generation, and that ain't gonna change!


by Craig Anderton



Almost 40 years ago, Neil Young said “rock and roll will never die.” Well, don’t plan any funerals for dance music, either…here’s why.



They already tried to kill it. Didn’t work. Remember “Disco Sucks?” Well, disco was killed—but like a drug-resistant mutant strain of bacteria (or Cher’s career, for that matter), dance music came back stronger. And then it shapeshifted into different forms of music to confuse any natural predators—sort of like a happy, intelligent virus. Take that, Steve Dahl!



Trance music has been around for at least 1,200 years. Yup, it’s pretty much a straight line from the Sufi mystics who saw trance music dancing as a way to reach ecstasy, to smiley-faced festival goers dancing to trance music while whacked-out on ecstasy.



Machines need jobs, too. Technology has not only given us dance music-specific instruments like MPC boxes, Maschine, Live+Push, and the like but has also birthed pitch correction—so super-buff guys and über-foxy women can become dance music singing stars without actually being able to sing! Can’t do that with opera.



Dance music has practical uses. And not just for profoundly stupid exercise videos! It also provides a yardstick for potential sexual encounters. Admit it—haven’t you seen someone doing really cool dance moves, and thought “Wow, he/she/it/they/other is hotter than Houston in July!” Oh…you haven’t? Hmmm, better check to see if you have a pulse.



Old people hate it. Maybe not quite as much as they hate rap…but as long as old people hate something, the next generation will keep it alive. Well, at least until young people become old people. Then those accordion-driven, Finnish death-metal whaling songs that are bubbling under the Hot 100 will start skyrocketing to the top of the charts…so you better hope that dance music never dies.

- HC -





Craig Anderton is a Senior Contributing Editor at Harmony Central. He has played on, mixed, or produced over 20 major label releases (as well as mastered over a hundred tracks for various musicians), and written over a thousand articles for magazines like Guitar Player, Keyboard, Sound on Sound (UK), and Sound + Recording (Germany). He has also lectured on technology and the arts in 38 states, 10 countries, and three languages. Go to Craig Anderton's official website.


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