Our argument every time is developed in the three different phases, whose names took inspiration from groove and whose content changes according to the mood of the discussion. The “forerunner” is like an introduction, the “tour de force” is the place hosting the hottest words, and the “slow dance” is the conclusion.
WHAT’S HE LEGACY OF THE FIRST HOUSE MUSIC SONG (M.A.R.R.S.’s “Pump up the volume”, 1987)
The 80s years are well known to have been a decade of seeds for the future of music: from the very first big charity gig (Live Aid), from fashion, to the video music, to computer graphics, to sampling, to DJs, to house music. Any of these things was started in the 80s and in the current times, despite the impressive growth of all communication tools, we saw the natural evolution of those things.
We are now focusing in particular on the evolution of “house music”.
TOUR DE FORCE
Making house music then was a prerogative of the DJs and today DJs are grown like real multi-task stars. They are no longer in the back, working behind the scenes, mixing music for others: they are 100% entertainers, with their own clubbing tours, with their own studio albums.
The single of the band M.A.A.R.S. released in 1987 was the first example of the so-called “House Music”: the single was the first time musicians included samples of sounds recorded at home, with their own device and tools. In 2016 you’d refer to that as “Jurassic”, because it reads like what the current DJs and self-learned musicians normally do.
The impact of “Pump up the volume” was immediate and enormous: house music could expand and extend its borderlines and it’s consolidating thanks to the social platforms, because DJs can swap information and music more easily.
It is funny now that this lonely song was rated as the borderline between the previous pop music and the “new music”: you generally find the new trends with a new year, with a new decade, but it is the only case where a single song is conventionally taken as the start of something.
The spreading of house music, in the clubs, in the disco, in the studio was fast and huge everywhere: it was low-cost music, at least before the more intense use of computers. Most of us had to acknowledge it was new music coined and coming, because of the speed of the change in the habits of making music: today we have a similar speed in spreading news and trends only with the support of social networking.
It was a new trend that created a brand new industry: think of the business around DJs, clubs, producers, records, exactly like Elvis and the birth of rock and roll did.
No musician, talented and creative he could be, can really know whether his music can define the future, but any musician has the power to decide how his music can affect the reality of his present time.
The funny thing is that only time can tell, we get aware of the global awareness years later…!
DJ SET – Pump up the volume – house – music
Duran Duran – Pressure off
Youth kills – Rabbit hole
Talking heads – Burning down the house
David Bowie – DJ
The Power Station – Go to zero
Autohypnosis – In the loop
Depeche Mode – Home
Madonna – Music
Snap – Oops up!
The Roaring Boys – House of stone
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