Did you catch the third Bing Bang Bong?
Some incredible sets from CRZN, Gillies and JWell.
It is festival season and this year has seen some major highs with gigantic artist line-ups, as well as some major lows with several festivals disappearing or re-inventing themselves as “boutique” versions of themselves. What does this do to the club circuit and the normal Weekend out? Are people still making the same effort to get to shows mid-week or even Friday and Saturday nights, or are we saving every penny to see half a dozen huge names in festival locations?
This is something that has been going around discussion tables with HMPC for some time, and it is interesting to witness the new generations who are accustomed to this way of life and how they deal with a shift in how music is a part of socialising. It has an on-flow effect on emerging talent because it is harder to get bodies inside venues to support their creativity and for talent to emerge. So much harder to become “discovered” if there is no one there to discover you. But this crisis isn’t happening for the first time, maybe just for the first time in the dance scene - bands have been dealing with this for a while now.
So if you aren’t discovering new music live, where is it coming from? The Internet is the obvious answer, but how do you source new “good” music with so many options but no way to sift through to all the greatest tunes. Following your favourite artists on soundcloud, blogs, maybe hypemachine, itunes or aria charts, there are a multitude of options, but then how often are you the tastemaker the tune selector that people go to for inspiration. Do you hold a group of fans attention as they await your next selection, who asks you regularly what you are listening to or enjoying? If you are a DJ it is often your job to take this role, but there is also a balance there of selecting what you like and also what the crowd will like. These two things do not have to both happen to be an excellent DJ, often being able to hear a popular tune and add it into the playlist is a talent greater than the ear that just hears what it likes.
So it is with this we reach the point, the summary of this article, and in tandem, the end of the year. Have a think about your top 10 songs for 2013, as well as maybe the 10 songs that stand out for the year, maybe not your favorites personally but what songs made an impact on the year. They could have been used as tv commercials or at a pivotal moment in a movie, or a radio tune playing when something personal happened. These are not necessarily in your top 10 favorites but they stand out for their memorability.