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Nov 13

Welcome into the fascinating world of electronic music! Have you ever heard a genre of electronic music and thought “wow, I really like this and want to know more!”?

 

There are most likely more genres of electronic music than you can imagine! House Music, Techno, Trance, D&B, Electronica, Hardcore, Disco and several others. And here we are just listing the major genres, which typically have several smaller genres, also called sub-genres.

 

In this article, Nadel Paris an EDM artist talks about some of the neat and interesting facts about some of the most popular genres out there.

 

How about we start off with my favorite genre: Trance! Trance is one of the most melodic and upbeat genres out there. It can make you feel euphoric and just plain happy. But depending on the artist’s desire, it can also make you sad, and perhaps even turn the philosopher’s side of your mind on! Trance is a very powerful genre and can have many effects on the mind.

 

Did you know, when Trance first came out, it was actually used to put people into a state of trance? Music like this however is no longer being produced. It originated out of Germany during the early 1990s. That’s where the first trance sounds could be heard.

 

Another one of my favorite genres is House music! Now, you’ve all heard of disco, right? Well, house derived from that, or in another way, it evolved from it. House music has many of the same qualities as disco music, keeping the 4/4 pattern, many of the same basslines and its danceable groove.

 

House came into being during the early 1980s; right after disco went under due to the “Disco Demolition Night” in the United States at the end of the 1970s. The mayor of Chicago name August 10th 2005 “House Unity Day” in memorization of the first house record label created 21 years before this date.

 

Do you know a genre that can really kick your socks off? That’s right, Hardcore! Hardcore music can come in several different shape and sounds, but one thing they all have in common in the fast, energetic feel to them. Most genres of hardcore music have a tempo of 160-180 beats per minute, making this the fastest major genre around.

 

One of the more interesting aspects of this music is that, with the amount of sub-genres hardcore has; it can really take on a lot of different forms. Happy Hardcore for example is fast and heavy, but gives a feeling of happiness and warmth. Darkcore on the other hand is the complete opposite, when it comes to the feeling of the music, giving off an angry, dark atmosphere.

 

Another popular one is Ambient. Ambient is like no other genre of electronic music. It’s one that is quite interesting, to say the least. In this genre, the producers seek atmosphere, not dance-quality. For this reason, most forms of Ambient will have nearly no form or structure, no steady pattern or percussion.

 

Field recordings are also an interesting and usually necessary part of Ambient. It’s where producers go outside to a place they want to capture the essence of, and record the nature, and all of its sounds. This is one of the earliest genres of electronic music, having been created during the early parts of the 1970s in the United Kingdom.

Well, there you have it, just a few genres of electronic music. Hope you liked it.

 

Also read: Composing A Song – Nadel Paris Tips To Guide You On Songwriting

Jun 01

The Jazz music sensation began to rub off on other parts of the world which encourages the experimentation of melding their familiar sounds with the essence of Jazz. In Europe’s country in the Region of France came the Quintette Du Hot Club de France who was responsible for the making of the early “Gypsy Jazz”.

 

The Belgian guitarist Django Reinhardt created gypsy jazz by mixing the style of French Musette which was used in the dance halls, eastern European Folk known as Jazz Manouche, and American swing of the 1930′s. The sound was developed by instruments from the string family which are a steel string guitar, violin, and an upright bass. The atmosphere of the Jazz music is seductive with sudden unpredictable twists, and accelerating rhythms. The French artist Bireli Lagrene plays this unique music with old elements of the past.

 

Another style of Jazz music that allowed the musicians to express themselves freely was the invention of Avant-garde or free Jazz music. Both of these styles stemmed from the Bebop era, yet produced a relaxed form of harmonic and rhythmic music in the 1940′s and 1950′s. The musicians John Coltrane, Dewey Redman, Charles Mingus, Sun Ra, Sam Rivers, Ornette Coleman and many more were the creators of the free Jazz music. Between the 1960′s and 1970′s the Latin musicians created the Afro-Cuban and Brazilian Jazz Music styles after Bebop musicians Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Taylor cultivated it.

 

Gillespie and Taylor were influenced by the music of Cuban and Puerto Rican musicians Chico O’farrill, Tito Puente, Chano Pozo, Xavier Cugat, Mario Bauza and Arturo Sandoval. Jazz music expressed in a Latin interpretation was termed Bossa Nova with origins in Samba music which is a mixture of Jazz, classical and pop music from the 20th century. Bossa is a moderate sound of music with Classical harmonic structure from Europe, Samba polyrhythm’s from Brazil and cool music. The tempo of such a work is about 120 beats per minute. The instruments used in this particular sound is nylon stringed guitar, piano, high hat tap of eighths, tapping on the rim of the drum like Sade’s “Sweetest Taboo”, and a vocalist. The sound produced is a new relaxing sound where the acoustic sound of the guitar can lull one to sleep with it’s easy melodic line.

 

Joao Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim became popular in the sixties with this style of music. The influence of Jazz music returned to the place of its origins in the religious music known as Urban Contemporary Gospel from the spirituals music. Much of spiritual music sung by southern slaves in the past has a haunting dark and mournful sound during the 1800 and 1900′s. The churches know as the sanctified or holy churches took a more happier approach by encouraging member to sing speak their personal testimonies as they celebrated with song and dance.

 

The sanctified artist Arizona Dranes who was a traveling pastor made recordings that would fit in many musical categories such as blues, and boogie-woogie with the use of Jazz instruments. At the time the Jazz instruments used with religious themed music were percussion and brass instruments.

 

Nadel Paris is an EDM artist and a music producer, recording artist. She is making her statement as a female vocalist and a sole composer of all her songs and hope that it will inspire many others to do the same. You can listen to her songs on iTunes, spotify or on amazon.

May 15

Northern Soul originated in 1960’s from northern England. They are the fanciest music and dance styles during that period. The Northern Soul got its name from the creative mind of a journalist named Dave Godin in one of his column in the magazine called Blues and Soul. The big part of Northern Souls original supporter arises from the mod movement. It is created out of their deep passion and appreciation of soul music. Time made quite a few changes when several mods accept the psychedelic movement. This resulted to numerous mods to love and patronize the original soundtrack of soul and ska. However some were later known and called skinheads and some develop their own hub of the Northern Soul picture.

 

Fashion statement of the first Northern Soul fashion are known to have button-down Ben Sherman shirts, baggy trousers or shrink to fit Levis, US bowling shirts, Poly-velt shoes, Blazers with centre vents and many buttons. This fashion statement creates fusion and wide acceptance among Northern Soul fanatic. It is also worthy to take note that during this period numerous dancers are seen wearing club badges.

 

The Northern Soul sound started in the Twisted Wheel Club located in Manchester. Then other clubs like Blackpool Mecca, Golden Torch in Stoke, North Park in Kettering, The Catacombs in Wolverhampton, the Winter Gardens in Cleethorpes, the Casino Club in Wigan, Blackpool Mecca, The Mojo and KGB clubs in Sheffield and Va Va’s follow the groove and enjoy the pleasure of the Northern Soul.

 

The Northern Soul creates the most expensive collection in the world of musical. This resulted to high price of records because of its scarcity, quality of beat, impressive melody and lyrics. Supporters are drowning over the lyric of Northern Soul that covers the expression of heartache, pain and joy of the romantic story of love.

 

The love of the people of Northern Soul sound brings popularity among the artist. The fever of Northern Soul become so imminent that fame of the artist are truly notable and give breaks to great career in the industry. Among them are the Fascinations and the Velvelettes that grace the 70’s on top 40 UK.

 

Nadel Paris (www.Nadel-Paris.com) is a recording artist, musician. She is also an actor, an acting coach, a film/TV producer and the owner of the leading acting institution in personal growth for children.

To learn more about music, music genre and other related aspects visit Nadel Paris’s blog.

Apr 06

Right from the beginning, ballet and music have been uniquely intertwined. Without music ballet is nothing more than the empty motions of a ritual. Without the movement and rhythm of dance, music looses all vitality. And so, ballet as a doorway to human expression hinges on both music and dance.

 

Jean Baptiste Lully (1632-1687), the Italian-born French composer who founded the national French opera was not just a court composer to Louis XIV, but also a choreographer who produced court ballets for Molière’s plays. This probably explains why his productions never lacked an accompaniment. However, theatre productions of the eighteenth century turned composers away from ballet and toward the music of ballroom dancing.

 

This phase sustained its self straight through the nineteenth century with the exception of pieces by Russian classical composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) which include the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty.

 

In the twentieth century however, ballet came back to the spotlight. Once again considered a respectable art form, choreographers looked to the works of classical composers such as Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi, Chopin, Brahms, and Handel to perform the art of ballet dancing too.

 

Many agree that ballet owes its very existence to the likes of those who are both composers and choreographers. Because being musicians in nature, they naturally pay close attention to ballet following the rhythmic structure of its accompaniment precisely. One who does not understand music can easily create ballet that looks good that in of itself, yet at the mercy of a great classical piece the novice falls short of expressing the true nature of the piece. Instead, they turn the production into a form of movement that is devoid of both art and beauty. The experts instead know when it is appropriate to go against the grain of the accompaniment to heighten those dramatic periods which capture their audience’s attention and leaves them breathless.

 

As we dawn a new era of music and dance, it’s undeniable that ballet will continue to change. However, just as music and dance have always been the best of friends, ballet will continue to find its new identity in the constantly changing music of today.

 

Nadel Paris is a recording artist, musician. She is also an actor, an acting coach, a film/TV producer and the owner of the leading acting institution in personal growth for children.

Distributed by Tony Bucher and Universal Music, Two of her beats “Oh La La La” and “Funk it Up” feature rapper extraordinaire KXNG Crooked I has already made a massive with around 1.2 million views combined.

Feb 17

Its distinctive beat gives it away. There is nothing in the world that sounds like reggae music. The expected chops and the back beat by the rhythm guitar and the distinctive sound of the bass drum marks reggae as a genre by its own right. Reggae music originated from several other Jamaican music types just as great as it is like ska, rocksteady, RandB, Jazz, Calypso, and Mento.

 

Jamaican music is as rich as its history. The soul of each and every Jamaican song traces its roots to the black people herded onto ships, clinging to their most priceless possessions–clothing, food, and for many, their drums. These drums that traveled as far as their owners have are what brought the world priceless gifts and that are the gifts of music. The slaves used their music to fill-up their lives and sang about everything. They have songs of praise, songs of love, songs of loneliness, and songs of inspiration. It is not surprising therefore, that reggae music has been used by the likes of Bob Marley and The Wailers to promote certain political issues like poverty and injustice.

 

From the characteristic drumbeats, Jamaican folk music has embraced innovation and has added a whole range of flavor to their indigenous music. Combining the drumbeats to a lot of different musical instruments, like the rhythm guitar, and the trumpet, produced ska, rocksteady and eventually reggae.

 

Reggae music swooped Jamaica just when it was about to proclaim its independence and the masses were clamoring for a beat, a sound that could articulate their emotions. Reggae rose up to the challenge and succeeded. A few years later, when the assurance of an improved quality of life and the promise of a bright tomorrow for a liberated nation came up empty reggae was still being played. But it started to serve a much higher purpose than entertainment. For the first time in its history, roots reggae took on its rebellious and defiant form. Reggae music told of stories of suffering in the shanties of Trenchtown, it told of stories of violence and corruption but most of all it told the people of Jamaica to get up and stand up for their rights.

 

As the country grew from bad to worse, the people started to look for a moral guidance that would give sense to the life of wretchedness they were living in. Rastafarianism answered the call of a people desperately seeking an alternative leader with convincing values of love and peace. The Rastafarian movement boomed, gained a huge following in Jamaica and reggae was the movement’s music. Eventually, roots reggae would be identified with Rastafarianism and vice versa. Dreadlocks, khakis, and kaftans became the symbol of reggae attitude.

 

Just when it seems that the evolution of reggae has gone through so much, it began to take on another controversial form with the arrival of dancehall reggae. This new type of reggae music is so called because its raunchy lyrics only allowed it to be played in dancehalls. Dancehall reggae is a form of rebellion against roots reggae because many artists believe that reggae music has gone too mainstream that it catered more to the demands of the audience than to reggae’s real spirit. Infused with a lot of techno beats and computer generated riffs, dancehall departed from old school reggae music’s slow and lulling beat and enveloped a more upbeat and fast rhythm.

 

And then there was ragga. Ragga music could be gangsta rap’s ancestor as it boldly came out with songs on violence, guns, and gangs. Many ragga songs were evidently masochistic with harsh lyrics demeaning women and praising male supremacy.

 

Over the course of history, ragga’s forerunners saw reason and tamed down their music. A couple prominent ragga figures went back to embrace Rastafarianism and sought a live of uprightness and peace.

 

Reggae music has come and changed in so many ways over the years. Yet it still makes the same sound as it did several decades ago. Reggae still sings the songs that make hearts beat faster, songs that make the feet dance harder, and songs that reflect the rhythm of the soul

 

Nadel Paris is an EDM artist and a music producer. Nadel writes about music and its various genres, other related topics and shares her experience she has over the years. She offers expert advice and great tips regarding all aspects of music genre through her blogs.

To know more about Nadel visit her here: http://www.nadel-paris.com/

Feb 12

Rap music has basically originated from the African-American culture of praise singing of the griots and hence it does not connect to the American roots. This music style, having an illustrious history, was popularized late in U.S. and hence it still poses to be a minority artist creation. It is majorly considered to be a fad left to fade away but factually, it is a musical art form prevalent in United States since 1970s.

 

It is basically intertwined with the hip hop culture which also includes break dancing, appearance, graffiti and the attitude of people who subscribed to the mores and traditions of this subculture. The present state of this genre is a result of the influence Jamaican music had on this music and major American artists and their styles and the technology which played a major role in its evolution in the United States.

 

The origin of this genre was Bronx in NYC which was full of poor people accompanied by crime, drug addiction, and unemployment which gave a surge to street gang activity. The first ever street gang was called Black Spades of which, the well-known hip hop legend Afrika Bambaata was also a part.

 

The early eighties brought a culture of music and dance in clubs with a major spread of graffiti. Graffiti connected people like Keith Haring and Fred Brathwaite, better known as ‘Fab Five Freddy’. Graffiti and rap music originated from the same cultural conditions and some prominent graffiti writers went on to record and play an influential role in the development of the rap industry, for example FUTURA and PHASE 2 and Fab Five Freddy.

 

Break dance was also an integral part of hip hop which affected rap music. The dressing style of loose pants by blacks was emulating a style that had originated in prison. The point here is, though this industry was proportionally influenced by the blacks, its primary audience was white and lived in the suburbs. Rap music can withstand the influence of other (ethnic/social) groups and still remain popular and flourish.

 

As this music evolved and became popular, even women rappers came to the front; it maybe because there are more women buying records who would like to relate to women artists and there are more guys who want to hear a woman’s point of view. Female rappers besides offering a different attitude have shown that rap can be far more significant and flexible than its critics have admitted.

 

Sometimes, this music serves only as dance music and the people cannot understand what the artist was saying. This goes on to show that, it is the beat and the rhythm that is more important and the rapper’s role is to match the intensity of the music rhythmically. This also explains why some records whose lyrics are racist or so violent in nature can be so popular.

 

Also, there are many other influences like gospel music is one musical area in which they are beginning to produce their own rappers. This music cannot influence other types until rap music itself is not influenced by other styles.

 

In U.S., even though this genre is a billion dollar business, both black and white local radio stations are still reluctant to play it for fear of loosing advertisers. They fail to understand that now this music style has reached such a level where record companies cater almost exclusively to rap music.

 

Rap music in America is indeed a minority which deserves more credit and recognition. There is still more evolution to achieve for this music style in U.S.

 

Nadel Paris is an EDM artist and a music producer. Nadel writes about music and its genres, other related topics and shares her experience she has over the years. Her new album “Ooh La La La La” is now available for purchase on iTunes. It features remixes by your favorite EDM DJ’s like Ray Rhodes, Pascal, Starbright, Cyphonix, Drew G and DJ M. Chicago. Two of the beats “Oh La La La” and “Funk it Up” feature rapper extraordinaire KXNG Crooked I.

Also read here: The Balance Between Beat Making, Creativity & Copyright Law

Feb 08

Oldies music is immensely popular even today. The songs are preferred by people of all age groups. The various types of radio apps that are available nowadays allow people to enjoy their favorite oldies songs.

 

The features that make an Oldie

 

The kind of music and oldies that we listen to and enjoy nowadays is as old as the 1940′s. Basically, music which belongs to the period between the 1940′s to 1970′s comes under the category of oldies music. The songs belonging to this era are classics and are popular even today. This type of music which is nowadays available on oldies radio has lyrics that can easily be adapted by different artists. They can be sung to the tunes of various instruments. The tunes, however, remain recognizable and the lyrics remain in their original form. The most popular example of oldies songs that are nowadays sung by various artistes include the tunes composed by Elvis Presley. Similarly, the songs composed by Louis Armstrong are a hot favorite amongst artists. However, all these songs still have the same tunes and lyrics. They provide the same comfort and listeners can easily sing along as the lyrics remain the same. It can hence be concluded that oldies are characterized by their typical tunes and unique lyrics.

 

The different sense and style of oldies music lyrics

 

The much popular 70′s music had a unique style that was quite different from the music that we listen to nowadays. The music had a deeper meaning, was beautiful and was symbolic of life, love, and humanity. The oldies tunes were more serene and provided a sense of comfort. These are few of the reasons why this genre of music remains popular even in modern times. The different eras brought with them different music styles. The advanced technology available nowadays has made significant transformations in music and has given birth to genres like dance mix, rap and techno pop. This type of music was not part of the oldies as the advanced technology instruments which are used for creating this type of music were not available in those days. This type of music is increasingly being played by a number of radio stations via various kinds of radio apps.

 

Some people are of the view that oldies music sounds the best when played on a traditional record player. The needle, when placed on the record player, transports a person back into time. This perception has now changed with the introduction of various radio apps that play oldies music. These apps provide the same comfort and pleasure as that provided by the record player.

 

The singers who effectively etched the lyrics of oldies music in our minds

 

There are many popular oldies singers. Their songs are evergreen and remain the most popular melodies of all times. The 80s music typically comprises of songs by these accomplished singers. Few most popular ones include Natalie Cole and Nat King Cole whose song ‘Unforgettable’ was a smash hit, the song ‘True Love’ sung by Grace Kelly and Bing Crosby, the songs are sung by Frank Sinatra, ‘I only have eyes for you’ sung by Garfunkel and many more such melodious songs. The true beauty of these songs lies in the fact that only the mention of them is sufficient to make you remember the lyrics and tune.

 

Oldies music stations

 

The various radio apps available nowadays feature oldies music stations that play 90′s music and other popular songs. The team at these stations puts in a lot of effort to craft and design formats that help to maintain the true essence of oldies music. They typically include songs ranging from 1950′s to 1990′s and include the immensely popular rock and roll songs of the 50′s and 60′s. These dedicated apps usually focus on maintaining the true oldies format. They allow users to create playlists according to the songs and artistes most preferred by them. The playlists provide convenience as they can easily listen to various oldies songs of their choice with a simple click.

 

Conclusion

 

Oldies music has remained unchanged over the years. The introduction of various kinds of radio apps has made it easier for people to listen to their favorite old songs and artists.

 

Nadel Paris is an EDM artist and a music producer. Nadel also writes about music genre, other related topics and shares her experience she has over the years. Her new album “Ooh La La La La” is now available for purchase on iTunes. It features remixes by your favorite EDM DJ’s like Ray Rhodes, Pascal, Starbright, Cyphonix, Drew G and DJ M. Chicago. You can listen to her songs on other platform such as spotify or on amazon.

To know more about Nadel visit her here: http://www.nadel-paris.com/

Feb 01

Louis Jordan was one of the most important figures in the developing stages of rock and roll music;

 

  • Jordan came out of the New York big band swing scene in late 1930′s
  • Leading his own band by 1942 playing a style called jump blues. Example is Caldonia (below)
  • Jump blues was the bridge between big band swing and rhythm & blues (R&B) of the late 40′s
  • R&B of the late 40′s emerged into Rock & Roll

 

He had it all covered; he was an energetic entertainer who wrote great catchy songs loaded with wit and humor, sang, band leader, played the alto saxophone.

 

Even though the tenor is my favorite and the one I play, Louis Jordan’s approach to alto was like a tenor. Another alto player like this is Earl Bostic and later Edgar Winter. By that mean it sounded big and ripping and he made it wail. Most other guys were playing this raunchy style on the tenor.

 

If you’re new to the sax or just like any kind of swing jazz, jump blues, R&B, and rock & roll music then you gotta love Louis Jordan. He was a true inovator and his brand of Jump Blues was a big influence on R&B and rock & roll. A few other artists that credit Louis Jordan as a major influence are BB King, Van Morrison, James Brown, Chuck Berry, and Ray Charles to name a few. That’s some pretty good company!

 

Louis Jordan’s best known song is probably Caldonia, unfortunately it’s one of those songs that has been beaten to death because so many have recorded it. Still, the reason for that happening in the first place is that it’s such a great song. Caldonia’s opening horn lines are so natural and perfectly fitting to the walking blues shuffle the rhythm section is playing that I don’t even remember ever having to “learn” those lines, you literally just sing them out of your horn. You can hear this in many of his songs…. just natural, sing-able, perfect horn lines. Check these out (all Louis Jordan compositions);

 

Louis Jordan must have been the most prolific songwriter of the genre in his time. They didn’t call him “king of the juke box” for nothing… He had 57 hits on the R&B charts between 1942 and 1951.

 

A couple of them are Knock Me a Kiss and Saturday Night Fish Fry.

 

A few of Louis Jordan’s contemporaries who were also hitting the charts were Wynonie Harris, Cab Calloway, and Louis Prima. These guys were also great contributors to this very important and innovative musical period of the 40′s.

 

Louis Prima: one of the few whites that made it to the R&B charts, and, he was writing songs that black singers were covering and charting as well. This was years before he went to Vegas and had a very successful career as one of the most popular acts there.

 

Another interesting fact about Prima was that a song he wrote in the mid 30′s Sing, Sing, Sing was recorded by Benny Goodman and remains as one of the most definitive songs of the swing era.

 

Cab Calloway had a similar song writing style as Jordan, very humorous and witty. (The hi-de-ho guy) The big difference with these two was their sound; Jordan usually worked with 5 or 6 guys and Calloway had the full big band complete with rhythm, trumpet, trombone, and saxophone sections…you can say he had one foot in the swing sound and one in the R&B sound.

 

Wynonie Harris was one of the more popular “blues shouters” that was singing jump blues music. Two others that come to mind are Roy Brown and Big Joe Turner (who recorded Shake Rattle & Roll long before Bill Haley). Harris released the Roy Brown song Good Rocking Tonight in early’48.

 

This version recorded by Wynonie Harris is considered by some to be the first rock and roll song. There’s a couple other songs that come into this argument which will probably go on forever but that’s not my point here. Either way, Harris’s version of the song is right there as one of the very first songs that started this revolution called rock and roll. Roy Brown’s version recorded just months earlier didn’t have the same effect because it just didn’t rock, it was more of a jumpin’ blues. Harris’s was done with a much stronger back beat which emphasised the 2nd and 4th beat of the bar, complete with hand claps to really drive it home.

 

This was 1948 and it was coming from an R&B artist and it made such an impact that everyone else wanted to record a “rocking’ song. The movement was fast and furious and people wanted to call it something other than just R&B because it was different,… hello rock and roll!

 

By the mid 50′s the new rock and roll era was in full swing and this created some problems for Jordan so he re-recorded many of his hits of the 40′s that had been done before the new rock sound came to be. To add the new flavor producer and arranger Quincy Jones was called in and added the rocking guitar of Mickey Baker and the great tenor saxophonist Sam “the man” Taylor.

 

What a difference a decade makes; Listen to the 40′s version of Caledonia and then the 50′s version. Also the 40′s version of Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens and then the 50′s version and you’ll hear a huge difference in sound, style, and feel.

 

Nadel Paris is an EDM artist and a music producer, recording artist. She is making her statement as a female vocalist and a sole composer of all her songs and hope that it will inspire many others to do the same. You can listen to her songs on itunes, spotify or on amazon. To know more about Nadel visit her here: http://www.nadel-paris.com/

Jan 29

Just two decades ago, people used to get horrified with the tales tabloids used to tell of drug fueled profligacy linked to electronic dance music. Two decades later, seeking a DJing or rapping career or following the hip hop culture has become the new “in thing” among the youngsters.

 

So how did the public opinion on electronic dance music change so dramatically in such a short span of time? Let’s take a look at what it was before and where it stands today.

 

The Rave Scene

When electronic dance music first entered America in the 1990′s, it was not adopted because of the rave way in which it was being presented by the artists. It was isolated and fallen apart and was largely associated with underground rave parties.

 

Expansion

As more time passed by, hip hop artists as well as electronic dance music began to attract a new group of people and incorporated new and innovative genres of music into it. It began to have a wider appeal to people because it directly addressed the lives of the people involved.

 

Open Acceptance

Today, no matter if it’s a 16 year old school going music lover, or a 35 year old Wall Street professional, EDM has swept away everyone alike. It has exploded in an era where social media, huge festivals, cheap music technology and information about the hip hop artists is all at the finger tips of this generation.

 

Preference over Traditional Bands

Today, rather than going to the concerts of traditional pop and rock bands, people prefer attending an event where they could enjoy electronic dance music. DJ’s and hip hop artists have begun to make a lot more than professional singers, and the trend continues to grow at a rapid pace.

 

No One Uses the R-word anymore

With all the white dress codes combined with super expensive sets, the big club nights can really no longer be called ‘raves’. If there is the next big dance event coming up in your town, there is no way that a big-name DJ is not making an appearance. Hip hop artists have rightly earned the reputation of knowing their audience and thus the music is exactly according to their taste.

 

The dance music culture is becoming a rising commercial tide, and with it, it has introduced several impressive names such as Nadel Paris that have totally revolutionized what EDM stood for just two decades ago.

 

Nadel Paris is a music producer, recording artist, musician and her music is a mix between different styles: Dance, EDM, Pop, Urban …etc. She is making her statement as a female vocalist and a sole composer of all her songs and hope that it will inspire many others to do the same. You can listen to her songs on itunes, spotify or on amazon. To know about Nadel visit her here: http://www.nadel-paris.com/

Jan 20

Early hip hop was an era of booming sound systems and American records of rap music. The history of Hip hop can be trailed back to the South Bronx where it first emerged in early 1970s. The African Americans and Latinos neighborhoods developed this culture in the early seventies as this was more than a way of life for them. The coloured people’s unrest due to discrimination was vented by the way of Hip hop. With the advent of Hip hop, the gangster inspired neighborhoods and drug infested streets indulged into dance and artwork battle rather than inner-city gang’s physical violence.

 

Not only did music battles take place but also hip hop battles and graffiti developed gradually. It was a beginning of sorts for a new Hip hop community to emerge. As hip hop music was developing, its predecessor, Rap music, had a great influence on the music style and it combined funk and R&B as well as poetry. It has complex rhythms, cadences, an intricate poetic form, and inventive wordplay. In late 70s, Kool Herc was one of the first rappers with simple rap at his parties, inspired from Jamaican tradition of toasting. Early rap music was influenced by disco but developments with sampling machines led to different music forms. Rapping also has its different styles and rhyming and delivery are also important in rapping. Mostly raps are about party rhymes and love, violence and sex and sometimes about social issues like police brutality, teenage pregnancy and racism, also materialism. Rapping is not only a male domain; even female rappers have made their mark.

 

With forerunners like Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaata, new styles like Toasting, Scratching and MCing evolved. This revolution of sort had its beginnings in Bronx, Brooklyn and every nearby area where the music jocks explored their creativity and ended up with a characteristically different funky music that gained fame among the clubbers. The word Hiphop was first used by all time favourite MC Love Bug Starski as a slang and a name for this culture in the 1970s. Indeed, this new cultural craze grew massively and began to be a major force in the world of music. Its catchy beats and rhythms drew such great and enthusiastic crowds each time DJ’s were performing. It even got to a point when anybody who wanted a shot at stardom could crank out a Hip Hop beat and almost make it instantly. It was then that this lifestyle started to grow uncontrollably, especially with the introduction of breakdance and graffiti artists who were then the most interesting personalities of that period. The Old School Hip hop artists like Afrika Bambaataa, The Sugarhill Gang, Spoonie Gee, Treacherous Three, Funky Four Plus One, Kurtis Blow, Fab Five Freddy, Busy Bee Starski, Lovebug Starski, Doug E. Fresh, The Fat Boys, The Cold Crush Brothers and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, etc. exemplified the image, style and sound of old school hip hop. The golden age hip hop or the mid-school rap frames the 1980s while New school, with its advent around 1990s, associates with artists like Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Eric B & Rakim, A Tribe Called Quest, Def Jam, Juice Crew, Busta Rhymes, Charlie Brown, Dinco D, ODB with other popular hip hop collective like the Native Tongues, Jungle Brothers, De La Soul, Wu Tang Clan, Kool G Rap, Outkast, Black Sheep and many more. The list now keeps on increasing as artists like Puff Daddy, Eminem, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Kanye West, Linkin Park, Destinys Child, Missy Elliot and many others have joined the league.

 

Hip hop has not only developed as a music genre but also as a dance style, a dressing style, vocab and a culture in a holistic way. And it is not only about the Blacks; it has extended beyond East Coast and West Coast and America and has taken the world in its stride. The major spread of hip hop has been through such magazines, radios and shows which talk about hot records, fashion trends, touring schedules of various artists. It has risen from being a local culture in the streets of Bronx to an international, multi-billion dollar industry.

 

A part of the Hip hop culture is the Hip hop lyrics which have been the talk of the town since it was not even called hip hop but disco rap. Rap has been an integral element of hip hop and rappers would hold spontaneous rhyming battles verbally attacking their opponents, which was called freestyle and such aggressive words were spoken to a funky beat. The lyrical content evolved with time into more metaphorical and complex lyrics. Conscious rap, which is a sub-genre focusing on social issues and conflicts. Themes like religion, aversion to violence, economy, struggle of the ghettos decrying the poverty, violence, and dead-end lives of the black youth are included in conscious rap. The gangsta rap is more violent, openly confrontational, and shocking than those of established rap acts, featuring incessant profanity and resulting in controversies.

 

Controversies is a part and parcel of Hip hop and it is all dry and lackluster without juicy gossip and new “beef” doing rounds on the streets, especially when it is all about battles and warfare among gangs with disses and missions! It sometimes does happen that artists themselves spread wrong rumours for either their own publicity or some other hip hop artists. The artists themselves do such stuff to be in constant limelight. Nowadays, every statement made by any artists become news and based on that news, various interpretations result into new rumours. Any star seen with anybody else becomes the talk of the town and anything they wear becomes the latest trend.

 

Speaking of the latest trend, Hip hop fashion which is largely prevalent today is actually influenced by the Afro-American style of dressing where hip hop originated, originally in the Southern Bronx. Earlier in 1980s, disco influenced outfits were a rage but it slowly began to fade and the focus shifted to the African-inspired clothing with colourful shirts or oversized basketball jerseys, military baggy denims or cargos, Nikes and baseball caps was also a hit. The surge of designer labels and bling accessories was in late 90s which is ever-increasing with accessories for every body part.

 

Hip hop, with all its music, style and language, has become the most dominant music genre across the world and it is the origin of many sub-genres like country rap, conscious hip hop, alternative hip hop, avant-garde hip hop, chopped and screwed, Christian hip hop, conscious hip hop, electro hop, gangsta rap, house music, mafioso rap, reggaeton etc. as a perpetual list. And not only the music or the lyrics, but even the videos of hip hop songs have become a rage. The way the films/ videos have been shot also helps the artist to shoot to fame. Most of the videos include the artists in branded clothes with chunks of funky jewellery, great cars, girls, and gang-wars with pistols and footage from their live concerts and much more. Some videos are inspired/ copied from other great videos. The all time great videos are Eminem’s Not Afraid, We made you, Lil Wayne’s Lollipop, Black Eyed Peas’ My humps, Missy Elliot’s Work It, Lose Control and many more.

 

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