GUNBOAT DIPLOMAT ELECTRO + ACID MIX
What has happened to our beloved dance scene in the u.k ? . Is it time for the next generation to come along and shake the foundations of what we consider to be underground music ? . Is there anybody capable of shaking it up ?
In my opinion there are not many producers with either the knowledge of their equipment , the history of the scene or the imagination to do this . Too many producers think that all it takes is a computer , a 4/4 beat and some nice chords , or a homemade programmed break with some ' phat ' bass to make a ' killa ' tune .
' I've got a Pentium blah blah ' , ' I 've got an apple mac ' How many times have we all heard this ? Just because you have a good computer doesn't mean you know the first thing about what makes a good tune. I say give these peeps an Atari and an s950 and watch them buckle as they don't have a 500 gig harddrive , any pirated digital plug ins or 70 channels to dress up their boring and unimaginative tracks .
Surely with technology being more widely available to the masses , we should be hearing more quality or at least adventurous music but in my opinion this is not the case , all we are hearing is people churning out the same old crap !
When the scene began we didn't have all this technology but the music was alive , vibrant and exciting , so what's gone wrong ?
All scenes have to progress , this is only natural , but I feel people have forgotten what original elements made a particular style . Techno isn't techno just because it's fast and drum & bass isn't all about programming and editing but these seem to be the popular misconceptions . I also feel that the advent of digital formats such as cd, mp3 and laptops in clubs are denying us the full range of harmonics that effect us subliminally .
The recent acid revival is a prime example , loads of people making tunes with 303 and 808 digital emulations and little soul . Go away and listen to likes of Bam Bam – ' where's your child ' , Jack Frost , Pierre and Adonis to name but a few and see how it's really done ! Without this knowledge how can people hope to produce music that has progressed further or contains as much passion .
Gone are the days of going into record shops and coming out with your tunes knowing that you have a few future classics in your sweaty grip ,whether it be from 4 HERO, BUKEM , CARL CRAIG, UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE or MASTERS AT WORK . Now most tunes will be lucky to still be getting played in a few months !.
For myself , most of the scene is dead . The music has become predictable , the dj's unexciting and the clubs extortionate . The drinks industry and clubs must be loving the fact that there is a current cocaine epidemic sweeping the U.K , lots of clubbers knocking back their overpriced drinks .Gone are the days of everyone on the same buzz , dancing all night with a smile and your bottle of water . Now I am faced by groups of 'coked up' arrogant clubbers who will happily give you a smack if you bump into them .
Be warned , myself and others are coming to take back our scene ……