In the good old days of electronic dance music, a DJ would take you on a journey. A set would have a beginning, a middle and an end. Now before all the DJs out there email me with abuse, yes, I know you guys still do that, but let's be honest, it's not like it used to be, is it? Music has changed, especially in the "EDM" scene, where it's all about "the drop" now.
One DJ who knows exactly what that's like Armin van Burren. In a recent interview with Mixmag, the Dutch master of trance spoke about the change in the music, especially in the last five years. He said "Everything’s become about the drop and the breakdown. I want to bring people on a journey rather than just bringing them the drops."
And Armin is not the only person with an opinion about tracks and their big drops. In a recent interview with EDMTunes, Comic Gate expressed their concerns with the direction music is heading. They explained, "We’re not against it, but it’s all about the drop these days. It’s one siren to the next (makes siren noises). We play it sometimes. But for most artists, it’s always one to the next. There is no middle part. We play the drop too. But it needs time to develop. That is what we really don’t like about it. We love new tracks, but we can’t play two hours like that."
Going in to more detail, they too expressed the need for music to be a journey, "You need time to feel the music. You need to breathe. When you just play like people do now you can’t feel it anymore. A good story takes time to get told and to develop. A good track needs a sequence that takes time to get into your brain. In music these days, in 4 minutes, you can’t tell a good story."
So can we expect a return to euphoric trance with hands in the air moments and spine tingling breakdowns? One can only dream, so until then, I'll be trying to see as many Armin
and Cosmic Gate
sets as possible to relive my youth!