Today’s entry is about music.
I officially added (emotionally) my activities as DJ to my musical expressions around 2001. I have considered music as my profession for 20 years now, so my role as a professional DJ amounts to over half of my musical career. However, these past 10 years, I have devoted myself more to dance music, especially dance club type music.
From 2005 onwards, a worldwide “electro” boom was born and a wonderful era where music and fashion became closer arrived. It was a great time and I had the opportunity to perform as DJ in countries around the world. I was touched that I could move so many people through my performances. I feel it was this boom that brought the interpretation of rock onto the dance floor and brought cool crowds of fashionable people to club scenes. The boom created a phenomenon of indoor raves.
But trends change and booms end. I feel that currently mainstream dance music is either hard or lowbrow, and it is hard for me to relate to this. When I consider the fact that dance music culture was cutting edge and had an influence on the overall music scene, the success of this genre ultimately resulted in losing its coolness, which I feel is a big loss.
Club scenes moved towards underground techno, which is aloof rather than inviting but I was trying to think of how I could get the days of cool night clubbing to re-emerge, behind the scenes. My conclusion was to create a scene, which did not have to involve dancing.
Ironically, dance music is not created for the sole purpose of dancing. Rather, it presents music, which one can dance to. Even when I refer to materials from the 80s, I find that crowds became hyped up during live performances of bands but there was not so much excitement over indoor raves. I feel dance music was more of a social tool.
Overseas, bars also constituted an important role in night clubbing. Music would be booming at an ordinary bar and throngs would gather to converse at the top of their voices. Basically, bars and clubs are scenes for people to come together and create new cultures.
I don’t intend on recreating bars modeled after those overseas or those from the glory days. For me, salon culture in Paris of the 1920s, night clubbing in the 1960s and 80s, and foreign bars are continuing role models.
My latest approach is the “SOFA DISCO.” This place offers a scene where one does not have to dance or where dance music is not the main subject. Spending the entire night sitting down is just boring but I want to convey that there are scenes aside from hyped up, must dance scenes abundant nowadays. I hope that those attending this disco will come fashionably dressed to enjoy an atmosphere incorporating two seemingly opposite concepts, the sofa and disco.
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Please refer to the below link for further details on SOFA DISCO.