Disco’s recent revival and what it means for the future of dance music
One of the largest news publications in the UK, The Guardian, decided to officially pay tribute to disco’s recent comeback in a comprehensive review of the scenes both past and present. Centered around the success of Random Access Memories, the article speaks of the death of dubstep and EDM and the rise of sounds like Chic, Donna Summer, and Studio 54. Using some of Dancing Astronaut’s favorite upcoming nu-disco artists like Flight Facilities, Goldroom and Todd Terje to validate the point, the article stresses that “boogie” is back and this time, it’s here to stay.
It irritates me, the ignorance of some people when you mention disco,” says Oliver Jones. Otherwise known as dubstep don Skream, “They don’t realise that, if it wasn’t for that era, there would be no house, no hardcore, no jungle or drum’n’bass, and no UK garage or dubstep.
Younger artists have become excited by the reintroduction of real musicians to electronic music for it pays tribute to the way classic disco made audiences feel. Jake Shears, the Scissor Sisters’ frontman who has helped keep disco alive this past decade explains “It sounds incredible, like a giant fresh glass of water that so many people have been thirsty for for so long”
Hugo Gruzman of Flight Facilities argues “disco requires more musical thought so it’s going to make people up their game. It’s going to be interesting to see who can kick it with the big guys.” Eugene Cho of Escort acknowledges the fact that the rise in EDM may have paved the way for disco appreciation,” EDM has made more people open to dance music in general.” Dec Lennon, who mans a dubstep/grime turned disco radio station explains, “In the dubstep era everyone just stood there and nodded their heads. Now people are opening up, getting loose, having a drink and dance. And there’s no better format for it.”
Nile Rodgers, the “Mozart of disco” known for working with Daft Punk and now Avicii and Nicky Romero, chimes in stating disco is attractive to listeners because of it’s “complex simplicity” and absolute “bliss of the grooves.” While Jake Shears remunerates the point:
“I don’t think disco has revenge in its soul,” he says. “But what I do like about this Daft Punk record is that it has brought so many people together. It has captured the imagination of the entire public, and that’s a disco thing. Now, no matter how many records they burn, it’s never, ever, ever going away.”
via: The Guardian