For the record, below isn’t the secret answer to club message. Music is a little bit more complicated than playing the track backwards and hearing the Devil. It would have to be to survive for this long. Therefore, the entries below, especially the final one, is my interpretation that I thought I would share with you and hopefully explain some of the little traits that outsiders to the club genre do not understand. Not everyone is going to fit into the categories below though. Blogging is not an exact science. After all, I am just a teenage dirt-bag blogger, baby!
3 – REMIXES AREN’T TRYING TO UNDERMINE OR STEAL FROM THE SOURCE MATERIAL
I am sure you have stumbled across the latest Flo Rida or Black Eyed Peas song and realised that the song was blatantly just throwing a club beat to an old 70s tune. It happens all the time. I accidentally heard the club mixes of every ABBA song out there, before I even touched any of the originals. On top of that, every time your favourite singer releases a song, the nightclub community have to swarm in, take it and throw Dubstep to the damn thing. Where the hell is the originality and the integrity?
The thing with this is that we aren’t trying to usurp the popularity from the original song. Cedric Gervais wasn’t trying to do anything as arrogant as improve ‘Summertime Sadness’ by Lana Del Rey. No, we just really appreciate the talent of those singers and want to listen to them in the clubs. However, in order to do that we need to add a stronger and more prominent dance beat. Adele is the best example. Her voice lends herself so well to our genre, yet she isn’t that kind of musician. DJs are just filling that demand. That doesn’t mean that Youtube commenters can flood that mix with abuse for stealing from the singer and stomping all over the glory.
2 – WE DON’T NECESSARILY LISTEN TO CLUB MUSIC ALL THE TIME
I can’t talk for everyone out there, but I want to tell everyone that just because the club genre is my favourite kind of music to listen to, does not mean that it is all I listen to. When a Dubstep song comes on the radio and my Dad criticises anyone that can sit in their room and just listen to that all day, it proves he has no understanding of the genre. Sure, I will listen to ‘Breach – Jack’ or ‘Daft Punk – Around the World’, but as a music lover, I will listen to other stuff. As a group of music fans, the club genre seems the most lenient towards other music. While rock fans won’t stray outside of their brand of metal, we are happy to browse what else is on offer. To an extent, we understand that some club music is meant for the clubs alone.
1 – CLUB MUSIC ISN’T MEANT TO BE LYRICALLY DEEP
The biggest compliant people have for this genre however is the lack of emotion and depth that club music has. You look at the Rock genre and the rap genre (or how rap is meant to be), and it is full of emotion. Emotion runs the song. Eminem’s music is fuelled by his anger. Rock has so many underlying meanings that can keep the song going for decades, in the case of the greatest hits. However, then you look at the club genre and it is mainly Kesha singing about glitter and Britney Spears coasting by on her fame, rather than her talent.
But that’s where people don’t understand the genre. Club music isn’t about embracing emotion; it is about letting go of it. When you are in a club, you are usually coming out of a stressful week and celebrating the fact that it is a weekend. It is also a common fact that emotions are the most common factor on a ruined night out (see madeupstatistics.com). Why would you want to embrace those pesky feelings when you are on the dance floor? Therefore, when a club beat drops, it is designed for expelling all of these deep thoughts from you, rather than dragging them to the surface, like Linkin Park tend to do.
The most talented club singers often break out of the genre at least once on their albums to release a song with all of the deeper lyrics they want to discuss. Look at Lady Gaga. Her songs are full of symbolism, yet she understands that when she wants to break into the club, she needs to leave that at the door and just start talking about ‘Applause’. Basically, the best club songs are simple. There’s a reason clubbers are often depicted taking E in the movies. In truth, the music should be a drug enough in itself. It acts as pure euphoria, removing everything from the equation other than the beat and the floor. I don’t mean to sound like a hippie, but this is a stripped back explanation of the club genre in my books. I know not everyone thinks of the club genre like this, yet for me, it is a strong explanation for why this genre doesn’t focus on intricate lyrics or deeper meanings.