Wednesday, December 18, 2013



2013 is certainly filled with electronic dance hits & events, and so to commemorate on the 10 year anniversary of Toolroom Records, they have made a documentary on how dance music evolved for the past decade. Watch as Toolroom creator's Mark Knight and other DJs disclose the stories behind the beats and rave parties.

Here's the timeline of the downfall and rise of dance music, the technology transition and how it extended influences as years went by, according to the documentary:

*The struggle and rise of music labels

2003 - The Guardian said 'dance music was in terminal decline'. Vinyl sales, dance magazines and clubs were falling.

Will Saul - States that the music industry was a very exciting but very daunting and very cutright industry back then.

Toolroom's Stuart Knight - shares how tough it was with the cost of manufacture and distribution.

2003 - Size, Cadenza, Armada and Toolroom are just some of the labels established.

Carl Loben of DJ Mag tells what pushed them to start their labels.

Steve Angello - talks about how he started with Swedish House Mafia on 2001 and why he started the label Size.

*The transition of Vinyl to digital music

Armin van Buuren - Talks about his shift from classic dj mc vinyl to cdj / digital music.

Fatboy Slim - Compares how hard it was to get a record out before digital music, with the downside on how music became disposable.

Josh Wink - Describes his tools on producing music before (with hardware and a studio) and at present (a combination of balancing the hardware and software).

Nicole Moudaber - Speaks about how the digital world dominated and changed music, how downloading music became easy for kids, making them part of what they're doing.

Hardwell - Thinks that the whole technology now is way better than before, it's more affordable and how people can produce good music from great ideas.

Sub Focus - Says technology democratize making music, with the development from even more than 10 years. 

DJ Sneak - Says 99.9% of the DJs coming in are not educated properly, they don't know the roots and culture, producing short lived DJs.

Todd Terry - Admits how DJs today (with the technology) don't have to do much. With flash, playlist and cd, you don't need much. But then again, he likes the best of both worlds.

Hot Since 82 - Advices that with the changes of Vinyl to CD to USB to Traktor - you gotta be on it, you couldn't be left behind!

Loco Dice - Says he can't carry records anymore and prefer Traktor already.

Sub Focus shares his equipment that controls some of the pitch and tone of the sound through motion senses.

*The decline of record store to mp3 music online

Todd Terry expresses his disappointment with iTunes. He likes how Vinyl recognizes the need for details on credits like who the producer is, giving much connection to what's really going on.

DJ Sneak enumerates some of the DJs that worked in Gramaphone, a record store in Chicago. How it became a school for these DJs and how it became the core of house music in Chicago.

*The categorization and reinvention of dance music

Stuart Knight talks about how genres expanded from house, techno, drum and bass.

Will Saul is pleased with the acts coming out playing UK house music, because it's coming from a place that isn't house music. Through this, you get interesting results because of subjective influences.

*EDM is born

2011 - EDM (Electronic Dance Music) exploded in America. Giving mainstream success for Guetta, Skrillex and Swedish House Mafia.

Seth Troxler - Talks about how some states like Chicago hasn't changed that much, although America as a whole has changed completely. EDM gave a positive effect on all the genres of dance music.

DJ Sneak says how difficult it is for new acts to become themselves and follow what the trend is. Everything is pre-packaged, you have your management to do it for you, except for being a real DJ.

Steve Angello narrates the people who helped them reach where they are today. It was hard work to the top. He also advices not to exploit the genre.

Loco Dice believes it was all about the industry hyping EDM - the US being a big big market. Defends how many great artists and events there is that has nothing to do with this EDM hype. 

Fatboy Slim recalls how he enjoyed the music 10-12 years ago and the big explosion of Chemical Brothers, Prodigy and Bass and Jack with what they used to call electronica. 

Will Saul explains why he will still keep releasing Vinyls despite the digital changes.

D'Julz feels it's a cycle. People can always go back to the roots, and adapt at the same time.

Stuart Knight thinks the people now look more for the true aesthetic of dance music - more intimate venues, vibe, and the experience that hooks us all up!

10 Years Of Dance Music: The Playlist:

1. Mark Reeve - Pack Of Rhodes (Original Mix)
2. Lovebirds feat Novika - This Time (Gorge Remix)
3. Mark Knight & Funkagenda - Man With The Red Face (Original Club Mix)
4. Weiss (UK) - My Sister (Original Mix)
5. DJ Die & Interface feat William Cartwright - Bright Lights (Netsky Remix)
6. Digitalism - Zdarlight (Chopstick & Johnjon Remix)
7. Weiss (UK) - If I Ever Dance (Original Mix)
8. Cloud 9 - Do You Want Me Baby (Dusky Remix)
9. Hardwell - Three Triangles (Original Club Mix)
10. Steve Silk Hurley - Jack Your Body (Doorly Club Rub)
11. Prince Club & Harvard Bass - Canixo (Original Mix)

"With all these changes for good or for bad, depends on your opinion, one thing I know is that dance music is certainly isn't dead, in fact it's healthier than it's ever been... 

 so here is to the next 10 years! 

- Mark Knight

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