Rave 2.0 – The Lost Art of Subtlety: Beatport and the Beast

I was recently looking over an article on another blog about a song on Beatport called “Epic Mashleg” by Daleri. The Swedish duo took the top 16 songs from the Beatport Top 100, extracted the drops, and mashed them into one track of epic proportions. They did it basically as a mockery of what the Beatport Top 100 has become. What was once a place where excellently crafted tracks rose to the top to shine has now become the dregs of whatever happens to be the hot sound at this second. Daleri exposes this right proper.


What we’re seeing these days is a lack of creativity when it comes to electronic music. Gone are the days of three minute mixes and ten minute tracks. Honestly, that’s really not such a bad thing since those tracks tended to drone on needlessly. Now, however, we are in the era of three to four minute tracks and horrible cut mixing. Much as the Hard House days of the early 2000’s, DJs now like to see how many tracks they can play during their sets.

The problem? There’s not many DJs right now with the skill of an Irene or George Centeno or Bam Bam. Oh yes, there’s plenty of people out there who can do it. Back then, there were plenty of people who could do it as well. Just like back then, it’s annoying when everyone and their grandma tries to do it. I’m all for creating a unique sound and defining yourself as a DJ, but how unique is it when everyone else does it?

This brings me back to the point at hand. Just as how everyone’s going for this same sound in their sets, everyone’s trying to make this flavor of the month style music. That’s all well and fine. The problem comes in the fact that when someone hits a formula that works, everyone else decides to rape that concept until it’s a shell of it’s former self. Nobody even really tries to put their own spin on it. They go on YouTube and learn how to make that exact same sound. They’re not even trying to use different sounds to achieve the same purpose. It would be like walking up to the Rolling Stones and saying “Hey let’s go into the studio and record ‘Brown Sugar’ with Mick Jagger singing lead. I’m going to stand right over here while you’re recording, but it’s my name that’s going on it. Not yours.”

In the Electro/Dubstep/Trap world, everyone’s using the same synths, the same patterns, the same presets. There’s very few artists willing to step out and be creative in those genres. Beatport, please do me a favour and get them out of the Progressive House pages. Until then, you’ll find me hanging out in Tech House I guess.