I didn’t finally go to sleep till 3am this morning, mainly because I was watching music videos, blogging, and hanging out with my brother and a friend. But in the midst of writing and laughing, I actually saw a video that I actually liked. Most of the videos out today don’t tell a story (like the way Michael Jackson’s videos did), but there are still some videos that at least catch my eye with amazing graphics.
One of those videos that really caught my eye last night was Zedd’s official music video for the hit single, “Clarity.” The video is beautifully filmed and edited, with amazing special effects and this battle of two people who can’t seem to get their love to connect…they need some “clarity.”
Watch the video below. It’s a nice dance track!
For quite some time I abandoned listening to the radio due to the lack of music that wasn’t along the lines of my taste. It’s not that I have great distain for music played on the radio, I just prefer the sounds of house, drum & bass, dance, electropop, and other electronic infused tunes. True, you can find music within those genres on satellite radio and certain major cities that have designated stations, but a few years ago it was an anomaly to hear such music in the Top Hits and American Billboard charts.
Growing up I had always been a huge fan of dance/electronic music, but kept it a hidden secret. While all the other kids were listening to hip-hop, rock, and pop, I was off in my own world listening to dance music from Chicago, New York, France (Daft Punk) and London. I had fallen in love with the house music of the 80s/90s, but it didn’t seem to be mainstream amongst my peers. So I kept it secret. House and dance music became a world I could escape to, a world that only a select few had the honor to experience.
As I grew older and began networking with various people at different schools (I moved around a lot,) I ran across a few individuals that were curious about the type of music I listened to. I couldn’t hide how I felt, so I began to open up and share my music playlists with my peers. Bad idea. During the early 2000s everyone was moving beyond the 90s hip-hop and rock scene, and falling in love with the latest trends in hip-hop and rock. Artists such as OutKast (I still love their music,) Jay-Z, Nelly, Missy Elliot, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, and so many more contemporary artists were at the forefront of the American music scene.
Those artists were daily topics of interests amongst youth and young adults, so when I began telling people I love dance and house music, they’d look at me with uncertainty. It was if they asked themselves, “How can an African-American love techno?” Now, they didn’t actually phrase it like that, but I did have many people tell me that because I was African-American/Black I was acting “White” by listening to techno. The funny thing about their ignorance was the fact that I don’t even listen to techno. I hate techno. I listen to house, drum & bass, electropop, dance, garage, and dub-step, but I don’t enjoy techno. It’s all underneath the music category of electronic dance music, but each sub-genre is different.
The plague of musical ignorance during the early 2000s was frustrating at times, but I managed to survive. I understood that the music I listened to wasn’t quite popular in America, especially in the area I lived, but that just meant I’d have the luxury of daydreaming about one day moving to the United Kingdom. The UK has always been more accepting of a wide range of music, so it made perfect sense during the early 2000s.
But now it seems like I don’t have to daydream about moving to the UK in hopes of living in a culture saturated with dance music. In the past few years it seems as though it’s becoming more acceptable to combine hip-hop with dance music (essentially what many UK grime artists have done for years) and many major artists are know working with world renown DJ’s such as David Guetta, Afro Jack, Eric Prydz, Bob Sinclar, and Swedish House Mafia. The days of being mocked by my peers and called “White” are no longer an issue. Everywhere I turn I hear a major American artist such as Nicki Minaj, Usher, Ludacris, Pitbull, and Chris Brown teaming up with dance music superstars. It’s become popular to listen to dance music, produce dance tracks, and to recite the lyrics to LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem.”
Years ago it wouldn’t have been quite the norm amongst many of today’s urban American youth, but now it’s trendy to listen to dance music. There seems to be this ideology that if you listen to dance music, then you’re part of the “popular” crowd and the “hip” kids.
But prior to the American popularization of dance music, it was a genre that was already being accepted and cherished worldwide. It wasn’t something trendy you tweeted about. Dance music was just good music that people loved worldwide, but it took the American youth quite some time to realize that it’s okay to like dance music. And now that they realize it’s cool, it’s becoming extremely trendy and every artist is now pumping out some catchy dance track in order to stay “cool.”
I’ve been waiting for these headphones to be in my hands for two weeks and my mom finally sent them to me! Of course, they came from the UK and got here pretty quick right around Black Friday, but it took my mom some time to send them to me here in my new home, Los Angeles. So now I can enjoy as much clean and pure sound as I want with my new BassBuds headphones.
If you haven’t heard of BassBuds, then you totally need to read this review and go buy yourself a pair ASAP. If you thought Skullcandy was good, then you’ll be hundred times amazed by BassBuds. Why? Because they are awesome! And why are they awesome? Well they are awesome headphones due to the fact you can’t hear anyone else around you; complete noise control. Unlike most of my other headphones that have broken, lose sound in one ear, or don’t block out the sounds of life around me, these headphones do all of that while looking extremely sleek and sexy.
The complete noise control is perfect especially for using the built-in mic. Yes, that is right. These beautiful limited white edition BassBuds have a built-in mic that is compatible with most (I’m sure all) smartphones. That comes in hand for those moments when you’re listening to music, then your phone rings and you have to go through that annoying moment of trying to untangle your headphones. Oh, and the cords are built with a cool thick material that makes it impossible to get tangled. Perfection.
These headphones are so amazing and I’m so happy I got a pair. Not only is the sound good, but they are this sleek white design with Swarvoski Elements Crystals on the ends of the buds. See, aren’t these just awesome?!
But I don’t want you guys to feel left out, so if you’re a music junkie and love to hear your bass thumping, then please go use this DISCOUNT CODE (BB5977) and receive $30 off a pair. GO to this site to redeem the code: www.bassbuds.net/usa
My fellow house junkies are going to truly need to get a pair of these. I can honestly say I haven’t heard bass thumpin’ this good in quite a time.
Here at TS25, I always try to bring you the latest in EDM, as well as tracks that might not be new, but they are totally worth a listen. A majority of the content I post within the EDM realm is usually house or some type of electro, but I can’t forget Dance Music.
Out of all the genres within EDM that are becoming mainstream, Dance Music is something you can easily hear on the radio nowadays and in the hottest clubs. I’m still waiting for the day when stations here in D.C. will wise up and play house, but for now NYC, Chicago, Miami, and SF have that on lockdown (house scenes are huge there.)
Dance Music is truly growing in the states, whereas in other regions abroad Dance Music was surely a lifestyle and not a trendy uprising. But at least the states have finally smartened up and realized that Dance Music, as well as DNB, dubstep, house, and other genres under the umbrella of EDM are the future (even though they’ve been around for ages.)
Since I’m a huge music lover, I’m not one to leave out a certain genre, and it’s only just that I post some of my favorite new Dance Music hits. So ladies and gents, check out some fresh dance tracks that should totally be added to your weekend playlist.
P.S. I’m trying not to be biased, but I really do love music from the Ministry of Sound (MOS) label. Hehe, so you’ll noticed I choose a lot of tracks from MOS.
Kaskade. Need I say more? AWESOMENESS!
Ah, I love this song! I really like Romanian Dance Music. Thumbs up for Romania!!!
Such a beautiful track. Very atmospheric. Listening to it makes you want to drift off into a beautiful dream…
Came out early in the summer, but this song never gets old for me. Such an awesome track. Duh, Avicii rocks!
Same as the one above, older track (summer release), but still awesome!