The Age of Digital Music
Many of us believe in the raw roots of swing, jazz and soul as one of our most fundamental bases for nearly all music today. As music has evolves in the digital age, we are fortunate enough to expand our horizons further into new genres but also keeping the most basic elements of our classics close to our hearts, and ears.
Like a vinyl record, our classic samples are delicate, vintage and deserve the utmost respect when sampled into our new age electronic music. Musicians like Boogie Belqique, Odjbox, and Proleter find this gentle balance between swing and soul samples to facilitate this new movement into our digitalized era.
Some have criticized in the most recent years that we have muddled our music with faux musicians that pollute the classics with unpleasant “womp womp” music and unappealing polyrythms. While every era of music certainly has misses, I do not believe this a standing argument for why we should not experiment and breach out into new genres that embrace technological change.
What is absolutely fascinating to me as a producer, something that was not even comprehendible in my young years as a musician, is that anyone with a musical ear, talent, or the desire to become a musician is no longer limited to the primary elements of a band or people to fill a band. Not only this, but distribution has become free and easy, leaving record labels behind for promotion purposes.
These elements alone have infused producers’ creativity around the world to taking risks. Risks alone breaks us into new sounds and exposes those who are incredibly creative and talented. I know for a fact music is only bound to become more interesting and innovative in the coming years.
By Genevieve Zasada, Hi On Air