Dubstep, Breaks, Drum’n'Bass, House.
As a society we seem to love to categorize things by type, style, shape and sound. One thing we love to categorize more than anything else is our beloved music; the soundtrack to our lives.
But it doesn’t stop there. Once you hit a genre, you’ve got sub-genres. Not content with umbrellas dictating how your style must sound, how your mixing must be, how the structure of your song must flow, each slight difference will lump you in a subtly different category.
You like drum’n'bass? Is it Techstep? Darkstep? Atmospheric? Jazzy? Liquid? Ragga?
You like house? Minimal? Progressive? Deep? Ambient? Electro? Hard (hee hee)?
A recent Gizmodo article shows that music hasn’t really evolved a great deal in 50 years. Despite fragmenting musical styles into (increasingly strict) requirements, science is telling us we’re just splitting the same music into increasingly restrictive genres. What’s more is that some of the most heated and bitter arguments stem from the discussions of music and music artists. The better artist. The better style. Why one style is inferior to another. Why this music isn’t in that genre because it doesn’t follow the exact rules and regulations of the archetype.
So here I am, sitting amidst a shattered landscape with a fistful of musical notes. I have to get someone to listen to me amidst this mess.
I think I’ve got my work cut out for me here. You see, I’ve tried to ‘pick’ a genre for some time now and it’s just not working. So I’m going to stop pretending I want to be constricted and I’m just going to write music. I’m going to paint you a picture free of constraints and I’ll see where it takes us. Chances are my music may be disliked because I don’t fit a mold – I never fit one in life anyway, so I suppose it’s no big loss. Chances are my music may be pigeonholed into some trivial genre and arguments occur for days on message boards where I fit in the grand scheme of musical styles. Chances are I’ll stumble upon something amazing and new and break the cycle of repetition and conformity.
I figure it’s time we collectively threw caution to the wind and tried something different. We are long overdue. I’ll take the first step; Let’s see who follows.