December 2011

Remembering DJ AM

During 2008, DJ AM faced a near death experience.

DJ AM, known simply as Adam Goldstein to those closest to him, was one of the most well-known DJs of the early 2000s. Success came to DJ AM in many forms. He spun at many popular night clubs including Pure in Las Vegas. He was also the owner of a music management company and did work on albums for popular artists such as Will Smith. He regularly booked DJ gigs at private parties for celebrities. He had a career that many aspiring DJs could only dream of.

DJ AM gained national fame outside of the club scene when he started dating Nicole Richie. He could also be seen both hanging out and working with his close friend Travis Barker of Blink-182 fame. Adam worked hard to live the glamorous life; it was not handed to him. As a young boy, he lived with his alcoholic and drug addict father, who was verbally abusive. Adam had his own struggle with crack cocaine in his teens and 20s. DJ AM was eventually able to get clean for over 10 years. His success as a DJ did not come until after his sobriety began.

Hot Chip, Makers of Classic Pop Music

 

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Over time the band’s style has ranged from quirky and offbeat to creating simple, brilliant, hardcore dance floor anthems, not just eccentric little pop songs. In recent years this London band, formed in 2000 in Putney, London, has deepened their style from goofy youngsters, to creators of thoughtful, mellow R&B influenced pop slow dance pieces like One Life Stand, and other smart pop songs.

Hot Chip’s live performances are known for the bands ability to improvise and innovate using their studio work.

The band consists of Owen Clarke, Alexis Taylor, Joe Goddard, Al Doyle, and Felix Martin. Since 2000 they have put out four albums, with each, for the most part, getting a fair amount of acclaim from the critics.

Pump it Up!

Club scene regulars took to the hit in a big way.

If you are a fan of the TV show, Jersey Shore, you likely know all about the “fist pump” dance move. Outside the club scene, the fist pump may seem like a Jersey Shore creation, but the truth of the matter is that clubbers have been fist pumping for a long time.

It is hard to trace the exact origin of the fist pump, but the move had a big year of popularity in 2004. Belgian performer Danzel released the smash hit “Pump It Up” that year. This hot track had clubbers pumping their fists all night long. Club scene regulars in the United Kingdom, United States and Australia took to the hit in a big way. Although the song never made a splash on the main stream pop charts, it was a star of the dance charts.

1992, the Year that Country Line Dancing Reached Critical Mass

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One genre that is not often considered “dance music” in most popular definitions of the term, is country music, specifically the genre of country written for line dancing. Strictly defined, however, line dancing music is music made specifically for dancing, hence “dance music”. It rose to its peak of popularity in American culture in the early 1990s, with the greatest part of the rise occurring in 1992.

 

  • The first major line dancing hit, the one that brought the genre out of the Texas honky tonks and into the national limelight as a legitimate fad, was Boot Scootin’ Boogie by country superstar duo, Brooks and Dunn. This happened in 1992 and would be the very beginning of a massive trend that would send America back to its country roots and send cultural ripples throughout the world. Country went from being niche genre to being for many people from any cultures. The song was originally recorded by another country act, Asleep at the Wheel, before becoming Brooks and Dunn’s fourth straight number one hit.

Snap! Your Way to a Better Body

The song makes great background music if you are running on the treadmill.

Looking for a dance song to get you motivated to work out? If nothing on the new charts is grabbing your interest, go back in time and grab a song from the early 90s. “Rhythm is a Dancer” by Snap! is a catchy tune and one of the most popular dance songs of the 1990s. The song makes great background music if you are running on the treadmill, power walking or lifting weights.

Snap! will be forever famous for this iconic dance song. This track topped the charts when it was originally released in several countries including the United States, England, Italy and France. Over the years several remixes and rereleases of the song have kept it popular. 2008 and 2003 brought about some of the most popular remixes of the song.

1990s Dance Music: C+C Music Factory

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C+C Music Factory’s Gonna Make you Sweat is still one of those songs that seem to be representative of the 1990s in the same way that Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ in the Wind could be said to be emblematic of the 1960s. The “group” was not really a group at all, but a collaborative project of two producers, Robert Clivillés and David Cole , the Cs in “C+C”. They recruited vocalists Martha Wash and Zelma Davis along with rapper Freedom Williams.

Dubstep Introduction for the Uninitiated

“Dub” as a music form refers to the practice in early Jamaican popular music, of assembling multiple songs on one track.


This variety of Jamaican-inspired electronic dance music has recently taken the music world by storm despite being around since the late 1990s. It started in London as a counterpart to the garage music scene there, and BBC DJ john Peel helped to spread its popularity around the UK via his radio show. The music has since become popular in the US via artists like Bassnectar, Excision, and dubstep’s superstar, Skrillex.