Hey! Music Meme returns for DAY 2 : How you got introduced to dance music.
What we’re gonna do right here is go way back, back into time. Back to 1987 I believe. It was the first wave of acid house, and I was 9 years old, so obviously I can’t pretend to have been at the forefront raving at Shoom or Spectrum. Instead, my first taste of dance music was likely the same as many – hearing Pump Up The Volume on the radio. I was in the car with my Mum at the time, and I remember her saying, after the DJ had gone at great lengths to explain that this strange music was the future ‘I bet you like this, Tris’. To be honest, I remember thinking that I hadn’t really considered it – I hadn’t quite become obsessed with music yet (This happened the following year), so to my young ears it was just another sound on the radio. Pretty much all I liked was Adam Ant and Shakin’ Stevens at this point.
But, after she said that, I listened harder, mostly to try and work out why she would say that, and, you know what? She was right – The combination of bass & drum that made you want to bop about mixed with all these wacky sounds and voices (I didn’t understand sampling at that point, but I liked the effect) – It was almost like some demented cartoon come to life, rather than a boring adult standing there singing about love or whatever.
Of course, it snowballed from there on, getting bigger every time I found a new channel for discovering music – From buying Now compilations and playing the dancier tunes over and over (and then the Now Dance 12” mixes compilations), to reading music tech magazines for tips on what I should be listening to, to finally discovering the treasure trove that was late night Radio One, but those are other stories for other times.