otto wrote: our scene was thriving at the time which might be different from your experience.
Of course I can’t paint everyone with the same brush and I imagine there are regional differences that come into play as well.
you nailed it...sounds like your hardcore scene was a LOT more healthy than mine.
in fact 9 of my friends/people i knew in/around that scene died in a car crash less than a mile from my home - while still in high school. 9 kids all piled into a pickup truck with no seatbelts on, and 2 of them were really sweet girls i knew pretty well. i had to move on.
thanks for being civil and challenging at the same time. that's rare these days.
funny thing about this thread, is that i don't think of dance tracks being 'music' per se.
it's a sound environment more than anything - made for the dancefloor...to me it usually sounds bad played as 'singles', especially on the radio, and the perception is entirely different when dancing vs. sitting or just standing there "listening". kind of absurd, really.
the arc and thrust and intermingling of sounds takes on very different "values"(i need a better word there) when you're already moving along. it's not even the same thing as "this song makes me want to dance" to me....it's the blending, cutting and contrasts between tracks in a set that get me stoked...and if the performer can Tell A Story with music - even if there's no words at all.
A truly excellent DJ set can be a lot like jazz improvisation. Early 90's San Francisco area house DJ's Jeno, Derrick Cater and Mark Farina mixes are examples of this. some 'turntablists' certainly qualify as well, if more blatantly obvious.
on a sidenote...i'm getting tired of everybody sidechaining every track and compressing mixes all to s**t these days...and AutoTune must die....that f**k Cher song did more to defeat the spread of good dance music than anything i can think of