leave your inhibitions at the door
This one’s a no-brainer, eh?
Avicii is one of the biggest acts in Electronic Dance Music, so it’s pretty easy to see how his music is ideal for getting people moving. The main reason for choosing him for this round of “Exercise Music” is that I CAN’T STOP playing this song…
Avicii – Don’t Wake Me Up
I came into the EDM craze a little late… OK, I guess technically that’s not true as I was very much alive and dancing in the 70s when disco was king. Like everyone in the world not in Eastern Europe, I moved on from disco but at that point the seeds already took root. Soon after disco I got into the likes of New Order and Kraftwerk who, thankfully, are still incredibly cool. Yet EDM was still kinda… European.
It still is a little Euro-flavored as the biggest names are from there – Avicii, David Guetta, Daft Punk, Swedish House Mafia, to name a few. Thankfully, EDM’s become more accepted on this side of the Atlantic. In fact, it’s gotten so popular here that the hopelessly unhip Grammy’s has it as a new category.
I saw Avicii at last year’s Lollapalooza and was a little surprised to find his show infinitely more entertaining than The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
But given my history with dance music, that shouldn’t have been a shocker.
Let’s put my own personal tastes aside for a moment. I know a lot of people believe the Chili’s to be one of the best bands ever, with their infectious songs, incredible musicianship, and raucous live shows. And a lot of those same people turn their noses up when they see a DJ fiddling with equipment instead of striking a guitar pose and singing their hearts out. But consider this – DJs get people dancing from the first beat and continue to do so non-stop. The same can’t be said for the 10 minute Flea-Frusciante Jazz Odyssey solos in the middle of EVERY DAMN SONG. Although, I do admit that those were primo opportunities to get a beer or hit the bathroom.
There are EDM concerts and fests all over the world. If you get a chance, you gotta check one out. Set aside your inhibitions about dancing in public with kids half your age. It’s dark and no one can see you doing the Elaine.
I’d highly recommend carbo-loading the night before, though.
Here’s another Avicii song from a couple years ago that still hasn’t gotten old. Every time I listen to it, I start to look like the guy in the video…
Avicii – Levels
Have you been to any EDM concerts? What’s got you moving these days?