Trends are being created and reborn daily. Especially in the modern arts of the electronic dance music and fashion industry we find ourselves bringing bygone trends back to life. Find out why it might be useful to have a look at your parents’ closet and what music preferences you could possibly share with them.
Back to disco
If you’re wondering why this song from 1982 sounds familiar, it is probably because you’ve heard it at Motor City Drum Ensemble’s set he played at Dimension Festival this year or on Soundcloud if you didn’t make it to Croatia (which you should definitely try to change next year!). The influence of love by Karin Jones was the intro to his two hour set, which included many more tracks originated in the 1980’s. Motor City Drum Ensemble claims that the most interesting time for him musically were definitely the 70’s and 80’s because it includes everything from Jazz to Soul and Disco. This is no news if you’ve been to festivals like Dekmantel where the young DJ’s disco sounds have made him world-famous. (Everyone else can check it out here.)
But MCDE is not the only one implementing sounds that our parents might also have danced to already. The disco elements and tunes on Tensnake’s Album Glow, released in 2014, take you back to the 80’s. Especially the track Good Enough To Keep might remind some of your older relatives of their youth when they were dancing to Larry Heard. Still, Tensnake manages to make this retro sounds feel current and excitingly new.
Those of you who know the German artist Gerd Janson are likely to have noticed that he is also making use of some back-to-the-future-like elements in his sets. Particularly his Trouw set, which ironically is called New Music for Old People, oozes of tracks like Only Love Can Break Your Heart of Saint Etienne released in 1991. Overall, his acid house mixes are dominated by the 90’s, which has been the century heavily influencing his music.
So if you’re asking yourself what music you should listen to during that long car ride with your dad, consider these artists and you might trigger some nostalgic responses.
Check your parents closet
But music is not the only thing returning from the past. Music and fashion are both rapidly changing, which is why trends are reborn and recreated. That’s the reason you might want to have a look at your parents’ wardrobe because again the 80’s are back! What your mother probably labelled as a sin of her youth and hid all the way back in the closet, could possibly be your next fashionable outfit highlight. So keep your eyes open for some crop tops or anything that’s translucent to show some skin.
The denim trend created in the 1980’s is also one to be reborn nowadays. Find your dad’s old jeans jacket and combine it with a flannel shirt and you’ll look just like back from the 80s, but also modern and fashionable at the same time.
So next time you see your parents and maybe have a brief look of what is hiding behind all the stuffy clothes – you might get lucky and find something that you would have ordered online sooner or later. But the recycled vintage look is better anyway… and more ecological.