That's not entirely correct. Hip hop came out of DJs realizing that young dancers, alienated from the rest of society by clubs that didn't like them and ridiculously pervasive gangs, needed a place to go that was safe and fun, that actually celebrated life instead of glorifying white gentrification or death……and that they loved dancing………and that they enjoyed dancing to drum breaks on funk & soul records more than they enjoyed the actual records. House came out of the same kind of thing when people realized, "hey, there's something to this disco thing…but these people suck at it" and found the tools (drum machines, sequencers, and samplers) to move it forward and not require the same inbred, manufactured pop that the big labels were trying to cash in on following Saturday Night Fever.
Originally Posted by Pri yon Joni
I interviewed at a studio in town not long ago. And one of the interns said something random disparaging about dance music (that it takes no talent to mix it…in the studio sense) and DJs, and the head engineer corrected him that there is definitely something special about the DJ vibe: it's not performance in the same sense as actually playing instruments, but they routinely do things that actual bands just can't.
And anyone who doubts that either doesn't know what they're talking about or doesn't like dance music.
Really? It's a live performance that has big lights and stuff…but no gimmicks. You don't see Karl biting the head off a bat or doing anything stupid to draw attention to himself……and he's Underworld's vocalist. There's a lot of him just standing there waiting for his vocal parts in songs that are largely instrumental-only. And he doesn't need a gimmick to make himself feel useful. He's not twisting knobs on equipment that doesn't do anything. He's not dancing around in a clown suit or breathing fire. He's just grooving to the music that he looks like he actually enjoys. Darren and Rick aren't wearing mouse heads or hockey masks for no reason. They actually like what they're doing and are confident in their music's ability to speak without a gimmick…and it shows.
Originally Posted by Hygro
Their live setup is based on a combination of Maschine and Ableton (though just Ableton when that was filmed) and synthesizers run on several Macs through an analog console. It's not even that big of an analog console…looks like a 48 channel a&h to me. Occasionally one/more of them plays guitar or synth. And they're certainly doing a lot more than deadmaofive does during his "live" shows based on the videos I've seen.
Originally Posted by contra
(screen cap from NI's video about Underworld's use of Maschine)
But they're not all busy all the time. And they don't need a gimmick to draw huge crowds or be confident on stage.