Thursday, November 20, 2008

Electro- Music, and the politics behind the movement with: Dada Yakuza

I am always interested to know how music and sounds, affect people. I am almost certain that it's the other way around a lot of times too, I think people affect the music that is being created by an artist.

At one point an artist or band can have a sound and style they intend to initially express to their listeners. But through interaction and attention from their fans, they transform to a new sound and identity. This is sometimes due to the popularity they might have found in a song, sound, or the fashion of their deliverance (that by chance they stumbled upon).

Other bands are directly or indirectly influenced by other currently popular bands and follow the trend. And more commonly and simply, some bands just come made-to-order (by what the fans want), they are the product of commercialism and they play it safe, for the insurance to become hit.

A lot of us don't care and ignore these facts (as long as we like the style and we are entertained by the music the artists create). With that in mind, one of those styles and movements I am highly attracted to currently is: the Electro movement. Whether its rap, rock or pop, mixed with electronic elements to present this new futuristic/robotic/hybrid/modern-synth-rock/indie style, I am all ears!

A band that is emerging in the music scene that makes this music enjoyable for me to continue listening to is DADA YAKUZA (I have written a previous post about them here on Ricecandy). Now I have invited them to share their thoughts about: what creating music means to them, and what they think about this movement that is infused with the "electric youth" generation.

RC: My curiosity wants to get this out of the way first. I know there are 2 members that make up Dada Yakuza, but how do you like to be described as - A duo or group?

DY: DAdA YakUza is an entity. Sound, image and vibe. It's there if you feel it.

RC: How does a song come to fruition, do you come up with the sound first, or the idea first. Or is one, the product of the other (depending on the order) ...then later welded together?

DY: It's intuition that gets the songs started. Then it's a lot of experimenting and editing. It stops when it feels right or it never stops.

RC: What do you foresee in the future, for all electronic music - in the next couple of years? And will that affect Dada Yakuza in any way?

DY: Electro is the new rock. Like whatever forms of music, it's here to stay and it'll evolve continuously. It may go in and out of popularity but there will always be an audience.
DAdA YakUza does what it likes.

RC: Do you think this style is getting overdone? Does it have a risk to drop like a bad stock?

DY: It's over once you hear it in car commercials, but people have to eat. Good artists will take it to the next level.

RC: The internet has revolutionized how we hear and stay informed about today's music. What are some of the elements you see that the internet has brought to music, and what has been taken away as well?

DY: The great thing about the internet is how any musician can put themselves out there globally without a label and tons of cash. Artists are also able to exchange ideas and influence each other on a global scale. I can't think of anything bad.

RC: In your opinion what is the percent of pure originality now-a-days? Or is everyone a victim of the common influential cycle.

DY: It's always been the same. Artists and trends influence each other whether it's Picasso or Daft Punk. Certain individuals will shine through.

RC:Last but not least, iPod: a fashion accessory or an mp3 player?

DY:Best thing since sliced bread.

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