I was watching Jools Holland on the BBC just as Miike Snow was playing. I didn’t know who they were so I youtubed it by the lyrics they were singing. I say ‘they’ because they’re a band. From Sweden. And their sound is firmly rooted in Electronic Dance Music and DJ culture
For a long time I’ve been complaining about the Dance Music scene still finding itself in a niche market. But what I didn’t see is that it slowly but surely became part of contemporary pop music. Bands like Miike Snow and even the now famous ones like Keane and Coldplay are all developing their music as expected from a ‘generation of clubbers’. It’s just easily integrated. It comes natural. It’s been part of their diet.
So when it comes naturally it’s all good I guess. There’s no reason to wait for the Tiesto’s or Armin’s becoming pop stars. They never will. It might appear that way but it’s altogether different.
Stepping out of what you know is mandatory. O yeah, you can still be successful, famous, a millionaire and even be happy with that. Bands like Sweden’s Miike Snow stepped off, broke out and kept the good bits from 24 years of Dance Music. After all, why be a prisoner of your own style?
Check out Miike Snow’s Black and Blue. They’re even better live. Go see them if you can.