Here is how wikipedia defines dance, but with no exact sources and references cited and so many edits, I have decided to simply do my own research and create our own unique perception of dance music! So even though the task seems daunting and just a little bit scary, I’m going to attempt to give some basic descriptions to some common dance sub-categories. This will be in no way, shape or form a complete list and all complaints or additions to the list can be addressed, just not here! Alright, let’s dance!
Electronic dance music is a very broad term that began in the 1990′emcompassing disco, house, techno, and hip-hop and is mainly created for use by disc jockey’s to use in sets, or continuous flows of tracks. Like many of today’s regular electronics, electronic music was born in the 80′s, starting in disco’s, growing in warehouse party scene’s and evolving with early rave settings. The following paragraph comes directly from wikipedia’s electronic dance page: By the early 1990s, the presence of electronic dance music in contemporary culture was noted widely and its role in society began to be explored in published historical, cultural and social science academic studies. It is constructed by means of electronic instruments such as synthesizers, drum machines and sequencers, and generally emphasizes the unique sounds of those instruments, even when mimicking traditional acoustic instrumentation. It sometimes encompasses music not primarily meant for dancing, but derived from the dance-oriented styles.
Alright now we are going to get a little more specific and I decided to start with House Music as it’s origin is specifically American, Chicago to be exact circa 1984! It quickly began spreading along American citier and by the mid-1990s, it has been infused in mainstream pop and dance music worldwide.
Early house music was generally dance-based music characterised by repetitive 4/4 beats and rhythms centred around drum machines, off-beat hi-hat cymbals and synthesized basslines. Whilst house displayed several characteristics similar to disco music, it was more electronic, minimalistic, and less structured around the song rather than a repetitive rhythm. House music today, whilst keeping several of these core elements, notably the prominent kick drum on every beat, varies a lot in style and influence, ranging from the soulful and atmospheric deep house, to the more minimalistic microhouse. House music has also fused with several other genres creating fusion subgenres, such as Euro house and tech house.
Thank you Barbara Sobel For Being The Rock of the Dance Community and OurCityRadio.com
THE SAN PEDRO SQUARE MARKET, SAN JOSE, CA
WRITTEN BY JD
Join The Party
October is here again, and this October there is something special going on at The San Pedro Square Market in Downtown San Jose. It is called OKTOBERFEST. Live music, good food, oh and yes LOTS of BEER. This event will happen on Saturday October 12th from 12 noon to 11:30 pm. Enjoy traditional German food, beer, and music. Mingle with the locals from around the area because this will be a top destination for many people on a beautiful day in San Jose. The location is prime. After you have had your fill, you can continue the party at any downtown bar or club you prefer. Here is the actual line up of what is scheduled at The Market. Stop by and be ready for an eventful evening. You never know what will happen at The Market’s OKTOBERFEST 2013!!
Buy your tickets, @ http://www.sanpedrosquaremarket.com/, you can buy your ticket ahead of time with an early bird special price!!
12:00PM: Oktoberfest officially begins! Pick up your steins and drink tickets at our side gate off of St. John St.
12:00PM-2:00PM:Mingle between 5 German beer tents and enjoy the amazing German Culinary options that The Market has to offer
2:00PM: San Jose's Largest Chicken Dance
3:00PM-4:00PM: Dachshund Races & Costume Contest
3:00PM-5:00PM: Roaming Polka Player Performance
5:00PM: Official Games begin with the Crowning of Mr. & Mrs. Oktoberfest
5:30PM: Stein Hoisting Contest
6:00PM: 2-minute Brat Eating Contest
7:00PM -10:00PM:Sharks Game Starts! Oktoberfest T-Shirt Toss!
8:00PM-10:00PM: Live Music performed by Fossil
For those who don’t know, the market is located at 87 N San Pedro St, San Jose, near the Old Spaghetti Factory. Buy Your tickets now!
This is how you will feel.
An Interview With Xavier Toscano
TripleD: Greetings friends and listeners of San Jose Our City Radio. It is my pleasure to introduce to you, direct from the dance floors of San Jose California, Xavier Toscano.
(Crowd applause and thumping dance music.
The crowd gets up and boogies for a moment.)
TripleD: ( motions for calmness ) Xavier, hello! Thank you for doing this interview with me. How are you feeling today?
Xavier: Been well, thanks! And thank you very much for taking the time. I really appreciate it.
TripleD: What first brought you to the dance-music scene?
Xavier: I’ve always loved dancing, since I was very little. Staring at the TV and trying to emulate dance moves from all of my favorite artists was commonplace at my house. Sometimes poorly, but I got enough attention from friends and family where I knew I loved it and wanted to do nothing else. So, dance music seemed like a natural fit for me.
TripleD: Where were you born and raised? Where is it that you now call home?
Xavier: I was born in Guadalajara, but have lived in San Jose since I was 5 years old. I’m Mexican-American, and very happy to have landed in San Jose. =)
TripleD: Do you have a stage name ?
Xavier: Hahahahah! Yeah, Xavier is my stage name. But, we’ll just leave my real name a mystery.
TripleD: Growing up, Xavier, what singers influenced you the most?
Xavier: Man, I have always been influenced by Top 40 music, and especially dance music. You can say that I love people, and feel good music. So, Top 40 had always been a great part of my influences. Which also means that all the usual suspects fall in the category of my favorite singers. MJ, Madonna, Gaga, Prince, Freddie Mercury… I could go on, and on, and on!
TripleD: How long have you been in the Dance Music business? How did you get started?
Xavier: I jumped in head first! I recorded my first album in 2008, started performing just about anywhere I could get my happy little feet into, and here I am today.
TripleD: Do you have a favorite among these performers? Madonna, Lady Gaga or Katy Perry? Britney or Christina? Cyndi Lauper, or Kelly Clarkson? Rihanna or Nicki Minaj?
Xavier: ALL OF THEM! At one point or another I have found myself really enjoying their music.
TripleD: Do you have a favorite male performer or band?
Xavier: YUP! Tons! However, I think my all time favorite vocalist is Freddie Mercury. He was such a badass!
TripleD: Have you had a good deal of success with your music? Could you tell us more about recording those and are you doing videos?
Xavier: I have had some really amazing things happen. For instance, last year I performed in Washington DC (special thanks to my promoter Barbara Sobel), and in London. This year I went to Hawaii for the first time. So I’ve met some amazing people and have been to places I would not have been to otherwise. I’m also on Pandora and iHeart Radio now, so it has all been a really cool experience.
Recording is a great experience. The creative experience is exciting. You’re giving birth to something that did not exist before, and you’re about to set it free out into the world. It’s also a little nerve-racking to think that maybe people will not like “my baby”.
However, it all comes full circle when you get nice messages from fans, or when you get nice feedback. Yes, I do record videos. Check out my youtube channel:
TripleD: Tell me a little about your creative process. How do you find inspiration?
Xavier: For me, since I am can’t make music, I work with composers who can. Most of the time, I receive music that I write to, and I’m inspired by many, many things! I have no clue where inspiration will come from. I suppose being alive is inspiration enough. The entire world provides an infinite amount of inspiration.
TripleD: Miley Cyrus, the VMA Awards. Did you see it. What are your thoughts?
Xavier: LOL! I was like “WOW”! On the one hand, she looked like she was having a great time and it was definitely entertainment. On the other hand, I’m not sure it should have gone down like that. In the end, it’s show biz, and you can say that the she did the best with what she has… I wasn’t so much morally concerned for her as I was cringing over her “talent”. But who am I to hold her good fortune against her. I am sure she has also worked very hard.
TripleD: Where would you like to see your career go in the next five years?
Xavier: I want to open for a major artist soon! That is my biggest goal. However, I really would like to sign a record deal and tour the world. I want a ton of stamps on my passport! That would be amazing!
TripleD: How would you describe your stage persona image as opposed to the real-life, day-to-day Xavier?
Xavier: Day to day Xavier is very similar to his stage persona, in fact I would say that I am a hard worker – period! Most people would categorize me as a “nice” guy too. However, on stage, I try to be nothin’ nice! What I mean by that, has more to do with how excited I get on stage and I give my all. I just let go. Nothing feels better to me than being on stage and pouring my soul out.
TripleD: Any last words?
Xavier: Please drop by my web site for the up to the minute news and events.
TripleD: Xavier, we look forward to hearing more from you on the dance floors and Our City Radio. Good luck and thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with our listeners and me! Peace.
Xavier: THANK YOU VERY MUCH! All the best and hope you have continued success!
TripleD: Please visit Xaviers web page and show this local talent some support. Let’s bring the voice of San Jose to the world. One band and one performer at a time.
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I hope you enjoyed this interview. Stay connected to these pages for some exciting developments to come. We at San Jose Our City Radio are making contacts with some very exciting people. We are anxious and eager to bring they and their music to you. This is a new kind of community friends. This is a local showcase for a world-wide community. You want to know what kind of talent your cousin across the nation sees at the local club or bar there? You can here, on this Network of Radio Stations. Sometimes, you can see videos of those performers, just with the click of your mouse. Sit back and enjoy the national feed on San Jose Our City Radio while we build our data base of unique, quality original music from your friends, neighbors and colleagues. Stay tuned.
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