My personal self-image is that I’m NOT a dance music guy. Now, I like dancing TO music. A lot. Dancing and music are two things that definitely do well together. But I’ve never looked to a dance music scene or a dance music genre and thought, “yep. That’s me. Me for sure.”
But I’ve always loved New Order. That’s definitely me. But I’ve always told myself that I like the rock in New Order (they did, after all, come out from the post-punk ashes of Joy Division) and less the dance in New Order. New Order is a rock band!
Nonsense. That’s what I’m telling myself now. New Order is definitely a dance band that sometimes colours in rock.
Here’s my thinking: take the L.A noise band HEALTH. I like their music a bunch and my way in was their rep as noisy, dissonant, and poppy. That’s a combination I’ve long loved. And HEALTH is all those things but they’re also super dancey as well. I really believe their main goal is to make us move (albeit maybe in a twitchy way). They are a noisy, dissonant, poppy DANCE BAND. And I’m crazy about their new dance album.
I guess I’m a dance music guy. Maybe I’ve always been a dance music guy.