2010 is coming to an end, and I would like to conclude this year with a list of music-related things that were memorable in 2010. Strictly subjective, of course.
Swing House / Electro Swing
This style really kicked my ass this year. While a lot of the foundations of this sound are not new at all, there’s something in this that makes it sound fresh and new. I can also see from the feedback that I got that this style resonates with a lot of the readers here. I can also connect a very pleasant interview with incontrol to this sound.
Dubstep / UK Garage
Those styles also weren’t invented this year, but it was in 2010 that I really learnt to appreciate those sounds. I also got the impression that those styles are developing a lot right now, maturing from yet another flavor of club music to a genre that can be taken seriously. Looking forward for more!
I have always been a fan of mixing various styles in a DJ set, but I had felt somewhat limited in doing this in a way that is on par with the smoothness of a single-style DJ set. However, after my experiments with studio mixing, I think I made a big step forward here. For example, I am still very proud of my Urban Demon set that combines DnB with Rock elements. I can also see a trend that DJs start experimenting more and more with mixing techniques that go beyond two turntables and a mixer. If you don’t believe me, just listen to Girl Talk’s “All Day” album.
There are also a few more things that I learned from running this website that are not directly related to music:
Think about the basics!
When writing about music, I often find it hard to forget all the years I have spent learning, thinking and reading about music. This became apparent to me when I saw that my articles “What makes a DJ famous?” and “What do DJs actually do?” were among the most popular articles on Sweet Headache this year. To me, those things were more or less obvious, but I know now that there is value in stating the obvious and explaining it in a clear and simple way.
Every website author aims for writing good articles. However, this doesn’t really take you anywhere if no one finds you. I knew this before, but it was really striking to see how much it matters to actively get in touch with other people who are interested in music. Without doing all these interviews, without the many people who contacted me and pointed me to other people or more good music, I wouldn’t have been able to do a lot of the things that I did this year. Being on Facebook and Twitter is a good thing – but true networking should never stop there.
I shouldn’t do this alone.
Sweet Headache has been a one-man-show for most of the year. The reason why I decided to start this on my own was that I had a concrete idea of what I wanted to do, and I needed to start developing this idea alone because it was just too hard to explain to anyone else without being able to show it. However, I learned that there are limits to what I can do alone, and I am more than happy to see this grow into a team effort. funky.tim was the first addition to the team, and he won’t be the last. More on that in a few days.
Fun is not optional.
This website is still a hobby project, but I take this hobby very seriously. It might sound like a contradiction, but in order to keep the website running, it has to be fun for me to keep it running. This was not true for all of my previous music-related efforts, but Sweet Headache still feels good – at least for a headache. 😉
I would like to thank everybody who supported, read, liked or contributed to Sweet Headache in any way. 2010 was just the beginning.