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Saturday, December 30, 2017

THE CHAINSMOKERS

From MedicalNewsToday:

Researchers at 'Action on Smoking and Health' have reported that a 30-year-old smoker can expect to live about 35 more years, whereas a 30-year-old non-smoker can expect to live 53 more years. In addition, the children of a parent or parents who smoke may be at risk from the genetic damage done to the parent before conception (because of their previous smoking), the direct effects to them in the womb, and the passive smoke they are exposed to after they are born.

That is a difference 18 years.  However, this is not the reason for my posting today.  

I was lying in bed watching the local TV news yesterday morning and the announcers were all excited, no, something closer to ecstatic, about some concert on December 30 by The Chainsmokers being moved from the Kakaako Waterfront Park to Aloha Stadium.

General admission only for $79, with premium field tickets at $110 and VIP guests for $200.  They said this would be the biggest concert of the year in Hawaii.

Wait a minute, now, if the Rolling Stones, sure, or Michael Jackson.  Especially since he passed away more than seven years ago.  But the Chainsmokers?

Honest, I never heard of them.  So I went to Wikipedia:
  • American DJ/production EDM-pop duo of Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart
  • for those oh so ignorant, DJ stands for disc jockey and EDM for electric dance music

Saw their photo above in Wikipedia, and got it. They don't do much, except for taking hits and efforts of others and converting them to dance music.  Have no idea why she is to the left, except that might be Demi Lovato, who collaborated with them on Sorry Not Sorry.

In the Star Advertiser was more info:
  • minimum price of $109...so the price must have gone up ($15 to park your car)
  • concert from 5-10PM
  • to quote:
Their electro-pop sound contains the core elements of EDM’s vast sonic spectrum (harmonic, synthesized grooves, quick tempos, well-timed breakdowns and deep bass drops) and draws in listeners with the use of a dynamic female vocalist (and more recently the gruff-toned vocals of Taggert himself) and serenades of vulnerability and triumph.

I've now been watching the Dance/EDM channel of Music Choice for nearly two hours.  Every photo I've seen has been of a white male in his twenties or thirties.  There are obviously female names mentioned, but they are almost always of the artist rendered or re-mixed.  The original version is adjusted to meet dancing and atmospheric requirements.  There is that percussive beat.  If you have a headache, don't attempt to listen, for the sound jiggles the brain.

Eight years ago there was one female (Lisa Lashes, #75) in a list of Top 100 DJs, dropping to zero into 2011.  One reason cited was that females are not that much into technology.  Another is that nerdism is dominated by males.

Sandra Collins was #16 in LA Weekly's list, the only female.  She has been around since the '90's.  Anyone heard of her?

The top ten EDM DJ's list The Chainsmokers as #9.  They don't remember why they are so called, although it had something to do with actor Hugh Grant.  #7 is 40 year old Steve Aoki, son of Rocky (Benihana), a Japanese-American.

Half are from Europe, and #1 is Martin Garrix from the Netherlands (three in the top ten are also Dutch).  All white, all male.  I should mention that Marshmello, an American, is #3, and he is anonymous, although he is 25 and named Chris Comstock:


EDM is like and unlike Rap/Hip-Hop, for the former is white and latter black, while both are agonizingly repetitive.  There is not much variation within each genre.  My experience with both is such that I swear the same song is being played again.  But I guess I'm more white than black, for I can tolerate EDM.

I actually place EDM up there with baroque and old-time rock and roll.  EDM is, to me, what became of disco music, another favorite of mine.  Through my decades of travel I now and then found my way into discotheques and night clubs, mostly to have a drink and sink into the throbbing music and beat of those times.

While discos died in the U.S. in the very early 80's, they maintained relevance throughout the Orient into the 1990's.  By 2000 advances in audio and light technology brought in a new era of electronically enhanced sounds, leading to EDM today.

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