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Music gets me high

lthough the ’70s gave rise to the discotheque and the DJ, the concept of DJing is as old as Homo Sapien Erectus, tracing back to the time when the first man learned to walk upright and wanted to dance.

music Updated: Feb 21, 2011 13:22 IST
Luke Kenny

Last night a DJ saved my life’... Does anybody remember this song? The huge disco hit from the seventies was written when DJ was king, when he really did save the night, if not your life. Although the ’70s gave rise to the discotheque and the DJ, the concept of DJing is as old as Homo Sapien Erectus, tracing back to the time when the first man learned to walk upright and wanted to dance.
Then there was the Shaman, who was the director of ceremony and dance rituals. From being just an ordinary guy in the daylight to the party-starter in the night, he did it all.

The DJ was at the center of proceedings. He handed out the party plants, controlled the music and kick-started all the action. The following day, as you nursed your hangover, he probably went back to being your next-door neighbour.

Most DJs today are BPM DJs or DJs who spin in Beats Per Minute. They mix according to the BPM of the track, not taking into
consideration the mood, feel and texture of the selection. In doing that they unknowingly cause a mood shift in the audience on the floor — some will stop dancing, some will slow down, some will walk off the floor, which in my opinion is a no-no. As a DJ, you are there to make sure nobody leaves the floor. Remember you go to a disco to dance. At the end of the night, music and dance are the only drugs I will ever need… if I may say so.

Here’s what you want on your iPod, recommends Luke Kenny

Yngwie Malmsteen
It’s been a while since I’ve heard a Malmsteen album. While guitar-oriented albums have become a niche occupation, fans continue to support and worship the force that is Yngwie Malmsteen, the great classic guitar player in metal. This is melodic speed metal at its highest. So all you guitar players out there can take some time to check this out and practice your skills. Malmsteen’s mastery over what he does is absolutely fantastic and can never be undermined. If only more of us cared.

Truly relentless

Lightning Strikes Twice Gunnar Nelson
Nelson Frontiers Records
Another great classic from melodic pretty boy rockers, brothers Matthew and Gunnar Nelson. Their big hit came in 1990 with After The Rain, and since then, they have had several albums, their last being 2000’s Like Father Like Sons. So 10 years later, we see them doing what they do best — retro pop-rock. A sound that is making a kind of a revival of sorts but has yet to find an ear of appreciation in India.

Not that electrifying, though

The Covering
Sony Music
Black Sabbath, Scorpions, Deep Purple, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, UFO and Sweet get cover treatment here by one of the biggest Christian metal bands from the ’80s, Stryper. I don’t know if it’s a good thing or not. I mean, the choice of songs are classic, Highway star, mmigrant song, The trooper,Breaking the law and many more. It’s just that to hear them in the ’80s metal mode of choral guitars with wavering vocals by Michael Sweet is another matter altogether.

Oh well

What If…
Mr Big
Frontiers Records
After a successful reunion tour in 2009, which also saw them perform in India, it looks like the originals are back to stay. This is their first release in about ten years. Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan and Pat Torpey are back! No surprises here, as most of the songwriting tries to capture past glories. And while it’s great to hear the foursome play, Paul’s mean guitar playing skills is always a pleasurable experience. Billy’s pounding bass is scorching, Pat’s drumming is textbook and Eric’s voice has never been better. But quite sterile otherwise.

Dream with this