Who Needs Guitars Anyway When They Have Alice Deejay

Alice Deejay - Who Needs Guitars Anyway?Back in 2000, the Dutch progressive trance group, Alice Deejay released their first and what would turn out to be their only album, Who Needs Guitars Anyway? The album was a great leap into the new millennium and had several singles hitting the charts. The group, consisting of Pronti, Kalmani, DJ Jurgen, Judith Pronk and Marc Lee-Smith, was very popular from 1999-2002, primarily because of this album.

The one song that Alice Deejay is best known for is “Better Off Alone.” Officially released in 1998 (but with a much wider audience following the 1999 release), “Better Off Alone” has just one main lyrical line: “Do you think you’re better off alone?” (with occasional “Talk to me” lines), sung by Judith Pronk. It was an amazing success for the group, reaching as high as the #2 slot on the Billboard club charts and securing a spot in the top ten spots for a majority of the international club charts. It was one of the top grossing singles in the world for 1999 and remained highly popular well into the new millennium.

With the initial pure beats breaking into regular, forlorn-like trance movements, it was no wonder why “Better Off Alone” was often heard on popular radio stations and in the hottest clubs worldwide. The depressed-yet-hopeful undertones are clear, not just in the lyrics but the actual feeling of the trance immersion of the song.

The first track on the album, “Back in My Life” was also quite popular, with its more muted tones and regular trance flowing in from all points of the song. It was obviously not as successful as “Better Off Alone,” but it still managed to top a few popular club charts. It gained the most popularity in the UK, where it ranked as high as fourth on the singles chart.

One notable track that didn’t gain the same astounding success as others on the album did is “Elements of Life.” It’s definitely a heavy clubbing song with the occasional whispers of a female proclaiming “I am alive.” It mixes together quite nicely, as does “Will I Ever,” another trance-heavy song with cool thunder effects added in between. Both songs have powerful and mysterious vocal performances, which only enhance the magic of the song.

Ironically, one of the darker songs on the album is “Fairytales.” It’s definitely one of the most unique mixes on Who Needs Guitars Anyway?, ensuring that many fans will be able to discourse from the steady, uplifting trance in order to seek out something newer and fresher.

Although the group eventually disbanded shortly after 2001, Alice Deejay’s songs remain popular in many clubs and on many iPods today.

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Brad Parmerter has almost 20 years experience in the music and entertainment industry as a writer, programmer, and merchandiser. He has professionally interviewed and photographed such artists as: Rush, Metallica, Celine Dion, Live, Phil Collins, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Live, Van Halen, Queensryche, Anna Nalick, Styx, Def Leppard, and many more.

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We Can’t Get Kylie Minogue Outta Our Heads

Let us sail across oceans to meet an artist whose talent has reached nations far beyond her homeland. She lives in a country that is its own continent, country, and island. Any guesses?

Kylie Minogue is a singer, songwriter, and actress from Melbourne, Australia. It’s true, AC/DC isn’t the only one that has claimed international fame from Australia in the music realm. Kylie Minogue is not a new face by any means. She has been around the block…or should we say around the globe? The fact that her parents were also pop singers has helped her rise to fame. Therefore, Kylie Minogue has been saturated in an artistic atmosphere her entire life.

Her rise to fame began as an actress, in a family sitcom titled, ”Neighbours,” all the way back in the 1980s. While performing for a benefit, Kylie sang “I Got You Babe” as a duet with a fellow actor from the show. It didn’t take long for record producers to recognize her hidden talent and potential. Her first single, “The Loco-Motion,” remained number one on the charts for seven weeks. From that point on she remained almost exclusively a musical artist.

As her popularity sailed over the oceans to the UK, it was not long before Ms. Minogue became a world wide pop star. In the early 1990s she began producing albums that reflected more of the dance genre. The crowds went wild! Kylie Minogue had finally found her artistic niche. Her album titled Light Years, which debuted in 2000, offers excellent dance beats and rhythms with a hint of disco that adds an excellent groove, funk and soul to each track.

Kylie Minogue - FeverEven while recording, Kylie never gave up on her acting career. In 2001 she appeared as the green fairy in the musical film Moulin Rouge. Right around the same time, her album Fever was released, featuring the hit single “Can’t Get You Outta My Head.” Remember that one? “Can’t Get You Outta My Head” is a song that has graced almost every pair of ears.

Kylie has certainly left her mark on the world and she’s not done yet! She is currently on tour as you read this. Search for a few of her albums and check out a few songs. If you love techno remixes of disco greats, then you may just fall in love with the original sounds of Kylie Minogue. The only difference between her and disco remixes is that Kylie’s material is all original. So get your groove on, 21st century style! Kylie Minogue is certainly a dance hit wonder that you couldn’t help but love.

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Brad Parmerter has almost 20 years experience in the music and entertainment industry as a writer, programmer, and merchandiser. He has professionally interviewed and photographed such artists as: Rush, Metallica, Celine Dion, Live, Phil Collins, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Live, Van Halen, Queensryche, Anna Nalick, Styx, Def Leppard, and many more.

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This Place About To Blow With The Tunes Of Ke$ha

Watch out Europe – America is jumpin’ on the club scene bandwagon! Even though America has always had a nightclub scene, it is hardly what a techno fan would call a typical nightclub scene.

“Cotton Eye Joe” is credited to the 1990s and has often been a definition on what American’s think dance music is. Of course that is still dance music, but it is hardly techno. Where is the bass? The sound effects? The remix? The dj scratches? A light has been shined on the minds of record companies and music producers and musicians. A new artist that has captured the ears of many is Ke$ha. Debuting in 2010, she has most definitely set the bar for the dancing and clubbing scene.

Ke$ha, even though a young and flourishing artist, has brought a raw and saucy mix to the front. This sauciness has attracted many consumers. The critics disagree despite her intent or malintent according to their critique.

Ke$ha - AnimalHer first album debuting in 2010, titled Animal, featured a few hit singles including, “Tik Tok” and “Your Love is My Drug.” Her success is not paralleled or connected to that of her competition, so to speak.

Ke$ha has claimed that one of her contemporary inspirations is Lady Gaga. However, her style is recognizably different from that of Lady Gaga. Her music mirrors that of Miami bass with a hint of electro style. Her vocals are clearly inspired by the Beastie Boys, which she has admitted she is a big fan. Her vocal style is strange but seems to meld perfectly as a composition. Her half singing and half talking style suits her adolescent and naïve lyrical style. Her morale value, or lack thereof, has been said to be one that should be shunned. However, somehow she is able to pull it all off.

Cannibal is an album that has been linked to the album Animal but has its own style transition. “Blow” has been rated five out of five stars in many books. The song has very exciting, hip rockin’, booty shakin’ beats. Get the strobes out because it’s time to dance!

Whatever your prior premonitions were about Ke$ha, throw them out the window. She has definitely set a new stage for the young and daring artist. Yes, her lyrics are about another crazy party and many drunken moments. Despite what picture she paints, she definitely kicks out tunes to groove to. Check out both of Ke$ha’s albums, Animal and Cannibal. You may be in for a pleasant surprise!

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Brad Parmerter has almost 20 years experience in the music and entertainment industry as a writer, programmer, and merchandiser. He has professionally interviewed and photographed such artists as: Rush, Metallica, Celine Dion, Live, Phil Collins, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Live, Van Halen, Queensryche, Anna Nalick, Styx, Def Leppard, and many more.

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Techno Blast – Is Techno Becoming Mainstream?

Music has definitely spun through its popular genres within the last 10 years, with changes continuing each day. We can look at the different music genres and see how they have progressed over time and take note when we hear something new and different.

It appears that music’s pop genre seems to be changing. There is no telling how hard-core techno fans feel about this, but it appears that pop is morphing into a mainstreamed techno. To confirm this, let us take it to the charts.

According to multiple sources, here are a few songs and artists that have cycled through the Top 20 Pop Music list (please note that these are not in any specific order, but rather a simple list of popular artist that have hit the charts):

–          Katy Perry  “E.T. Featuring Kanye West”

–          Britney Spears “Till the World Ends”

–          Swedish House Mafia “One” and “Save the World”

–          Ke$ha “Blow”

–          Usher “More”

–          Rihanna “S&M”

–          Far East Movement “Like a G6”

–          Lady Gaga “Judas”

–          Taio Cruz featuring Travie McCoy “Higher”

Now, these are only a few songs, but if you listen to them carefully, you can hear the music transitioning into techno, can you not? Yes, it appears that even popular artists cannot deny the greatness of techno.

How does this make you feel as a fan of techno? For some people, techno is like their secret “underground” dance musical love. Don’t worry friends. Remember, we did discuss the many faces and facets of techno music. You will always have trance, dubstep, and chill to groove to. On the other hand, let’s get amped up! Our favorite genre is beginning to infiltrate the popular music section. Here’s a way to think of it, when you’re at work and the boss puts on a pop radio station that drives you crazy, would you rather the typical music that makes your day drag on? Or do you want to hear something that makes you go, “Hmm, this sounds like techno. I like where we’re headed!”

Lady GagaWhat got this ball rolling you might ask? Many would argue that Lady Gaga’s rise to fame has caused many pop artists to question their musical progression. It has just been released that Lady Gaga now makes more money per capita than Oprah. Wow! That must be talent.

Either way, Lady Gaga fan or not, it appears that techno and pop are fusing in some sort of exciting fashion. So let us celebrate that fact that techno is beginning to capture the hearts of many! Let’s keep an open mind while this progression takes place and we’ll see where we end up. Happy listening and searches friends!

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Brad Parmerter has almost 20 years experience in the music and entertainment industry as a writer, programmer, and merchandiser. He has professionally interviewed and photographed such artists as: Rush, Metallica, Celine Dion, Live, Phil Collins, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Live, Van Halen, Queensryche, Anna Nalick, Styx, Def Leppard, and many more.

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Spending Time And Breaking Beats With Techno DJ Darude

DJ DarudeDarude, whose real name is Ville Virtanen, has sold over 5 million records and is a multi-platinum award winning producer and international artist. When you hear his music, you will instantly recognize him due to the fact that for the past decade, he has been one of the most influential artists to materialize from the techno scene.

Darude now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, but he originally comes from a small village called Hinnerjoki in Finland, which he calls his first and foremost home.  Bringing his family to America increased his growing popularity in the U.S.  Because of his experience as a professional artist, travelling the globe, encountering many cultures and witnessing some of the most exotic and beautiful places of the world, Darude believes he has had his education of life. These experiences are catalysts to his creativity in music.

Darude told TranceSound.net, “Personally I would love to work more with other people in the studio and get stuff done or started that way, and I do that from time to time, but I am more comfortable first working on something on my own for a while, to get some basic ideas, sounds or beats done, and then present them to the collaborator(s), so that I don’t have to squeeze out anything under pressure.”

Darude’s career has been long and successful as both a club DJ and live performer. His numerous chart topping hits draw esteem and recognition. He has created three artist albums and remixed work that brings singles like ATB’s notable rendition of “The Fields of Love,” “The Thrillseekers,” or “Synaesthesia” to a typical audience. All have gained him accolades of support from industry leaders.

But if you sat down and talked to Darude about his career, “Sandstorm” would come up as one of the major dance tracks produced of all time.  Without a doubt, it stand outs and never lets the dance floor or workout class down.

Dave Pearce interviewed Darude awhile back, discussing how he began his career. “I’ve loved dance music as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until I was 19-20 years old that I made music of my own.  I started by just playing around with free shareware on a PC.  I did have some dreams of the local DJs playing my tracks and being in a corner of the club to see the reaction, but I never really had an idea that my music had any kind of bigger potential.”

Darude has quite a few projects in the works nowadays. Recently, he started a record label, plans to produce a mixed album, several singles and remixes.

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Brad Parmerter has almost 20 years experience in the music and entertainment industry as a writer, programmer, and merchandiser. He has professionally interviewed and photographed such artists as: Rush, Metallica, Celine Dion, Live, Phil Collins, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Live, Van Halen, Queensryche, Anna Nalick, Styx, Def Leppard, and many more.

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DJ Micros Techno Journey From The East Coast and Beyond

DJ Micro began his techno journey on the East Coast in 1991. He played a key role in forming Caffeine Records group that began as a weekly club night. Shortly after, its popularity grew into an actual brand name with a club and clothing line. As a result, Micro gyrated at what seemed to be endless Caffeine parties, specializing in break beat, a type of electronic dance music that went all night long.

In 1994 DJ Micro hooked up with Vicious Vic under the alias Progression. Once they released their debut single “Reach Further,” they soon became widely popular in the international dance music arena. Shortly thereafter, the duo was commissioned to remix artists like Paradise 3001, Masters at Work, Joe T. Vanelli and the X-Files theme.

DJ Micro - Coast to CoastMicro was definitely a well-known DJ by the end of the ‘90s and recorded two mix albums for Roadrunner titled Coast to Coast and Caffeine: The Natural Stimulant. Later, he met up with Moonshine Music and released Micro Tech-Mix, which followed with quite a few mix albums. He ended up releasing one mix album a year.  Micro slowly changed his style as he worked on each album, moving toward trance and different forms of electronic dance music. However, he still maintained his break beat connection. By the time the millennium ended, he was one of the top DJs on the East Coast.

Today, DJ Micro is an experienced techno producer who gyrates as a spin master.  He holds an extensive history in the DJ musical scene. The Caffeine club and clothing line have washed out, but Micro is working on the renewal of the Caffeine recording label. He based his decision on the fact that “the digital age is much more competitive.” He needs to open his horizons with new enterprises that include not just delving into new turns of his own work, but assisting talent that is on the rise. He advises that “if you make music, the DJing will come.”

The desire to help other artists was brought on by the changes in the techno industry. Electronic music has arrived into the mainstream and is no longer underground. Fitness enthusiasts are working out to techno music and new talents are arriving on the scene every day. Whether you are new to the electronic music scene or a mainstay veteran, you will need to prepare for a night of nonstop dancing that is edgy and gyrating on the dance floor when DJ Micro comes to play music in your city.

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Brad Parmerter has almost 20 years experience in the music and entertainment industry as a writer, programmer, and merchandiser. He has professionally interviewed and photographed such artists as: Rush, Metallica, Celine Dion, Live, Phil Collins, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Live, Van Halen, Queensryche, Anna Nalick, Styx, Def Leppard, and many more.

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Tia Fuller – Not Your Typical Jazz Artist

Tia Fuller - Decisive StepsAlthough she was not a music celebrity from the very start, Tia Fuller has risen from the background as a backup singer for Beyonce Knowles to the forefront of the stage, proving that she can be a unique and profitable singer, songwriter and artist. With her newest album, Decisive Steps, which was released in March of 2010, Fuller has added to the already illustrious appeal of American Jazz. However, while still maintaining the classic characteristics of jazz, such as the incorporation of the saxophone and other horns in her album, she also offers a great deal of diversity due to her unique tempos and rhythmic beats. Of the album’s ten tracks, the song “Decisive Steps” is the star in the album.

The track begins with gentle beats that symbolize classic jazz yet the melody of Fuller’s voice hints towards a genre of music that is much more fast paced, such as hip hop or rap. However, despite this unusual beginning to the album’s headline song, the jazz qualities are unmistakable and thus, the listening is swarmed by the calming, relaxing sounds that jazz is notorious for. While the song “Decisive Steps” particularly specializes in smooth beats and softly sung lyrics, there are other styles and variations of the album that, while they may not sound like jazz, are in fact works of musical masterpiece.

In almost direct contrast to “Decisive Steps,” the sixth song in the album, “Steppin’,” incorporates very different qualities to jazz music that probably would not be expected. For example, in this song, Fuller begins with powerful beats and a deep bass which gives the feel of a hip hop song (a characteristic probably derived from her time working with Beyonce Knowles). However, after this burst of new ideas and innovation to the jazz world, Fuller gently and seamlessly brings the song back to the very basics of jazz: horns, bluesy lyrics and soft tones.

Regardless of all of these benefits that Fuller delineates in her album, probably the most appealing quality of her songs is the deep and meaningful lyrics. The songs she writes often portray daily struggles that many average, middle-class people go through every day. This creates a far greater bond between her and her fans because her songs are relatable to them and it provides for some common ground between the two.

Unlike many artists of the modern music industry, Fuller actually cares about what her songs are saying and puts much thought heart, and soul into the creation of her albums. In fact, it is her musical brilliance, talent and creativity that have helped spark mass popularity of the Mark Avenue record label.

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About Brad Parmerter:

Brad Parmerter has almost 20 years experience in the music and entertainment industry as a writer, programmer, and merchandiser. He has professionally interviewed and photographed such artists as: Rush, Metallica, Celine Dion, Live, Phil Collins, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Live, Van Halen, Queensryche, Anna Nalick, Styx, Def Leppard, and many more.

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