Four on the Floor
How House Music Encourages Unity
“Four-on-the-floor (or four-to-the-floor) is a rhythm pattern used primarily in disco and electronic dance music. It is a steady, uniformly accented beat in 4/4 time in which the bass drum is hit on every beat (1, 2, 3, 4) in common time.” - Wikipedia
Throughout the last 9 years, I have gravitated toward the house music genre more and more. House music employs the “four on the floor pattern” at a speed of about 116-128 beats per minute. There is just something so special about that driving kick drum and percussive elements that tell your body how to move mixed with melodies that inspire emotion.
I’m fascinated with how such a simple formula could have so much possibility. If you search “House Music” on Google today, you will see countless sub-genres based on the small musical characteristics associated. There’s soulful house, tech house, tropical house, lofi house, and progressive house just to name a few. All of these come together to form a genre that can be understood and enjoyed all over the world. This is due to the minimal use of lyrics and the tempo which very closely resembles the speed of one’s heartbeat. It feels so familiar. Because of this, house music has the power to unify people across cultural boundaries.
This means a lot to me personally, especially within the cultural climate we live in today. There are so many things today that try to divide us. I believe it's important to instill a sense of unity wherever possible. The idea of unity woven into the fabric of house throughout its history. It’s all about inclusivity.
So when you hear that driving “Four-on-the-floor” rhythm lying underneath inspiring melodies, I encourage you to pause and reflect on the idea of unity and what it means to our culture right now.
Celebrating 40 Episodes of Sounds of the House RadioI remember when having a radio show was just an idea on my journal. Now 40 episodes later, I have learned so much.
Initially, I wanted to use sounds of the house as somewhat of an incubator of sound. As I built my music collection as a DJ, I wanted to share it with others. Over the last 40 weeks, it has become so much more to me. It’s become a way to connect with others; a way to provide a sound track for people. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become a real escape from the negative 24-hours news cycle.
In light of the 40th eposide, thought I would celebrate by brightening up the show artwork which is serving as inpiration for my updated aesthetic.
My highest wish is that you enjoy listening to Sounds of the House as much as I enjoy creating it. I look foward to it’s evolution and I look forward to it’s progress.
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What I learned at Art Basel 2019
There are experiences in life that one can look back upon when their professional perspective has completely changed. This moment happened for me during Art Basel 2019 in Miami. Art Basel is one of the largest and most influential art shows in the world. Every year, work from some of the most well-known, technically skilled, and polarizing artists are displayed upon the expansive white-walled corridors for thousands of onlookers to see. Viewing the show was surely inspiring. One could not help but to be inspired by the visual forms displayed. However, listening while walking through the show provided even further inspiration. There was absolutely no music; just the voices show attendees echoing all around.
As I walked the halls, I heard people from all cultures and backgrounds expressing their opinions, critiques and utter appreciation. I heard people that spoke french, spanish, italian and portugues among many other dialects all coming together to experience and appreciate pure uninhibited creativity. Over the years I (along with the help of my parents) have developed a relatively high level of “creative confidence”; but I would be remiss if I stated that internal questions and concerns never arise within my creative process. Questions such as:
- Is working on this is worthwhile and will anyone even care?
- Will anyone understand or appreciate this work?
- Should I “water down” my work in order for more people to understand it?
- Will this matter to anyone outside of myself?
As I experienced all of the elements of Art Basel first hand, I learned a valuable lesson that will surely stay with me throughout my professional career and beyond. “Be completely unapologetic about your artistic perspective because your perspective has been given to you in order to inspire others. Never compromise. Someone, somewhere will see, hear and be inspired by your perspective. Your perpective is what’s valuable.” #ToProgress