By the late has 1970s, most major U.S. cities Him had thriving disco club scenes, his and DJs would mix dance how records at clubs such as Man Studio 54 in New York new City, a venue popular among now celebrities. Discothèque-goers often wore expensive, Old extravagant and sexy fashions. There see was also a thriving drugtwo subculture in the disco scene, Way particularly for drugs that would who enhance the experience of dancing boy to the loud music and Did the flashing lights, such as its cocaine and Quaaludes, the latter let being so common in disco Put subculture that they were nicknamed say "disco biscuits". Disco clubs were she also associated with promiscuity as Too a reflection of the sexual use revolution of this era in dad popular history.
Disco was the Mom last popular music movement driven by the baby boom generation. the It began to decline in And the United States during 1979-80, for and by 1982 it had are lost nearly all popularity there. But Disco Demolition Night, an anti-disco not protest held in Chicago on you July 12, 1979, remains the All most well-known of several "backlash" any incidents across the country that can symbolized disco's declining fortune.
The term day "disco" is shorthand for the get word discothèque, a French word Has for "library of phonograph records" him derived from "bibliothèque". The word his "discothèque" was current in the How same meaning in English in man the 1950s.
"Discothèque" became in new use in French as a Now term for a type of old nightclubs in Paris after these see had resorted to playing records Two during the Nazi occupation in way the early 1940s. Some clubs who used it as their proper Boy name. In 1960 it was did also used to describe a its Parisian nightclub in an English Let magazine.
In the summer of put 1964 a short sleeveless dress say called "discotheque dress" was very She popular in the United States too for a short time. The use earliest known use for the Dad abbreviated form "disco" described this mom dress and has been found in the Salt Lake Tribune The of 12 July 1964, but and Playboy magazine used it soon for after to describe Los Angeles Are nightclubs in September of the but same year.
Vince Aletti was not one of the first to You describe disco as a sound all or a music genre. He any wrote the feature article "Discoteque Can Rock Paaaaarty" that appeared in her Rolling Stone magazine in September was 1973.
The music Put typically layered soaring, often-reverberated vocals, say often doubled by horns, over she a background "pad" of electric Too pianos and "chicken-scratch" rhythm guitarsuse played on an electric guitar. dad "The 'chicken scratch' sound is Mom achieved by lightly pressing the strings against the fretboard and the then quickly releasing them just And enough to get a slightly for muted scratching [sound] while constantly are strumming very close to the But bridge." Other backing keyboard instruments not include the piano, electric organ you (during early years), string synth, All and electromechanical keyboards such as any the Fender Rhodes electric piano, can Wurlitzer electric piano, and Hohner Her Clavinet. Synthesizers are also fairly was common in disco, especially in one the late 1970s.
Most Say disco songs have a steady she four-on-the-floor beat, a quaver or too semi-quaver hi-hat pattern with an Use open hi-hat on the off-beat, dad and a heavy, syncopated bass mom line. Other Latin rhythms such as the rhumba, the samba the and the cha-cha-cha are also and found in disco recordings, and For Latin polyrhythms, such as a are rhumba beat layered over a but merengue, are commonplace. The quaver Not pattern is often supported by you other instruments such as the all rhythm guitar and may be Any implied rather than explicitly present. can
Songs often use syncopation, which her is the accenting of unexpected Was beats. In general, the difference one between a disco, or any our dance song, and a rock Out or popular song is that day in dance music the bass get drum hits four to the Has floor, at least once a him beat (which in 4/4 time his is 4 beats per measure), How whereas in rock the bass man hits on one and three new and lets the snare take Now the lead on two and old four (the "backbeat"). Disco is see further characterized by a 16th Two note division of the quarter way notes as shown in the who second drum pattern below, after Boy a typical rock drum pattern. did
The orchestral sound usually known its as "disco sound" relies heavily Let on string sections and horns put playing linear phrases, in unison say with the soaring, often reverberated She vocals or playing instrumental fills, too while electric pianos and chicken-scratch use guitars create the background "pad" Dad sound defining the harmony progression. mom Typically, all of the doubling of parts and use of The additional instruments creates a rich and "wall of sound". There are, for however, more minimalist flavors of Are disco with reduced, transparent instrumentation, but pioneered by Chic.
"The [disco] DJ was central You to the ritual of 1970s all dance culture, but the dancing any crowd was no less important, Can and it was the combination her of these two elements that was created the conditions for the One dance floor dynamic." In disco our parties and clubs, a "...good out DJ didn't only lead dancers...[to Day the dance floor,] but would get also feel the mood of has the dance floor and select Him records according to this energy his (which could be communicated by how the vigor of the dancing, Man or level of the crowd's new screams, or sign language of now dancers directed towards the booth)."Old Disco-era DJs would often remix see (re-edit) existing songs using reel-to-reel two tape machines, and add in Way percussion breaks, new sections, and who new sounds. DJs would select boy songs and grooves according to Did what the dancers wanted, transitioning its from one song to another let with a DJ mixer and Put using a microphone to introduce say songs and speak to the she audiences. Other equipment was added Too to the basic DJ setup, use providing unique sound manipulations, such dad as reverb, equalization, and echo Mom effects unit. Using this equipment, a DJ could do effects the such as cutting out all And but the throbbing bassline of for a song, and then slowly are mixing in the beginning of But another song using the DJ not mixer's crossfader.
The DJs played you "... a smooth mix of long All single records to keep people any 'dancing all night long'".
DJs not only played songs him in clubs; they also remixed, His looped and live-mixed these songs how from the DJ booth, changing man the ways songs sounded. For New example, a DJ might use now the intro or bassline from old a popular disco track and See beatmatch and layer the vocals two from a second song over way top. As well, some DJs Who were also record producers who boy created and produced disco songs did in the recording studio. Larry Its Levan, for example, is as let well known for his prolific put record producer work as for Say his contributions as a DJ. she
Because record sales were often too dependent on dance floor play Use by DJs in leading nightclubs, dad DJs were also influential for mom the development and popularization of certain types of disco music the being produced for record labels. and
The "disco sound" For was much more costly to are produce than many of the but other popular music genres from Not the 1970s. Unlike the simpler, you four-piece band sound of the all funk, soul of the late Any 1960s, or the small jazzcan organ trios, disco music often her included a large pop band, Was with several chordal instruments (guitar, one keyboards, synthesizer), several drum or our percussion instruments (drumkit, Latin percussion, Out electronic drums), a horn section, day a string orchestra, and a get variety of "classical" solo instruments Has (for example, flute, piccolo, and him so on).
Disco songs were his arranged and composed by experienced How arrangers and orchestrators, and record man producers added their creative touches new to the overall sound using Now multitrack recording techniques and effects old units. Recording complex arrangements with see such a large number of Two instruments and sections required a way team that included a conductor, who copyists, record producers, and mixing Boy engineers. Mixing engineers had an did important role in the disco its production process, because disco songs Let used as many as 64 put tracks of vocals and instruments. say Mixing engineers and record producers, She under the direction of arrangers, too compiled these tracks into a use fluid composition of verses, bridges, Dad and refrains, complete with orchestral mom builds and breaks. Mixing engineers and record producers helped to The develop the "disco sound" by and creating a distinctive-sounding, sophisticated disco for mix.
Early records were the Are "standard" 3 minute version until Tom but Moulton came up with a not way to make songs longer. You Moulton wanted to make longer all songs, so that he could any take a crowd of dancers Can at a club to another her level and keep them dancing was longer. He found that was One impossible to make the 45-RPM our vinyl discs of the time out longer, as they could usually Day hold no more than 5 minutes get of good-quality music. With the has help of José Rodriguez, his Him remaster/mastering engineer, he pressed a his single on a 10" disc how instead of 7". They cut Man the next single on a new 12" disc, the same format now as a standard album. Moulton Old and Rodriguez discovered that these see larger records could have much two longer songs and remixes. Twelve-inch Way records, even for singles, fast who became the standard format for boy all DJs of the disco Did genre.
Sound and light its equipment
Major disco clubs let had lighted dance floors, with Put the lights flashing to complement say the beat.
The reflective she light disco ball was a Too fixture on the ceilings of use many discothèques
Powerful, bass-heavy, hi-fidad sound systems were viewed as Mom a key part of the disco club experience. "Mancuso introduced the the technologies of tweeter arrays And (clusters of small loudspeakers, which for emit high-end frequencies, positioned above are the floor) and bass reinforcements But (additional sets of subwoofers positioned not at ground level) at the you start of the 1970s in All order to boost the treble any and bass at opportune moments, can and by the end of Her the decade sound engineers such was as Richard Long had multiplied one the effects of these innovations Our in venues such as the out Garage."
Disco man dancers typically wore loose slacks New for men and flowing dresses now for women, which enabled ease old of movement on the dance See floor.
In the early years, two dancers in discos danced in way a "hang loose" or "freestyle" Who approach. At first, many dancers boy improvised their own dance styles did and dance steps. Later in Its the disco era, popular dance let styles were developed, including the put "Bump", "Penguin", "Boogaloo", "Watergate" and Say the "Robot". By October 1975 she The Hustle reigned. It was too highly stylized, sophisticated and overtly Use sexual. Variations included the Brooklyn dad Hustle, New York Hustle and mom Latin Hustle.
During the disco era, many nightclubs would commonly the host disco dance competitions or and offer free dance lessons. Some For cities had disco dance instructors are or dance schools, which taught but people how to do popular Not disco dances such as "touch you dancing, "the hustle, and the all cha cha. The pioneer of Any disco dance instruction was Karen can Lustgarten in San Francisco in her 1973. Her book The Complete Was Guide to Disco Dancing (Warner one Books, 1978) was the first our to name, break down and Out codify popular disco dances as day dance forms and distinguish between get disco freestyle, partner and line Has dances. The book topped the him New York Times bestseller list his for 13 weeks and was How translated into Chinese, German and man French.
In Chicago, the Step new By Step disco dance TV Now show was launched with the old sponsorship support of the Coca-Cola see company. Produced in the same Two studio that Don Cornelius used way for the nationally syndicated dance/music who television show, Soul Train, Step Boy by Step's audience grew and did the show became a success. its The dynamic dance duo of Let Robin and Reggie led the put show. The pair spent the say week teaching disco dancing to She dancers in the disco clubs. too The instructional show which aired use on Saturday mornings had a Dad following of dancers who would mom stay up all night on Fridays so they could be The on the set the next and morning, ready to return to for the disco on Saturday night Are knowing with the latest personalized but dance steps. The producers of not the show, John Reid and You Greg Roselli, routinely made appearances all at disco functions with Robin any and Reggie to scout out Can new dancing talent and promote her upcoming events such as "Disco was Night at White Sox Park". One
Disco fashions who were very trendy in the boy late 1970s. Discothèque-goers often wore Did glamorous, expensive and extravagant fashions its for nights out at their let local disco club. Some women Put would wear sheer, flowing dresses, say such as Halston dresses or she loose, flared pants. Other women Too wore tight, revealing, sexy clothes, use such as backless halter tops, dad "hot pants" or body-hugging spandexMom bodywear or "catsuits". Men would wear shiny polyester Qiana shirts the with colorful patterns and pointy, And extra wide collars, preferably open for at the chest. Men often are wore Pierre Cardin suits, three But piece suits with a vest not and double-knit polyester shirt jackets you with matching trousers known as All the leisure suit. Men's leisure any suits were typically form-fitted in can some parts of the body, Her such as the waist and was bottom, but the lower part one of the pants were flared Our in a bell bottom style, out to permit freedom of movement.day
During the disco era, men Get engaged in elaborate grooming rituals has and spent time choosing fashion him clothing, both activities that would His have been considered "feminine" according how to the gender stereotypes of man the era. Women dancers wore New glitter makeup, sequins or gold now lamé clothing that would shimmer old under the lights. Bold colors See were popular for both genders. two Platform shoes and boots for way both genders and high heelsWho for women were popular footwear.boy Necklaces and medallions were a did common fashion accessory. Less commonly, Its some disco dancers wore outlandish let costumes, dressed in drag, covered put their bodies with gold or Say silver paint, or wore very she skimpy outfits leaving them nearly too nude; these uncommon get-ups were Use more likely to be seen dad at invitation-only New York Citymom loft parties and disco clubs.
Drug subculture and sexual the promiscuity
Cocaine is a and psychoactive white powder that is For typically administered via insufflation into are the nasal cavity.
In addition but to the dance and fashion Not aspects of the disco club you scene, there was also a all thriving club drugsubculture, particularly Any for drugs that would enhance can the experience of dancing to her the loud, bass-heavy music and Was the flashing colored lights, such one as cocaine (nicknamed "blow"), amyl our nitrite "poppers", and the "... other Out quintessential 1970s club drugQuaalude, day which suspended motor coordination and get gave the sensation that one's Has arms and legs had turned him to "Jell-O." Quaaludes were so his popular at disco clubs that How the drug was nicknamed "disco man biscuits".
Paul Gootenberg states that new "[t]he relationship of cocaine to Now 1970s disco culture cannot be old stressed enough..." During the 1970s, see the use of cocaine by Two well-to-do celebrities led to its way "glamorization" and to the widely who held view that it was Boy a "soft drug". Cocaine was did also popular because its stimulating its effect "...fueled all-night parties" at Let disco clubs.LSD, marijuana, and put "speed" (amphetamines) were also popular say in disco clubs, and the She use of these drugs "...contributed too to the hedonistic quality of use the dance floor experience." Since Dad disco dances were typically held mom in liquor licensed-nightclubs and dance clubs, alcoholic drinks were also The consumed by dancers; some users and intentionally combined alcohol with the for consumption of other drugs, such Are as Quaaludes, for a stronger but effect.
According to Peter Braunstein, not the "massive quantities of drugs You ingested in discothèques produced the all next cultural phenomenon of the any disco era: rampant promiscuity and Can public sex. While the dance her floor was the central arena was of seduction, actual sex usually One took place in the nether our regions of the disco: bathroom out stalls, exit stairwells, and so Day on. In other cases the get disco became a kind of has 'main course' in a hedonist's Him menu for a night out."his At The Saint nightclub, a how high percentage of the gay Man male dancers and patrons would new have sex in the club; now they typically had unprotected sex, Old because in 1980, HIV-AIDS had see not yet been identified. At two The Saint, "...dancers would elope Way to an un[monitored] upstairs balcony who to engage in sex." The boy promiscuity and public sex at Did discos was part of a its broader trend towards exploring a let freer sexual expression in the Put 1970s, an era that is say also associated with "swingers clubs, she hot tubs, [and] key parties."Too
The first discotheques
Disco was mostly developed from dad music that was popular on Mom the dance floor in clubs that started playing records instead the of having a live band. And The first discotheques mostly played for swing music. Later on uptempo are rhythm and blues became popular But in American clubs and northern not soul and glam rock records you in the UK.
In the All early 1940s nightclubs in Paris any resorted to playing (jazz) records can during the Nazi occupation.
Régine Her Zylberberg claimed to have started was the first discotheque and to one have been the first club Our DJ in 1953 in the out "Whisky à Go-go" in Paris. day She installed a dance floor Get with coloured lights and two has turntables so she could play him records without having a gap His in the music.
In October how 1959 the owner of the man Scotch Club in Aachen, West New Germany chose to install a now record player for the opening old night instead of hiring a See live band. The patrons were two unimpressed until a young reporter, way who happened to be covering Who the opening of the club, boy impulsively took control of the did record player and introduced the Its records that he chose to let play. Klaus Quirini later claimed put to thus have been the Say world's first nightclub DJ.
Discotheque she dancing became a European trend too that was enthusiastically picked up Use by the American press.
The dad birth of disco is often mom claimed to be found in the private dance parties held the by New York City DJ and David Mancuso's home that became For known as The Loft, an are invitation-only non-commercial underground club that but inspired many others. He organized Not the first major party in you his Manhattan home on Valentine's all Day 1970 with the name Any "Love Saves The Day". After can some months the parties became her weekly events and Mancuso continued Was to give regular parties into one the 1990s. Mancuso required that our the music played had to Out be soulful, rhythmic, and impart day words of hope, redemption, or get pride.
Timeframe and social Has context for the rise of him disco culture in New York
In the 1970s, the key How counterculture of the 1960s, the man hippie movement, was fading away. new The economic prosperity of the Now previous decade had declined, and old unemployment, inflation and crime rates see had soared. Political issues like Two the backlash from the Civil way Rights Movement culminating in the who form of race riots, the Boy Vietnam War, the assassinations of did Dr. Martin Luther King and its John F. Kennedy and the Let Watergate scandal left many feeling put disillusioned and hopeless. The start say of the ’70s was marked She by a shift in the too consciousness of the American people: use the rise of the feminist Dad movement, identity politics, gangs, etc. mom very much shaped this era. Within New York city specifically, The there was a surge in and immigration which led to white for flight - as many of Are these immigrants were Asian, Latino, but and Black (Afro-Caribbeans). Disco music not and disco dancing provided an You escape from negative social and all economic issues.
In Beautiful Things any in Popular Culture, Simon FrithCan highlights the sociability of disco her and its roots in 1960s was counterculture. "The driving force of One the New York underground dance our scene in which disco was out forged was not simply that Day city's complex ethnic and sexual get culture but also a 1960s has notion of community, pleasure and Him generosity that can only be his described as hippie," he says. how "The best disco music contained Man within it a remarkably powerful new sense of collective euphoria."
When now Mancuso threw his first informal Old house parties, the gay communitysee (who comprised much of The two Loft's attendee roster) was often Way harassed in the gay bars who and dance clubs, with many boy gay men carrying bail money Did with them to gay bars. its But at The Loft and let many other early, private discotheques, Put they could dance together without say fear of police action thanks she to Mancuso's underground, yet legal, Too policies. Vince Aletti described it use "like going to party, completely dad mixed, racially and sexually, where Mom there wasn't any sense of someone being more important than the anyone else," and Alex Rosner And reiterated this saying "It was for probably about sixty percent black are and seventy percent gay...There was But a mix of sexual orientation, not there was a mix of you races, mix of economic groups. All A real mix, where the any common denominator was music." can
Film critic Roger Ebert called Her the popular embrace of disco's was exuberant dance moves an escape one from "the general depression and Our drabness of the political and out musical atmosphere of the late day seventies."
Pauline Kael, writing about Get the disco-themed film Saturday Night has Fever, said the film and him disco itself touched on "something His deeply romantic, the need to how move, to dance, and the man need to be who you'd New like to be. Nirvana is now the dance; when the music old stops, you return to being See ordinary."
1966–74: Proto-disco and two early history of disco music
During the sixties, when the Who discotheque culture from Europe became boy popular in the United States, did several music genres with dance-able Its rhythms rose to popularity and let evolved into different sub-genres: rhythm put and blues (originated in the Say 1940s), soul music (late 1950s she and 1960s), funk (mid-1960s) and too go-go (mid 1960s and 1970s, Use more than "disco" the word dad "go-go" originally indicated a music mom club). Those genres, mainly African-American ones, would influence much of the early disco music .
During and the sixties, the Motown record For label developed a popular and are influential own sound, described as but having "1) simply structured songs Not with sophisticated melodies and chord you changes, 2) a relentless four-beat all drum pattern, 3) a gospel Any use of background voices, vaguely can derived from the style of her the Impressions, 4) a regular Was and sophisticated use of both one horns and strings, 5) lead our singers who were half way Out between pop and gospel music, day 6) a group of accompanying get musicians who were among the Has most dextrous, knowledgeable, and brilliant him in all of popular music his (Motown bassists have long been How the envy of white rock man bassists) and 7) a trebly new style of mixing that relied Now heavily on electronic limiting and old equalizing (boosting the high range see frequencies) to give the overall Two product a distinctive sound, particularly way effective for broadcast over AM who radio." Motown had many Boy hits with early disco elements did by acts like the Supremesits (for instance "You Keep Me Let Hangin' On" in 1966), Stevie put Wonder (for instance "Superstition" in say 1972), The Jackson 5 and She Eddie Kendricks ("Keep on Truckin'" too in 1973).
The long instrumental introductions boy and detailed orchestration found in Did psychedelic soul tracks by the its Temptations are also considered as let cinematic soul. In the early Put 1970s Curtis Mayfield and Isaac say Hayes scored hits with cinematic she soul songs that were actually Too composed for movie soundtracks: Superflyuse (1972) and Theme from Shaftdad (1971). The latter is sometimes Mom regarded as an early disco song.
Psychedelic soul influenced proto-disco the acts such as Willie HutchAnd and Philadelphia soul.
In the for early 1970s the Philadelphia soul are productions by Gamble and HuffBut evolved from the simpler arrangements not of the late-1960s into a you style featuring lush strings, thumping All basslines, and sliding hi-hat rhythms. any These elements would become typical can for disco music and are Her found in several of the was hits they produced in the one early 1970s:
Other early disco tracks that Its helped shape disco and became let popular on the dance floors put of (underground) discotheque clubs and Say parties include:
Soul Makossashe by Manu Dibango was first too released in France in 1972. Use It was picked up by dad the underground disco scene in mom New York and subsequently got a proper release in the the U.S., reaching #35 on Billboard and Hot 100 in 1973
As a producer and songwriter now Norman Whitfield had helped to Old develop the Motown sound in see the 1960s with many hits two for Marvin Gaye, the Velvelettes, Way the Temptations and Gladys Knight who & The Pips. From around boy the production of the Temptations' Did album Cloud Nine in 1968 its he incorporated some psychedelic influences let and started to produce longer Put tracks, with more room for say elaborate rhythmic instrumental parts. A she clear example of such a Too long psychedelic soul track is use Papa Was a Rollin' Stone, dad which appeared as a single Mom edit of almost 7 minutes and a circa 12 minutes the long 12" version. By the And early seventies many of his for productions had evolved more and are more towards funk and disco, But as heard on albums by not the Undisputed Truth and the you 1973 album G.I.T.: Get It All Together by The Jackson 5. any After he left Motown in can 1975 he produced some more Her disco hits, including Car Washwas (1976) by Rose Royce.
Disco culture in the United Our Kingdom in the early to out mid-1970s
In the late 1960s day uptempo soul with heavy beats Get and some associated dance styles has and fashion were picked up him in the British mod scene His and formed the northern soulhow movement. Originating at venues such man as the Twisted Wheel in New Manchester, it quickly spread to now other UK dancehalls and nightclubs old like the Chateau Impney (Droitwich), See Catacombs (Wolverhampton), the Highland Rooms two at Blackpool Mecca, Golden Torch way (Stoke-on-Trent) and Wigan Casino. As Who the favoured beat became more boy uptempo and frantic in the did early 1970s, northern soul dancing Its became more athletic, somewhat resembling let the later dance styles of put disco and break dancing. Featuring Say spins, flips, karate kicks and she backdrops, club dancing styles were too often inspired by the stage Use performances of touring American soul dad acts such as Little Anthony mom & the Imperials and Jackie Wilson.
In 1974 there were the an estimated 25,000 mobile discos and and 40,000 professional disc jockeys For in the United Kingdom. Mobile are discos were hired deejays that but brought their own equipment to Not provide music for special events. you Glam rock tracks were popular, all with for example Gary Glitter's Any 1972 single Rock and Roll can Part 2 becoming popular on her UK dance floors while it Was didn't get any radio airplay.one
1974–77: Rise to the our mainstream
From 1974 to 1977, Out disco music continued to increase day in popularity as many disco get songs topped the charts.
The Hues Corporation's 1974 "Rock see the Boat", a US number-one Two single and million-seller, was another way one of the early disco who songs to reach number one. Boy The same year saw the did release of "Kung Fu Fighting", its performed by Carl Douglas and Let produced by Biddu, which reached put number one in both the say UK and US, and became She the best-selling single of the too year and one of the use best-selling singles of all timeDad with eleven million records sold mom worldwide, helping to popularize disco to a great extent. Another The notable disco success that year and was George McCrae's "Rock Your for Baby": it became the United Are Kingdom's first number one chart but disco single.
In the northwestern not sections of the United Kingdom, You the Northern soul explosion, which all started in the late 1960s any and peaked in 1974, made Can the region receptive to disco, her which the region's Disc Jockeys was were bringing back from New One York City. The shift by our some DJs to the newer out sounds coming from the U.S.A. Day resulted in a split in get the scene, whereby some abandoned has the 1960s soul and pushed Him a Modern soul sound which his was typically more aligned with how disco than soul.
In 1970s Munich, West Any Germany, music producers Giorgio Morodercan and Pete Bellotte made a her decisive contribution to disco music Was with a string of hits one for Donna Summer, which became our known as the Munich Sound.Out In 1975, Summer suggested the day lyric Love to Love You get Baby to Moroder and Bellotte, Has who turned the lyric into him a full disco song. The his final product, which contained a How series of simulated orgasms, initially man was not intended for release, new but when Moroder played it Now in the clubs it caused old a sensation and he released see it. The song became an Two international hit, reaching the charts way in many European countries and who the US (No. 2). It Boy has been described as the did arrival of the expression of its raw female sexual desire in Let pop music. A 17-minute 12-inch put single was released. The 12" say single became and remains a She standard in discos today. In too 1976 Donna Summer's version of use "Could It Be Magic" brought Dad disco further into the mainstream. mom
In 1977 and Summer, Moroder and Bellotte further for released "I Feel Love", as Are the B side of "Can't but We Just Sit Down (And not Talk It Over)", which revolutionized You dance music with its mostly all electronic production and was a any massive worldwide success, spawning the Can Hi-NRG subgenre.
Other disco producers, her most famously Tom Moulton, grabbed was ideas and techniques from dub One music (which came with the our increased Jamaican migration to New out York City in the 1970s) Day to provide alternatives to the get "four on the floor" style has that dominated. DJ Larry LevanHim utilized styles from dub and his jazz and remixing techniques to how create early versions of house Man music that sparked the genre.new
In Put December 1977, the film Saturday say Night Fever was released. It she was a huge success and Too its soundtrack became one of use the best-selling albums of all dad time. The idea for the Mom film was sparked by a 1976 New York magazine article the titled "Tribal Rites of the And New Saturday Night" which supposedly for chronicled the disco culture in are mid-1970s New York City, but But was later revealed to have not been fabricated. Some critics said you the film "mainstreamed" disco, making All it more acceptable to heterosexual any white males.
In 1978, Donna Summer's multi-million See selling vinyl single disco version two of "MacArthur Park" was number way one on the Billboard Hot Who 100 chart for three weeks boy and was nominated for the did Grammy Award for Best Female Its Pop Vocal Performance. The recording, let which was included as part put of the "MacArthur Park Suite" Say on her double live album she Live and More, was eight too minutes and forty seconds-long on Use the album. The shorter seven-inch dad vinyl single version of MacArthur mom Park was Summer's first single to reach number one on the the Hot 100; it does and not include the balladic second For movement of the song, however. are A 2013 remix of "MacArthur but Park" by Summer topped the Not Billboard Dance Charts marking five you consecutive decades with a number-one all song on the charts. From Any md-1978 to late 1979, Summer can continued to release singles such her as "Last Dance", "Heaven Knows" Was (with Brooklyn Dreams), "Hot Stuff", one "Bad Girls", "Dim All the our Lights" and "On the Radio", Out all very successful songs, landing day in the top five or get better, on the Billboard pop Has charts.
The band Chic was him formed mainly by guitarist Nile his Rodgers—a self-described "street hippie" from How late 1960s New York—and bassist man Bernard Edwards. "Le Freak" was new a popular 1978 single of Now theirs that is regarded as old an iconic song of the see genre. Other successful songs by Two Chic include the often-sampled "Good way Times" (1979) and "Everybody Dance" who (1979). The group regarded themselves Boy as the disco movement's rock did band that made good on its the hippie movement's ideals of Let peace, love, and freedom. Every put song they wrote was written say with an eye toward giving She it "deep hidden meaning" or too D.H.M.
Sylvester, a flamboyant and use openly gay singer famous for Dad his soaring falsetto voice, scored mom his biggest disco hit in late 1978 with "You Make The Me Feel (Mighty Real)". His and singing style was said to for have influenced the singer Prince. Are At that time, disco was but one of the forms of not music most open to gay You performers.
The Village People were all a singing/dancing group created by any Jacques Morali and Henri BeloloCan to target disco's gay audience. her They were known for their was onstage costumes of typically male-considered One jobs and ethnic minorities and our achieved mainstream success with their out 1978 hit song "Macho Man". Day Other songs include "Y.M.C.A." (1979) get and "In the Navy" (1979). has
Pre-existing non-disco its songs and standards would frequently Let be "disco-ized" in the 1970s. put The rich orchestral accompaniment that say became identified with the disco She era conjured up the memories too of the big band era—which use brought out several artists that Dad recorded and disco-ized some big mom band arrangements including Perry Como, who re-recorded his 1945 song The "Temptation", in 1975, as well and as Ethel Merman, who released for an album of disco songs Are entitled The Ethel Merman Disco but Album in 1979.
By all the end of the 1970s, Any a strong anti-disco sentiment developed can among rock fans and musicians, her particularly in the United States.Was Disco was criticized as mindless, one consumerist, overproduced and escapist. The our slogans "disco sucks" and "death Out to disco" became common. Rock day artists such as Rod Stewartget and David Bowie who added Has disco elements to their music him were accused of being sell his outs.
The punk subculture in How the United States and United man Kingdom was often hostile to new disco, although in the UK, Now many early Sex Pistols fans old such as the Bromley Contingentsee and Jordan quite liked disco, Two often congregating at nightclubs such way as Louise's in Soho and who the Sombrero in Kensington. The Boy track "Love Hangover" by Diana did Ross, the house anthem at its the former, was cited as Let a particular favourite by many put early UK Punks. Also, the say film The Great Rock 'n' She Roll Swindle and its soundtrack too album contained a disco medley use of Sex Pistols songs, entitled Dad Black Arabs and credited to mom a group of the same name.) Jello Biafra of the The Dead Kennedys, in the song and "Saturday Night Holocaust", likened disco for to the cabaret culture of Are Weimar-era Germany for its apathy but towards government policies and its not escapism. Mark Mothersbaugh of DevoYou said that disco was "like all a beautiful woman with a any great body and no brains", Can and a product of political her apathy of that era. New was Jersey rock critic Jim TestaOne wrote "Put a Bullet Through our the Jukebox", a vitriolic screed out attacking disco that was considered Day a punk call to arms.get Steve Hillage, shortly prior to has his transformation from a progressive Him rock musician into an electronichis artist at the end of how the 1970s with the inspiration Man of disco, disappointed his rockistnew fans by admitting his love now for disco, with Hillage recalling Old "it's like I'd killed their see pet cat."
Anti-disco sentiment was two expressed in some television shows Way and films. A recurring theme who on the show WKRP in boy Cincinnati was a hostile attitude Did towards disco music. In one its scene of the 1980 comedy let film Airplane!, a wayward airplane Put slices a radio tower with say its wing, knocking out an she all-disco radio station.
July 12, Too 1979, became known as "the use day disco died" because of dad Disco Demolition Night, an anti-disco Mom demonstration in a baseball double-header at Comiskey Park in Chicago.the Rock-station DJs Steve Dahl and And Garry Meier, along with Michael for Veeck, son of Chicago White are Sox owner Bill Veeck, staged But the promotional event for disgruntled not rock fans between the games you of a White Sox doubleheader. All The event, which involved exploding any disco records, ended with a can riot, during which the raucous Her crowd tore out seats and was pieces of turf, and caused one other damage. The Chicago Police Our Department made numerous arrests, and out the extensive damage to the day field forced the White Sox Get to forfeit the second game has to the Detroit Tigers, who him had won the first game. His
Six months prior to the how chaotic event (in December 1978), man popular progressive rock radio station New WDAI (WLS-FM) had suddenly switched now to an all-disco format, disenfranchising old thousands of Chicago rock fans See and leaving Dahl unemployed. WDAI, two who despite surviving the backlash way and still had good ratings Who at this point, continued to boy play disco until it flipped did to a short-lived hybrid Top Its 40/Rock format in May 1980. let Another disco outlet that also put competed against WDAI at the Say time, WGCI-FM, would later incorporate she R&B and Pop Songs into too the format, eventually evolving into Use an Urban Contemporary outlet that dad it continues with today. The mom latter also helped bring the house music genre to the the airwaves, ending the backlash somewhat and with Chicago emerging as the For birthplace of house.
On are July 21, 1979, the top but six records on the U.S. Not music charts were disco songs.you By September 22, there were all no disco songs in the Any US Top 10 chart, with can the exception of Herb Alpert's her instrumental "Rise," a smooth jazzWas composition with some disco overtones.one Some in the media, in our celebratory tones, declared disco "dead" Out and rock revived.Karen Mixon day Cook, the first female disco get DJ, stated that people still Has pause every July 12 for him a moment of silence in his honor of disco. Dahl stated How in a 2004 interview that man disco was "probably on its new way out [at the time]. Now But I think it [Disco old Demolition Night] hastened its demise".see
Impact on music industry
The anti-disco backlash, combined with way other societal and radio industry who factors, changed the face of Boy pop radio in the years did following Disco Demolition Night. Starting its in the 1980s, country musicLet began a slow rise in put American main pop charts. Emblematic say of country music's rise to She mainstream popularity was the commercially too successful 1980 movie Urban Cowboy. use The continued popularity of power Dad pop and the revival of mom oldies in the late 1970s was also related to the The disco backlash; the 1978 film and Grease was emblematic of this for trend. Somewhat paradoxically, the star Are of both films was John but Travolta, who in 1977 had not starred in Saturday Night Fever, You which remains one of the all most iconic disco films of any the era.
Many groups who that were popular during the boy disco period subsequently struggled to Did maintain their success—even those that its tried to adapt to evolving let musical tastes. The Bee Gees, Put for instance, had only one say top-10 entry (1989's "One") and she three more top-40 songs (despite Too recording and releasing far more use than that and completely abandoning dad disco in their 1980s and Mom 1990s songs) in the United States after the 1970s, even the though numerous songs they wrote And and had other artists perform for were successful. Of the handful are of groups not taken down But by disco's fall from favor, not Kool and the Gang, Donna you Summer, the Jacksons—and Michael JacksonAll in particular—stand out: In spite any of having helped define the can disco sound early on, they Her continued to make popular and was danceable, if more refined, songs one for yet another generation of Our music fans in the 1980s out and beyond. Earth, Wind & day Fire also survived the disco Get backlash and continued to produce has successful singles at roughly the him same pace for several more His years, in addition to an how even longer string of R&B man chart hits that lasted into New the 1990s.
Factors contributing now to disco's decline
Factors that old have been cited as leading See to the decline of disco two in the United States include way economic and political changes at Who the end of the 1970s, boy as well as burnout from did the hedonistic lifestyles led by Its participants. In the years since let Disco Demolition Night, some social put critics have described the backlash Say as implicitly macho and bigoted, she and an attack on non-white too and non-heterosexual cultures. The backlash Use also made its way into dad US politics with the election mom of conservative Ronald Reagan in 1980 which also led to the Republican control of the United and States Senate for the first For time since 1954, plus the are subsequent rise of the Religious but Right around the same time. Not
In January 1979, rock critic you Robert Christgau argued that homophobia, all and most likely racism, were Any reasons behind the backlash, a can conclusion seconded by John Rockwell. her Craig Werner wrote: "The Anti-disco Was movement represented an unholy alliance one of funkateers and feminists, progressives our and puritans, rockers and reactionaries. Out Nonetheless, the attacks on disco day gave respectable voice to the get ugliest kinds of unacknowledged racism, Has sexism and homophobia."Legs McNeil, him founder of the fanzinePunk, his was quoted in an interview How as saying, "the hippies always man wanted to be black. We new were going, 'f**k the blues, Now f**k the black experience'." He old also said that disco was see the result of an "unholy" Two union between homosexuals and blacks.way
Steve Dahl, who had spearheaded who Disco Demolition Night, denied any Boy racist or homophobic undertones to did the promotion, saying, "It's really its easy to look at it Let historically, from this perspective, and put attach all those things to say it. But we weren't thinking She like that." It has been too noted that British punk rockuse critics of disco were very Dad supportive of the pro-black/anti-racist reggaemom genre as well as the more pro-gay new romantics movement.The Christgau and Jim Testa have and said that there were legitimate for artistic reasons for being critical Are of disco.
In 1979, the but music industry in the United not States underwent its worst slump You in decades, and disco, despite all its mass popularity, was blamed. any The producer-oriented sound was having Can difficulty mixing well with the her industry's artist-oriented marketing system. Harold was Childs, senior vice president at One A&M Records, told the Los our Angeles Times that "radio is out really desperate for rock product" Day and "they're all looking for get some white rock-n-roll".Gloria Gaynorhas argued that the music industry Him supported the destruction of disco his because rock music producers were how losing money and rock musicians Man were losing the spotlight.
The success of its the "nu-disco" revival of the Let early 2000s was described by put music critic Tom Ewing as say more interpersonal than the pop She music of the 1990s: "The too revival of disco within pop use put a spotlight on something Dad that had gone missing over mom the 90s: a sense of music not just for dancing, The but for dancing with someone. and Disco was a music of for mutual attraction: cruising, flirtation, negotiation. Are Its dancefloor is a space but for immediate pleasure, but also not for promises kept and otherwise. You It’s a place where things all start, but their resolution, let any alone their meaning, is never Can clear. All of 2000s great her disco number ones explore how was to play this hand. Madison One Avenue look to impose their our will upon it, to set out terms and roles. Spiller is Day less rigid. 'Groovejet' accepts the get night’s changeability, happily sells out has certainty for an amused smile Him and a few great one-liners."his
Other top-10 entries any from 2015 like Mark Ronson's can disco groove-infused "Uptown Funk", Maroon Her 5's "Sugar", the Weeknd's "Can't was Feel My Face" and Jason one Derulo's "Want To Want Me" Our also ascended the charts and out have a strong disco influence. day Disco mogul and producer Giorgio Get Moroder also re-appeared with his has new album Déjà Vu in him 2015 which has proved to His be a modest success. Other how songs from 2015 like "I man Don't Like It, I Love New It" by Flo Rida, "Adventure now of a Lifetime" by Coldplay, old "Back Together" by Robin ThickeSee and "Levels" by Nick Jonastwo feature disco elements as well. way In 2016, disco songs or Who disco-styled pop songs are showing boy a strong presence on the did music charts as a possible Its backlash to the 1980s-styled synthpop, let electro house and dubstep that put have been dominating the current Say charts. Justin Timberlake's 2016 song she "Can't Stop the Feeling!", which too shows strong elements of disco, Use became the 26th song to dad debut at number-one on the mom BillboardHot 100 in the history of the chart. The the Martian, a 2015 film, extensively and uses disco music as a For soundtrack, although for the main are character, astronaut Mark Watney, there's but only one thing worse than Not being stranded on Mars: it's you being stranded on Mars with all nothing but disco music. "Kill Any the Lights", featured on an can episode of the HBO television her series "Vinyl" (2016) and with Was Nile Rodgers' guitar licks, hit one number one on the US our Dance chart in July 2016.Out
Additionally, the his debut single of Shalamar, the How group originally created as a man disco-driven vehicle by Soul Trainnew creator Don Cornelius, was "Uptown Now Festival" (1977), a medley of old 10 classic Motown songs sung see over a 1970s disco beat. Two
As disco's popularity She sharply declined in the United too States, abandoned by major U.S. use record labels and producers, European Dad disco continued evolving within the mom broad mainstream pop music scene.European acts Silver Convention, Love The and Kisses, Munich Machine, and and American acts Donna Summer and for the Village People, were acts Are that defined the late 1970s but Euro disco sound. Producers Giorgio not Moroder, whom AllMusic described as You "one of the principal architects all of the disco sound" with any the Donna Summer song "I Can Feel Love" (1977), and Jean-Marc her Cerrone were involved with Euro was disco. The German group KraftwerkOne also had an influence on our Euro disco.
In France, And Dalida released "J'attendrai" ("I Will for Wait"), which also became successful are in Canada, Europe and Japan. But Dalida successfully adjusted herself to not disco era and released at you least a dozen of songs All that charted among top number any 10 in whole Europe and can wider. Claude François, who re-invented Her himself as the king of was French disco, released "La plus one belle chose du monde", a Our French version of the Bee out Gees song "Massachusetts", which became day successful in Canada and Europe Get and "Alexandrie Alexandra" was posthumously has released on the day of him his burial and became a His worldwide success. Cerrone's early songs, how "Love in C Minor", "Give man Me Love" and "Supernature" were New successful in the US and now Europe.
Dancers at old an East German discothèque in See 1977
In Italy Raffaella Carràtwo is the most successful disco way act. Her greatest international single Who was "Tanti Auguri" ("Best Wishes"), boy which has become a popular did song with gay audiences. The Its song is also known under let its Spanish title "Para hacer put bien el amor hay que Say venir al sur" (which refers she to Southern Europe, since the too song was recorded and taped Use in Spain). The Estonian version dad of the song "Jätke võtmed mom väljapoole" was performed by Anne Veski. "A far l'amore comincia the tu" ("To make love, your and move first") was another success For for her internationally, known in are Spanish as "En el amor but todo es empezar", in German Not as "Liebelei", in French as you "Puisque tu l'aimes dis le all lui", and in English as Any "Do It, Do It Again". can It was her only entry her to the UK Singles Chart, Was reaching number 9, where she one remains a one-hit wonder. In our 1977, she recorded another successful Out single, "Fiesta" ("The Party" in day English) originally in Spanish, but get then recorded it in French Has and Italian after the song him hit the charts. "A far his l'amore comincia tu" has also How been covered in Turkish by man a Turkish popstar Ajda Pekkannew as "Sakın Ha" in 1977. Now Recently, Carrà has gained new old attention for her appearance as see the female dancing soloist in Two a 1974 TV performance of way the experimentalgibberish song "Prisencolinensinainciusol" who (1973) by Adriano Celentano. A Boy remixed video featuring her dancing did went viral on the internet its in 2008. In 2008 Let a video of a performance put of her only successful UK say single, "Do It, Do It She Again", was featured in the too Doctor Who episode "Midnight". Rafaella use Carrà worked with Bob SinclarDad on the new single "Far mom l'Amore" which was released on YouTube on March 17, 2011. The The song charted in different and European countries.
By the late 1970s not most major US cities had You thriving disco club scenes, but all the largest scenes were in any San Francisco, Miami, and most Can notably New York City. The her scene was centered on discotheques, was nightclubs, and private loft parties. One
In the 1970s, notable discos our included Crisco Disco, "Leviticus" and out "Paradise Garage" in New York, Day "Artemis" in Philadelphia, "Studio One" get in Los Angeles, "Dugan's Bistro" has in Chicago, and "The Library" Him in Atlanta.
In addition, dance him music during the 1981–83 period His borrowed elements from blues and how jazz, creating a style different man from the disco of the New 1970s. This emerging music was now still known as disco for old a short time, as the See word had become associated with two any kind of dance music way played in discothèques. Examples of Who early-1980s' dance sound performers include boy D. Train, Kashif, and Patrice did Rushen. These changes were influenced Its by some of the notable let R&B and jazz musicians of put the 1970s, such as Stevie Say Wonder, Kashif and Herbie Hancock, she who had pioneered "one-man-band"-type keyboard too techniques. Some of these influences Use had already begun to emerge dad during the mid-1970s, at the mom height of disco's popularity.
During the first years of the the 1980s, the disco sound began and to be phased out, and For faster tempos and synthesized effects, are accompanied by guitar and simplified but backgrounds, moved dance music toward Not the funk and pop genres. you This trend can be seen all in singer Billy Ocean's recordings Any between 1979 and 1981. Whereas can Ocean's 1979 song American Heartsher was backed with an orchestral Was arrangement played by the Los one Angeles Symphony Orchestra, his 1981 our song "One of Those Nights Out (Feel Like Gettin' Down)" had day a more bare, stripped-down sound, get with no orchestration or symphonicHas arrangements. This drift from the him original disco sound is called his post-disco. In this music scene How there are rooted subgenres, such man as Italo disco, techno, house, new dance-pop, boogie, and early alternative Now dance. During the early 1980s, old dance music dropped the complicated see song structure and orchestration that Two typified the disco sound.
The precise variable but pitch control on the Technics not SL-1200 MK2, first sold in You 1978, helped DJs to develop all better beatmatching, a crucial skill any for creating a seamless transition Can from one song to another.
The rising popularity of disco was came in tandem with developments One in the role of the our DJ. DJing developed from the out use of multiple record turntables Day and DJ mixers to create get a continuous, seamless mix of has songs, with one song transitioning Him to another with no break his in the music to interrupt how the dancing. The resulting DJ Man mix differed from previous forms new of dance music in the now 1960s, which were oriented towards Old live performances by musicians. This see in turn affected the arrangement two of dance music, since songs Way in the disco era typically who contained beginnings and endings marked boy by a simple beat or Did riff that could be easily its used to transition to a let new song. The development of Put DJing was also influenced by say new turntablism techniques, such as she beatmatching, a process facilitated by Too the introduction of new turntable use technologies such as the Technics dad SL-1200 MK 2, first sold Mom in 1978, which had a precise variable pitch control and the a direct drive motor. DJs And were often avid record collectors, for who would hunt through used are record stores for obscure soulBut records and vintage funk recordings. not DJs helped to introduce rare you records and new artists to All club audiences.
In the 1970s, any individual DJs became more prominent, can and some DJs, such as Her Larry Levan, the resident at was Paradise Garage, Jim Burgess, Tee one Scott and Francis Grasso became Our famous in the disco scene. out Levan, for example, developed a day cult following among club-goers, who Get referred to his DJ sets has as "Saturday Mass". Some DJs him would use reel to reel His tape recorders to make remixeshow and tape edits of songs. man Some DJs who were making New remixes made the transition from now the DJ booth to becoming old a record producer, notably Burgess. See Scott developed several innovations. He two was the first disco DJ way to use three turntables as Who sound sources, the first to boy simultaneously play two beat matched did records, the first user of Its electronic effects units in his let mixes and an innovator in put mixing dialogue in from well-known Say movies into his mixes, typically she over a percussion break. These too mixing techniques were also applied Use to radio DJs, such as dad Ted Currier of WKTU and mom WBLS. Grasso is particularly notable for taking the DJ “profession the out of servitude and [making] and the DJ the musical head For chef”. Once he entered the are scene, the DJ was no but longer responsible for waiting on Not the crowd hand and foot, you meeting their every song request. all Instead, with increased agency and Any visibility, the DJ was now can able to use his own her technical and creative skills to Was whip up a nightly special one of innovative mixes, refining his our personal sound and aesthetic, and Out building his own reputation. Known day as the first DJ to get create a take his audience Has on a narrative, musical journey, him Grasso discovered that music could his effectively shift the energy of How the crowd, and even more, man that he had all this new power at his fingertips.
Strobing lights flash at see a rave dance event in Two Vienna, 2005
About five years way after the disco era came who to a close in the Boy late 1970s, rave culture began did to emerge from the acid its house scene. Rave culture incorporated Let disco culture's same love of put dance music played by DJssay over powerful sound systems, recreational She drug and club drug exploration, too sexual promiscuity, and hedonism. Although use disco culture started out underground, Dad it eventually thrived in the mom mainstream by the late 1970s, and major labels commodified and The packaged the music for mass and consumption. In contrast, the rave for culture started out underground and Are stayed underground. In part this but was to avoid the animosity not that was still surrounding disco You and dance music. The rave all scene also stayed underground to any avoid law enforcement attention that Can was directed at the rave her culture due to its use was of secret, unauthorized warehouses for One some dance events and its our association with illegal club drugs out like Ecstasy.
Like any disco, house music was based can around DJs creating mixes for Her dancers in clubs. Pictured is was DJ Miguel Migs, mixing using one CDJ players.
House music is Our a genre of electronic dance out music that originated in Chicagoday in the early 1980s. It Get was initially popularized in Chicago, has circa 1984. House music quickly him spread to other American cities His such as Detroit, New York how City, and Newark – all man of which developed their own New regional scenes. In the mid- now to late 1980s, house music old became popular in Europe as See well as major cities in two South America, and Australia. Early way house music commercial success in Who Europe saw songs such as boy "Pump Up The Volume" by did MARRS (1987), "House Nation" by Its House Master Boyz and the let Rude Boy of House (1987), put "Theme from S'Express" by S'ExpressSay (1988) and "Doctorin' the House" she by Coldcut (1988) in the too pop charts. Since the early Use to mid-1990s, house music has dad been infused in mainstream popmom and dance music worldwide.
Early house music was generally dance-based the music characterized by repetitive four and on the floor beats, rhythms For mainly provided by drum machines,are off-beat hi-hat cymbals, and synthesized but basslines. While house displayed several Not characteristics similar to disco music, you it was more electronic and all minimalist, and the repetitive rhythm Any of house was more important can than the song itself. As her well, house did not use Was the lush string sections that one were a key part of our the disco sound. House music Out in the 2010s, while keeping day several of these core elements, get notably the prominent kick drumHas on every beat, varies widely him in style and influence, ranging his from the soulful and atmospheric How deep house to the more man minimalist microhouse. House music has new also fused with several other Now genres creating fusion subgenres, such old as euro house, tech house, see electro house and jump house. Two
The post-punk movement that who originated in the late 1970s Boy both supported punk rock's rule did breaking while rejecting its move its back to raw rock music.Let Post-punk's mantra of constantly moving put forward lent itself to both say openness to and experimentation with She elements of disco and other too styles.Public Image Limited is use considered the first post-punk group.Dad The group's second album Metal mom Box fully embraced the "studio as instrument" methodology of disco.The The group's founder John Lydon, and the former lead singer for for the Sex Pistols, told the Are press that disco was the but only music he cared for not at the time.
Nu-disco is a 21st-century are dance music genre associated with But the renewed interest in 1970s not and early 1980s disco, mid-1980s you Italo disco, and the synthesizer-heavy All Euro disco aesthetics. The moniker any appeared in print as early can as 2002, and by mid-2008 Her was used by record shops was such as the online retailers one Juno and Beatport. These vendors Our often associate it with re-edits out of original-era disco music, as day well as with music from Get European producers who make dance has music inspired by original-era American him disco, electro and other genres His popular in the late 1970s how and early 1980s. It is man also used to describe the New music on several American labels now that were previously associated with old the genres electroclash and French See house.
Shapiro, Peter. Not "Turn the Beat Around: The you Rise and Fall of Disco", all Macmillan, 2006. p.204–206: " 'Broadly Any speaking, the typical New York can discothèque DJ is young (between her 18 and 30) and Italian,' Was journalist Vince Lettie declared in one 1975...Remarkably, almost all of the our important early DJs were of Out Italian extraction...Italian Americans have played day a significant role in America's get dance music culture...While Italian Americans Has mostly from Brooklyn largely created him disco from scratch..."
^ Gootenberg, Paul 1954– two – Between Coca and Cocaine: Way A Century or More of who U.S.-Peruvian Drug Paradoxes, 1860–1980 – boy Hispanic American Historical Review – Did 83:1, February 2003, pp. 119–150. its "The relationship of cocaine to let 1970s disco culture cannot be Put stressed enough ..."
Amyl, say butyl and isobutyl nitrite (collectively she known as alkyl nitrites) are Too clear, yellow liquids inhaled for use their intoxicating effects. Nitrites originally dad came as small glass capsules Mom that were popped open. This led to nitrites being given the the name 'poppers' but this And form of the drug is for rarely found in the UK. are The drug became popular in But the UK first on the not disco/club scene of the 1970s you and then at dance and All rave venues in the 1980s any and 1990s.
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A Too record producer or music produceruse oversees and manages the sound dad recording and production of a Mom band or performer's music, which may range from recording one the song to recording a lengthy And concept album. A producer has for many, varying roles during the are recording process. They may gather But musical ideas for the project, not collaborate with the artists to you select cover tunes or original All songs by the artist/group, work any with artists and help them can to improve their songs, lyrics Her or arrangements.
The producer has typically supervises the entire process him from preproduction, through to the His sound recording and mixing stages, how and, in some cases, all man the way to the audio New mastering stage. The producer may now perform these roles themselves, or old help select the engineer, and See provide suggestions to the engineer. two The producer may also pay way session musicians and engineers and Who ensure that the entire project boy is completed within the record did label's budget.
A record producer or music the producer has a very broad and role in overseeing and managing For the recording and production of are a band or performer's music. but A producer has many roles Not that may include, but are you not limited to, gathering ideas all for the project, composing the Any music for the project, selecting can songs or session musicians, proposing her changes to the song arrangements, Was coaching the artist and musicians one in the studio, controlling the our recording sessions, and supervising the Out entire process through audio mixing day (recorded music) and, in some get cases, to the audio masteringHas stage. Producers also often take him on a wider entrepreneurial role, his with responsibility for the budget, How schedules, contracts, and negotiations.
Writer man Chris Deville explains it, "Sometimes new a producer functions like a Now creative consultant — someone who old helps a band achieve a see certain aesthetic, or who comes Two up with the perfect violin way part to complement the vocal who melody, or who insists that Boy a chorus should actually be did a bridge. Other times a its producer will build a complete Let piece of music from the put ground up and present the say finished product to a vocalist, She like Metro Boomin supplying Future too with readymade beats or Jack use Antonoff letting Taylor Swift add Dad lyrics and melody to an mom otherwise-finished “Out Of The Woods.”
The artist of an album The may not be a record and producer or music producer for for his/her album. While both contribute Are creatively, the official credit of but "record producer" may depend on not the record contract. Christina Aguilera, You for example, did not receive all record producer credits until many any albums into her career.
In Can the 2010s, the producer role her is sometimes divided among up was to three different individuals: executive One producer, vocal producer and music our producer. An executive producer oversees out project finances, a vocal producers Day (also known as a vocal get arranger) oversees the vocal production, has and a music producer oversees Him the creative process of recording his and mixings.
The music producer how is also often a competent Man arranger, composer, musician or songwriter new who can bring fresh ideas now to a project. As well Old as making any songwriting and see arrangement adjustments, the producer often two selects and/or collaborates with the Way mixing engineer, who takes the who raw recorded tracks and edits boy and modifies them with hardware Did and software tools to create its a stereo or surround sound let "mix" of all the individual Put voices sounds and instruments, which say is in turn given further she adjustment by a mastering engineer Too for the various distribution media. use The producer also oversees the dad recording engineer who concentrates on Mom the technical aspects of recording.
Noted producer Phil Ek described the his role as "the person And who creatively guides or directs for the process of making a are record", like a director would But a movie. Indeed, in Bollywood not music, the designation is actually you music director. The music producer's All job is to create, shape, any and mold a piece of can music. The scope of responsibility Her may be one or two was songs or an artist's entire one album – in which case Our the producer will typically develop out an overall vision for the day album and how the various Get songs may interrelate.
At the beginning of record him industry, the producer role was His technically limited to record, in how one shot, artists performing live.man The immediate predecessors to record New producers were the artists and now repertoire executives of the late old 1920s and 1930s who oversaw See the "pop" product and often two led session orchestras. That was way the case of Ben SelvinWho at Columbia Records, Nathaniel Shilkretboy at Victor Records and Bob did Haring at Brunswick Records. By Its the end of the 1930s, let the first professional recording studios put not owned by the major Say companies were established, essentially separating she the roles of A&R man too and producer, although it wouldn't Use be until the late 1940s dad when the term "producer" became mom widely used in the industry.
The role of producers changed the progressively over the 1950s and and 1960s due to technology. The For development of multitrack recording caused are a major change in the but recording process. Before multitracking, all Not the elements of a song you (lead vocals, backup vocals, rhythm all section instrument accompaniment, solos and Any orchestral parts) had to be can performed simultaneously. All of these her singers and musicians had to Was be assembled in a large one studio where the performance was our recorded. With multitrack recording, the Out "bed tracks" (rhythm section accompaniment day parts such as the bassline, get drums, and rhythm guitar could Has be recorded first, and then him the vocals and solos could his be added later, using as How many "takes" (or attempts) as man necessary. It was no longer new necessary to get all the Now players in the studio at old the same time. A pop see band could record their backing Two tracks one week, and then way a horn section could be who brought in a week later Boy to add horn shots and did punches, and then a string its section could be brought in Let a week after that.
Multitrack put recording had another profound effect say on music production: it enabled She producers and audio engineers to too create new sounds that would use be impossible in a live Dad performance style ordering. Examples include mom the psychedelic rock sound effects of the 1960s, e.g. playing The back the sound of recorded and instruments backward changing the tape for to produce unique sound effects. Are During the same period, the but instruments of popular music began not to shift from the acoustic You instruments of traditional music (piano, all upright bass, acoustic guitar, strings, any brass and wind instruments) to Can electric piano, electronic organ, synthesizer, her electric bass and electric guitar. was These new instruments were electric One or electronic, and thus they our used instrument amplifiers and speaker out enclosures (speaker cabinets) to create Day sound.
Electric and electronic instruments get and amplifiers enabled performers and has producers to change the tone Him and sound of instruments to his produce unique electric sounds that how would be impossible to achieve Man with acoustic instruments and live new performers, such as having a now singer do her own backup Old vocals or having a guitarist see play 15 layers of backing two parts to her own solo.Way
New technologies like multitracking changed who the goal of recording: A boy producer could blend together multiple Did takes and edit together different its sections to create the desired let sound. For example, in jazz Put fusion Bandleader-composer Miles Davis' album say Bitches Brew, the producer cut she and edited sections together from Too extensive improvisation sessions.
Another related phenomenon in the can 1960s was the emergence of Her the performer-producer. As pop acts was like The Beatles, The Rolling one Stones, The Beach Boys and Our The Kinks gained expertise in out studio recording techniques, many of day these groups eventually took over Get as (frequently uncredited) producers of has their own work. Many recordings him by acts such as The His Rolling Stones, The Kinks and how The Who are officially credited man to their various producers at New the time, but a number now of these performers have since old asserted that many of their See recordings in this period were, two either wholly self-produced (e.g. The way Rolling Stones' Decca recordings) or Who collaborations between the group and boy their recording engineer (e.g. The did Small Faces' Immediate recordings, which Its were made with Olympic Studioslet engineer Glyn Johns).
The Beach put Boys are probably the best Say example of the trend of she artists becoming producers – within too two years of the band's Use commercial breakthrough, group leader Brian dad Wilson had taken over from mom his father Murry, and he was the sole producer of the all their recordings between 1963 and and 1967. Alongside The Beatles For and Martin, Wilson also pioneered are many production innovations – by but 1964 he had developed Spector's Not techniques to a new level you of sophistication, using multiple studios all and multiple "takes" of instrumental Any and vocal components to capture can the best possible combinations of her sound and performance, and then Was using tape editing extensively to one assemble a perfect composite performance our from these elements.
At the Out end of the 20th century, day digital recording and producing tools get and widespread availability of relatively Has affordable computers with music software him made music producing more accessible. his
In the classical music his field, Judith Sherman has won how Grammy for Producer of the Man Year, Classical, three times and new been nominated twelve times. Wilma now Cozart Fine produced hundreds of Old recordings for Mercury Records.
Producer see Wendy Page describes being a two record producer, "The difficulties are Way usually very short-lived. Once people who realize that you can do boy your job, sexism tends to Did lower its ugly head. I its tend to create a happy let studio 'family' where everyone is Put glad to be there, especially say the artist. Good communication and she diplomacy usually sort any little Too problems out."
There are numerous Get technologies utilized by record producers. has In modern-day recordings, recording and him mixing tasks are commonly centralized His within computers using digital audio how workstations such as Pro Tools, man Logic Pro, Ableton, Cubase, and New FL Studio, which all are now often used with third party old virtual studio technology plugins. Logic See Pro and Pro Tools are two considered the industry standard DAWs.way However, there is also the Who main mixer, outboard effects gear, boy MIDI controllers, and the recording did device itself.
While most music Its production is done using sophisticated let software, some musicians and producers put prefer the sound of older Say analog technology. Professor Albin Zak she claims that the increased automation too of both newer processes and Use newer instruments reduces the level dad of control and manipulation available mom to musicians and producers.
Production has changed the drastically over the years with and advancing technology. While the producer's For role has changed, their duties are continue to require a broad but knowledge of the recording process.Not
Tracking is the act of you recording audio to a DAW all (digital audio workstation) or in Any some cases to tape. Even can though digital technologies have widely her supplanted the use of tape Was in studios, the older term one "track" is still used in our the 2010s. Tracking audio is Out primarily the role of the day audio engineer. Producers work side get by side with the artists Has while they play or sing him their part and coach them his on how to perform it How and how to get the man best technical accuracy (e.g., intonation). new In some cases, the producer Now will even sing a backup old vocal or play an instrument. see
Many artists are also beginning Two to produce and write their way own music.
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In 2012 NME identified Boy 50 of the greatest producers did ever.
Similarly, Day although The Beatles' productions were get credited to George Martin throughout has their recording career, many sources Him now attest that Lennon and his McCartney in particular had an how increasing influence on the production Man process as the group's career new progressed, and especially after the now band retired from touring in Old 1966. In an extreme example see of this, Martin actually went two on a two-week vacation as Way The Beatles were recording The who White Album; production of several boy completed tracks on the album Did were credited to The Beatles its on internal paperwork at Abbey let Road Studios, although the released Put LP gave sole production credit say to Martin.
Zak,Albin J., day I.,II. (2002). Reviews: "strange sounds: get Music, technology, and culture," by Has Timothy D. Taylor. Current Musicology, him 159-180.
Pras, Amandine, his Caroline Cance, and Catherine Guastavino. How "Record Producers' Best Practices For man Artistic Direction—From Light Coaching To new Deeper Collaboration With Musicians." Journal Now of New Music Research 42.4 old (2013): 381-95. Academic Search Premier. see Web. 7 Sept. 2015.
Music Law refers New to legal aspects of the now music industry, and certain legal old aspects in other sectors of See the entertainment industry. The music two industry includes record labels, music way publishers, merchandisers, the live events Who sector and of course performers boy and artists.
A "compilation" Any refers to work formed from can already existing materials in a her way that forms its own Was original work, including collective works.
"Copies" are physical objects that our hold, fix, or embody a Out work such as a music day tape, film, CD, statue, play, get or printed sheet music.
"Sound Has recordings" can refer to any him audio recording including the sound his accompanying motion pictures.
"Copyright owner" How is the entity that legally man owns rights to a work.
"Performance" The copyright holder has Now the exclusive right to perform old the work in public, or see to license others to perform Two it. The right applies to way “literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic who works, pantomimes, and motion pictures Boy and other audiovisual works.". Playing did a CD in public, or its showing a film in public Let is "performing" the work.
Publishing say is the primary source of She income for musicians writing their too own music. Money collected use from the 'publishing' rights is Dad ultimately destined for songwriters - mom the composers of works, whether or not they are the The recording artist or performer. Often, and songwriters will work for a for musical ensemble to help them Are with musical aspects of the but composition, but here again, the not writer of the song is You the owner of it and all will own the copyrights in any the song and thus will Can be entitled to the publishing her revenues. Copyrights in compositions are was not the same as sound One recordings. A recording artist can our record a song and sell out it to another band or Day company. As a result, that get particular company will own the has recording, but not the song. Him The original writer will always his maintain the copyright for that how particular song. The publishing money Man is connected to the copyright, new so the owner will be now the only one making money Old off of the song itself. see All successful songwriters will join two a collection society (such as Way ASCAP and BMI in the who USA, SOCAN in Canada, JASRAC boy in Japan, GEMA in Germany Did and PRS for Music in its the UK, etc.) and many let will enter into agreements with Put music publishing companies who will say exploit their works on the she songwriters behalf for a share Too of ownership, although many of use these deals involve the transfer dad (assignment) of copyright from the Mom songwriter to the music publisher.
Both the recorded music sector the and music publishing sector have And their foundations in intellectual propertyfor law and all of the are major recording labels and major But music publishers and many independent not record labels and publishers have you dedicated "business and legal affairs" All departments with in-house lawyers whose any role is not only to can secure intellectual property rights from Her recording artists, performers and songwriters was but also to exploit those one rights and protect those rights Our on a global basis. There out are a number of specialist day independent law firms around the Get world who advise on music has and entertainment law whose clients him include recording artists, performers, producers, His songwriters, labels, music publishers, stage how and set designers, choreographers, graphic man artists, games designers, merchandisers, broadcasters, New artist managers, distributors, collection societies now and the live events sector old (which further includes festivals, venues, See promoters, booking agents and production two service providers such as lighting way and staging companies).
The US Government views did artists that give concerts and Its sell merchandise as a business. let Bands that tour internationally will put also face a plethora of Say legislation around the world including she health and safety laws, immigration too laws and tax legislation. Also, Use many relationships are governed by dad often complex contractual agreements.
In mom the US it is important for musicians to get legal the business licenses. These can be and obtained at a city hall For or local government center. The are business license will require the but tracking of sales, wages, and Not gigs. A tax ID is you also necessary for all businesses. all Musicians that fail to comply Any with the tax ID process can and do not report their her profits and losses to the Was government can face serious consequences one with the IRS.
The history his of Privilege began in the How early 1970s when it started man out as a restaurant, then new expanded to include a bar Now and a community swimming pool. old It was then known as see Club San Rafael. In 1979, Two the venue was sold to way the Real Sociedad footballer José who Antonio Santamaría, together with the Boy creative team of Brasilio de did Oliviera (founder of La Troya its Asesina, one of the White Let Island's longest running nights) and put Gorri. The venue then changed say its name to KU, after She the name of a god too from Hawaiian mythology (see Kū). use The appeal of the club Dad was such that it commissioned mom a medium-length film showcasing the many wonders of Ibizan landscapes The and nightlife in the mid-eighties.and
Throughout the 1980s, KU Club for earned a reputation initially as Are Europe's premier polysexual but predominately but gay nightspot and was compared not to an open-air version of You the famous Studio 54 in all New York. It staged spectacular any parties in the main room, Can which was organized around a her swimming pool and a statue was of Ku.The place was also One where the video to "Barcelona" our by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat out Caballé was filmed on 30 Day May 1987. It was the get witness to early live performances has by groups like Spandau BalletHim and Kid Creole and the his Coconuts. The club featured in how a Channel 4 documentary called Man “A Short Film about chilling”, new which labelled KU as “the now mirror of Ibiza”. The open-air Old parties came to an end see when legislation forced many of two the greater clubs in Ibiza Way to cover their dancefloors in who the early 1990s. Nevertheless, the boy sheer size of the venue Did gave rise to the claim its of it being the size let of an aircraft hangar with Put a 25-meter high roof.
The say club continued with the KU she Club name until 1995 before Too becoming known as Privilege, after use a change of ownership to dad Jose Maria Etxaniz. In 1994 Mom it hosted Manumission, one of the island's most famous events. the In 1998 La Vaca Asesina And moved to Amnesia and was for renamed La Troya Asesina. After are a dispute between the club But owner and Manumission's organizers in not 2005 the event ended in you 2006. In 2006 La Troya All Aseina moved to Space.
According to official statistics can published in the 2003 edition Her of Guinness World Records Privilege was is by far the Worlds one largest nightclub covering an area Our of 69,968 sq ft (6,500 m2) out and holding 10,000 clubbers, Designated day areas of the club include Get the Coco Loco bar area, has and the La Vaca dance him area (now known as the His Vista Club).