Retro Music Trends

Retro Music Trends

Every music decade had dominating signature artists. The 60’s are known for the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Hollies, the 70’s were David Bowie’s fame minutes, and in the 80’s it was all about punk rock with singers like Prince, The Smiths, and U2 (www.bbc.co.uk/totp/history<9).

Today chart music is dominated by a few artists, but the artists all kind of sound the same. They all have a similar, catchy beat and relatively blunt lyrics. Entertaining but not lasting.

When you can get everything everywhere, at any time, does that really satisfy you? Or are you looking to stand out and define yourself from the music you listen to? In times when we are oversaturated with a supply of music, “unique” outstanding songs that you remember or that make a difference is lacking. That’s when old tracks are used to create a new song.

Is it the same with music as it is with clothing? Are old music styles reviving?

Nowadays, over half a decade later after the “golden years” are over for the music industry it seems to be “en vogue” again for many people to listen to old music or to mix old music into something new. All the retro, reusable, second hand shops that are opening everywhere are more popular than ever. People are willing to pay humongous amounts of money for an old vinyl because it makes them feel unique, and they feel that, in a time of digitalism, it is worth the money to have something tangible in their hands.

I believe that where there is demand for unlimited music there will always be a counter pole trying to be the exact opposite of what everybody wants. The valuation for music in its tangible form is shifting. In the same manner as all cultural genres – we try to create everything newer, better, faster, more efficient –, but in the end it is the “special” and “rare” that many of us desire.

Andrea Moellmann

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