Hard Up North- Official :: Skrufff.com
Uncut magazine analysed sales data and music played at clubs throughout the UK discovering that Scottish people preferred music at 190bpm, Liverpool and Manchester 150bpm and Londoners a sedate 80bpm.
If you live in London, you may be labouring under the misapprehension that
happy hardcore, the fast-tempoed dance music style famed for its euphoric
vocals and sentimental lyrics, died a death in the late 1990s, the Guardian reported this week.
So it may surprise you to learn that today, happy hardcore, a little older, a little trancier, remains one of the biggest-selling musical genres in the record stores of Scotland, the newspaper added.
London based hard dance/ techno hero D.A.V.E. The Drummer was singularly unimpressed, however, telling Skrufff What about down in Devon? Or Wales? There are loads of hard dance events down here and Milton Keynes is full of happy hardcore events. I think they're just following magazine articles and general guesswork.
Hard Dance Awards organiser and heavyweight hard house DJ Ed Real also singled out Wales, the South West and the Midlands as key territories telling Skrufff If you substitute the North for regionally then the Guardian piece is pretty correct.
Real said the overall scene is thriving after a couple of tough years though agreed that the genre remains unappreciated and misunderstood by outsiders.
The music and the clubbers are brash and unashamed and that might be viewed by the establishment as crass in some respects, he suggested.
However, its always the hard dance arena which is the first one to fill up at festivals and this speaks volumes. Young British clubbers are some of the most enthusiastic and energetic and theyve always loved it hard, he enthused.
D.A.V.E. The Drummer (Henry Cullen) was blunter in his assessment, suggesting critics attack the genre because it's formulaic and it all sounds the same to the untrained ear.
Most people just think it's music to take drugs to and thats true to a certain extent, but the scene is passionate just as any other is and it's organized too, said Henry.
It's not so much about taking drugs and getting smashed any more, its more about the music and dancing and just having fun and letting your hair down. It's not poncey or cool and thats alright by me, he laughed.
Henry also disputed that northerners are harder than anyone else pointing out I've been in loads of city centres up north and they can get pretty crazy at the weekend, but what about Leicester Square in London: now THATS crazy!
And the only fight Ive ever witnessed at a gig of mine was in New Cross in South London which is a rough old area if ever there was one. So I don't know really, I think it's all about the same.
Ed Real also downplayed aggression amongst hard music fans in general, saying Hard dance clubs are generally very friendly places and youre more likely to get hugged to death than attacked.
The nature of the music and the atmosphere generally doesnt attract the trouble makers as it goes against their mentality. That doesnt mean that hard dance clubbers cant hold their own if necessary though, he cautioned.
Hard Dance Awards Album 2008 (mixed by Ed Real and others) is out on Tidy in March.
http://www.harddanceawards.com (Voting for the 5th annual awards closes on Monday February 18: the Hard Dance Awards event is on Friday 29th February at The Plug in Sheffield)
http://www.myspace.com/davethedrummerhenrycullen (D.A.V.E The Drummer)
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/117005/soccer_hooligans/ (Man United fans in song)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWGDXKSxjn0&feature=related (West Ham Versus Millwall)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bkYdG9juhw&feature=related (United Vs Liverpool, 85)