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Dance Music’s Economical Truth ::

Reported by Ben Stroud on May 21, 2009

The Daily Telegraph’s business section launched an unlikely though impressive dictionary of dance music this week, after the paper’s economics editor Edmund Conway suggested high finance and rave culture are natural ‘bedfellows’.

“Granted, you don’t see too many economists getting sweaty to heavy trance in Fabric on an average weekend (or so one would have thought) but the two are inextricably linked in one key facet: the miasmata of jargon and terminology which hang over them,” the financial guru declared, “I am convinced they are there largely to alienate outsiders.”

French techno legend Scan X (aka Stephane Dri) touched on the issue in an interview with Skrufff several years ago in which he admitted he rarely socialised with ‘house music people’, at least in France.

“All the (house) people have made a little circle (clique) where they only accept people who make their kind of music; it’s a little strange but it’s the reality of Paris,” he said.

 “I don’t care. In England you can meet people at parties who follow drum & bass or house and there’s no difference between the people, you can speak to them all. You’ll never find this mixing in France. I remember explaining this to an English guy once and he said ‘in England we drink beer so we are happy, whereas in France you drink wine so you’re not smiling.”

More recently, Stephane finished engineering Laurent Garnier’s new artist album ‘Tales of a Kleptomaniac’, who chatting about Paris’ new rave / Ed Banger scene last week admitted he was less than impressed.

Some of them I like—I'm not saying it's all crap—but a lot of it just doesn't talk to me,” Garnier told ResidentAdvisor.

“I feel a lot of it is marketing more than anything else. This is why I feel dubstep is more exciting, because I feel those guys are making it for the right reasons,” he added.

The Telegraph’s new dance music dictionary appeared just as eclectic dance guru Gilles Peterson discarded the label ‘world music’ explaining he prefers new genre name ‘global beats’.

“Terms like World Music are a little bit old-fashioned,” the Radio 1 star told the Independent on Sunday, “It's about just rebranding it to a little degree,” he added.

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