Arpeggio is a key musical trick for a DJ to create live dance music. Simply put, the kit/synthesizer will play the separate notes of a chord in a rhythm and sequence to your liking, nicely, without missing a beat. A nice set of examples can be found here.
My first encounter with arpeggio was with Jean Michel Jarre in his beautiful ‘Arppegiator’ from the Concerts in China. But it is as old as Bach.
What makes a dance hit? It wasn’t the intention of DJ Ida Engberg to create one. And then she accidentaly did with ‘Disco Volante’ in 2007. I think the essence of this hit is a mix of pleasure and pain. The pleasure is in it’s pure simplicty. The pain is in the syncopic rhythm, that is waiting to be resolved, waiting for the release.
A good DJ knows when and how long to cause pain… see also her Awakenings set at this point. How long does it take? Count…
Some songs form a base for many versions and remixes, like Alena’s, “Turn it around” trance hit:
Try this query: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Alena+-+Turn+It+Around
Or see 27 official versions listed here:
Is there a way to find the song that has the most remixes ever?
According to Wikipedia, the progressive house style started with the band Leftfield and their song ‘Not forgotten’:
A current Dutch (pure) Progressive DJ like DepGlobe (Hilbrand Wouters) created his latest and excellent progressive ‘live set’ like this:
The interesting thing to look for the ‘state of the art’ or the ‘masters’ of any genre, is to ask a master like DepGlobe for his source of inspiration. The answer: Hernán Cattáneo:
There are no barriers to becomig a DJ, at least – in money or technology. But what do you do when you can be one? What kind of DJ do you want to be? Find your inner DJ…
Sometimes a DJ just hits it right on the nail. Mastery at a young age. Incredibly sophisticated play with sounds and rhythm from Mees Dierdorp, Amsterdam. No words for this trip. Let him take you away.
In the religion of post-modernity, the DJ is the Three-in-one, Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
Faithless has a lot of faith in dance music with their 90’s hit:
God is a DJ – Faithless (1999)
“This is my church…”
What is dance without a DJ? The DJ is the savior, the messiah:
Last night a DJ saved my life – Indeep (1983)
Can we dance to funk music? Close your eyes, slowly sway and let your mind dance, back in time to 1999. Cory Henry, on Hammond, makes Prince’s 1999 even funkier… for a moment of introspection.