Erol Alkan speaks on dance music’s double-edged sword

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Following last week’s comments from Tiesto about the advent of file sharing leading to the boom in popularity for dance music in recent years, inthemix users kicked off a rather interesting debate about the state of the production industry in 2011 and whether the deluge of new music available to listeners was good for artist growth or if it had a negative effect on overall quality of the output.

As if he was himself reading the comments, UK don and ITMer favourite Erol Alkan spoke out on the subject in a recent interview with This Is Fake DIY and had plenty to say about the open floodgates of the modern dance landscape.

“The strength has been how easy and quickly you can buy dance music now, but that has also lead to its weakness,” Alkan asserted. “There just seems to be so much of it at the moment, and a problem has been how fast music can appear, get played out and then [be] discarded within weeks.”

While he’s embraced all digital forms as a DJ, Alkan continued his point and was mournful of the impact that digital retailers and illegal downloads have had on physical record stores and the inherent joys of shopping in them.

“The notion of record shopping has also depleted and that is quite sad,” he said. “I still buy records on a weekly basis, but I think many people new to dance music may never get to experience the joys of crate digging.”

While there are convincing arguments on both sides we reckon Erol’s words hit pretty close to the bone. Keep the discussion rolling in the comment section below.


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djbricksta said on the 3rd May, 2011

For people like me born in the 90's, crate digging is redundant. The landscape has changed and going through blogs and online stores has replaced that. The major problem comes with blogs getting kickbacks from labels for posts or who post everything they get. Democracy in distribution/journalism/etc is the cause of saturation but I think its positives outweigh its negatives.


twistedbydesign said on the 3rd May, 2011

Redundant isn't the word you were looking for captain 90s..


rusdev said on the 3rd May, 2011

As soon as you go crate digging, you get addicted... I [and my bro] buy all of Boys Noize and Daft Punk as well as others like Justice, Kaskade, Chemical Brothers, Pryda, Pendulum etc...
Once you start buying vinyls you will never want to stop, its such a better experience to open up a vinyl look at all the hectic art and posters and be able to listen to it! I find that much more enjoyable then getting out an ipod any day!


twistedbydesign said on the 3rd May, 2011

See^^ Even this guy gets it


angy said on the 3rd May, 2011

It's a sentimental attachment, to a degree IMO... I've know the joy of digging through record stores since before I'd even reached double digits, but the amount of amazing music I'm exposed to in the digital age far, far outweighs these losses... Massively outweighs em. So you gotta dig through the quantity of find the quality? Beats not being exposed to music at all, or having other people filter it for you via their own potentially limited music tastes.


cozza147 said on the 3rd May, 2011

slowly been building a vinyl collection
so much more rewarding


shaway said on the 3rd May, 2011

over the last couple of years i have been building up a collection of vinyls none of which are dance records. like many have mentioned dropping the needle on the vinyl and hearing the crackles is just so satisfying and not to mention the goodies they chuck in with it. Radiohead's King of Limbs is coming with hundreds of bits of art and its just an experience you can't get anywhere else


kone said on the 3rd May, 2011

im with angy, digital is still a digging process, and if anything there is a fucktonne more to dig through, but you can be exposed to so much more music as you arent limited by geography or other peoples tastes.

The only limits you have digitally are time and skill at searching


Jarrod_s said on the 3rd May, 2011

Digital digging is certainly time consuming but you can go off on a far better tangent and discover new music you would have never thought to be listening to but i guess crate digging just brings better satisfaction and physically owning the record is always something to marvel.


thesuntoucher said on the 3rd May, 2011

Digital for a wider spread, vinyl for your favourites. It's an investment, plus not everything is released on vinyl, so you can't help but have some digital input.


damdamodam said on the 3rd May, 2011

youtube i find is excellent for music... listening at least.


Weqster said on the 4th May, 2011

Im from a different school. I dont like music, as much as i like DJs. I like the joureny. EDM to me isnt a 5 minute track, it isnt a 15 minute track. its hours of non-stop beats. and digital enables me to have this passion. Im a punter, not a dj. the less i know when one track stops and another track ends, the better.


GoodLove said on the 5th May, 2011

^^ i think you are describing the art of good mixing mate.