Wait, what? Daft punk and Stevie Wonder performing on the same stage? Yep, that’s right. They’ll be performing alongside each other this Sunday at the 56th annual Grammy Awards.
This matchup of artists from totally different genres and generations is historic on multiple levels. Rewind 40 years to Stevie Wonder’s prime – the 1970s – and tell him this is where he would be on Sunday, January 26th, 2014. His first questions would probably be, who is Daft Punk and what type of music do they play. Well, Stevie, to answer your questions…
Daft Punk is a duo of French DJs – aptly considered musicians now, in 2014 – who emerged onto the scene in the 1990s. Daft Punk and similar pioneering Electronic Dance Musicians are of European origin, as the market for Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has been steady in the UK for the past few decades, but is only now peaking in the United States. The proof is in the pudding – at this year’s Grammy Awards, Daft Punk is up for Album of the Year and Best Dance/Electronica Album with Random Access Memories as their first album released since 2001. Additionally, the pair has a nomination for Record of the Year for Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers).
How has EDM quickly become such a trend in the US in the past few years, when just a decade or two ago, drum machines and synthesizers were hardly considered musical instruments? The first Grammy for best Dance/Electronica Album was given in 2005, a mere 10 years before EDM’s emergence on the scene in the United States in the mid 1990s. Ever since EDM made it’s debut in the 90s, it has dissipated and again resurfaced, but is now likely here to stay. EDM has even established itself as a unique genre on the radio that laid its roots in 2012, right here in Boston. Evolution 101.7 is our go to station for “all things Dance”.
Now, take a second to picture what cycling classes were like ten, or even five years ago. Imagine sprints without the epic bass drop to push you further than your mental road blocks. Try to picture climbing the toughest hills guided only by overplayed Top 40 songs. That’s right – no dance/dub/electronic mixes to get you to the top. Ask any of our instructors – “playlisting” is hard as it is. Without remixes and EDM beats, original playlists would likely be few and far between. Without EDM, there would hardly be a beat to chase. It’s difficult to imagine indoor cycling – especially at The Handle Bar – without EDM.
So, in the spirit of “Music’s Biggest Week,” we salute you, EDM, for giving us a beat to chase in the saddle.
#ChaseTheBeat this Sunday with Lena at 11:30am for a special Grammy’s ride, sure to be booming with jams from all of the 2014 Grammy nominees!