How the past influences the present: An analysis and evaluation of issues which have shaped the contemporary dance music movement from the 1980's to the current day
(2015) How the past influences the present: An analysis and evaluation of issues which have shaped the contemporary dance music movement from the 1980's to the current day, no. 98.
This study advances our understanding of contemporary dance music movements by identifying key developments in dance music from the emergence of rave in the late 80's through to the current day. Motivational influences of dance music attendees were explored. These influences include political and economic factors, social and personal identities and varying forms of music. Previous studies within this area highlighted core themes such as postmodernism, identity, youth culture and McDonaldization. These themes were used as a foundation to formulate an appropriate methodology. A qualitative approach through semi-structured interviews and open-ended questionnaires were used to conduct the study. 6 participants contributed by completing4 interviews and 2 questionnaires. In order to identify key findings within the data, a thematic, constant comparative analysis was used. The data was analysed individually, against other data and with a relevant literature review. The study illuminated contemporary issues within dance music such as segregation between movement audiences, identity concepts, commercialization and the associated recreational drug culture. Key developments such as the commercialization of Deep House music, the emergence of the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) movement and technological advancements were identified. Future movement predictions were explored with participants and provide scope for dance event managers to anticipate and predict future trends. This will allow future events to be moulded around the desires of attendees.