Folk, Classical, Reggae, Disco, Rock, Punk, Post-punk, Pop, Country, Hip-hop, Rap, House, Techno, Trance, Electro, Dubstep, Moombahton, etc.
All of these genres have had their time in the spotlight, gone through their renaissances of expression, and then been overshadowed by the next big thing. But does a genre ever really die? Correct me if I’m mistaken, but don’t all of the above genres still exist? I’ve heard countless people go on at length about how “trap killed dubstep” or “moombahton killed dubstep” or “trap killed moombahton” or any other combination of whatever-the-fuck. Well sit tight, because I’m about to give my two cents about this.
Yes, moombahton and dubstep are on the decline in terms of attention given to them. This is a fact that I’m not going to argue against, however it doesn’t mean that they’re dying. What’s happening, good readers, is simply an evolutionary shift. Back when moombahton was in its youth we’d glorify half-baked edits and remixes simply because they were “new”. Now that we have another “new” sound this isn’t the case; we’ve now gained the ability to look back and say “You know what, this song fucking sucks” simply because we have more experience with it (and new styles) than we did 6 months ago. Here’s the tricky part though: there’s a delay between your evolution and the next bedroom producer in God knows where. So while you’re undergoing enlightenment, shitty “old” music is still being made in large quantities and you hate it. This, my friends, isn’t death. It’s the waning phase.
What happens next is the really important evolutionary step. As I mentioned in a previous editorial, Is Looking Back as Important as Looking Ahead, there are many timeless elements of old styles that are still appealing and there are many incredibly talented producers that are still churning out music in these genres. The difference now is that people won’t listen to shitty moombahton purely for the sake of it being “new” any more- only the best will survive. The same holds true for dubstep, house, rock, and it’ll hold true for trap in a few months time too. In the meantime, I leave you with this Mark Twain quote:
“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated“