Tracklists… Do we need them?


Like most music heads, I love a good tracklist. Especially the ones littered with names, titles and labels I’ve never seen before. An instant, often wallet-whacking, entry point into a whole new world of musical excavation, tracklists give insight into a DJ’s palette and introduce an array of new artists and sounds. Even IDs create a sense of excitement; who’s behind them? More importantly, when can I buy it myself?

But that’s just benefits for the music fan. On a wider tip, do tracklists really benefit the actual progress of music or has our access to instant information hindered it? Do tracklists take away the magic of a selector’s most important tools of their trade? Should we just respect the DJ for amassing their own armory and listen to it with faith? Through a wider lens, has the internet’s ability to give us access to our favourite artists created a trap where artists remain too guarded over their own creations?

Exit bossman DBridge suspects this might be the case and, over the weekend, delivered another discussion triggering Tumblr article all drum & bass fans should read.

Written in the same thoughtful, articulate style as his legendary blog post that cemented something D&B fans already know, this particular piece takes us back to drum & bass’s dubplate roots, the age when producers didn’t have to DJ and that golden era when friendly rivalry drove producers to the point of creative fervor to out-match each other. In contrast, the modern game has created a much more guarded nature among artists and, in many cases, such a quick turn around on tracks that creativity has been lost along the way…

The Internet has brought the audience closer to the producer and it can be argued that the audience has gained more control, and not always for the better. Some producers’ music has changed to please the audience, to illicit a response through a paint by numbers approach. Then there are those who don’t do it for that, who make the music they want to make and try to hang on to the little power they have over their own creations.

Food for thought. This is just one quote from a much wider discussion. Read the whole the piece and join the discussion. As always, props to DBridge who, while we’re here, smashed the Boiler Room last week…

(Image: DBridge Facebook)