Book dance music! Is your oldest son determined to become the next Martin Garrix of Hardwell, and do you think it would be a great idea to do something with this for his upcoming birthday? Are you a member of the committee that will organize a major neighborhood party next summer and are you still looking for some musical interpretation of the event? Or are you planning to throw a party for some friends and acquaintances soon, and are you toying with the idea of getting a live act for the occasion? You may have already thought of it yourself, but it could well be that booking dance music is the ideal solution for the party or event that you are going to organize.
In case you hadn't already considered this yourself, we can imagine that booking dance music sounds a bit vague. We would therefore like to briefly explain what we mean by booking dance and what the different options are. Dance music or a dance theme can come in many forms and you can go in many directions with it.
Suppose, for example, that you are going to organize a party and you would like to have a professional DJ play the latest dance music, but you are against all the planning and preparations. That is possible, because as an organizer a lot of things come to you at the same time, especially when it concerns larger events or larger groups of people. In such cases, you can contact an entertainment agency such as Evenses. Based on your input, ideas, and what you have in mind for the party, we can take all the preparatory work off your hands, from arranging a prime location and hiring staff to finding the perfect caterer and booking a dance DJ.
However, we also have enough customers who really enjoy preparing their party or event and, as an experienced party planner, we understand that all too well. If this also applies to you, we will be happy to help you organize all festivities. Especially if it is the first time that you are organizing a party or event, it can sometimes be quite overwhelming. This way you can leave the preparations and tasks for which you do not have time or feel like doing it to us in order to have more time for the things that you cannot or do not want to hand over. Does a stage need to be installed, but you have no idea how to arrange it? We can fix it for you in an instant.
Booking a dance theme for your party or event does not have to be difficult, but given the varied range of options and DJs in the UK, it is advisable to call in the help of a party that has experience in the area of such bookings. At Evenses we have an extensive range of options and live acts that we have already booked for countless dance parties and events, including live artists, illuminated dance floors, and complete laser shows. We are happy to make that expertise and experience available, so that you can book the perfect dance party for the event you are going to organize.
The growth of dance in a nutshell
Modern dance music is actually a collection of elements from many different subgenres of electronic music. The evolution of dance over the decades has been largely shaped by the popularity of certain subgenres, such as disco or house, in specific periods. We therefore thought it would be interesting to give a bird's eye view of this development of one of the most popular music genres of today.
The roots of modern electronic dance music (EDM) lie in the seventies of the last century, the heyday of disco music. Important elements of disco were the drum machines and electronic instruments with which synth rhythms could be produced. Several world-famous 1970s disco songs contributed to the development of the dance scene. The hit I Feel Love by Donna Summer, on which Giorgio Moroder (also called “the Father of Disco”) contributed, and Rock Your Baby by George McCrae, on which a Roland drum machine and rhythm machine can be heard, are seen as early dance. Years later, such songs turned out to be the basis for synthpop as a subgenre of electronic dance music.
In the eighties, when there was less and less listening to disco, house music and electro became extremely popular, but along with house the popularity of synthpop grew as well. Technological advances from this period also increased the quality of electronic music and increasingly became part of the mainstream music experience. More and more synths and drum machines were used, while the invention of the technical standard MIDI revolutionized communication between electronic instruments. In the 1980s, along with the rise of the personal computer, it began to be possible for any person with some knowledge and a computer to make music in their bedroom. Big hits like Take On Me by A-ha and On and On by Jesse Saunders, which is sometimes referred to as the first real house hit, are songs that represent the typical sound of eighties dance.
It was in the 1990s that electronic dance music really started to resemble what we know today as dance and EDM, thanks to the emergence of subgenres such as techno, dub, and trance. Subgenres like these quickly became very popular during this period, so that electronic dance as a whole quickly became a permanent part of the mainstream, especially in Europe. The growth of these types of music also made raves a household name, thanks to nightclubs hosting huge parties that featured popular dance DJs as well as underground artists. While acts like the British Orbital were all the rage in Europe, Detroit techno gained momentum in the United States. Pioneer Derrick May was one of the driving forces behind American techno.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, dance was also gaining popularity in the US, mainly thanks to the albums and hits of international dance DJ and music producers, such as Madonna's Ray of Light. From that moment on, dance DJs like David Guetta, DJ Tiësto, and Daft Punk also became more famous, resulting in worldwide hits. Artists like Skrillex, who played combinations of dubstep, house, and trap, popularized the dubstep genre as a subgenre of EDM.
Modern dance and EDM as we know it today are often characterized by remixes and original sound mixes. World-renowned dance DJs like Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, and The Chainsmokers, along with founders of current electronic music like Tiësto and Daft Punk, dominate charts around the world, from Stockholm to Cape Town and from Amsterdam to Beijing. Dance music's popularity is further underscored by the use of elements of it by various pop artists, including world-renowned names such as Drake, Justin Bieber, and Katy Perry. This is why the concept of dance music has become so broad and why you can go in so many ways when booking a dance theme for your party or event.
What Evenses can do for you
As you now realize, booking a dance party does not have to be difficult at all, but it is useful to have at least a good idea for yourself what kind of entertainment would suit the party or event you are going to organize. You will have to deal with a huge variation in options and dance DJs to book. At Evenses, we partner with an extensive range of acts suitable for sets at all types of parties and events, from birthdays and weddings to festivals and corporate events.