There is something familiar about drum beat in every music genre, so familiar in fact that it is as if the memory of it is embedded in our genes. It’s like somehow we subconsciously connect with every decent drum rhythm we find in modern music genres. If we refer to human history and the first appearance of drums in African tribes we can notice that they were always an important element of celebrations. But they also have a deeper symbolic meaning. Drums were used in warfare as a tool to induce fear and trigger the fight or flight behavior; it used to separate true warriors from ordinary men.
History of Drum n Bass
It all started in the UK in the late 1980’s as a new genre that attracted every fan of electronic music. It had a short lifespan, but only so that it could rise from the ashes and evolve as a new musical genre. It originated from the breakbeat hardcore and rave scene, and as a prodigy of a musical genre, it became quite popular during the upcoming years. Artists such as Prodigy, A Guy Called Gerald, Shut Up and Dance, The Ragga Twins, LTJ Bukem, Nightmares on Wax and a couple of others became pioneers that created what we now know as jungle beat and generally DnB. Without them and the first short lifespan of DnB musical embryo, we wouldn’t have what we call Drum and Bass today.
Evolution of Drumming
Since it first appeared as a basic form or entertainment and a way to express musically, drumming started to evolve change shape, and until eventually it became what it is today. Generally regarding music and music production, as long as the artist is not solely motivated with money and profit tracks and records that he releases should be of a decent quality. It seems as if wherever in music and production money becomes primary motivational tool, the quality of tracks reduce. It’s not entirely connected to mainstream and what is considered by this term, but the artist’s desire to express earn material gain rather express himself and share that energy with the crowd.