Welcome to the four to the floor movement blog page. On this page you will be able to get all the updates on the movement. The first piece of news that we will give you is to explain what four to the floor is all about.
The phrase “four on the floor” is commonly used in the dance music industry, also described as “four to the floor”, it is an arrangement of musical sounds produced when a live band plays which is usually accented in a 4/4 time signature of a beat with a kick following a snare in every four beats. This arrangement has been the base, commonly called a loop, of most live songs and hence songs produced in the music industry. The genre of house music has been seen to use this system of beat arrangements and it is one of the defining characteristics of this genre. There are however, a lot of subgenres within house music that breaks the rules and brings something different to the game such as the popularly known as ‘broken beat’ and ‘ancestral house’ popularized in Southern Africa.
The origins of house music can be traced back to the disco days of the 80’s and 90’s in the United States and Europe and was popularly known as ‘dance’ internationally and also known as ‘di-international’ in Botswana. The music included a fusion of electronic and dance music, but as the years progressed and more people got involved into the art form a lot of different elements were introduced into the music. Different elements of live music such as jazz, soul, and tribal was mixed and remixed by DJ’s and producers most of who could not afford a proper studio and club setup, and therefore most of the music was propagated through house parties and has ever since picked up and is now being played all over the world. The music has now got different identities in different parts of the world as the producers and artists provide their own mix of their cultural elements within the music. These range from Belearic soul in Latin America, to Deepsoul and Tech house in the US and Europe, and Tribal and Ancestral Music in Southern Africa.
As fans and listeners of a dynamic range of musical genres and subgenres, our taste of music has grown. We have been dj’ing for close to 9 years now, and during this time, we have grown through learning music and this has improved our musical taste and sophistication which was achieved by constantly learning about the music we play and listen to. We have explored the history and progression of house music both locally and internationally, and the face of the music has and is continuing to change. A lot of the time these changes have been observed to be brought about by individuals and producers that do not listen to house music as their primary genre of choice. This has brought about change and innovation to the industry and although some changes are positive a lot are leading the genre astray and may potentially change it into something it did not start out with. While change may be good in some instances, change that seems to redefine a genre and lower its quality and sophistication is not change that should be appreciated.
An example of such a change in genre is the hip hop genre, which began in the 1970’s and 1980’s which was a culmination of Jazz, Funk, and Poetry. There have been a lot of players in the industry since, and the genre has been changing due to its popularization. This brought about a culture that allowed fans, listeners and producers to express their love of the art form, and the culture has allowed for the preservation of true hip hop through elements such as graffiti, dance and rap (which originated from poetry). Had it not been for the strong culture and expression of the genre, it would have been lost in time due to the ever changing scene of the music industry which is increasingly being driven by profit, sales and fame thereby compromising on the quality and originality of the genre. There are artists out there still today that subscribe to and produce hip hop with the same purity that was found in the 80’s and early 90’s but these are a dying breed, the genre is slowly dying.
The same is observed in house music. The genre is rapidly changing and a lot of other sub genres are being introduced, which are far from the original rhythmic and melodic elements that made a lot of people appreciate the genre. There are slight differences in the way house music is evolving due to the introduction of more and more sub-genres as more DJ’s and producers are trying claw their way into the industry through propagation of music that is far fitting from the house music industry. A lot of listeners that appreciate the true art form now find themselves having to seek shelter in sub-genres that appear to be untainted by the popularization of the genre, and this seems to show that there is a need for preservation of the music style. These sub-genres include: deep house, soulful house, jazzy house, funk house, and broken beat. Listeners, fans and producers feel starved for the original type of music due to the extensive proliferation of this “false” house music which is swallowing up more of the original publications and makes it harder for the listener to obtain the quality house music they desire to listen to, which often means spending hours and hours sifting though all the music under the house category to find those musical gems.
This is what brought about the ‘four to the floor’ movement. The main aim of this movement is to give to the fans and lovers of quality house music that they are continuing to miss out. This movement intends to also draw on more fans of these sub-genres of house to meet and integrate out in a social space. We intend to provide a relaxing and vibey atmosphere that the audience will enjoy. The sub-genre(s) which have a larger share of followers is ‘deep and soulful house’ which currently does not have an appropriate setting for it to be enjoyed.
The main aim of the movement is to grow the sub-genres of the music and
educate people through gigs; weblogs, podcasts and mixes that would be shared weekly. We intend to provide quality music that is produced by up and coming artists that also want to grow and preserve the genre and provide a platform for promotion of some of the live elements of house, such as Jazzy house, broken beat and live deep soul performances as these are the more sought after sub-genres in the region; and the popularity is growing mainly through promotions from South Africa. The reason for this is to provide a different level of experience of deep and soulful house music, which is something that is currently not provided anywhere in this city and has a result locked people in a culture of listening to songs that are constantly repeated until another group of songs is promoted and propagated through popular radio. There is a need to provide and expansive selection of sub-genres of House music that are of a much higher quality of production and composition and we feel we are the people that will be able to provide that.