I follow Amelie Lens on Instagram. She’s a Belgian DJ and she’s very very pretty. She has an “official” account with almost 300.000 followers. Good!
I just watched her live on Instagram.
YouTube her! You’ll find long concert movies made of this : short patterns, loud and fast rhythms, her happy energy to trigger these things. And no music at all. Not intent. Not a single idea. And she’s very pretty. And she’s dancing in front of her turntables.
Turning buttons happiness…
She made a hit, I think. Here it is. 1 720 964 views :
Then : you don’t understand, right? Me neither.
I tried. I’m interested in this music. I like to explore (though I prefer to explore other musical fields, from Boulez to ECM).
I love repetition and energy, like The Field (this guy know EXACTLY what he’s doing) who knows how to make you wait until orgasm :
Or the dry abstract Trentemoller, like a lego builder :
Or the modutating loud energy of Digitalism (two single ideas, but good ones – an harmonic one and a production one (dirty/clear)) :
I can even feel the trancy vulgarity of Astrix (listen all of it, loud) :
Or Vitalic, like a mainstream gorgeous thing, right?
Chemical Brothers, with the ever building Surface to Air (don’t watch the clip) :
All these guys are “music programmers”. Their musical tools are pretty… weak (small simple melodies, big rhythms, wait/relaunch processes), but for all of them I see what they do. I notice their “thing”. It’s delightful sometimes!
Not for Amelie Lens. I watched plenty of hers. The happiness of triggering buttons, wait/relaunches, and fuck : not a single idea.
It’s useful to have this milestone. The zero one. Röyksopp is the other milestone. At the other side of the bar : intoxicating “too many ideas”.
Why? How? What do I miss? Why do people love this? When something you don’t understand/dislike seems to reach zero, what about this rush of the mind : “What?”. Is the seek worth it?
Why do I dream to ask her this question :
“How do you progress?”
Thanks for reading!