I stumbled across a SHOCKING realization last night while listening to music with young Nick Chiari aka Grabbitz, who’s my future-dance songwriter hope for EDM evolution. This kid, who’s so rock and roll and extremely knowledgeable about music, had never heard of Justice. Then it occurred to me that there’s an entire generation of kids currently EDMing who’ve never heard this or old Daft Punk for that matter.
THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A SECOND! Both the newcomer fans and the young producers creating the future of dance music in the US haven’t heard the album(s) that got America full-on EDMing in the first place. The purity and joy of watching Grabbitz get his mind blown by Cross almost made me cry, I haven’t been able to crack someone’s head open like that with this record in over 7 years.
We sat there in silence except for the occasional “OH FUCK” and listened to the record from start to finish. The only pause came when he stopped to point out that this is the best way to listen to music and no one’s doing it anymore. With so much shit getting released every day, we consume as much as we can always looking for the next WOW – rarely if ever do we sit down and savor a complete piece of work from beginning to end and appreciate it for exactly what it is.
Turns out showing your favorite new songwriter your favorite old songs is just the kind of input -> output scenario that makes you (me!) feel like God. One simply cannot be taken over by an album like Cross and not be forever changed – whatever music he makes after being inspired by this is likely going to be my favorite thing ever, and yours too I predict. If you’ve never heard this record, I’m actually jealous of you – I’d give almost anything to go back and hear this with fresh ears for the very first time. Left it right there for ya.
Maybe all these little kiddie n00b fans we’re hosing for only knowing Caked Up and Calvin Harris just need to be pointed down the Justice/Daft Punk path to see what they’ve been missing. The scene is going to change when everyone discovers this stuff, y’all youngin’ producers who reintroduce it to them are setting yourselves up for an easy win so PLEASE, it’s time – let’s help the children techno.