Discovered on TV

December 15, 2011

There are many places from which i glean interest in new music.  Sadly it is not the radio, because frankly, they play crap.  For the most part it’s via friends, but i’d say a good majority are from tv shows and commercials, which have small clips of something that catch my ear and want to hear more, thereby initiating an all out dog-sniffing search to find the artist and song title.

Until recently, it has been a long time since i found myself interested in any television series.  The last show i watched religiously was The X-Files, which ended nearly ten years ago.  And before that it was Twin Peaks.  When my boyfriend and i started dating, he introduced me to the latest Doctor Who series.  I always had fond memories of this show as my father and i used to watch the 70s version.  All of these shows have influenced the electronic music scene and i have many  theme song snippets and remixes.

This last year i found myself interested in many shows (The Walking Dead, Glee, Once Upon A Time, Community).  With sites like hulu and some adroit googling skills, you can find almost any series online.  This is appealing to me in many ways, cuz let’s face it, i am never home at the same time on the same day in any given week.  I refuse to let tv run my life, plus i hate waiting each week for the next episode.  Online viewing often allows me to watch an entire series all at once.

In catching up with the latest Grimm episodes, to my delight, one opening scene featured an abandoned warehouse, rave music blaring while teeny-boppers in furry hats and glow stick apparel jumped around screaming the name of a dj—DJ Retchid Kat—who appeared to be a knock-off version of Deadmau5.  Instead of wearing a mouse head, he had a paper-mache-looking, bright pink costume cat head.  Regardless of this obvious thievery, i was excited to begin my search for the music in this episode, hoping they would at least pay homage by including a Deadmau5 track.  They did not.  However, i did find a few gems.  One by a fav of mine DJ Dan who i last heard at Opulent Temple on the dusty grounds of the playa.  My special find in this show was The Terror by Designer Drugs.  Wolfgang Gartner also deserves a special shout-out for his contribution.

There’s no denying the musical influence that’s accompanying visual entertainment.  I wish those in the biz choosing the music in these avenues would give some advice to the radio producers who feel it necessary to repeat “top 40” songs over and over.

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One Response to “Discovered on TV”

  1. Chris Says:

    I agree, I find all my musical influences from sources other than radio. It just shows the sad state of terrestrial radio, when consumers seek, find, and listen to new, good, enjoyable music in every medium outside of the radio waves.


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