Bachata Parties in the 20s
I The Evolution of Bachata Remixes from 2010 to 2020
I felt the urge to write this article because strangely enough,
even though my wishes for higher quality Remixes are partially fulfilled,
I can dance even less on Bachata Festivals.
Why is thats so?
Time for a restrospective analysis.
For the prequel thoughts, I want to forward to "What is Bachata" which shortly deals with "the very beginnings" of Remixes in the 10s of this millenium.
(b) In the last years of the 10's, driven by a lot of hot discussions in social networks, a fraction of European Remixers became aware of the rhythmical and instrumental problems. They were (partially) improved to a level that respects the basic principles of composition of Bachata. Technically, some songs could now be called Bachata Remix. What those DJs do not yet realize is that this step is the easiest and the one that is not important at all. Now, we have to talk about what is a good and valuable Bachata Remix.
IV Bottom Line
Understanding and applying the rules of compositoral structures does not make any remix worthy to be played. The same rule applies to "real" Bachata where not any Bachata is a good song. In fact, only few songs are worthy of being played in an extremely over-saturated production and composition environment.
Some discussions even led to the belief that each Bachata Remix always has to contain the exact instrumental ensemble and rhythms of Bachata. From a purist point of view, this may theoretically be true but misses the important point:
The question is not anymore: What is Bachata?
We have two way more important questions:
What is Good and Important Bachata?
What is the common ground of Bachata and Bachata Fusion?
"evolution is always progress"
- it can be both, progress and regress, depending on how well evolution fits a purpose.
compare your fingers with your toes ;)
The Essence of Bachata
Jose Manuel Calderon/ iASO Records
traditional Dominican Folk Music
Aventura - the NYC "School" of Bachata
Dictator of the Dominican Republic
Fernando Joan Soriano & Joan Soriano
/ iASO Records, modern Dominican Folk Music
La carretera en Cabarete
Dominican War of Independence 1844 /
Landscape of Hispanola
Couple dancing Bachata
in the Dominican Republic
Dance Couple competing
in a "Dominican Bachata"
part in Madrid / Spain
Dance Course of a popular
Bachata Dance Style called "Bachata Sensual"
Playing with Music instead of
playing Music - Remixing, Desire
of many DJs until they should
realize it is no Child's Game in Bachata.
Romantic Dance Couple
Hip Hop "Style"- optical as well as movements
Caribbean Islands and the Merge
of two Races from other Continents
Relative (estimated) Bachata Activity in Central Europe
Bachata Romantica Party in Aachen / Germany
Economy's Driving Force
Remixing / Composing
Extrovert Salsa Show Dancing
Merge of Rhythm, Melody and Technology