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08-01-2014, 09:00 AM
A lot of other Millenials I know really like Hardwell (a 26 year old Dutch DJ) - and I can see why.

I've been listening to electronic music on and off for the past 20 years or so and what's really interesting with lyrics in vocals there is a REALLY obvious trend between the stuff that GenX'ers and Boomers and what Millennials.

Older mainstream electronic music heavily tended toward lyrics emphasizing promiscuity and reckless living. Lyrics generally were the sort of things to promote hard partying, "hooking up" with strangers, and living for the day while numbing one's self to the realities of tomorrow.

While there is some overlap, a lot of the newer stuff that under 30's listen to put a great deal more emphasis on rebellion against authority and the status quo while developing strong, deep, resilient interpersonal relationships in the face of adversity. Rather than forgetting tomorrow, the lyrics tend towards striving to accomplish big, almost unimaginable things.

One example that really surprised me was Hardwell's mashup of Linkin Park (definitely an iconic GenX'er song). When you hear it, the song is definitely about a young man (in all probability a young GenX'er or an older Millennial, like myself) - someone today between the age of 30-40) who feels pressure from trying to live up to the unrealistic expectations and overbearing over-protectiveness of his parents (probably Baby Boomers).


Another example is Apollo:


Yet another example is Spaceman:


Krewalla tends to have some lyrical overlap, but I still think exhibits much of the same trend:


08-01-2014, 04:37 PM
I like it when him and Tiesto play together.