Category Archives: Genres

Is There a Future for Pop Music?

pop-music

By Dave Austin, “Music Professor” I was driving back to home base earlier this week and had one of the satellite channels on the car stereo, and as I cruised down the interstate, I focused on some of the songs being played.  In doing so, it simply reinforced my long-held belief that pop music is…

Founding Father of Funk: Roger Troutman

Roger Troutman

By Dave Austin, “Music Professor” It seems of late that I’m spending a lot of time digging through boxes of forgotten stuff which I’ve accumulated over the years.  I’ve previously mentioned that I recently moved my operations to a new studio-office building, so I’ve been cleaning, organizing and disposing of “stuff.”  A couple of weeks…

Famous Musicians You Never Heard Of – Bob Hilliard

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By Dave Austin, “Music Professor” A couple of days ago I was working in my studio, and as usual, had some music going on the sound system.  Although I’m not a great country music fan, I must admit, I’ve always enjoyed country-pop singer, Ronnie Milsap. So, when his “Any Day Now” (originally released by Chuck…

Famous Musicians You Never Heard of – John D. Loudermilk

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By Dave Austin, “Music Professor” I was wandering through one of the music stores in Nashville some time back and I struck up a conversation with another fellow as we were inspecting some item of gear.  After a few moments, we got round to introducing ourselves and he told me his name was John Loudermilk. …

Music Giants You’ve Never Heard Of

The Rutles

By Dave Austin, “Music Professor” I had a rather lengthy meeting last evening with a bride and groom, and among the numerous topics discussed, were song selections for their ceremony and reception.  The couple want several selections that are a departure from the usual songs we expect. With this in mind, I found myself thinking…

Playing Smooth Jazz at Events

Smooth Jazz

By Dave Austin, “Music Professor” You, too, may have attended an event at which the background music just wasn’t quite appropriate and intruded on that time when guests were enjoying their cocktail, socializing, or having dinner.  A recent question posted by a fellow DJ struck on this topic when he asked about using smooth jazz…

Build Your Basic Latin Music Library

Latin Music

By Dave Austin, “The Music Professor” Over that past couple of years, I’ve noted an increasing number of requests for Latin music at my events.  With a growing Hispanic population and culture in America, it’s prudent for working DJs to be familiar with this gigantic genre of one of the most popular music forms in…

2014 Music Trends

2014

By Dave Austin, “The Music Professor” As working DJs, it’s imperative that we be acutely aware of both current and near-future music trends, and I’ve been doing some research on what music biz insiders think will be the big trends for 2014.  Another reason I’m spending time on this is because I’ve noticed that some…

Getting Jazzed

Jazz

By Dave Austin “The Music Professor” If we want to speak about a truly American musical form which has deep roots, we can always talk about jazz.  Rooted in spirituals, work songs and other early basic musical forms, jazz has progressed through numerous variations such as Dixieland, Chicago, mainstream, West Coast, Bebop, avant-garde and more…

Riding the New Wave

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By Dave Austin, “The Music Professor” I’m going to toss out a few groups and you name the musical genre into which they fall:  Adam and the Ants, B-52’s, Cars, Echo & the Bunnymen, Devo, R.E.M., and INXS. If you said New Wave, you’re right!  This style of pop music bridging the late 1970s and…