by Shelt Garner
I was DJ in Seoul for a few memorable months in late 2006, early 2007. There was a very specific type of music that was popular at the bar I was working at. It’s pop rock. It’s music that’s got a beat and you can dance to it.
Since about 2008 or so, pop-rock has dropped of the face of the earth. Don’t quite understand what’s going on. As I keep wondering, is this an existential situation or just the right cultural conditions haven’t occurred yet? Or, more specifically, is this an issue of the Great Musician theory of musical history or simply general macro trends that no one can control?
I don’t know. It’s just frustrating. It would be nice to have good-to-great music to listen (and dance) to again.
To date, Trump’s time in office has been completely value-free on a cultural level. He hasn’t caused any change in music at all. It’s wild. Surreal, even.