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It is entirely possible that this blog post will cause me to lose almost all of my friends. If that happens, I will have no regrets. This is entirely necessary.

There is a beautiful genre of music which I think is under-appreciated. This genre is bursting with songs made of handcrafted beats and undeniable rhythm. Any song of this genre can get anyone with a pulse’s booty shakin’.

This genre is best known as eurotrash.

The second definition of “eurotrash” on Urban Dictionary is my favorite: ” A human sub-phylum characterized by its apparent affluence, worldliness, social affectation and addiction to fashion.” This music is not specifically European; typically, in fact, it is North American music remixed by North American artists (namely Bassnectar and Deadmau5) who seek a high-class, European image when, in reality, they’re probably all from Pittsburgh. The best European examples who come to mind are Daft Punk, Benny Benassi, Alex Gaudino, Tiesto, and David Guetta: All are behind some major trash hits, and are absolute gods in my world. Guetta, specifically, because on July 14th, 2007, he DJed the first live party on a commercial flight. Hellllll yessss.

In my readings, I came upon a sub-genre of Eurotrash called “Italo”. As it sounds, Italo originated in Italy (with roots also in nearby Spain and France) in the 1980’s with the electro-dance scene. It is described as having a, “distinct, futuristic and spacey sound”, which can most certainly be heard on many of today’s mixes. These sounds, coming from synthesizers and fancy computer tricks, are often what set Daft Punk and Deadmau5 apart from DJ AM and other comfortably American DJs.

Some fine examples from this genre:

“Destination Calabria”, by Alex Gaudino ft. Crystal Waters

“Love Is Gone” by David Guetta, remixed by Joachim Garraud and Fred Rister

“Around The World” by Daft Punk

“Faxing Berlin” by Deadmau5

“Can U Feel The Bass” by Benny Benassi

How do you think this kind of mixing compares to the typical American DJ’s work? Does mixing require talent, or just a good ear? Should DJs be given credit for work whose basis is someone else’s?

Yes, the last question does beg for a post about Girl Talk. That will come soon, my dear friends – assuming I ever finish packing and get back to College Park, that is.

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