20-12-2012 | 11.44
Everytime, I keep surprising myself in how music and fashion are united in the clubscene. Since I have been around for quite a few years now and found myself at different places with different music styles in the dance scene, there is one thing I have noticed: how everyone is secretly watching each other. Like the dreamy girl with the hair bun and the buttoned up blouse who discovered the dancefloor on a Visionquest night a year ago. Nowadays, I see more types of girls who are dancing around on a Trouw op Zondag event, or this young music purist who got himself into the club last year on a Colors night at the age of 17 in his a-little-too-big-buttoned-up-shirt. When I watch the front of the crowd near the dj-booth, I see small groups of boys standing there with the same type of casualness.
Could it be that the origin of these unintentional dresscodes comes from the observations made by people during a clubnight or because of the many party pictures that appear each week on all the social networking sites? This trend is not just limited to the way in which you dress yourself, but is also expressed in the dance moves gained by the crowd. After years of experiencing the shuffle-step phenomenon around me, which has slowly evolved in this sort of fist-on-fist-running-man-step, I noticed a response to this dance by a small group of people who were jumping around in front of the dj-booth like if they were at a rockconcert.
The funny part of it is that a few years ago, certain dresscodes and dance steps belonged to certain music styles or would have been associated with them; now everything and everyone are merging and you can now find that certain type of girl that you saw at a party, another time at a different kind of party doing the exact same dance moves.
Music wise the same thing happens; house dj’s who are playing garage records through their sets or UK bass dj’s who are making a pass at techno.
Personally, I think the whole blending trend is interesting because of the fact that people come into contact with types of music they otherwise wouldn’t find out about or meet people with certain dance moves that they quite like.
I am really curious how this will evolve and I guess i'll see in a year from now whether i'll encounter the same type of girl as the one I have just spotted.
Text: Dave Hukom