๐Ÿ’“ Big Beatยถ

โ€œWhile Chemical Breaks was mostly an American thing, Big Beat was mostly a UK thing.

โ€œBig Beat is the most commercial genre of Breaks but not necessarily the worst (that would be Nu Skool). Legend purports that it got its name from the club Big Beat Boutique, where a then unknown DJ called Fatboy Slim would cane these kinds of tracks. That might be apocryphal (the Fatboy Slim inventing Big Beat thing, not the Fatboy Slim residency at Big Beat Boutique thing), but I donโ€™t have any issues in claiming that Fatboy Slim is largely responsible for Big Beat. Itโ€™s all his fault. I donโ€™t hold that against him.โ€

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The trend became really well known between 1995 and 1998.

โ€œHip hop - flavored for middle-class college studentsโ€ - said one of the critics of English DJ magazines.โ€

Breakbeat made the biggest impact on the genre, but there are plenty of jungle or techno elements, as well as the features of trip hop.

Itโ€™s worth knowing about the trend that it spins above 115 - 120 bpm, saturated with live (or live like) instruments, in many cases filled with typically pop elements, as well as bases borrowed from hip hop (even scratching).

โ€œBig Beat still adhered to the Funky Drummer cadence of its progenitors although by the late 90s Clyde Stubblefieldโ€™s infamous drum break was rarely sampled and producers would just re-create it on their own gear with heavy compression, distortion, EQ and filtering. But Big Beatโ€™s signature sound came from the big booming bass kick on the one of every bar โ€“ heavier, thicker, and more prominant than the rest of the percussion.โ€

โ€œBig Beat may still be around, but it definitely overdosed on itself after 2000. The remnants of Big Beat went on to something even more unforgiveable.โ€

You can find more details about its formation and development on Ishkurโ€™s Guide to Electronic Music, and you can listen to big beat tracks right away. http://music.ishkur.com/?query=BigBeat

The Every Noise at Once platform provides an opportunity for people to get to know better the names of the creators who have ever been in the genre and thus the peculiarities of it. https://everynoise.com/everynoise1d.cgi?root=big%20beat&scope=all

Sources :

  • MENNYEK KAPUI - Az elektroniks zene รฉvtizede (The decade of electronic music)
  • Ishkurโ€™s Guide to Electronic Music
  • Every Noise at Once

About The Authorยถ

Guido F. Matis (a.k.a. widosub), a seasoned producer-composer authority with an unquenchable compassion towards the musical expression, and many years of experience in the fields of event organizing, movie post-production, and recording with professional musicians. His devotion to movie sounds shows in his art - widosubโ€™s music is filled with landscapes of emotions, dramatic twists and melancholic moods. Heโ€™s one of the hosts of Tilos Rรกdiรณโ€™s MustBeat show, in which heโ€™s is focusing on drumโ€™nโ€™bass and chillout music. Heโ€™s also one half of the duo Empty Universe.