gotta love attention drawing topic titles.
Here's the thing, I'm working on a theory why (in general) people who aren't into drum & bass much can't seem to appreciate the stuff which is nice and calm melody wise, but a little hectic drumwise.
If this subject has seen the light earlier I'm sorry did I didn't correctly used the search function.
When I tell someone I spin dnb as a hobby I usually have some music with me to let them hear what I mean. In general the response is that its hectic and illogical musicwise and that they can't figure out the drumpatterns.
In a latest discussion about the music on a dutch website I shared some youtube vids with some of my favorite tunes and going across the board from recent stuff from Calibre, Alix Perez, Zero-T to amens from Nebula, Equinox, Double O and Dub One and basicly anything in between I deem worthy.
The liquid sounds were received pretty good, they liked the melody and feel of the tunes, they could easily hear why I liked it.
The funny thing was that the harder, more upfront, in ya face tech sound did better then some calm pieces by i.e. Nebula and Equinox (Summer in Paris).
People seem to lose track with the rhythm and completely zone out the melody or pads which brings atmosphere to the tune.
A recent reallife experience was when driving to a gig, a friend of mine was with me and he's not that much into dnb but enjoys a free evening while I'm spinning and the music in general. I had the new Polska cd in my car and played it. I asked him a few tunes later what his focus was on, the drums or the melody/pads. His focus was on the drums and didn't quite followed them all the time which was distracting for him, he focussed more on the drums then everything around it.
A second reallife case was with a co-worker, I asked him to play Stranjah - G Riddem to see if he liked it or not. He's not a veteran dnb wise, but not a newbie either. Everything went fine till the drop, he totally lost track of the rest of the tunes and focused on the (again) weird drumpatterns.
So my theory is that people who are not that much into dnb are tent to listen to the 'weird' drumpatterns instead of everything thats underneath. Those who listen more often get used to the patterns and can focus more on the rest of the tune since the patterns are logical to them, they don't distract the listener and they can listen to the tune as a whole, or as it was ment to be.
I'm in no way saying that we should leave the drums out, the hectic the better (to some extent). Its just something I notice in my surroundings.