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Interesting facts about breakdancing

 

 

Breakdancing is a form of dancing that that doesn’t seem to fit any category. The first question that comes to your mind when seeing kids doing this dance is where did they learn to move like this? For many of us, this art is unknown and seems to come out of nowhere. You look at people doing breakdancing and you imagine robots in a futuristic movie scenario. However, this dance is quite old and has nothing to do with science fiction.

In fact, breakdance did come from something. To be more precise, someone introduced this trend without knowing the huge impact it will make. Back in 1969, a superstar named James Brown was singing one of his greatest hits, the ‘Get on the Good Foot’. You’ve probably seen old videos and footage of that getting down move Brown was doing on the stage. It became an instant sensation and everyone was trying to copy James Brown dance moves.

The style was called ‘the Hustle’ and every living kid was getting a master degree in that dancing routine. There were some acrobatic elements involved and plenty of energy. Especially in the New York area, it was extremely popular.

Soon after the Good Foot dance became an official trend, dance battles started to appear. Because it’s not like teens had computer and smartphones back in the day to keep them occupied, they learned how to dance. When they felt they possessed some skill, they went on and gather in places around the Harlem and started doing battles.

Breakdance is a dance that suits battles really well. You can call them challenges or contests but the most important aspect is that athletic men that knew the Good Foot, would join the battlefield and show off their talent.

After a while, the Good Foot received a shorter name, the B-Boy. From there on, people just seemed to acknowledge Breakdancing or Breaking as a more appropriate way to describe this street dance. However, it was quite different from the Breakdance we all know today. Because it was only the beginning, the dance was simple and lacked certain movies that are famous today such as the windmill, the hand glides, the backspins, and the head spins.

That was the Old-style Breakdown that consisted more of floor work. The modern version of Breakdown has many moves that require coordination, moving from one leg to another, and so on. Nevertheless, kids back then had to do all sorts of complicated leg moves, done in an insanely short period of time.

That was the era when the gangs in the South Bronx were born. And this is when Breakdancing had the opportunity to develop, during the street battles.

 

What is an independent record label?

 

The music industry is rather complicated and you could get lost in terminology if you don’t have all the information. The best way to avoid any weird situation is to understand the difference between an official record label and an indie label. They might work the same but at the core, they are a tad different.

An independent label or an indie label is basically a record label that gets the funding from independent resources. On top of this, it is not related to any major label known in the industry. Especially nowadays, there’s a growing trend of artists and bands whose music is backed up by independent record labels.

 

 

Indie labels can be either home-based labels made for the pure purpose of having a hobby and other are profitable businesses that operate on a large scale. Back in ‘90, there was a fine line between indie record and major labels. So we are able to see some of them signing with world-known global records because they’ve managed to get more and more praised artists that make money which is a big asset.

The only problem with these independent record labels is that they have to go through a great deal of stress until the music they release actually gets heard and eventually promoted. Because they lack financial help, they struggle more compared to major labels. They have to send out demos to all local and national radio stations until someone decides the music is good and the songs are catchy enough to be played in heavy rotation.

Nevertheless, despite the uphill battle, many labels have thrived and stayed in place without letting anything affect them. They have artists and bands and the music created here is somehow more well-received by a large part of the audience. It’s the best place for beginners in the music industry to start creating art and putting into verses.

Among the benefits of signing with an indie label, we should mention the freedom. On the one hand, they actually take a look at the artist, evaluate the music, and work for everyone’s benefit. The company is set to get artists that make great music. Also, the artist won’t have to change the style or image like major companies insist on doing so.

Since we’re not talking about major corporations and stocks, this is the place where the entire staff works for a common goal. The artists get to know each person they work with and connect faster and easier.

The best part is that musicians get to have control over their music. The contracts are smaller and shorter so, if something doesn’t go as planned, they have the possibility to get out and try another way at a different record label.