Music is ever evolving, becoming something new and different. But, in the 1960s, music everywhere underwent a revolution! DJs and mobile DJs everywhere still play classic songs from this era, songs that still leave a mark on music today.
In Europe and North America, the 60s took the rock and roll from the 50s and branched out to include popular genres like pop, psychedelic rock, blues rock, beat, and even folk rock. Disc jockeys love these classic genres because of songs like “You’re All I Need to Get By” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell and “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin. These classics are always requested at events like afterparties, New Years Eve and for those that danced the nights away during the 60s, 50th birthday parties as well as 60th birthday parties.
Europe and North America weren’t the only places to see the music industry change. In Australia, Bruce Clarke began using Dr. Robert Moog’s new Moog synthesizer. When Clarke was asked to do a cigarette commercial during a musicians’ strike, he unwittingly kicked off interest in electronic music by using the Moog synthesizer. DJs love music composed with the synthesizer because of its bouncy, fun tone (the “Star Wars” theme in 1977 was done with the Moog synthesizer!)
Keith Humble was also important to Australia’s music movement in the 1960s. Famous among music enthusiasts for his grand performances involving rock bands, string quartets and theatre ensembles, Humble’s work is note-worthy because of how highly experimental his work was and because of his support of young innovators via the Society for the Private Performance of New Music. Some of the
DJs may not be musicians themselves, but they can appreciate innovation and musicians that facilitate it in others!
Both Bruce Clarke and Keith Humble laid the ground work for Australian composers like David Ahern to put a new, rock spin on famous icons like Captain Cook and Australia’s very own Ned Kelly. The McKimm/Rooney/Clayton trio also took to Humble’s large scores by incorporating graphic scores and serials into jazz improvisation.
Finally and perhaps the most famous group from the 60s, the Beatles originated in Liverpool, England and got their start in clubs. Seemingly overnight the Beatles became an internationally known group. DJs today still get all kinds of requests for their songs, regardless of if they are providing event DJ services, kids birthdays and even wedding DJ services. Some may say that the “British Invasion” continues today because of the impact the Beatles had on the 1960s and music everywhere.
Here at Globerockerz, we love the 60s and specialize in bringing you the best music from this classic, great era! Come in and talk to the best DJs in Melbourne today!