Electro Swing…Funky Feel-Good Music

Electro Swing…wow, love this music.  It’s so jazzy and it takes you back to the 1930s and 1940s. You can’t help but move to that heavy beat.  Particularly delicious are the groove and musical breaks. It’s easy to become a moving participant with the music as opposed to a listener on the sidelines.

Exactly what is Electro Swing?

According to Wikipedia, “Electro Swing is a music genre that combines the influence of vintage or modern swing and jazz mixed with house, hip-hop, and EDM (or electronic dance music)”.   Therefore, all you need to do is pick a Swing song from the 1930s or 1940s.  Embellish your song with drums, bass, horns, clarinets, tambourine, and, of course, vampy female singers.  Consequently, you’ll be left with vintage, energizing, feel-good, fun, campy, and familiar music – only better.  

Great Electro Swing song, "All About that Bass" by Postmodern Jukebox
Electro Swing song, “All About that Bass”
by Postmodern Jukebox

This video by Dave Wave will show you how an Electro Swing song comes together.  You’re gonna love the song.

Curious about what dance to do to Electro Swing music?

With its heavy Swing and Big Band sound, you’ll be able to rock any style of Swing.  As a matter of fact, East Coast Swing or Lindy Hop will feel great with this music.  (Check out Dance Safari’s posts on  Swing and Lindy Hop.)

Furthermore, because of the variety of rhythms and tempos, some of the songs that we listened to will work just as well with a number of other dances.  For example, Hustle, Cha Cha, West Coast Swing, Merengue, and even Peabody or Charleston would be fun.  Any of these dances would be great with this Electro Swing song by La Rochelle Band, “Can You Feel It?”.

Do you know how to dance?

That’s the next question.  If you don’t dance now, the important thing is that you learn.  The deal with partner dancing is that someone has to teach you. That someone can be a private instructor, a group class teacher, a video, or an online class.  Here is what you can expect, “Getting Started with Your Ballroom Dance Lessons”.

And, eventually, you’ll need a partner to practice with. That sounds like a topic for another post.

What’s Fortnite got to do with it?

Of course, if we’re talking about Electro Swing, we can’t ignore the Fortnite Electro Swing emote. It’s a simple little dance that suits the music perfectly, don’t you think?  Why don’t you give it a try?  Here’s a link.

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  1. You were right, Barbara; I loved the Dave Wave video – it was fantastic to see it all come together… It would be extremely hard to stay seated with this music playing.. 🙂

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