The reason I ask is because I'll be appearing on a national TV program soon, and one of the (many) topics I'll be discussing is eurobeat. Trying to conjure a somewhat short definition of the genre has turned out to be much harder than I imagined. Some would say the genre is characterised by its fast BPMs, and, indeed, some eurobeat is very fast. However, as we all know, not all eurobeat is speedy (just look at the recent 'It's All Up To You' by Cy-Ro as a counterexample). Others would say that all eurobeat tends to possess a very upbeat mood, but once again there are so many counterexamples to this (take 'Remind Me to Forget' by Madison, for instance). This is only the start. Whenever we try to assign certain adjectives or definitions to the genre, there will almost always be at least a dozen counterexamples, which raises the question: can we give a concrete definition to "eurobeat"?
What do you think?
I think the whole point of this is because one of us is gonna try to explain Eurobeat on a public forum and try to explain what makes Eurobeat, Eurobeat. I have to agree with meagan on the subject ,that if I was to present Eurobeat to a group of friends, then songs like Labyrinth Of Love and Because Of You would not be my first choices. Why? because I think I would be fooling the public into thinking that Eurobeat doesn't diviate too much from Eurodance and Pop sound. When In reality , what one conciders traditional Eurobeat is so very different from these two styles. Sure, I might get a bigger following from the public, but what happens when the magoraty of the cd sounds like the Mad Cows and Night Of Fires that are; for the most part ,what one would concider traditional Eurobeat?
songs like Labyrinth of Love come around once in a while. I think they are the hooks AVEX uses to gain a bigger fanbase for Eurobeat, but as far as a song that represents Eurobeat? I truley believe jay would be misleading the public into thinking that Eurobeat sounds like that, when in reality it's from a totally different world.
I know some of you still want to argue your point about Eurobeat being versatile and what not, but the truth is true Eurobeat follows a format. melodywise, vocalwise, lyricwise, instrumentwise.
...and frankly , Wnight, I'm quite surprised that you are going to such extent to disagree with meagan here, when in reality one of your favourite lables; if not your favourite, (AbeatC/Sunfire)is the ultimate definition of a label that produces traditional Eurobeat.
In closing,it's best jay pulls out the Euromachs and older SEBs if he wants to give the public the true idea of what Eurobeat is and where it originated from. Let's be honest here, the songs like labyrinth...come out once in a while and represent less than 30% of what Eurobeat is..