How did you get into Eurobeat?

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Re: How did you get into Eurobeat?

Post by Bore » 19 Oct 2017, 13:44

Eurobeat - Bringing people happiness since the 1980s.

If you are a fan of the older eurobeats I got a bunch of old extras laying about. Been meaning to get around to selling them but laziness always gets the better of me.

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Re: How did you get into Eurobeat?

Post by JeffreySoftbark » 13 Nov 2017, 16:56

I seriously can't believe it's been nearly 3 years since I started listening to eurobeat :o
Since January of 2015 yessiree :grin:
totally exciting as a music genre has never held my attention for so long :)

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Re: How did you get into Eurobeat?

Post by johnjohnjohnnycake » 18 Nov 2017, 03:15

Being a huge fan of Sonic the Hedgehog, I was surfing the internet years ago and found a fan game called "Sonic Dimensions" with a trailer that used the song "Rider of the Sky" by Ace, and the song resonated with me, but I could never find it or look up the song for some weird reason. I left it alone for a few years, while searching for more songs like it.

Somewhere around that time I also listened to a song called "Shota Shota Burning Night" by Kagamine Len. It's Eurobeat, but.....well.... still left it alone.

Then, early 2017 ( I got into this fairly recently) I was watching a bunch of vines on YouTube and just happened to come across typical vine depicting a drifting object and the song "Running in the 90's" by Max Coveri playing in the background, and I got hooked right there. I searched up Initial D ( though not being a fan of anime [ sorry!]) and other songs like that, and I ended up falling into a Eurobeat binge. I did all the research I can about the singers, alises, the record labels etc, I even watched the first episode of Initial D. ( Also my last episode)

It didn't take long for me to discover the old Italo Disco music and everything in between it and modern Eurobeat ( through the song "One More Time" by Max Coveri) and from then on, I've been a fan of Eurobeat.

I'm not a HUGE fan of Eurobeat since I've only been part of the family for almost a year, but I definitely know I will not only be sticking to SEB, as well as producing music inspired by Eurobeat music. I owe all my greatest gratitude to Sonic the Hedgehog and Vine.
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Re: How did you get into Eurobeat?

Post by tsu » 15 Dec 2017, 21:16

as i wrote in another thread (re)discovering eurobeat somewhere around June this year felt just like coming home for me however there was a fair dose of excitement as well. just like @johnjohnjohnnycake i've encountered eurobeat in the past but never researched the topic properly back then. i would say that my relationship with the music in general is rather 'complicated' and so in the past i've had periods of being completely obsessed with some artists or genres mixed with periods when i could not listen to a single song. in general most of the time most musical creations carried so much emotional load for me that usually i needed to give myself some time to 'recover'. before finding eurobeat around middle of this year i was in this weird state when i've had very little interest in music and only things i've listened to were relaxation sounds or podcasts. at that time my boyfriend showed me some initial d memes (among other various memes, not that he was particularly into initial d memes lol) and of course in most of them dave rodger's deja vu was used. i could not get this song of my head and one day i did something i rarely did before - i decided to listen to some music at work (i do an office nine-to-five job, basically staring at the computer all the time). i started with deja vu but on the same day i re-discovered some other classics i certainly listened to in the past. it felt like finding old diary and re-reading entries bringing in memories and joy. it felt so good!! as many eurobeat songs uploaded to yt have initial d related graphics or videos i decided to watch the anime which brought eurobeat to the broader audience. it was another weird thing for me to do as i rarely watch anime nowadays. and it clicked so much! i loved the series and loved the soundtracks. this time i researched topic and it all started coming together. i remembered my facination with eurodance when i was at my early teenage days... i remembered my gyaru culture fascination and that parapara used to be an important thing for me as well (i've limited myself to hinoi team at that time unfortunatelly)... and it all felt so good. i'm going through some difficult times recently and eurobeat's positive energy helps me a lot :)

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Re: How did you get into Eurobeat?

Post by otter87 » 21 Jun 2018, 23:38

I haven't posted in here?

I started playing DDR back in 2003. So I had heard some Eurobeat here and there, although I didn't know what specific genre it was at the time. Then I started playing Initial D V3 at the arcade and StepMania which exposed me to Eurobeat further. It was the old simfile artist Exige who finally told me what genre the music was. He introduced me to EBP, as well.

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Re: How did you get into Eurobeat?

Post by tsujinele » 05 Jan 2019, 08:00

I got into Eurobeat via multiple factors. Music from the 1980 decade is probably what, technically, first influenced me, which I started listening to as a young child. Listening to that type of music and disco is how it began, aside from listening to music at all, haha. Japanese popular culture had a major influence as well, especially because Japanese pop culture has been invested in Eurobeat and Italo-disco for years. I played the Dance Dance Revolution series since about 2000, in home and in arcades, which have had those Hi-NRG types of songs in them. It is possible that I stumbled across the "Lol, Internet" meme at some point on one "those" certain sites in the past, but I feel that that the most powerful factor was Initial D. Before witnessing the anime, I discovered an arcade in Las Vegas, Nevada. I had gotten into a confrontation with my family and had to travel back to our hotel On My Own from Summerlin, Nevada. I was about 13 years of age at that time, which was around 2003 or 2004. I remember getting back and going straight to the arcade in order to change things up. Currently, that arcade is gone, which was specifically located inside the Luxor Hotel & Casino. Inside, there was Initial D: Arcade Stage Ver. 2. It was at that moment that I was truly captivated, and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Re: How did you get into Eurobeat?

Post by Phil Jay Falcon » 05 Jan 2019, 13:55

Oh, an interesting question! :D

Yeah, how did i get into Eurobeat? This will be a long posting. Well...., perhaps!^^

I have to confess that I became aware of the Eurobeat-genre for a.... well, stupid reason. Back in the day i never heard of Eurobeats.

It was 5 years or more ago, i saw the internet-meme "LOL, Internet". You know, Ronald McDonald drivin' crazy with a trollish smile, lol (wait... he's "drivin' crazy"..., hmm, OK). I love Internet-memes, i sometimes really laugh my ass off, cause many of them are really funny. And yeah, there was also the shrill music to hear, that was really crazy. But at the same time I liked that. So i searched for the music, assuming it exists somewhere. And voilá, i found it: Max Coveri with "Running in the 90s". The song is so crazy and fast, but it was love at first hearing. Or something like that, lol. I've always caught myself hearing the song up and down. I never heard such a powerful, loud sound, where you hype to that automatically.

Then i searched for more songs from Max Coveri and i found many, like "Golden age" or "Supercar" or some of his old songs like "Guy, Guy" or "Toy Boy". At least since that time, i became a fan without noticing it.

Then i learned, that Max Cavori had many aliases like Marko Polo, Niko and many more and i also heard songs from his different aliases. More and more songs came together, where I could not keep my feet calm, i was really in Hype-mode! :grin: I mean, this Genre was really new for me. So much power, so much hype, you will automatically pulled in with. After a short time I've already heard of Initial D, where you can her many different Eurobeat-songs, although I have to admit that the anime is imo totally bad. But that's how I got to know even more Eurobeat-artists. So it was not only Max Coveri a.k.a. Marko Polo or Niko, but also Ace, Nathalie, Fastway and many more.

Since then i started to create my own Playlist, cause so many songs have been added that I could not remember them all. :D Back in the day, my Playlist contained only 30 songs. Today, my list contains more than 100 songs. And as i said in another thread, i'm still looking for more. So, if you have recommendations, let me know.

After that it came one after another. In just half on a year I learned everything about Eurobeat. For example, that you only can buy the CDs in Japan, so you have to import it. And I learned of the many Volumes like "Maharaja Night", "That's Eurobeat", "Eurobeat Blast", "Eurobeat Flash", "Eurofire" and of course "Super Eurobeat". I also learned about the various artists I like so much (Go 2 FTW) and many more. That really changed my taste in music.

In the meantime, I almost only listen to Eurobeat because I just like songs that really have a lot of power. Even when I go to town, I always hear over my Smartphone various Eurobeat-songs.

So..., yeah, that's it from my side.

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Re: How did you get into Eurobeat?

Post by arewhy7800 » 06 Jan 2019, 01:46

Summer of 2000. I discovered a whole slew of new music genres on Napster, genres I had no idea existed because my high school was in an area of mostly reggae/R&B/hip hop music listeners, and I didn't really think to expand out of that, especially since the internet was ultra slow back then and I couldn't sample much and didn't want to waste time. But, my friend told me of Napster before it got popular, so I installed it and tried it out.

I discovered happy hardcore after searching for eurodance music (Blumchen was the first HH/ED crossover artist I found, but Eiffel 65 was the prompt for me to search for eurodance) and had about a dozen new "favourite" songs at the end of that week (I burned that CD and listened to it on repeat on my Discman for years). Later on, I did another search for eurodance, but J-Pop came up this time. This is where I learned of the existence of Ayumi Hamasaki who eventually became my all-time favourite artist (just only before the Rainbow album though). At the time I was researching, ayu-ro Mix 1 was recently released. The first song in the list of hers I ever downloaded was Boys & Girls (A Eurosenti Mix).

My mind was absolutely blown away, like a wrecking ball shattering my brain against a brick wall. Totally and utterly blown away with the speed, percussion, bass, harmony, and the riff, and how at nearly every turn I was getting chills down my spine. It somehow spoke to my soul because it touched on everything I liked about a song. Historically and going forward, I was always attracted to the fast, bassy, or harmonious songs, and eurobeat was chock full of them matching all 3 criteria. I enjoyed listening to the hidden instruments buried in each song, and doing a trick on my headphone cord to cut out the centre channel and listen to the sides so I could hear the instruments or vocals more clearly. I'd also slow or speed up the song so I could appreciate it more through a Winamp plugin called Pacemaker.

Around this time, I also got into Dance Dance Revolution and the Dancemania series when 4th mix came out. I discovered an online community called idmusic/ChinaMGL back then that was a community of Dancemania lovers, and I found users who were willing to trade songs. One user via AIM and IRC in Southern California had a private fileshare containing eurobeat, and I was invited to leech it. So, I got all of the Euromach albums, Eurobeat Disney, and a couple SEB presents albums (nothing from the main series or Flash). I've listened to Euromach in its entirety about 6 or 7 times now, and that process permanently imprinted my love of the genre on me.

I also discovered Initial D through a friend in 2001. When I heard Night of Fire in Season 1, I said to myself that it was unbelievable such a good yet obscure genre of music would end up in another thing I loved (anime). I also heard other songs from the show and was surprised there was a whole entire series I missed, the main series. So I began to research it using my trusty 28.8k modem and now knew what to search for on Napster. I ended up collecting all Dancemaina and SEB albums somewhere in 2003 (plus after upgrading to a 5mbps cable down connection) but lost it all due to a migration from Windows XP to OSX 10.4 (stupid Mac can't merge in folders, it will overwrite the folder and get rid of anything already in it... grrr. Hopefully they fixed this by now).

I never really got into ParaPara, but the first 4 songs I learned were Easy Busy, Popteen, Like a Virgin, and Tora Tora Tora. I think it takes skill to be a good paralist, but for me, I'd rather listen and dance to the music unchoreographed. But it seems most have married the two together and it seems that those who I find who like eurobeat also like ParaPara "by default".

Eurobeat is my default music I listen to at least once a day. Going on walks, to the gym, cleaning, calming down, driving, testing large bassy sound systems, background music at a house party... it goes on. There hasn't been anything that has ever come close to the satisfaction of eurobeat, and after years of just floating around on different sites, I've acquired a lot of knowledge about it all, but it's all stuff you can find here.

I believe I joined these forums under an old username in 2005 or something but I never posted anything. I found this place because I was looking for artist pictures and this site came up first. I've lurked since then and have seen this place grow and have kept up with nearly every thread. Sure, eurobeat can be seen as a silly strange terrible music genre, but I think for most people who encounter it either love it or feel neutral about it. I hope one day to hear a song on the radio or in the mall but I am not sure if that will happen considering it's such a niche genre! But, at least Deja Vu, Night of Fire, and Running in the 90s have been memeified, and I'm sure that's prompting a curious person somewhere to research more about it, like I did, which is fantastic.

I was absolutely thrilled and blown away when SCP released their entire catalog on Spotify and other places. I never, ever, ever thought that would ever happen, ever. Hi-NRG and Vibration did theirs on iTunes a few years ago, and Delta released most of theirs too. I wish at least once a week A-Beat C and Time would release theirs, knowing SinclareStyle is coming out soon, and I hope that becomes reality because I'd surely listen the hell out of all the albums they release, like how I did with the others, but there's probably some legal issue present.

19 years and counting, what an absolute pleasure it has been.

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Re: How did you get into Eurobeat?

Post by flying_corridor » 19 Jan 2021, 21:57

Been listening to european dance music since probably as early as 1991, grew up with it all my life, from euro house, happy hardcore, trance, makina, italo, hard house, bounce, hard bass, you name it. First time I ever heard eurobeat was in old YTMND memes, never really took notice of it until around the late 2000's when I realised it was just as appealing as everything else I've always listened to. But since I've grew up in this hot bed of a genre and italo disco is somewhat relatively new to me in the grand scheme of things, I've got this gold mine of music to explore and that's really what I love about it. It's just one more branch of a tree of music that emerged from europe in the 90's and beyond. I'm honestly very glad that I found it later as I still have so much new music to listen to and enjoy.

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