Saturday 9 April 2011

Forsyth and Parov: I just gotta dance!

Forsyth is a 23 year old YouTube dancer. Okay, you're thinking to yourself, "Oh brother, another Michael Jackson wannabe recording himself in his basement" however you're going to be in for a pleasant surprise. He's got some original moves, an interesting style, and his choice of music gives his clips a little extra something which makes them above average and well worth a look.

Parov Stelar is a musician from Linz, Austria who started as a DJ but has now become an artist unto his own right. He has been credited with if not founding then bringing to the public's attention a new genre called "Electroswing" and the Forsyth videos below will give you a good taste of just what this is: a combination of electronic music, house or dance music, and the melodic style of 1940s swing music. The examples mimic the clarinet and saxophone. I say mimic as I'm supposing this is synthesized, but it could be a real clarinet. These days with sophisticated electronics, who knows?

Check out Forsyth's YouTube channel under the name "takeSomeCrime" and look up Parov Stelar on Google videos. There is a lot more under each name to look at / listen to. Original all around!

takeSomeCrime on Feb 20, 2011
Parov Stelar - Phantom (1930 version) {TSC - Forsythe}
Song: Phantom (1930 version)
Artist: Parov Stelar
Dancer: Forsythe
5th of the gentleman set...
Regrets about the cut at the beginning.... Those shoes dug a bloody hole into my ankle... so I refused to do another full take. I know when a shoe has bested me.
edit: Yes, those are indeed socks hanging from the curtain. They shouldn't be cause for concern.

takeSomeCrime on Dec 4, 2010
Parov Stelar - Booty Swing (TSC - Forsythe)
Song: Booty Swing
Artist: Parov Stelar
Dancer: Forsythe
Quite suitable music.... and if it suits you, some outtakes in the end.
note: Your hair would turn into a wet mop too if you danced in a hat for a while. haha

Postscript - June 6/2011
The name of the dancer is Mike Startsev from Edmonton, Alberta. The band Parov Stelar liked his dance videos so much, Mike was invited to join them on stage.


YouTube channel: takeSomeCrime

Facebook: takeSomeCrime

Wikipedia: Parov Stelar
Parov Stelar aka Marcus Füreder (born November 27, 1974) is a musician who lives and works in Linz, Austria. He performs with his Band - the Parov Stelar Band - and as a DJ worldwide. Parov Stelar is the head of Etage Noir Recordings.

official web site: Parov Stelar Band

Wikipedia: Electroswing
Electro Swing is a relatively new term that has been coined to describe a type of music that blends many elements of both electronic music (from a very wide range of styles, not just, as the term might suggest, Electro music) with elements of 1920s, 1930s and 1940s Swing music and Jazz. Its earliest origins are probably in the birth of sampling (music) within popular music.


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1 comment:

Unknown said...

that was great!