The Psychology Behind Dance Music

The Psychology Behind Dance Music

The vibe: a situation on the dance floor in which you are happy to let go of your inhibitions, no longer focused on your outer self

Have you ever wondered why dance music gives you the “feels”? Smiling, either literally or within, and a sort of euphoria often accompany the bodies that move to the rhythm and beat of dance music. So why is it that dancing can make you feel so good? We all know that exercising releases endorphins that trigger a positive reaction in the body, but you know there’s more to that when you find yourself sweating next to a complete stranger in a dark room.

Recently, Resident Advisor (RA) tweeted hundred of hours of interviews that feature well-known DJs and producers in the EDM community including Nina KravizHoney Dijon and Eric Prydz. Additionally, these interviews also feature expert weigh-in in various dance topics such as the psychology  of dance music or “raving.”

“What influence does dance music have on your subconscious?” That is one of the questions posed by Dr. Beate Peter, an academic from Manchester Metropolitan University. RA’s one-hour episode includes a condensed version of one of two-hour talk she’s previously given. The snippet makes up part of her Ph.d titled “Jung on the dance floor: The phenomenology of dancing & clubbing.” Dr. Beate looks into why people keep going back to the dance floor time after time.

Loss of inhibitions when people go on the dance floor…there’s a connection between the body and the mind…

Everything from the moment you purchase a ticket to the moment you find yourself on the dance floor, the episode looks at the role of music in society. It’s no coincidence that lights (or sometimes lack of) and quality of sound are a strong part of the dance scene or what others may dub as “rave.” Everything factors into the psychology behind dance music.

We look at particular patterns of how DJ sets work…we have the build up, the composition of the night where the BPM starts increasing, and then the main act–the culmination of all these aspects coming together. Then after the main act you usually have an act that brings you down again

Check out the episode that explores the psychology behind dance music, Sydney’s lockout laws and the the usefulness of negative reviews:


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