A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Animals," the viral sensation from teen prodigy DJ Martin Garrix, is an instrumental dance track, with the exception of one distorted vocal sample that shouts "We're the f----n' animals." The music video shows a wild party with masked dancers that escalates to a car-burning.
What's the story?
ANIMALS is a hit single by dutch teenage producer and DJ Martin Garrix. The song was released digitally and burned up the charts on electronic music download site Beatport before going on to become the first instrumental track to top the UK charts in over a decade. The music video, which features masked break dancers and a wild warehouse party, has also tallied hundreds of millions of plays.
Is it any good?
Fans of house music and EDM in general will surely go nuts for the massive beat drops and euphoric chords, and casual listeners might enjoy the steady beat and catchy melody. The production is crisp and exciting, with Garrix showing clear technical prowess and pop sensibilities. It's party music through and through, which is a style that seems to be becoming increasingly popular.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the rise of teen producers. How has the development of recording software enabled people to create without years of experience and training? Do you know kids who make music on computers?
The song has accrued hundreds of millions of plays on YouTube. Why do you think it has become such a viral smash? Is it the song or the video?
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