What Is Fusion Music?

At the Fusion Exchange, our DJs play a variety of music suitable for many different dances and backgrounds. During the event, you will find music ranging from electronica to blues; from current pop to trip-hop and hip-hop; from jazz to Argentine tango; from original composers to one-hit-wonders and everything in between.

We’ve given a lot of thought to “What is Fusion Music?” and an in-depth explanation from a music theory perspective (written for dancers) can be found here. For those of you who simply want to know what you’ll hear at the fusion exchange, please read on!

While the technical definition of fusion (music that combines two or more genres) is accurate from a music and history point of view, over time, “fusion” music has been re-defined by the community of fusion dancers. There is also now a distinction between fusion music and indigo, which is sometimes called alternative blues or “alt blues” music. For an example of music that we consider to be Fusion, Indigo, or fusion-friendly, please click here.

Fusion music tends to be more synthetic or electronic in nature and provides the opportunity for many different dance styles to be used during any set, or even during a single song. Fusion sets have a wide variety of alternative music including alternative tango, blues, soul, disco, jazz, pop, lyrical or rhythmic electronica, or any other genre of music where a definitive dance beat can be felt and danced to. This allows dancers to interpret the music and incorporate skills from a wide variety of dancing. DJs assigned to a fusion set have an open opportunity to play to their style.

Indigo music (sometimes referred to as “alt blues”) is music that is similarly composed to blues music, but done by non-traditional artists, with non-traditional instruments, and a non-traditional element, but it’s still mostly appropriate for blues dancing primarily. DJs assigned to play an alt blues set can play traditional blues or “fusion” in their set, but the hour is going to mainly be devoted to songs that may have a blues-influenced beat without being blues songs.