The Potbelleez.
The Potbelleez.

Trends don't shake band

THE fickle tastes of Gen Y have started to hit even some of the biggest names in Australian music.

Despite masses of success, dance act the Potbelleez are not immune to the changing trends among their music-buying fans.

"You are really only as good as your last gig," Potbelleez DJ Jonny Sonic told the Bundaberg NewsMail.

The move to buying music online has also changed how albums and singles are released.

"These days albums aren't really what sells," Sonic said.

"Nobody under 30 really buys albums anymore.

"We just have to keep pumping out singles."

The rapid changes in the dance music scene have also meant the group can take a deserved break while the industry settles.

"There is a lot of crap out there at the moment," Sonic said.

"That's why we are taking a break, just to see what happens."

Sonic said the ability to make music cheaply at home had contributed to a saturation of the market.

He said he felt the genre was about to get "quite liquidated" by a number of large record companies in America.

"That's the only way I can see it going," he said.

"It's fantastic dance music has come to the forefront."

The accomplished producer and DJ first moved to Australia from Ireland early last decade and began to record with fellow Dublin native David Greene in 2006.

Sonic said when he first arrived, the dance scene was playing music that had been popular years previously in Ireland.

"It was definitely something of a surprise to shine in a country a world away from my own," he said.

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