Critique of Digicore

Digicore as a genre, is still relatively new and upcoming. But I already feel like it's becoming stale.

I recently had a discussion with a friend of mine who makes digicore-adjacent music about the digicore and hyperpop scene. We talked about how the low barrier of entry was both a blessing and a curse. Sure, its great that anyone who wants to make music can make music, but the problem is anyone who wants to make music can make music . There is so much music coming out and most of it feels like an imitation of another person e.g., Bladee, 100 gecs, osquinn, or whoever is flavor of the month. And they can get away with it by using digicore's main qualities against it. When you think about digicore, you think of the pitched up and sped up vocals, nonsensical lyricism, distorted synths, and trap drums. All of these can be easily replicated and the bad mixing or even bad production and vocals can be hidden under the guise of "that's what it's supposed to sound like." What all this does is water down the genre and makes it impossible to find genuinely new and upcoming artists without wading through thousands of Bladee clones.

Another double-edged quality of digicore we talked about was talked about was all the stylistic influences that the genre has and how it differs from person to person. It's amazing to see all the different genres that influences digicore e.g., nightcore, trap, bubblegum bass, dubstep, pop, dnb, and etc. And these artists wear their inspiration on their sleeves and you can really tell what they grew up listening to. Like with 100 gecs, their emo rap, nightcore, and dubstep influence are really prominent, while someone like glaive has more of a midwestern emo pop influence on his music. While all this separates digicore as a microgenre, it also cheapens the identity of it. Like what does digicore really even sound like?

100 gecs · 800 db cloud
glaive · astrid

Another point we talked was the role of the internet in the genre. The same thing that gave birth to the genre will cause the death of it: the Internet. What I mean by that is the target demographic and creators of digicore were practically raised by the internet. And the effect of being raised by the internet is lowered attention span and an addiction to instant gratification. Years and years of the internet catering to you and giving you every single thing you need will do that to you. And that is the reason why people latched onto the genre in the first place: it's fun and it's short. Most digicore tracks are under three minutes and have breakneck tempos, pitched vocals and/or abrasive instrumentation. All of this fulfills the listeners' need for constant engagement and gives the listener an immediate dopamine hit. This can be seen in the comments of digicore songs or TikToks that feature digicore songs as all the commenters type something along the lines of "this scratches the itch in my brain." Because of the finicky nature of the people involved in the scene, once the next big thing comes along, everyone will jump ship.