The 80's kick still exists but we do it better now. They're not so dominant in an obvious way. Back then sampling and big digital drums were the new thing so like all new things, it was fashionable to produce music with the sounds of that era and sometimes it was overdone, just like Autotune is today. Linn Drum samples, big gates, excessive reverb, lots of keyboards, guitar solo's and so on. Although I miss the guitar solo's and musicianship in today's music, I don't miss that trendy tick on a kick.
Kicks today either sound "real" or processed but they aren't in your face like that. Every generation thinks they've discovered something new but as you mature in this business, you learn the game and recognize the sounds that fit the style and know when it isn't right. Big topic and very important to know a lot about if you are interested in the pop culture and comercial marketing.
Looking forward to your next song.
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