The fusion of musical genres is defined as the mixing or combination of two or more musical genres to form a new one, which automatically becomes a subgenre for each of the genres in which it is formed. This subgenre most often appropriates names of the two original genera that are joined or sometimes linked by a hyphen. It can also be a suitcase word (for example, merenhouse is a mixture of merengue and house, or salsaton mixing salsa and reggaeton).
The fusion of musical genres is of a synthetic or electronic nature, and allows different styles of electronic music to be played at the same time during mixsets, in particular. Fusion covers a wide variety of alternative music including alternative tango, blues, soul, disco, jazz, pop, lyrical or rhythmic electronica, or other rhythmic and dance genres2. Thanks to this way of playing, disc jockeys can merge and mix different musical styles according to their tastes.
Alternative rock is a kind of rock that emerged from the underground scene in the 1980s, and became widely popular in the 1990s. The term "alternative" was used in the 1980s to describe punk rock inspired bands with contracts with independent labels that did not fit into the mainstream genres of the time. As a musical genre, alternative rock includes various subgenres that emerged from the independent scene of the 1980s, such as grunge, Britpop, independent rock and shoegaze. These genres have all been influenced ethically or musically by punk, the founder of alternative music in the 1970s.
Although the genre is considered a variant of rock, some of its subgenres are influenced by folk music, reggae, electronic music, and jazz among other genres. At times, alternative rock has been used to describe all the underground artists of the 1980s, all the music that came from punk rock (including punk rock itself, new wave, and post-punk), and, paradoxically, rock in general during the 1990s and 2000s.
Although some artists such as R.E.M., Les Pixies, and The Cure have enjoyed commercial success and public recognition, many alternative rock artists of the 1980s are underground groups that recorded their music on independent labels and made themselves known through university radio stations and word of mouth. With the success of Nirvana and the popularity of the grunge and Britpop movements in the early 1990s, alternative rock was a great commercial success and many alternative groups in turn enjoyed international and commercial success.