Ugh. EDM. Where did this monster come from? I know I sound like a hater, but it really turns my stomach. I’ve always been protective of “my” music genres, especially as the've been co opted by the mainstream over the last 20 + years.
I still remember the first time I saw that stupid Mitsubishi commercial - remember the one with the cheesy Dirty Vegas track and the chick in a kangol pseudo popping in the front seat. Noooo! I knew it was over then.
Fast forward to 2015 and now every R&B track and Taylor Swift song smacks of EDM and Steve Aoki has a net worth of $55m.
OK, it is what it is. There are still plenty of music lovers out there that like creativity and originality. I know this makes me sound a little cranky, but I don’t care. Tell those kids to turn that crap down! :D
Well, lots of other crusty old DJs feel the same way, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite quotes of theirs.
"When it comes to most of the EDM DJs out there I don't have any respect or interest in what they're doing. They look like phonies to me. It's been hard to watch something so special to me be diluted and heisted and turned into this kind of shameless, cheap, fake carnival. To that degree I hate EDM. I worry it's depleting the authenticity of DJ culture... but you can't really hate on 30,000 people having the time of their lives." [THUMP, 2014]
"It's fine as entry level stuff, but make no mistake: EDM will crash and burn. It's based on a pyramid scheme of making money and as soon it stops making money the whole house of cards will fall down. We want there to be something left when this bubble bursts." [THUMP, 2015]
And my favorite….
"You get the so-called 'erectile deficiency music scene'—people arriving in spaceships or with fireworks to try and enhance the visual aspect of the whole thing. I can't understand how you can play a record and backflip into the crowd." [THUMP, 2014]