The ongoing debate over the Electronic Dance Music, or as it’s better known EDM, first raised its head back in 2010. At that time Deadmau5 and Skrillex were stars on the charts and were even taking headline slots away from guitar bands at festivals and stages that the old guard ruled with an iron fist. The thought that real bands had to share the stage with DJs infuriated them; in fact, some even saw DJ performances as lazy and pointless.
Dave Grohl made fun of DJs, and Arcade Fire shouted out at its performance at Coachella: “all the bands still playing actual instruments.”
On SNL Andy Samberg adopted the role of DJ Davvincii, standing over a huge red button with one word written on it, “BASS.” Add to the fact that he was being handed wads of cash as he went along, said a lot about the meteoric rise of the DJ culture.
EDM apparently is no flash in the pan, but Perry Farrell, the man behind one of the biggest dance parties of the year, Lollapalooza, has voiced his displeasure over EDM’s stranglehold.
As far as EDM acts on the bill, he doesn’t like it, but knows that it’s relevant to ticket sales still get a platform at his festival. “I hate EDM,” Farrell told the Chicago Tribune: “I want to vomit it out of my nostrils. I can’t stand what it did to what I love, which is house music, which was meditative, psychedelic — it took you on a journey. I sometimes cringe at my own festival.”
Farrell isn’t screaming that he just wants to fill his festivals sets with guitar bands: he loves house music but thinks EDM is a bastardization of everything he adores.
The Jane’s Addiction singer isn’t just sitting back and shouting from the back, he has a new music venture coming out in about 18 months and explained: “The only way to change things is by changing things myself,” he said. “At my new project, there will be great house music. I hope I will keep EDM at the door. They will be turned away.”
Lollapalooza kicks off next weekend in Chicago and by the way, there’s lots of EDM on the bill. The festival is 4 days long and has more than 150 acts.