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Tiesto Tried To Defend EDM But Missed The Point

Rave scene veterans may lament over Tiësto’s change in artistic direction, but that doesn’t change the fact that he has over two decades of experience in the dance music scene.

Tiësto’s transition away from trance stands out as a prime example of an artist dramatically changing styles to stay current, one that EDM.com has chronicled from time to time, but considering his tenure as a DJ/producer, his observations on the state of the scene originate from a unique perspective. The superstar DJ recently sat down with Billboard to talk about his Hakkasan residency and the current state of EDM. 

When asked what genre would be the next big thing, he pointed out:

It's hard to predict, and I try not to bother. What can you do? What do those genres even mean? EDM used to be a term for all of electronic dance music, but now it just means all the music that you're not supposed to play. It became the new trance. It got popular, so now we're all into deep house. And soon we'll be over that. You can't win. I wish we could have just stuck with EDM, honestly, because we finally had a term that captured everything in one big family, like jazz. But, no. We had to be hip."

Indeed, the millennial EDM fan base that sprung forth from the 2010 U.S. explosion may not remember a time when trance itself was a dirty word of sorts among dance music enthusiasts, but the parallels drawn by Tiësto suggest there is a single characteristic that defines the sound of dance music. His comparison to jazz is innacurate and overlooks the diverse nature of electronically produced dance music. Jazz, although containing many subgenres, does not come close in representing the vast spectrum of EDM. Relative to rock and roll, you will never find industrial Sweedish death metal at the same festival as contemporary country, although all of jazz can easily be contained under one tent. Music festivals even have to divide up rooms and stages in order to adhere to the widly varying taste of dance music fans.

As one of the largest public figures of the scene, his analysis feeds into exactly what his comments were attemting to avoid. He has the power to stand his own ground on the subject and yet he just shines a bigger light on the problematic rhetoric. If it's electronically produced, it's danceable, and it's music, then it's EDM. Lets not let personal opinions about big room hijack a definiton. 

Oh, and Tiesto wants you to buy his new headphones. So, go do that. 


Written By: EDM.com Staff


H/T: Billboard


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