Speakers at IMS Engage Conference Get Controversial
IMS Engage - the Hollywood iteration of Pete Tong's International Music Summit in Ibiza - has seen its fair share of taboo since its 2013 debut. What this year may have lacked in physical altercations, however, it made up for with incendiary topic matter.
Not being one to shy away from voicing his disdain for mainstream music, Seth Troxler went on one of his signature tirades against EDM and popular music as a whole, criticizing "CoCo" by O.T. Genasis for "literally instructing" people on how to cook crack cocaine and generally harming black culture. Hip-hop legend Chuck D of Public Enemy saw things differently, telling the DJ/producer, "You're not going to be able to put the breaks on the world, Seth. You've just got to live your art."
The most bold statement came from Quincy Jones, who holds the record for most Grammy nominations at age 82. When asked by Tong for his opinion on the verdict of the plagiarism suit between the late Marvin Gaye's family and "Blurred Lines" artists Robin Thicke and Pharrell, Jones responded, "Man… Yeah, they stole it, that's why they gotta pay for it."
Check out some of the other hot-button quotes from the panel...
“I’ve been on the FBI and CIA list, and this is proven as fact, for 25 years.” – Chuck D
“People come up to me and are like ‘Oh, you’re a DJ? Like….’ Uhh, I don’t know. I’m not going to say any names because I’ll get in trouble…” Seth Troxler on being lumped into the same category as the big room EDM DJs.
“Corplantations doing their corplantation monopoly” – Chuck D on radio stations conglomerating in the USA in the mid-90s.
“I’m seeing people float further and further away from the idea and the culture that we tried to create, and it really pisses me off.” – Seth Troxler
“We’re in a very critical period in electronic music. We’re in a stage of extraordinary a growth. We’re losing the underlying element that made our culture ours. The reason they put us both here is because neither of us give a fuck.” – Seth Troxler
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