Electronic Dance Music is Not For Rebels – it’s For Tyrants and Drones
Liam Mullone writes this fiery and comedic op-ed taking shots at EDM culture and how the scene started with drugs and will end in greed. Although the opinion piece brings up many valid points about what's wrong with the scene, it provides very little positivity. While Dance music as of late as become known for its highly marketable 'EDM' DJs, it's history is one that is vibrant in culture and experimentation.
Although the scene has changed and will continue to adapt in ways we might not always like, does past life pretentiousness qualify as counter-productive?
Read the editorial for yourself and decide whether 'tyrants and drones' is just a smudge hyberbolic.This article originally appeared on The Spectator
Electronic Dance Music is dying. You may not have noticed. It may not affect you directly. But it’s a really big thing and, unless your teenage children have already told you, then you heard it here first. In fact, your teenage children are probably still in denial about it, so go and tell them. Get them back for scratching the car or vaping in the kitchen or whatever pitiful infractions pass for rebellion these days. Tell them: sorry, but electronic dance music is dying. Your rave is going to its grave. Ibiza now exerts the same cultural pull as any other barren 220 square-mile island, including the Isle of Man. The DJ has been hung, not by Morrissey as some of us hoped, but by his own corporate greed.
Yes, for music that goes bleep-bleep-bong, 2016 is like 1977 was for disco or 1980 for punk. Only the diehards will stay to fight. I’d like to think that my young children can now grow up in a DJ-less world, but alas this will not happen. For unlike other youth cultures, EDM (as it’s called) is adaptable. It mutates, like flu. It will be back, bigger and more godawful than ever. And so there’ll be new DJs; more DJs. And in case you hadn’t noticed, there is already a plague of DJs. Last year there were festivals featuring 300 DJs, all jumping up and down with one headphone can pressed against an ear and jabbing a finger at the heavens in the belief that they belong up there. No, the EDM collapse and 2016’s Summer of Anything But Love will be a mere hiatus. But it gives us a chance to ask ourselves: why do we tolerate these people?
If you care, the dance-music scene is collapsing because, like an old sun, it got too massive. SFX Entertainment, which ran dozens of DJ festivals and dance events, went bankrupt in February. The paychecks demanded by superstar DJs (the top ten made $268 million between them in the zenith year of 2014) were such that the genre couldn’t suck in enough new fans to pay the wages and the whole thing collapsed like a piled-up Ponzi scheme. A lot of people died from drugs, too, but that’s not going to put our children off wanting a starter set of decks from Maplin. If we’re to put kids off DJs we need to tell them the truth: disc jockeying was invented by a mad paedophile during austerity. And since then it has only become more grittily unpleasant.
Read the full piece by Liam Mullone at The Spectator