Ok folks, listen. I just read an article entitled, “Why are old school electronic artists annoyed with edm?” on a blog from LA Weekly. Here’s my take on it….
The article started off well but instantly deteriorated when it began to label Pete Tong as the more ‘underground’ artist at a recent festival known as Coachella (which I hasten to add, is a high profile music festival) . Aside from the fact that Pete Tong is possibly THE most house hold name in dance music; I mean, the guy is a legend and quite rightly so, as he has forged himself a name as the ‘professor’ of dance music for the last 20 years or so, making the description of ‘underground’ somewhat laughable.
Encapsulated in the same category as more ‘underground’ was the next biggest thing in dance music known as Maya Jane Cole, along with biggest name in digital DJ’ing; a name that anyone who understands how the words ‘midi‘ and ‘techno‘ can be used in the same sentence, would instantly conjure up the image of, yes, that’d be Richie Hawtin.
Aside from the blatant misunderstanding of techno and the word ‘underground’ the author continues to drive a wedge between two ‘generations’ of people. I’m sorry, but this ‘divide’ in music is nothing to do with a generation thing, I know many people, many years younger than me that would pick a set from Nick Hoppner any day over some fake named, egotistical, showman who’s only in it for the girls and money. I don’t want to drive any more wedges between myself and the writer of the article I mention, or indeed between the house crew and the dubstep/skrillex crew, but I must say that it has nothing to do with generations, it’s simply a matter of taste.
My taste is no better than your taste, it’s just different
Without choices, the world would be a very horrible place. Having the freedom to choose the music you love is what gives people their individuality. Lets get over the divide, love the music you love, dance to it like you’ve never danced before and stop worrying what everyone else is dancing to. This isn’t about image, it’s about enjoying yourself. We are all one race and we are all entitled to love whatever music we chose, lets allow each other the freedom to do this, whatever the expression.
The reason old school electronic music lovers are “annoyed with EDM“, is because America has taken something that already exists and wants to ‘market‘ it. (Carl Cox touches on this subject in a beatport article).
Stop buying into the term EDM, it pigeon holes you and allows the big corporations to market their crap music to you. Step outside the box and chose your own path, don’t let big music labels or the entertainment industry tell you what you should like OR buy. This shouldn’t be about Old School Vs EDM, it should simply just be about music lovers with differing tastes!
Now type the most obscure and cool dance music producers name in the comments below…..