Boo-Hoo! My EDM is RUINED!!

Boo-Hoo! My EDM is RUINED!!

Today’s post is brought to you by guest contributor John Chapel, a promoter/DJ who has a Facebook page, a SoundCloud page and a new blog where he hates things.  Also, language warning.

I remember talking to my buddy once about Daft Punk’s Alive 2007 album, which….just an absolutely surprising amount of people never bothered to pick up, even though it’s realistically the only true Album that can be called a sequel in the history of music (Unless you wanna count all those Tony Bennet and Elton John duet albums, but we’re not here to talk about those forgettable stocking stuffers).

“Fuck daft Punk.” he says to me, quite matter-of-factly, as if this hatred of our Godfathers was some public opinion that I wasn’t privy to. “They got too popular. I was rockin them back when Homework was the shit. Now everyone’s listening to them.”

It was around this point that I blacked out. I found a happy place in my head where time stood still. There was a meadow. It was serene. Definitely serene enough for me to take the time I needed to wrap my head around such a strange argument. When my conciousness finally found its way back to my body, I was looking at him like he was covered in bees.

“Setting aside the undeniable fact that Daft Punk has always and will always do amazing shit, while hiding their faces to instill the very notion that it is not about the celebrity, but about the music, if you liked them once, I would assume that you liked them on your own volition, right? You heard them, liked the sounds you were hearing, and decided it was good. So how does someone elses opinion of them either negative or positive possibly make you change your mind?”

This mentality seems to be everywhere. Articles upon articles are being written about how EDM music is in trouble because artists like David Guetta and Van Dyk are having their music ghostwritten, and EDM is becoming mainstream, and Britney Spears did a dubstep song, and Paris Hilton is now a DJ, and a dickload of other complaints that seem so rooted in hipster mentality that just typing this is making my computer grow a beard and vomit PBR.

I can understand wanting something of your own. I can understand how ones love for something, especially music, can feel more self-defining if its obscure. But the doomsaying about the future of EDM is a bit grandiose. It’s pretty easy to just simply NOT listen to David Guetta, for example. I don’t listen to him, and my immediate habitat is pretty great. It’s sortof like making that argument that all food tastes like shit now because Gordon Ramsay has a TV show.

Music exists on its own, as art. Its created, its put out to the public, and it is then completely in the hands of the public to interpret it. Art as a whole does not need other individual pieces to continue being art, or to continue being interpreted. I don’t personally like Modern Art, as I find it boring. I also don’t like sculpture. Even if the entire world agreed with me, that certainly wouldn’t mean that the Mona Lisa, or Starry Night, or Jackson Pollack, or Picasso were in any sort of danger of losing popularity, (let alone legitimacy or quality), simply because we all decided we hate clay pots and Andy Warhol.

“Music exists on its own, as art. Its created, its put out to the public, and it is then completely in the hands of the public to interpret it. “

So stop. Stop hipstering this thing of ours. Paris Hilton being a DJ is humorously entertaining. Guetta getting caught fake playing on unpowered CDJs is funny. Van Dyk having his songs ghostwritten, realistically, nobody should even care one way or the other. I promise you, worse things will happen, people will keep dancin, and we’ll all keep playin.

16 Comments

  1. David Michael
    Feb 17, 2014 @ 11:04:33

    Awesome article, John. Thank you for the contribution!

    It’s funny, people’s tendency to assume that disposable garbage music somehow cheapens their own.

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    • John Chapel
      Feb 17, 2014 @ 11:29:26

      I can’t wait til the hipsters come out and comment and just so clearly evidence themselves that they’ve missed the point entirely.

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  2. Casie Lane
    Feb 17, 2014 @ 11:06:56

    Thank you, John. I’m so happy there’s other passionate DJs out there who really see the fun in this industry. Yes, its fun, funny and entertaining just as you said!

    too many people internetting wrong these days. :P

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  3. Bill
    Feb 17, 2014 @ 11:17:47

    “hipster mentality”

    It’s called the ability to DISCERN. It doesn’t take many braincells and should I say – a sane mind – to distinguish the difference between nonsensical noise and music that requires ones absolute soul and effort. These are the characteristics that give art its real value.

    “Music exists on its own, as art. Its created, its put out to the public, and it is then completely in the hands of the public to interpret it.”

    It isn’t just simply left to the public, it is forcibly shoved down the ears and throats of the greater public through the media such as radio stations and not to mention, unscrupulous business practices like buying fake fan counts on Facebook to artificially inflate their status beneath the spotlight. EDM is no stranger as a culprit to this practice and it serves as the perfect example as to why people barely have a choice. No wonder most of these impressionable fucks don’t give a shit about educating themselves. People are more comfortable with sitting on their arses with what they’re passively being forcefed rather than taking the time to expand their minds, to broaden their tastes (if music is a hobby that they TRULY love) and discover a massive world of music out there in this utterly short life. As a guy who’s first passion before anything else is music, this is very depressing scenario.

    As DMX once said, “If you feed people dog shit long enough, they’ll learn to put BBQ sauce on it”.

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    • John Chapel
      Feb 17, 2014 @ 11:48:19

      And yet, this mentality is exactly what the articles about.

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      • Bill
        Feb 18, 2014 @ 08:12:06

        so basically, not only are you saying that like it’s a bad thing, but you don’t really give a fuck if the scene continues to decline for the sake of superficial “humour”.

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        • David Michael
          Feb 18, 2014 @ 10:19:34

          Hey Bill. Thanks for your input.

          I think what John’s saying is that good art is not devalued by the presence of junk art. Just like the existence of McDonald’s doesn’t devalue a Ruth’s Chris steak, and a Chevy Aveo doesn’t devalue an Aston Martin.

          Some of us (in this case, music lovers) want premium or specialized music… others are happy to consume what is readily available to them. This isn’t some new phenomenon, and claiming otherwise is probably part of the “hipster” mentality that he’s speaking about.

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        • David Michael
          Feb 18, 2014 @ 10:20:58

          I like the DMX quote though, btw. :)

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        • John Chapel
          Feb 18, 2014 @ 14:18:55

          Did you even read the article? I literally just handed you several paragraphs about how worrying about “scene decline” is Sky-Is-Falling nonsense, and your response is to worry about scene decline?

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  4. ellgieff
    Feb 17, 2014 @ 15:01:10

    Love it, nice work. I’ve made this exact same argument multiple times (remember when Skrillex won a Grammy? Neither Skrillex, nor the Grammies, have any relevance to what I do – so why was I being asked to give a f*ck one way or the other?

    I will point out that it’s not the “hipster” mentality that’s at issue here, though. This stuff occurred the last couple of times Dance music got big and isn’t related to the latest way that old people like us run down the yout’

    It’s related to the way obscene amounts of money tend to corrupt art (which, in some cases, is the point of modern art – particularly guys like Warhol and Pollack who were laughing up their sleeves the whole time)

    So some of the people who care about the art get afraid that the corruption will spread all the way down, and the art will be ruined. I agree with you, there’s not a single thing that the financial industry (at that level, music is just the commodity they’re trading. It’s not really a music industry at all, it’s a money industry) can do to actually corrupt music.

    So I give not a single fuck whether Paris Hilton thinks she’s a DJ, David Guetta can’t work out how to even tell if a CDJ is on and Deadmaufive continues to draw breath – I just keep doing what I’m doing, and enjoying it.

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    • David Michael
      Feb 18, 2014 @ 10:27:16

      Heya ellgieff,

      “I just keep doing what I’m doing, and enjoying it.” = spot on. Musical trends come in cycles (or bubbles). Something precious and underground gains the popularity that much of the underground was striving for, it expands, hits the radio and the next thing you know… big obnoxious dubstep on breakfast cereal commercials.

      Look at American radio hip-hop of the mid-90s vs. now. Two completely different beasts. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some killer hip-hop tracks still being produced. So why get all bent outta shape? The goodness is still there. :)

      It’s probably also worth mentioning that some of this is a signal:noise ratio problem. With the way digital music is distributed/streamed/downloaded all over the place as part of our daily lives (and the increased number of people making it), there’s a lot more crap to wade through to get to the diamond. But there are diamonds.

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  5. jason
    Feb 17, 2014 @ 20:12:37

    Awesome article! I would have to agree with everything written here.

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    • David Michael
      Feb 18, 2014 @ 10:28:18

      I think we’ll have to have John back for another guest spot in the future!

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  6. Greg
    Feb 18, 2014 @ 16:08:45

    It often astounds me when people do get upset about people like David Guetta. I see jokes in my fb feed all the time and yet I think the fact that there are jokes/memes in a wider public sphere actually gives me a bit of happiness because you can’t make fun of something that isn’t there. That and the fact that before Guetta went pop he made some really good tunes same with Bob Sinclair and a few others.

    Instead of making jokes people should be thankful that the doors have been opened and the sacrificial lambs had come forth. Sometime in the near future those same people that are chastised will be viewed as ground breakers to a whole new world that is still like an iceberg, 90% below the surface otherwise known as the underground.

    Next time you see some nobody “hipster” make a joke at the expense of the oft ridiculed, much like asking a straight person who say being gay is a choice when they chose to be straight, ask them how is life going with your music career and what do they have to show for it other than playing a monthly for your buddy for free to about 10 folks.

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