Steve Lawler: "This Electro-Pop-Dance Is the Worst Music I've Ever Heard in My Whole Life"

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Meet Steve Lawler at Wall Lounge for a pre-NYE party on December 28. Check out Crossfade's full New Year's Eve 2012 guide.

Dance music sucks. House music rules. Just ask British rave legend and Viva Music label boss Steve Lawler.

"Dance music is not the same as house music," Lawler told Crossfade in October. "Yes, it makes you dance -- we all know that! But what I have seen happen in America in the last two years is the explosion of commercial pop-electro-dance music. And so many people think it's the same culture, the same scene as what we do with house and techno, and it isn't! It so isn't."

To Lawler's ears, electronic tuneage should be deep, dark, sexy, gritty, even borderline criminal. Which only makes sense, considering the 38-year-old got his start on the party scene as a teenager, promoting and DJing illegal street raves in the shadow of England's M42 Motorway. "Those days were the real meaning of messy," he laughs. "You can't imagine what we used to get up to. I mean, we were having parties underneath a freeway!"

The video trailer for Steve Lawler and Detlef's Audition EP (Viva 086), available now via juno.co.uk and beatport.com.

No doubt, Lawler's now an entrenched member of electronic music's elite. But he's still all about those underground sounds. So whenever some crappy , Top 40 chart fodder creeps into his personal space, the man just can't keep himself from telling the truth.

"This electro-pop-dance that all the R&B artists are jumping on is the worst music I have ever heard in my whole life -- cheap, no soul, no meaning," Lawler says, disgusted. "[It's] only made to make money."

Steve Lawler. Wall Lounge, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. The party starts at 11 p.m. and tickets cost $50 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 21 and over. Call 305-938-3131 or visit wallmiami.com.

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jlenoconel
jlenoconel

Like any style of music, including hip hop and R&B, is that when it becomes overly commercialized it sucks.  It also sucks the life out of these genres, so that no one has any respect for the genre any longer.  Sad, but true.

seand23
seand23

Rock rules the world www.yourock.fm!

RizeOfTheFenix
RizeOfTheFenix

All electronic music sucks. "Disc jockeys" just stick on a record and scratch their ass while shouting "oggy oggy oggy.... " into a mic.

Matt Ohashi
Matt Ohashi

Lawler speaks the truth in a similar opinion of mine. I agree about the fact that "electro-pop-dance" sucks. Not to mention, it is, totally and fully made with the intention of appealing to a mass audience. While that works financially, it makes for a loss in the creative aspect of the music. Hopefully, the time will come when artistically and creatively driven music reaps the fruit of its labors in a similar fashion.

Harrison Brian
Harrison Brian

Steve is SOOOOO good.  His comments makes me so proud to be an American who appreciates "real" house music legends like Lawler...I don't need neon clothing or synth breakdowns to then fist pump like I'm at some punk concert.  I wanna GROOVE!

Sndlogan
Sndlogan

LMAO, "ONLY TO MAKE MONEY"  Next line "Tickets $50"  What a fake asshole.

Guest382
Guest382

You are ingnorant bastard.

Mr sensible
Mr sensible

Well you obviously have no idea. Those ticket proceeds may not necessarily be all for him. It is a club promotion.

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