EDM's Five Greatest Delusions

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Phillip Seymour Hoffman, playing the legendary rock journalist Lester Bangs in the film Almost Famous, once said the most brilliant thing about modern music.

"They're trying to buy respectability for a form that is gloriously and righteously dumb. The day it ceases to be dumb is the day it ceases to be real, and then it just becomes an industry of cool."

He then posited that the war is over; they won. The sad thing is, he's right, and if we update this to modern times, we need only replace "rock 'n' roll" with "EDM."

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Dance music in America has become so bloated and commercial, it's ceased to be the silly backbeat for drug use and underground escape that we all knew and loved.

It's mostly just silly noises and garbage lyrics strung together to resemble a feeling, but some would have you buy into the idea that EDM is a lofty enterprise that's greater than us all. To the people peddling this crap, though, it's not about making good music; it's about making money. And the poor kids who buy into their racket are straight delusional.

"We're Changing the World With This Music"
People seem to think there's a great togetherness unifying the human race because of the overwhelming commercial success of dance music. Last time we checked, "EDM" hadn't brought politicians any closer to shaking hands over the Great Aisle of America. The new Tiësto record won't #BringOurGirlsBack. All those plastic beads are destined (at best) for a landfill, never to biodegrade and certainly not to help fight against this recent national report on climate change. Y'all realize the world isn't just everyone on your college campus, but actually a collection of seven billion bumbling consciousnesses trying to eat, right? Things are bleak out there, and heading to TomorrowWorld is doing literally nothing to help your fellow man.

"EDM" doesn't even unify people within EDM. We hear lots of talk about how people who prefer other genres of music are "basic" or "pretentious" or "on drugs" or "boring" or "only like it because it's cool." Music blogs are quick to point out that "EDM" is a catchall term used by marketers to lure 15- to 23-year-old kids into spending hundreds of dollars on paint-by-numbers tunes "produced" by carefully manufactured personalities. Dance music has no political or social agenda beyond making you dance, so why all the self-importance?

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aff693
aff693

ill stick to warped tour and seeing local bands at bars thank you. alot cheaper and better people

Alejo
Alejo

yeah well done you gave a rant about the commercial music industry. You just don't listen to the right 'EDM'. And why would we want to help the world by going to tomorrowworld? we can help the world by doing other things, a little fun is allowed too once in a while. Sorry but your brainless rant and unrelated arguments are as appalling as the commercial music INDUSTRY. 


There's still some very good Electronic music out there. 

Slime
Slime

It's too easy to sit and point at the Dance music phenomenon...  Nothing is authentic if money is involved.... Think about it. 

EzƦă VɅǹ
EzƦă VɅǹ

People hated Benny Goodman's Sing Sing Sing as it was too racy, people hated Elvis and rock and roll, people hated Disco, people hated Metal, people hated grunge, people hated punk, people hated new wave, people hated rap. "People" hated every music scene. It's just what happens when you get older. The main reason the kids love it is that the old folks hate it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2S1I_ien6A&feature=kp

Alfred Guerra
Alfred Guerra

As someone who has been in to "EDM" for well over a decade, I think I know where this author is coming from. Disillusionment and frustration as to how the scene has changed. You can still find glimmers of what it was but its harder and harder to find. A new generation will inevitably change what it once was and make it their own. For better or worse the scene has changed as a result. You just have to dig a little deeper for the good stuff and the semblance of the scene (before anyone ever heard the term EDM) as it once was.

Carlos Spartacus
Carlos Spartacus

Not saying all EDM is bad, but to say there is not a "social agenda" is misleading with lyrics such as "turn off your mind" and "I lure you in so slow, into a new religion in a cold where we both cope" Its just blatantly shady

Kenia West
Kenia West

Eeh edm is just like the other movements.. remember the 60s? Ppl had the chance to change n it was clouded by bs n drugs.. then the 90s conscious hip hop but it was infiltrated by lil wayne n now all we got is YOLOOO..

Analise Calleiro
Analise Calleiro

I hate everything about this fucking article. EDM can change the world. Where else do people put their fucking differences aside (race, creed, gender, sexual orientation), love each other, and live in the moment? Sure, you can do this every day - but the power of THOUSANDS acting as one collective can elevate your soul. These kids are our future leaders, innovators, and educators. Sure, we're not saving the planet or feeding Africa.. but its the right step towards tolerance, peace, and love. ... I feel like whenever the Miami New Times runs out of shit to write about, they bash anything EDM. @katsayskill , I would love to collaborate with you on an article about all the POSITIVE things EDM & EDM related brands like PLUR Warriors, Electric Family, and Food for Thoughts, do right here in the 305.

Tyler Huyser
Tyler Huyser

Popular culture screwing with a counter-culture's image isn't a first, historically.

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