EDM's Five Biggest Hacks
This guy is great at running a label. Dim Mak was a leading tastemaker of the early 2000s indie explosion. Aoki and crew released material from such incredible artists as Bloc Party, Klaxons, Fischerspooner, the Von Bondies, Battles, MSTRKRFT, the Blood Brothers. That's a great lineup. Suddenly, he decided to come out of the shadows and start DJing. Why? We also interviewed Steve back in 2010 and asked what inspired him to go from label head to active musical participant. Dude actually admitted, and we paraphrase slightly, "I was throwing Dim Mak parties, and I saw that the DJ was getting all the attention, and I was like, 'This is my party. I should be getting the attention.' So I started DJing -- of course, a love for the music and craft followed with that." OH, NICE SAVE, DOUCHE CAPTAIN. We can tell how much you love the craft by the attention to fucking detail. You really killed it by adding those screams to "Warp." Go. Away.
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This is probably the saddest tale in all of EDM history. Diplo was the fucking man. He was the bright future of cross-genre mixing, the champion of the sound pushers, the badass who put together "Paper Planes." He brought light to the darkest regions of the world and introduced us to some of the funkiest sounds the ghettos of anywhere have to offer. He was a real authentic icon. Now what does he do? Produce really tired-ass mixes for BBC Radio 1, follow trends like some kind of slave, and talk shit about his own friends on Twitter. What a fucking slag, right? We want to love Diplo so freakin' bad, but like Sick Boy says in Trainspotting: "It's not bad, but it's not great either, is it? And in your heart, you kind of know that although it sounds all right, it's actually just shit." He wasn't always a hack, but because he now seems to put money-making opportunities ahead of artistic expression, we have to say he's become one.
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