EDM's Five Biggest Hacks

Steve Aoki
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.

See also: EDM: How to Succeed in Five Easy Steps!

Diplo
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.

See also: Six Reasons to Never Have Sex With a DJ


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31 comments
jleegreatjob
jleegreatjob

You could easily fit this onto one page. That you didn't shows that this blog is just a means to generate revenue with clicks. Weak.

uuhm
uuhm


"Music Blog's Worst Writer Hacks" is a long ass list these days but you've certainly guaranteed yourself a spot on it Kat congratulations. This took up 3 whole pages wow! University of Florida must be proud!

trubymj
trubymj

look at all the shitty bro-step, edm, nut-huggers rushing in getting all defensive. lol
Don't know if this is commercial embrace or denial lol

trubymj
trubymj

learn how to spin vinyl first then we can take you seriously as a dj 

baza
baza

pathetic article 

thekid92584
thekid92584

just another jealous blogger who isn't reaching his own goals

gutterbutterpr
gutterbutterpr

lol like sickboy says  "It's not bad, but it's not great either, is it?

ebooshworld
ebooshworld

I'm a up and coming DJ/Producer, I love what I do a lot, it's my life.  I feel like the article may be a bit off on Diplo here.. He's a trendsetter if anything, not a follower, I'm pretty sure he could have been a more pop success if he wanted to but instead he's making music with small time artists and helping them build a career like Nicky Da B, Big Freedia and Dominique Young Unique.  The other dudes.. I can't say anything for them.  Carnage is so full of himself, Hardwell has like 2 songs I can name, "D-Guetta" (Thanks Flo Rida) sold his ass out and didn't have the decency to tell people he wanted to be a pop star like Afrojack.  Man, I'm just disappointed with EDM right now, I want to love it but these guys make it difficult for me.

Like Skrillex said when he won his first grammy, his success raised up every other electronic artist out there, I feel that's what the community should do, never hold yourself above the others in it.  It's when we work together that we achieve the most.

Michael Hummel
Michael Hummel

Joel Eric Brian Chiaino I know you'll appreciate this

scott1072
scott1072

A writer writing what's been written 100 times? I think that's the definition of hack. How about an original idea and something that supports music instead of crapping on it. 

homo99kissez
homo99kissez

Kat has big boobs and I want to motorboat them. 

Tim Kling
Tim Kling

You meant to write EVERY DJ since the death of vinyl turntablism, right?

Elvira Astorga-Cisneros
Elvira Astorga-Cisneros

I knew this ... When what's his name cancelled his tour cause he lost his flash drive !!! So sad!!

ind3lible
ind3lible

Kat said "your handlers run your life"

lol


Shots fired.

Giovanny Flores
Giovanny Flores

Vanessa Rolon Brenda Bonnie Luisa Maria Gomez Elvira Astorga-Cisneros

garylu
garylu

He's mentioned in the very first part of the article. 

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