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Deadmau5 Issues EDM Rant



The sun to rise. It to rain at least once during Glastonbury. DJ Sneak to be at war with someone on twitter. People breathe oxygen. Deadmau5 to be controversially pouring scold on the EDM scene. Some things in life are just universal truths that we’ve become so used to that we almost take them for granted, thus when it was brought to our attention that Canadian mouse-head wearing producer Deadmau5 had again launched a vitriolic rant about the current state of electronic music were less than surprised.

So with another vigorous venting on the cards we checked out Deadmau5, real name Joel Zimmerman’s latest sardonic outburst this time in response to fellow EDM superstar Afrojack’s assertion that good music always makes its way to the top. Speaking at the EDMbiz conference in Las Vegas Afrojack stated “There’s no bubble – it’s simple. If you make good music, you succeed; if you don’t, you won’t.”

Then cue Canadian fury as Zimmerman attributes his comments to ““our new corporate ‘EDM’ overlords” before adding that the current definition of “good music” means whether or not it fits a certain formula stating “Good as in sounds like every fuckin other edm track out there good? I’m inb4 this whole ordeal gets oversaturated with ‘good’ music. Don’t make good music. Make music that matters to you.”

This is not the first time the producer has lashed out the industry with a similarly angry rant last month against Ultra Music for claiming they were holding back the unveiling of his records and comparing the dance scene to the dramatic decline of Hip Hop into commercial oblivion but whilst we think there is truth in everything Mr. Mau5 has had to say we can’t help but think that the music he has released over the years and endorsements he’s undertaken are pretty far away from the solution to the problems he’s rightly pointed out. Is he really worried about the health of electronic music or frustrated that major labels are giving him what he wants personally? In completely unrelated news a pot called a kettle black…

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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