Wow. Fake Blood is latest big name to become a victim of the commercialisation of electronic music as the DJ and producer was asked to leave the decks early for apparently not being EDM enough for the clubs VIP bottle service crowd. The news follows on from pop oxygen waster Justin Bieber acting up in the South Korean capital hounding UK artist Michael Woods whilst in the booth, demanding he play Hip Hop before throwing a punch at Michael’s Tour manager when his requests were rightly refused.
So is Seoul becoming the new Miami in terms of commercialism riding over artistic integrity? Perhaps but the problem doesn’t seem to be indicative of the rest of Asia’s reaction to Fake Blood with him posting on Facebook “Really enjoyed Bangkok and Hong Kong. Really good parties and people. Was also enjoying my set in Seoul but got taken off the decks early! Not EDM / commercial enough for the VIP bottle crowd I guess!”
The electro whizz and Fabric 69 curator then went on to bemoan the VIP culture that has infiltrated electronic music in recent years adding the type of music those same ‘VIPs’ want to listen to adding “It’s the same in any club in the world that has a large VIP / table section. Those VIPs spend a lot on tables and drinks, but usually are into garbage douchey music – so if they complain then it doesn’t matter what the kids on the dancefloor are doing – the DJ gets told to fuck off haha.”
We wouldn’t worry about it Theo, you’re in good company with the likes of Dennis Ferrer and DJ Shadow both asked to leave the decks in Miami because a few bottle buying morons decided they’d rather listen to ‘Levels’ for the millionth time. Now serious questions we’d like to ask here at Data Transmission are should clubs even have a VIP section in 2013? And if they shouldn’t, should we boycott the ones the do? It hardly seems fair that average punters pay to get in to see the likes of Fake Blood and then see some resident playing the contents of a few wealthy attendees itunes playlist does it?
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