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Are People Bashing EDM Just Too Old?

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I find EDM obnoxious, boring and I have zero interest at attending an EDM event,… but may be I am old, too old for that repetitive one-note pumping for hours, may be EDM is gonna be mainstream soon, may be it will be the only type of music that the next generations will be listening to, but in this case I am happy I will be dead. It’s all the same to my ears, cheesy, stereotyped and formulaic, an insipid soup for drug and youth lovers… can you imagine a 50 something dressed up like these girls moving their buts behind the DJs? Ridiculous and impossible. Raised on an ecstasy diet, these girls are fit, young, wear Technicolor glasses, fur boots, flower crowns at the top of their heads, and the tiniest bikini they can find. This is a celebration of youth culture to its highest degree, and older people simply can’t find anything for them in this scene. I don’t and I am not the only one.

Two recent events did remind me this. First the Coachella incident: Win Butler slammed EDM: ‘Shout out to all the bands still playing actual instruments at this festival’, he said after two guys dressed up like Daft Punk took the stage during Arcade Fire’s set at Coachella. For many, Iman included, it was a critique of the genre, a critique of a trend currently going on at the festivals in general: more and more EDM, and less and less ‘real music’. Pretentious? May be but if you read the comments on Coachella message board and other Reddit, the crowd was bigger for the EDM acts than for Arcade Fire, some people were even amazed they have room to move and wrote: ‘Also, their set was super, super unattended, and muse was even more so than that. This could be their critique on how their music is no longer appreciated and how people get more excited to see a guy on a computer than a live band’. People at Coachella, meaning young people of course. Deadmau5 didn’t appreciate Win’s bitter remark, but this is another story…

Then a few days ago, another attack on EDM by savvy celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain in his CNN show. This guy is good friends with QOTSA’s Josh Homme and has featured Fucked Up on his shows, so he knows about music! Whatever, he is old, like me, and slammed EDM on both cheeks during his episode at Las Vegas:

‘It’s a DJ’s world and where once they used to say, ‘Cocaine is God’s way of saying you have too much money,’ now, maybe EDM is’, he said during the show, ‘Come ye lords and princelings of douchedom. Hear my clarion call. Anointeth thyself with gel and heavenly body spray. Maketh the sign of the devil horns with thine hands. Let there be high fiving and the hugging of many bros, for this is the kingdom and the power’.

Of course, you can think that Butler and Bourdain are two old douches themselves and may be they are, but Butler is not that old,… still he is 34 turning 35 and may be already too old for EDM? I just wonder, is it totally an age thing? Is there any value in EDM or is EDM bashing legitimate?

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