An Open Letter To The (unclassified) Electronic Dance Music Community
This week many of you may have read the open letters between two prominent Producer/DJ’s that stand on opposite ends of the dance spectrum. I would like to share my unbiased opinion as a musician of 20 years. My family does not have a musical background but I liked expressing myself through art. I began as a classically trained musician in middle school at the age of 11 and throughout my adolescence I played numerous instruments in different genres spanning Classical, Jazz, Ska, Hip Hop, Metal, Alternative Rock, Folk, and Electronic Dance Music. It was at age 14 when I discovered House music way past my bed time on FM radio. Around 21 I made my first mash-up by using an unorthodox method via a video editing program and for the past decade I have released dance music in various sub-genres spanning NuDisco, Electro, Dubstep, Moombaton, Deep, and Tech. When I look at the past 17 years and all of my experiences at raves, clubs, house parties, and festivals the thing I loved the most about dance music was simply this - there were never any fights. I grew up in poverty, surrounded by gang life. I had every pre-disposition of becoming a three strike offender. But I was a geek; a nerd and loved to dance. Electronic Dance Music is about the music and however that made you move. In the most cliche sense of the phrase it is about Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect. It was the family that I connected with the most.
E.D.M. By Definition:
It is mostly made electronically or digitally, and we dance to it. If you ask me, defining E.D.M. is simple. We have to accept the fact that Electronic Dance Music has become a mega genre like Hip Hop did in the early-90’s. Acts like N.W.A. and Public Enemy bred a new face of Hip Hop. When you research artists like 2pac and Biggie, they are often listed under ‘gangster rap,’ but I have a feeling that if you ask anyone who’s more Hip Hop, FLOrida or 2pac? I believe most of us would choose the latter. The problem is that many of us treat House music as if it is the first and the last but that unfortunately is not so. My mother raised me on a healthy amount of Disco and my immediate connection with House music when I was 14 was that ‘four on the floor.’ We would not have the foundation of House music rhythm without Disco. House is a sub-genre whether we like it or not. Regardless of the genre, the commercialization of an artist or song is what shifts the market range. That shift is what brings in the hoards of new festival and club goers. We need to understand that every mega genre has artists famous or infamous and these roles are played out throughout every single mega genre. Why is it that some of us support artists like 2Chainz or Rick Ross with our wallets yet bash guys like Avicii. Acts like Avicii in E.D.M. is akin to 2Chainz in Hip Hop. They are not for everyone but there is a market for it. Money is being made just as much as at StageCoach as it is at E.D.C. Let’s make one thing clear, this isn’t really about douchey artists, douchey fans, or the financial exploitation of music fans - it’s everywhere all of the time. Don’t let your opinion of what ‘dancing really is’ or what a ‘good time should really be about’ regulate your acceptance of true freedom of expression.
Instead of shots being fired back, Laidback Luke presents Seth Troxler with a beautiful bouquet of some real P.L.U.R. At first I wanted to write an open letter to Seth to express my disappointment with his contradictions and lack of openness. As a hardcore fan and lover of Seth, I have to admit that he sounded extremely ignorant and elitist. Doing coke off of a woman’s vagina is freedom of expression if it occurs in Germany but it is trashy in Florida? If you don’t know anything about Seth Troxler I just want to tell you that he’s actually really awesome, smart, and fucking hilarious. Please take the time to research him before you make up your mind on him or his music. Luke, you are a solid ambassador for dance music as a whole. Please don’t ever grow up and never stop partying. Much respect to both of you.
To my beloved, extended, adopted, and the few unwanted E.D.M. Family members:
I implore you to get over this petty debate. Don’t forget what you were like when you were 18 (or younger than that for a lot of us). We are going to war against each other when that’s not what any of this is about.
Remember - Peace, Love, Unity, Respect.
If you agree with me, please share and spread the word. #EDMFAM
Three Years Later is a track off of my new EP “Everything That You Have Ever Lost.”
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UPDATED Logo 2.0 I had a few friends tell me my old color scheme reminded them of TRON. No thanks. So I went with something simple but I like this better because it makes the center of the photo pop out more.
Fucking aye. Okay, so I like them. It took a very, very long time. But I wanna make something clear, remixing Horchata started off as a joke. One of my best friends loves this song and I thought it would be funny if I attempted to remix it. I heard it for the first time when I was in a dressing room inside of Urban Outfitters (obvii) at Fashion Island. I didn’t know who was singing the song but all I knew was that I hated it. When I found out it was Vampire Weekend I threw up a little bit in my mouth. So fast forward two months and I went crazy over Cousins and jumped on the wagon. I have this obsession with editing songs and manipulating the vocals to make it sound like the singer is saying something else. I ended up falling in love with the direction that my remix was going and I hope you like where it takes you.
First of all, Beach House = Grrrrrrrrreat. I tried to do them some justice on one of my favorite tracks off their new album Teen Dream. In fact, Norway is one of my favorite tracks of theirs, period. The remix was kicked off by the bass line and it had disco written all over it. My musical roots begin with Disco and Funk and this remix is an ode to where I came from.