Perry Farrell, Lollapalooza Founder, Hates EDM, Wants a New Festival Without the Darned Thing
The debate over the EDM and its value seems like a throwback to 2010 now. If you'll remember, back when Deadmau5 and Skrillex were rising up the charts and taking coveted headline slots away from guitar bands, the old guard got all mad and pissy at having to share their stage with DJs that they saw as lazy and pointless. Legacy musicians like Dave Grohl got all sarcastic about the genre, Arcade Fire shouted out “all the bands still playing actual instruments” at Coachella, and on SNL Andy Samberg adopted the role of DJ Davvincii, hovering over a big red button with the word “BASS” written on it, being handed bags of cash as he went along. God, what a simple time that was. Take me back.
But while we may have forgotten all this as EDM softened and bled into chart hits, Perry Farrell, the founder of Lollapalooza and frontman for Jane’s Addiction, has not. He’s mad that EDM acts still get a platform at his festival and, damn it all to hell, it stops here. “I hate EDM,” he told the Chicago Tribune. “I want to vomit it out of my nostrils. I can’t stand what it did to what I love, which is house music, which was meditative, psychedelic — it took you on a journey. I sometimes cringe at my own festival.” via Noisey