Deadmau5 criticises festivals and says EDM is dying

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Toronto DJ Deadmau5 has launched a scathing attack on music festivals, claiming that they are “being branded bigger than the acts”.

Deadmau5, real name Joel Zimmerman, has never been shy to express his feelings, and in an interview with The Evening Standard he explains his irritation towards major festivals, revealing that he won’t be playing them anymore.

He said: “It’s another thing I can’t f*****’ stand, you know? Festivals are being branded bigger than the acts, which is totally backwards in my head. It’s ’cause of those acts that you’re a festival! Who wins? The promoter. The guy who’s throwing this festival that’s branded bigger than you, that you think you’re awesome for headlining. It’s a shame, so that’s why I’m pulling out.”

The man in the mask also spoke about his belief that EDM is on the way out.

“As they say, the rat is the first one to jump off the boat when it starts going down, and that’s kind of what’s happening. It’s already been going down the last couple of years, for me. Maybe not in the industry. Maybe there’ll be a whole new herd of sheep following that shit, and f****** good luck.

“Disco had a longer run than EDM has, to be honest about it, and that died in a f****** hurry. EDM is way more susceptible because that was in a time when they didn’t have mass social media and all that shit. It’s not gonna be me saying, ‘OK, EDM’s done’, and the whole thing falls apart, but I think it’ll eventually f*** itself so hard.”


Image: Wikimedia Commons


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3 thoughts on “Deadmau5 criticises festivals and says EDM is dying”

  1. Sp3ak3rSpor3 says:

    Deadmau5 is a troll, and a joke in the EDM scene. No one should take his opinion seriously. Just fade away and quit being a bitch, Joel.

    • Zomfg says:

      A joke? C’mon he;s been in the scene for years now and he knows what is talking about. Maybe not only because of the festivals themselves, but a huge quantity of people are generalizing the genre and that shit isn’t sutaintable. EDM is finishing its 15 min of fame…

  2. Roland Wolfe says:

    I would have liked some more specific criticism. Like how fucking empty the majority of people are that go to e-music shows now. 10 years ago it was all hippies and love… now its just whores and bar stars. Too bad. Go listen to some real music

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