Let me tell you about one of the most popular songs of my time. When it was first released, it almost immediately entered the Top 100 Billboard charts. In the next few months, it kept jumping up and up and up to the #3 spot, where it remained for six weeks. If that’s not enough, it stayed on the Top 100 for another nine months It was talked about all over the world and was featured in many magazines, shows, and cover songs by various independent musicians.
What masterpiece must this be, to get so much attention? The Black Eyed Peas - “My Humps.”
I’m sure you’re groaning right now, hating me for putting that abomination back in your head. Do you remember when that song hit the radio? I wanted to tear out my ears. Yet, such a shitty song brought in MILLIONS for the BEP gang.
How about another song? It’s a song about a love lost in the poison of adultery, and the damage it has caused my friend. That song makes me cry thinking of all the hurt that poured that beautiful composition. Yet you have not, and will not hear it, probably ever. Why is this?
The reason is that these days, music is not recognized anymore for how good the musicianship is, the message behind it, or even how much effort someone puts into it. The entire industry is now just focused on catchy, repetitive, unoriginal bullshit.
As a dubstep artist, I can say that I have witnessed the complete destruction of a genre by lack of originality, talent, and musical knowledge. When dubstep first leaked to USA, I remember hearing the reggae beats layered with deep, soothing bass and ambient leads. I remember partaking in some illegal uses to help amplify the good vibes that came from it. Dubstep was fresh, new, social, fun. Then along came Brostep.
This is the kind of dubstep that you are familiar with now. Ridiculously hard, screaming basses, piercing screeches, glitchy crazy drums. This change was made very easy. Once someone made a newer, harder sound, they could get a fanbase for being “original” or “groundbreaking,” when in truth, they were just layering more and more distortion onto shittily made Massive presets.
But this isn’t about how talented they are. It’s just about how good of a show they can throw, right?
Wrong. Most of these heavy-hitters that I’ve seen throw really poor shows. My dream EDM show is one that goes cross genre, changing up the beat and how you dance, letting you give full expression of movement.
Most shows that actually get thrown are just a bunch of sweaty dudes jumping around, with DJs who mash sync buttons playing the same 140 beat over and over until your ears are bleeding from all of the high pith frequencies and such high amplitude.
Basically, stop being all about Hype. just because a song has a big name on it does not make it good. The reason people like Beiber are big now is because too many people have tolerated that kind of bullshit for too long. Focus on good music, and we can get to a better, more creative wave of melodies. Keep liking the same bullshit, and we’ll keep going on this same slippery slope to someone who is even WORSE.