The One Thing I Hate About Electronic Music Festivals
As an avid music festival attendee and a big fan of electronic music, I love to see that more electronic based music festivals are popping up across the country. The more festivals, the less time I will be spending at any “real job” over the summer. There’s something awesome and different about electronic festivals. The people are free and open and they just want to rage. Dance music has a way of getting people excited. Even if the music can’t really be considered “music,” the end game is always the same. Dance. But there’s just ONE thing about electronic music festivals that really grinds my gears. The remix.
Everyone and their grandmother wants to remix the most popular songs on the market. It’s a way to take something popular and make it their own. Remixing gives the freedom of already having something people like to begin with, the hardest part is making it unique. However, at an electronic music festival, the entire lineup is filled with DJs trying to do the same thing. Of course, not all producers are DJs and not all DJs decide to remix what’s popular. But say 50 artists on the lineup are DJs and 5 of them are headliners and those 5 decide to all remix the same Top 40 song. That means that I’m hearing the same song 5 times in one weekend. Given a rock, indie, hip-hop, or jam festival this would be unheard of! While it’s cool to hear different variations of a good tune, it gets old…fast.
Its no wonder that people officially hate songs like “Clarity” and “Levels.” It’ because they’ve been overplayed, over-remixed, and beat to death. When they came out, those songs were considered anthems, but now it’s all a joke. While it’s nearly impossible for artists to know what the next DJ is about to play, there’s gotta be some kind of variety at these festivals, otherwise the entire genre gets a bad wrap. Maybe it’s time for artists to take the Top 40 stuff out of their sets, or simply pick one to play instead of all of them. Because, if I hear another O.T. Genasis “Coco” remix, I’m going to lose it.
Rant over. Thanks for listening and don’t forget to stay unique.