I've been on a total and complete hip-hop binge for the last two years or so, only dabbling in EDM when it came to super mainstream acts like Daft Punk and Deadmau5. At the beginning of this year, however, I started getting more and more engrossed in it and even developed a fondness for dubstep. When I got into hip-hop I watched tons of documentaries, listened to many classic albums, absorbed lyrical techniques, and I basically immersed myself in the culture, as much as a white kid can without being douchy.
I've been to a few EDM shows as of late, and they've all been pretty mainstream acts. 3lau, Flux Pavillion, Bassnectar, etc. I follow these dudes and a bunch more on Facebook/Twitter, but yesterday it sort of dawned on me that I am to EDM what Drake fans are to hip-hop: that is, looked down upon for my ignorance to a culture I am unwittingly helping to destroy. Deadmau5 went on a rant that pissed a lot of people off, in which he claims all most non-turntable DJ's do on stage is "Push play", himself included. Given some of the reactions in my SHM Break-Up Thread got it's pretty obvious that there's a stigma against "Mainstream EDM", which I'm perfectly fine with. I just want to know why people find it inferior to the more obscure stuff.
Now, through following all these dudes on social networks, I've seen a lot of unrest in the form of comments and replies. Fans are worried about EDM becoming too mainstream, and thus, vulnerable to corporate meddling. Having jumped on the bandwagon pretty blatantly and recently with all of this, I can't help but feel I'm part of the problem. I don't really give a fuck whether a song is "mainstream" or not, because caring about that shit is just dumb: if you like it, listen to it. If not, fuck it then. But I want to educate myself about EDM in the way that I educated myself about hip-hop. When I started listening to rap I was that asshole that only liked super-lyrical artists. Now I've broadened my horizons much more, and for the better. I want to be on the same level with EDM, but holy fuck is it hard to keep up with all the new music. All the new bootlegs. DJ _____'s remix or DJ ______'s cut of DJ ________'s original song. It's exhausting.
So, why are all these DJ's getting pissed off and or worried about the future of EDM? Even Deadmau5 said it was a sinking ship, but I'm confused as to what he meant by that, since I'm obviously really new to all of this. This isn't a thread to post your favorite EDM track and nothing else, I really want some opinions here on what you value most in this music and why mainstream is or isn't satisfying that need. Educate me. I hope I haven't rambled too long.