Funkagenda’s unenviable defence of David Guetta
Wed 15th Jun, 2011 Newsin
There’s been no shortage of talk across the internet and especially on inthemix about dance music’s ballooning profile on the global stage and how it got there thanks in part to the efforts of French house veteran turned go-to dance-pop producer David Guetta. And needless to say a lot of that talk has been unflattering. At best.
But while the ‘heads might turn their noses up at Guetta and his famous mates on speed dial, it seems as though that feeling isn’t shared by all in the dance community, with EDM don Funkagenda coming to the Frenchman’s defence this week.
As pointed out by Data Transmission, Funkagenda’s Adam Walder this week penned a blog entry sticking up for a barely concealed “French and the complaints of commercialism is saying that yes, he is “selling out”, but he’s selling out “stadiums and festivals”.
While Funkagenda doesn’t mix his words about the “mainstream” crowd falling at Guetta’s feet, the DJ and producer insists that his towering presence in pop-culture consciousness serves as a gateway for new fans into the larger EDM scene, something which Funkagenda sees as a positive.
Check out the whole spiel below and let us know whether or not you agree with the defence.
Just doing a little post after a convo I had on twitter with an EDM fan. He claimed that a certain French DJ had “sold out” and “bastardised” dance music. On the surface you might think he had a point, but you have to look a little bit deeper to realise what utter poppycock that is. True, the un-named Parisian artist in question now makes what is closer to pop music than house music. But is it selling out? Of course not. And I know this to be true because of the following:
I could play my favorite seminal Sasha set, recorded at Privilage in 2002, to one of these new wave of ‘dance music’ fans and they would look at me like I was just playing them brown noise. “Where’s the vocals?”. “How do you dance to it?”.
But play one of monsieur’s tracks to them + they will bounce around the room like a spastic woodpecker on Adderall.
See, the thing is, this person would have NEVER liked the set that I played him/her, because they just aren’t wired that way. They want to hear simple riffs, hooky repetitive vocals and commands telling them to “Throw Their Hands Up” or “Rock The Party”. Does that sound like a Sasha and Digweed fan to you? No, me either.
So then ask yourself this question: Would I have gone to a club to listen to pop music before HE started making it? The answer In my case is a resounding no (unless I was VERY drunk and thought I had a chance with some college girl possibly).
So my conclusion is thus:
I don’t like pop music. I would rather listen to the wealth of more ‘intelligent’ dance acts out there…
Pop fans DO like this particular person’s music but will probably NOT be attending gigs or buying music of the aforementioned more ‘intelligent’ dance acts…
Hmmm… So… What exactly has changed? NOTHING, that’s what. He will continue to delight pop fans worldwide, and on rare occasions, will be a helpful gateway for newcomers to the EDM scene who might wanna do more than scratch the surface. However the more highbrow listeners out there will NOT be listening to him + will instead be prattling on about how things were better in the 90s, how everything is commercialised these days and generally dishing out vehemence about anything that anyone else likes…
Sounds like the same old EDM scene to me so you can all relax. Mr Guetta did NOT kill dance music…
Dammit… I was doing him anonymously wasn’t I? Oh poo.