Santigold takes aim at EDM and the industry: “It’s created a dismal landscape for music”

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It’s been four long years since Santigold (or Santogold, as she went by back then) released her debut album, so it’s unsurprising that she’d want to come back swinging with her second LP, Master of My Make-Believe. But it seems part of coming back with a splash for Santi White has been to aim some of those figurative punches at dance music, which she’s described as having “created a dismal landscape for music”.

In an interview with, Santigold expressed her distaste for America’s new darling, EDM. “I don’t really like that music, that sort of Euro-dance music, Ibiza-style,” she began. “I’ve never liked it, even when it was kind of new and underground.”

While it’s unclear exactly which genre she’s referring to, Santi goes on to state that artists today typically, “hire one of three producers, one of a couple of songwriters, and you pretty much get the exact same song every time. It’s created a dismal landscape for music, but it’s a sure bottom line for the record company.” But to give credit where it’s due, she does raise a valid point: “It’s shaping the music that we’re getting in a really unfortunate way.”

It’s not the first time this year this year Santigold’s expressed her gripes with today’s music scene. In an interview with Pitchfork in February, she took aim at everyone’s favourite punching bag, the gormless LMFAO. “I watched a music awards show last year and started crying afterwards. I just felt really sad that people go along with stupid wack shit,” she began. “I’m sorry, but LMFAO performed at the Super Bowl? Aren’t they a joke band? That type of shit makes me cry. I’m like, “Really?” Amen, sister.

While she’s also recently posed the question “Why do club bangers have to have stupid lyrics?” in an interview with FasterLouder this month, it seems that rather being limited to the dance side of things, Santi White’s disillusionment extends to the whole industry. “I’m disappointed with the state of music right now, but it’s not really about anybody specific,” she told Pitchfork. “I think there’s a lack of true art, and the fanfare is valued over actual substance.” Food for thought, that.

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