EDM Artist Dennis Ferrer recently gave mybeatfix.com an interesting interview leading up to his upcoming show at the Avalon. It was a rare insight into EDM culture and the socio-economic differences between the music scenes in Europe and the United States:
The American scene’s radio and musical culture tends to be dominated by advertisers looking to take advantage and hold of the demographic that a specific genre of music contains. Hip-hop tends to be that genre here in America — hence dance music really doesn’t stand too much of a chance like it does in Europe. Inner city youths in the U.S. tend not to be attracted to dance music because dance music does not contain any references to which they can relate their “real life” to. It is why it will always be a niche genre here.
Everyone knows that the inner cities are where trends actually begin, from vocabulary to dress to musical change and directions. Dance music has been assimilated a bit more in Europe as they don’t have the same exact inner city issues that most minorities have grown up within the U.S. confines. So to them dance music is more of a happy good feeling thing. While hip-hop in the U.S. is more of an express my outrage at the world, braggadocio, get the money attitude that’s been fostered by the very people who later complain about it all for hefty profits, all at the expense of descending social and moral values. Once upon a time hip-hop was experimental and very fresh… today it’s just like a hot dog stand with soggy old hot dogs made by an inferior brand. They know you’re gonna buy it anyway even though you yourself know you’ll be sick later that night. LOL! It’s quite sad actually because this attitude has become socially acceptable and has seeped into the moral structure/fabric of our youth. Dance music doesn’t create these issues. It’s all about ‘lets have a good time’. In ending, I don’t know what the future holds but I sure hope that it’s a better one.
You can read the complete interview on mybeatfix.com.
Dennis Ferrer is performing at the Avalon Saturday, July 27th. Tickets are available here.