By now you may be well aware that Diplo was recently named "Dance Artist Of The Year" by Billboard, but that announcement was paired with an interview in which the producer said EDM is "really lame" and the industry is "a sinking ship".
"The DJ world is the corniest f--ing group of people. We're not celebrities, we're not famous for any good reason. We're just ... really lame. Besides people like Dillon Francis, who makes fun of the whole thing, or Calvin Harris, it's a sinking ship. It's a really lame culture. I'm sad that I'm part of it, but I play the game."
This was met with backlash by fans who criticized Diplo for pioneering the culture that he is now calling "lame". Many would consider Diplo to be one of the main artists who was pushing the "EDM" sound and it's almost like he's bashing himself and the monster that is the dance music industry, which he had a hand in creating. With that in mind, Bingo Players seemed to respond to Diplo's comments, saying "whining bitch DJs" should "be grateful for the life you live."
Reid Speed might have said it best last year when she discussed how marketing became the primary focus, and the role money has played in the new EDM world.
"No underground is without flaw. But the majority of the scene was there for the pure joy and love the music brought us. Today, many a festival has traded this authentic experience for a commodity that can be purchased, consumed, and discarded with about as much thought as a we give a plastic water bottle. And sure, most underground cultures historically have been co-opted in similar manners. But the scene we built was not a corporate cash cow for an elite business class who profited handsomely at the expense of the skilled but less-well-marketed. It was a true supply and demand culture of talent and appreciation. I firmly believe real artists deserve to make a fair living off their art."