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Perry Farrell, Co-founder of Lollapalooza, Hates EDM: "I sometimes cringe at my own festival”

"I want to vomit it out of my nostrils."
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Perry Farrel at Lollapalooza in 2012. (Samuel Vega/HOY)

Perry Farrel at Lollapalooza in 2012. (Samuel Vega/HOY)

Perry Farrell, the frontman for Jane's Addiction and co-founder of Lollapalooza, has recently shared his thoughts on the current state of EDM.

Speaking with the Chicago Tribune, Farrell expressed that he absolutely hates what EDM has become. As someone who curates a major festival in the United States, he's very much aware of everything happening in the music industry, especially with the trends regarding EDM. After all, the stage at Lollapalooza that's named after him, Perry's Stage, focuses primarily on dance music.

“When they said they wanted to name a stage after me (when the festival relaunched in 2005), I was honored,” says Farrell. “I like the adulation. But now you say, ‘Perry, what’s going on with your area here?’ Believe me, I’ve got questions myself. I hate EDM. I want to vomit it out of my nostrils. I can’t stand what it did to what I love, which is house music, which was meditative, psychedelic — it took you on a journey. … I sometimes cringe at my own festival.”

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Farrell said he “grew up attending clubs and dancing to house music and has been doing DJ gigs since the ’90s,” so he's familiar with the foundation of the culture. Today's scene is far different form what it used to be back in the '90s, in terms of what's popular. That being said, there is still amazing dance music being produced, so it's a shame Lollapalooza isn't able to dig deeper when booking acts for Perry's Stage.

Lollapalooza co-founder Marc Geiger echoed Farrell's sentiment, saying it's difficult in today's industry to curate a lineup consisting of amazing act throughout. “Perry is right,” he says. “Commercial EDM has peaked, it sounds tired. … When you book 170 acts per festival and don’t want to repeat yourself, you run out of greatness and you start compromising. When you’re dealing with 14 acts like the old days, it was easy to find ‘great.’ When you get past 100 bands, it’s hard to get greatness, really inspirational greatness.”

Last year Lollapalooza hosted EDM acts like Alesso, Kaskade, Bassnectar, NGHTMRE, Kygo, What So Not, and many more. This year there is no shortage of EDM either, in fact there is even more, as Major Lazer, Martin Garrix, Hardwell, Oliver Heldens, Audien, Bro Safari, Flosstradamus, and Adventure Club, among others, are all due to perform. The festival will take place on July 28, in Grant Park, Chicago.


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