As EDM continues to gain popularity with the masses, what are its effects of widespread popularity on the artists? How have artists who labored in obscurity until fairly recently handled their newfound fame? There are three examples in this week’s news:
- Deadmau5 in a recent interview talked about the influence that the band KISS had on him and his own live shows. After making it clear that he is not a fan of their music, he went to compliment the theatrical qualities of their stage show. He also praised the spectacular aspects of Trent Reznor’s live performances. He went on to say that not only was bored with performing in front of legions of adoring fans, the only thing that still excites him these days is high stakes gambling.
- Swedish DJ Avicii is one of new stars in this latest resurgence of the genre. He is presently among the highest paid DJs in the world according to Forbes Magazine. The 23 year-old recently opened for Madonna at Yankee Stadium and has stated that one of the results of his stardom is that he now gets to work with a wider field of talent. Avicii intends to make the most of his 15 minutes by collaborating with a variety of artists but states that he intends to remain true to his identity.
- Perhaps in the most blatant example of EDM going mainstream, Skrillex is going to appear in an animated movie. By Disney, no less. The movie is called Wreck-it Ralph and he will be providing the soundtrack as well as making an appearance.
As EDM continues to shed its hipster image, will the genre become even more popular or jump the shark?