We all know how the saying goes, “beef is when your moms ain’t safe up in the streets,” though I sincerely doubt Deadmau5 is gonna get to clappin’ (and have your body parts mix-n-matchin’) any time soon. But that didn’t stop the foam-domed producer from spending his Rolling Stone cover time taking shots at pretty much anyone who he saw as violating the artistic integrity of EDM:
“David Guetta has two iPods and a mixer and he just plays tracks – like, ‘Here’s one with Akon, check it out!’,” he said. “Even Skrillex isn’t doing anything too technical. He has a laptop and a MIDI recorder, and he’s just playing his shit … People are, thank God, smartening up about who does what – but there’s still button-pushers getting paid half a million. And not to say I’m not a button-pusher. I’m just pushing a lot more buttons.”
And it didn’t stop there, because when this video surfaced of a desperately-trying-to-stay-relevant Paris Hilton (not) DJing, the Grammy-nominated rodent went off on his blog, typing out an even lengthier rant about the state of EDM and his desire to “put on my life jacket and swim as far away from this shipwreck as fast as i can.”
Only problem is, the mouse is pretty mainstream his own self, and Dave Clark had to put his “way too overstretched opinion on everyone and everything” on blast, in part leading to this post, where DM5 detailed the (lack of) involvement in his own live show. But the most scathing criticism came from A Guy Called Gerald who is just as protective of the genre he loves:
I know who you are. You are some record company or failed journalist asshole left over from the last century who is jealous of the way electronic music is working in this brave fast new century. The only button you and people like you are interested in pushing is a nuke for the Palestinians. You come into our system that we have nurtured for the last 25 years, trick hardworking people into giving you their money, con honest promoters, take large sums of money out of the system and then spit back into our faces that YOU are tricking everyone.
I agree there are loads of people like you who do fake it. It is easy with the software you are using. Don’t worry we are going to find ways of stopping you. You greedy rat head fuck.
Ruh roh, Raggy. Deadmau5 has since replied (without actually replying), but expect this war of words to continue to make its internet rounds for the rest of the week at least. Is anyone in the right here? Personally, I’m on team Paris… wait what?- Pool Captain