As the stage lit up and music began to flow at last night’s ASOT 550 show in San Bernardino, California, it was pretty obvious to most that we were in for a long festive night. While many of us were directly in attendance, countless others watched and listened from the comforts of our own homes via the ASOT website, courtesy of Armin and Co. And while we were all preparing for the epic line-up of DJ’s, which was sure to include many of our favorite performers playing many of our favorite records, I don’t think we were adequately prepared for yet another disheartening reminder of what’s been plaguing EDM for so long: The degradation of our PLUR.
DJ Fei Fei, started off the afternoon as one of the opening performers, playing her typical trademark sound. For the average Fei Fei fan, this was pretty standard stuff and quite expected. But for the rest of us, she played a set almost exclusively consisting of the only style of music that is capable of bringing out the worst in EDM subculture, eliciting only the most hateful and vitriolic comments we could ever muster. Fei Fei performed a genre(s) so disparate from the central theme of the event, so obtrusively noisy, that she almost completely alienated herself from the Internets. She did the absolute unthinkable at A State of Trance and paid dearly for it. Yes, she played Dubstep.
When the news first came in via my Facebook feed, my first reaction was that of humor. I had a friend or two questioning the music in a polite manner, to which I paid no mind. But it only took a few minutes before I was linked to her Facebook Fan Page, which was seemingly under attack, completely inundated with comments utterly trashing her, her performance, and her music. I read through quite a few of them before notching off another tick in my “things to lose faith in humanity about” notebook. I was happy to see some supportive comments, even by those who admittedly didn’t like Dubstep …READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE here on BeatsMedia.com
Another great article is by Rachel Rixam, Who is REALLY killing our Trance scene? I think it extends to the entire EDM scene. It’s one thing to be critical, another to spread hate through hurtful and mean comments. It’s about love people … don’t forget that! And for those of you that tolerate your friends hating, remind them kindly and give those people a hug!