Electronic music has claimed its spot in today’s industry. Recently, musicians have begun to move away from traditional instruments like guitars and drums, and are gravitating toward computers to manufacture music.
Too often it is not crafted out of talent and creativity, but rather mass-produced by machines devoid of imagination.
Look at the great music of the ‘60s and what it did for pop culture. From the greatest guitarist of all time, Jimi Hendrix, to Nirvana, musicians defined new genres.
These days, most “musicians” use ready-made loops and autotune as a crutch for lack of talent. Many just take samples of other peoples’ music and “make the dirtiest bass they can,” said James Blake, a singer-songwriter.
One of the most successful ongoing music festivals in the world, Coachella, was criticized this year. Angry fans blasted the lineup on the message boards, claiming it was “lame as hell,” referring to artists like David Guetta, Afrojack and SebastiAn.
Electronic music is popular and has its place in movies, TV and video games. Strangely, it does have a way of making pulse-pounding moments a little more intense. But David Guetta’s fast-paced dance music should be limited to those climactic moments and not be in people’s classic album collections 20 years from now.
Instead of buying the next LMFAO or Skrillex album, maybe pick up a classic album like Led Zeppelin’s Mothership. Soon music like that may be extinct, but at least you can play air guitar to it.