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BILL BREWSTER: "EDM TAKES ITS CUE FROM STADIUM ROCK" By Patrick Swift

25 November 2012
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BILL BREWSTER: "EDM TAKES ITS CUE FROM STADIUM ROCK"

DJing expert and documenter Bill Brewster thinks "EDM has effectively bypassed the club culture on which house and techno were founded".

Following Calvin Harris' outburst at the BBC on Twitter earlier on this week, the state of electronic dance music and the notion of prerecorded DJ sets has once again come into question.

In a column written for the Guardian, Brewster has stated: "Prerecording sets is a curious phenomenon, because it's the live interaction between DJ and dancefloor where the real fun occurs. Without the ability to change the mood, change the tempo, change the style, you're nothing more than a jukebox that needs a toilet break every so often."

The writer went on about DJ superstars such as Tiësto: "Two seasons ago, I spent a night checking out all the big clubs in Ibiza and was struck by how surprisingly dull a lot of it is these days. Tiësto's performance at Privilege looked like 10,000 people waiting for the world's largest bus to arrive."

It's quite a scathing report, but there is undoubtedly some truth in what Bill Brewster, who wrote the book 'Last Night A DJ Saved My Life' with Frank Broughton, is saying.

TAGS: BILL BREWSTER / EDM / FRANK BROUGHTON / HOUSE / TECHNO

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