By Scott T. Sterling
In a thoughtful, occasionally pointed blog post, producer/DJ Kaskade has drawn parallels between dance music 2014 with rock music back in 1969, detailing how current EDM events like Electric Daisy Carnival embody the same spirit and ethos that emerged from the legendary Woodstock music festival.
“Recently a reporter asked me how it felt to be returning to the original ground of Woodstock for Mysteryland festival. It caught me off guard a bit and I had to take a moment to think about it,” Kaskade wrote on his Tumblr account, referencing the two-day dance event happening over this Memorial Day weekend. “Electronic Music is having a moment. And we are living in it…During the original Woodstock, rock was still cutting its teeth on pop culture. Like electronic music now, it was mired in tales of rampant drug use and accused of having little musical merit. It terrified the moral authority, with its sexuality and racial mixing. And music critics went crazy describing the act of plugging in an electric guitar as simple and crude, a violation of the heritage of the past…The parallels between where we are now and what was happening back in the late ’60s can’t be ignored.
“Now electronic music is poised to be able to mirror what our predecessors did,” he continued. “This summer more than 500,000 people will attend (Electric Daisy Carnival) over 3 days in Las Vegas. Our goal isn’t to violate taboos, for the sake of shock value, but to push things forward.”
Kaskade goes on to join Deadmau5 in firing back at Arcade Fire for singer Win Butler‘s recent Coachella comments that have been construed as anti-EDM, as well as mentioning a cheeky video produced by Rolling Stone‘s Italy division that takes a decidedly harsh view of modern dance music.
“To be involved with pushing music forward, changing the conversations about it and setting fire to arguments that it’s not ‘real’ music, in the shadow of The Who and Sly & the Family Stone is hugely inspiring,” Kaskade added. “There was a cultural shift with the original Woodstock. People figured out that Janis Joplin was more than a singer. Santana is more than a guitarist. There’s more to electronic music than guys pressing play on their iPods, repetitive beats and ravers wearing fuzzy boots. This is the right moment and the proper real estate to bring this truth to the forefront. I look forward to being part of this new history and bringing my sound along for the ride. Our time is now.”