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Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell Compares EDM Craze to Disco, Says Rock Will Rise Again

"They'll look at each other at the rave, and their E will kick in, and they'll go, this sucks."
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By Scott T. Sterling

With DJs and EDM producers taking over for rockers as the revered musical heroes among the world’s youth, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell compared modern dance music to disco while discussing what it would take for rock to return to pop culture dominance in a new interview with Howard Stern this week (June 18).

In response to Stern’s claims that the ’90s were the last good era for rock, Cornell mused on the current state of music and how the proliferation of beats and drops could actually inspire the next wave of guitar-wielding icons.

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“I actually heard somebody quoting a percentage the other day that 70 percent of people polled nowadays, and it must be young people, are into electronic dance music, and that that goes up every year,” Cornell said. “I don’t know how much more it can go up. The only thing I can say is that tends to be the beginning of a really great new movement in rock, which is the same thing that kind of happened when disco was dominating.

“All of a sudden then you had punk rock, that came as a reaction to it where everyone said, you know, this sucks. So maybe that will happen now. They’ll look at each other at the rave, and their E will kick in, and they’ll go, ‘this sucks.'”

Hear Cornell and Stern talk EDM versus rock around the 13:30 mark of the video below.

Cornell did concede that EDM is currently the most prevalent sound for young people around the globe while pondering the lifestyle aspects of the genre.

“This is the scary part, really, Howard,” the singer continued. “When you have a new generation of kids, and when I say kids I mean like, you know, 10- to 15-year-olds where that’s what they’re exposed to. To them, (EDM) is kind of a comfort music and it’s hard to really relate to that, but that’s where it gets scary. But I don’t think it’s beyond a reaction to it. Electronic dance music is something that’s very social. You have to be around a lot of people, and go sort of participate in it with people. When I was a kid growing up, I did a lot of listening to records in my bedroom alone, and it was very personal thing, and that’s what got me into wanting to be a musician. And I know that there’s just a lot of other people out there like that and there’s a lot of young people out there like that. So you’ll hear inspired rock music, it’ll happen.”

I actually heard somebody quoting a percentage the other day, that 70% of people polled nowadays, and it must be young people, are into Electronic Dance Music, and that it goes up every year, which I don’t know how much more it can go up,” Cornell begins. “The only thing I can say, is that tends to be the beginning of like a really great new movement in rock, which is the same thing that kind of happened when disco was dominating. All of the sudden then you had punk rock, that came as a reaction to it, where everyone said: ‘You know, this sucks.’ So maybe that will happen now.”Read More: Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell Predicts New Rock Revolution | http://loudwire.com/soundgarden-chris-cornell-predicts-rock-revolution/?trackback=tsmclip
“I actually heard somebody quoting a percentage the other day, that 70% of people polled nowadays, and it must be young people, are into Electronic Dance Music, and that it goes up every year, which I don’t know how much more it can go up,” Cornell begins. “The only thing I can say, is that tends to be the beginning of like a really great new movement in rock, which is the same thing that kind of happened when disco was dominating. All of the sudden then you had punk rock, that came as a reaction to it, where everyone said: ‘You know, this sucks.’ So maybe that will happen now.”Read More: Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell Predicts New Rock Revolution | http://loudwire.com/soundgarden-chris-cornell-predicts-rock-revolution/?trackback=tsmclip
“I actually heard somebody quoting a percentage the other day, that 70% of people polled nowadays, and it must be young people, are into Electronic Dance Music, and that it goes up every year, which I don’t know how much more it can go up,” Cornell begins. “The only thing I can say, is that tends to be the beginning of like a really great new movement in rock, which is the same thing that kind of happened when disco was dominating. All of the sudden then you had punk rock, that came as a reaction to it, where everyone said: ‘You know, this sucks.’ So maybe that will happen now.”Read More: Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell Predicts New Rock Revolution | http://loudwire.com/soundgarden-chris-cornell-predicts-rock-revolution/?trackback=tsmclip

I actually heard somebody quoting a percentage the other day, that 70% of people polled nowadays, and it must be young people, are into Electronic Dance Music, and that it goes up every year, which I don’t know how much more it can go up,” Cornell begins. “The only thing I can say, is that tends to be the beginning of like a really great new movement in rock, which is the same thing that kind of happened when disco was dominating. All of the sudden then you had punk rock, that came as a reaction to it, where everyone said: ‘You know, this sucks.’ So maybe that will happen now.”Read More: Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell Predicts New Rock Revolution | http://loudwire.com/soundgarden-chris-cornell-predicts-rock-revolution/?trackback=tsmclip
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