I spent a few hours this week speaking to Boise promoters from Knitting Factory, Revolution Center, Reef, Fatty's Bar and beyond about electronic dance music (EDM) — specifically, where it stands here. Is Boise catching up to the popularity of EDM in larger markets? Is there a true EDM scene here? Could this town get a Deadmau5 concert?
You'll find their answers in my Scene column tomorrow. Until then, here's a previously unpublished part of my recent conversation with Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction in a Sunday column. Farrell has DJed plenty in the past, including at China Blue in Boise.
I asked Farrell for his thoughts about EDM's popularity explosion in the past couple of years. Here's what Farrell said:
I think it’s really great. I’m really happy for all the musicians, the producers that produce the musicians, that are really driving the scene forward and have made it such a huge success.
I do think that there's going to be a turnaround. Maybe not necessarily the word "turnaround," but a leveling off, and people are going to want to hear and experience musicians that play strings and drums and everything else — probably start to want to hear them and see them more in the next few years.
As great as EDM is, the one thing that I don’t like about any scene is when it is too predictable. I want to go to a scene, I want to be submerged into a scene that it’s always something where people haven’t experienced it. And you go away from it going, "Man, I would go back there, I would go and do that again." I tell my friends, "You must do this. I haven't experienced this before." EDM, what happened was the world of pop, they caught up to the world of electronic dance music. And they started using electronic dance producers for all the pop coming up now. And whenever it gets too popular, I think that the fun is going to be driving back down into the underground with it.
I mean I love dance music — not necessarily for the current sounds. I loved going there and listening to guys that had maybe a minute, it took a whole minute to do a mix. Now they're mixing so quick, and everybody knows just what to do on the breakdowns, you know, they come back with their fist in the air. Sometimes ... I just think that they need a new shot in the arm. They need a new contribution, because it’s become a little too predictable. Not to say that it’s going to go away. It surely won’t, and I surely hope that it continues to evolve. But I also think that live music with live musicians and players are going to be now acknowledged because there’s a lot of work to do, and there's a lot of surprise and discovery when it comes to live musicians."
What do you think? Is it possible that EDM already has jumped the shark? Can it possibly not have after DJ Paris Hilton arrived on the scene?