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Tiësto: 'EDM now just means all the music you're not supposed to play'

Trance god talks about to Billboard about EDM, and the future of the scene

  • Mixmag
  • 9 January 2015
Tiësto: 'EDM now just means all the music you're not supposed to play'

Tiësto has weighed in to the old 'value of EDM' argument this week in Las Vegas as he pondered over the future of the scene and acknowledged the negative connotations of the biggest ticket in dance music at the moment.

"EDM used to be a term for all of electronic dance music," he said to Billboard at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas this week, "but now it just means all the music that you're not supposed to play. It became the new trance. It got popular, so now we're all into deep house. And soon we'll be over that.

"You can't win. I wish we could have just stuck with EDM, honestly, because we finally had a term that captured everything in one big family, like jazz. But, no. We had to be hip."

The DJ/producer also talked about his recent branding work with 7UP, his renewed two-year residency at Hakkasan Las Vegas, and how he has been taking up-and-coming producers likeOliver Heldens and MOTi under his wing.

"I always, always look to the younger generation. They're eager to check out new music and have fresh ideas. And, you know, for whatever reason it seems like some older generation artists can be jaded, or just not as open minded. It's very satisfying to be there at the start of a young artist's career and get to ride together a little bit."

You can read the full interview on Billboard.

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