In a rant directed towards the entire EDM scene, Lollapalooza’s co-founder Perry Farrell expressed his displeasure, cribbing about how the scene has changed for the worse.
Despite having an electronic music stage named after him at the festival (Perry’s Stage), the co-founder wasn’t happy with the current state of things in the world of electronic dance music. Having spent over 25 years curating the festival, Perry has been a dance music enthusiast throughout his life, so his rant isn’t without reason.
In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, he said the following: “When they said they wanted to name a stage after me (when the festival relaunched in 2005), I was honored. I like the adulation. But now you say, ‘Perry, what’s going on with your area here?’ Believe me, I’ve got questions myself. I hate EDM. I want to vomit it out of my nostrils. I can’t stand what it did to what I love, which is house music, which was meditative, psychedelic — it took you on a journey. … I sometimes cringe at my own festival.”
There’ll obviously be a hot debate on this claim, but to each their own, right?