We Know MTV Hates Electronic Music

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If you're like us, one of the few places on TV you could see electronic music growing up was on MTV. We remember staying up late to catch Amp, their iconic electronic music block, as well as the times that, say, their 12 Angry Viewers show featured Roni Size / Reprazent's "Brown Paper Bag" (which achieved a perfect score), or seeing acts like The Prodigy and Fatboy Slim blew up with intriguing videos and personalities in the "electornica" era. And while the dance music scene in the American mainstream died out, dance music still thrived... and it feels like MTV left it by the wayside. It makes sense, but it also kind of sucks.

Fast forward to today where, like it or not, we have the EDM scene of today on fire in a way that eclipses even the late-'90s boom. Festivals are bigger, DJs are being paid well, and for the first time the major labels are investing real dollars into brands, trying to align themselves with the artists of today. And where do we get to see the vibrant life on the one "Music Television" channel? At 3AM. What gives? We know there are some competent individuals over there, and the EDM content they do produce is great, but is there something about the EDM scene that makes MTV hesitant to truly embrace? It feels like there may be. Don't believe us? Take a look at some of the reasons why we feel this way.

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  • http://soundcloud.com/the-colonel-mc The Colonel

    MTV still plays music? Forget EDM, I’m amazed to hear they play any at all.

    As for Miley playing over Daft Punk–my guess is Daft Punk didn’t/wouldn’t want to play. It’s one thing to make those tracks in a studio for months on end with Michael Jackson’s drummer and shit, but it’s not like Daft Punk are live musicians. Nor do you want to depend on Pharrell’s live singing, lol

  • controlla

    “Lack of representation for new(er) artists” … because 99,99% of those artists have no videos!

    “Their coverage of EDM news is practically nonexistant” … because nobody wants to know what Krewella or Martin Garrix is doing next.

    • Lujxio

      Gesaffelstein has videos and they are some of the best videos I have ever seen

      • controlla

        Gesaffelstein sucks.

  • omg it’s kat.

    wait i love this

  • Lujxio

    ……Gesaffelstein makes techno not EDM, I’m sure if you said EDM to him he’d laugh and say I don’t make that

    • http://soundcloud.com/the-colonel-mc The Colonel

      Sure, but for those playing EDM, it includes any electronic dance music, irrespective of what the producer calls it. Capiche?

      • Lujxio

        No, EDM pertains to certain types of songs made electronically, the more poppy songs but not to Techno, Deep House, Uk Garage, etc. The artist who make music in these genres are almost all against EDM and so are their listeners. The artist decides what to call his/her art not you not anyone else

        • Jake

          That’s not actually correct. EDM is an acronym for electronic dance music. That said, you’re correct in your prescription of terms except that’s in not a definition in reality but a connotation. A particularly snobby one at that.

          • Lujxio

            I guess by definition than many things are EDM, Rap/hiphop is EDM, Some Rock is EDM (electric guitars), Raggaeton is EDM, Bachate is EDM, for sure. Also it’s not snobby just the truth, artist interested in music for dancing and not jumping do not make EDM

          • MC no fucks given

            -Rap/hiphop is EDM
            Correct
            -Some Rock is EDM
            Correct
            -Reggaeton is EDM
            Correct
            -Bachata is EDM
            Incorrect you fucking pleb

            So, whats your point special snowflake?

        • http://soundcloud.com/the-colonel-mc The Colonel

          Tell that to Itunes, MTV, spotify, beatport or any other service that puts music into categories.

          Let me put it to you like this: doesn’t matter what Gesaffelstein says, if MTV plays his video on their EDM show, it’s EDM to everyone watching the EDM show. He might spit in his borscht, but there’s nothing he can do to change it.

          • Lujxio

            I hate you and ppl like you

          • http://soundcloud.com/the-colonel-mc The Colonel

            Haha, that’s okay. You’ll understand what I’m saying when you get to college.

  • Jaap

    Wait… Music… on MTV?

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