It isn’t rare to read or hear about various artists critiquing, or flat hating on, other artists in dance music today. Between the massive growth in the popularity of dance music in recent years, social media’s growing role in society, and the topics of ghost producing and ‘real’ DJing taking center stage more often than not, everyone seems to have an opinion.
Such was the case last week when Canadian electronic music duo Art Department posted a rant on their Facebook page, calling out the likes of Steve Aoki, Laidback Luke, and Sander van Doorn. They did so in classy fashion, recognizing only Aoki of the trio, and proceeding to call them ‘duchebags’, ‘jerkoffs’, and ‘posers’.
The post was accompanied by a YouTube video of the trio DJing together in Miami that went viral weeks ago, with hilarious comments about what they may have been thinking while turning knobs and raising their hands in the air.
The original post was quickly followed up with another post, attempting to clarify their feelings on the matter. The response was seemingly to fans of Laidback Luke who likely defended him as one of the two unknown ‘duchebags’ in the first video, as he (and his fans) were the focus of the post. They rounded up their feelings by posting: “But everyone’s missing the point. We’re talking about 3 tools who gladly take their fans money, and lots of it to pre program sets of absolute shit music so that they can reside to gesturing in the booth and throwing cakes at people.”
Unfortunately for Art Department, consisting of Jonny White and Kenny Glasgow, a YouTube user by the name of Phil Soobes responded to their criticism of the trio with a video of his own. The video ends with the caption ‘Can we drop the subject now, and play some fucking music?’. Phil, I think we all agree.
Art Department then responded to the response video, but with a much shorter post than before.
Let us know what you think of DJing in dance music today, Art Department’s thoughts on the topic, and the response from Mr. Soobes. Post to our Facebook, send us a Tweet, or comment below!
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