Here it is, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. The blog post that you’ve all been asking for, but have never been able to figure out how to put into words. I am, of course, referring to the Electronic Music Top Ten List of Embarrassing Fails. For those who have not read my previous blogs about this topic, an embarrassing fail is an occurrence in which a musician or DJ, who has not taken the time to properly prepare for their performance, makes a mistake that is so huge that it causes a catastrophe. The following is a list of the top ten most embarrassing electronic music fails:
1) Live PA
Many DJs get their start as bedroom producers who are used to performing live in front of small audiences. However, when they get their big break, they tend to fall victim to the allure of DJing at larger venues. While it’s true that playing in front of a large crowd can be exhilarating, it can also be very intimidating and stressful for some performers. As such, many DJs will opt for a live PA instead of going through the trouble of setting up turntables and choosing songs from vinyl records (or CDs). Unfortunately, most live PA performances are done with software and computers that don’t allow the
Did you know that electronic music has been around since the late 19th century? Electronic music was originally produced using mechanical devices. It wasn’t until after World War II that electronic instruments started to become truly popular because of their ease of use and commercial use. Since then, there have been many innovative musicians in the genre, but not all of them are remembered for their success. Here are our top 10 embarrassing electronic music fails:
10. Madonna – Music (2000)
Madonna’s failed venture into the realm of electronic music is probably one of her most well-known failures. In 2000, the Queen of Pop released an album titled “Music” which was a dance/electronic album that took over 2 years to make and cost a whopping $19 million dollars to produce. Unfortunately for Madonna, it didn’t catch as much buzz as she had hoped and only sold 4 million copies worldwide.
9. Bjork – Homogenic (1997)
Bjork Gudmundsdottir is an Icelandic singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the 1990s with her unique voice and avant-garde approach to songwriting. She first gained popularity with her debut album “Debut” in 1993 and then again in 1995 with the release of “Post
1.The EDM Mafia
Let’s face it: to the average outsider, electronic music is a joke. The reputation that EDM has is not one of musical integrity by any means, but rather a money-hungry, drug-ridden scene that caters to the most uncultured and “un-hipster” fans and musicians in all of music. This reputation is what the EDM Mafia capitalizes on.
What is the EDM Mafia? Not just any group of people can call themselves a mafia, so we’ll clear things up for you first. The EDM Mafia is a group of “EDM enthusiasts” who love the scene and its music so much that they run an organization that finds and supports new talent in our community…by making them pay money to be promoted on blogs and Facebook pages.
These kinds of schemes are not new, but this one in particular has been gaining some attention lately because of how brazen they have become. There was even an interview with a member of the EDM Mafia (whose name was withheld) where he openly brags about tricking young producers into paying for promotion that never happened
The first electronic instruments were developed in the mid-20th century, and are today considered standard instruments in many popular and jazz bands. Early developments in electronic music include the use of tape machines for recording sounds, the development of synthesizers, the theremin, and the ondes Martenot. Musique concrète, created in Paris in 1948, was based on editing together recorded fragments of natural and industrial sounds. Music produced solely from electronic generators was first produced in Germany in 1953. Electronic music was also created in Japan and the United States beginning in the 1950s. An important new development was the advent of computers to compose music. Algorithmic composition with computers was first demonstrated in the 1950s. In the 1960s live electronics were pioneered in America and Europe, Japanese electronic musical instruments began influencing the music industry, and Jamaican dub music emerged as a form of popular electronic music. In the early 1970s, the monophonic Minimoog synthesizer and Japanese drum machines helped popularize synthesized electronic music.
In 1971, German band Kraftwerk released “Computer World” which included some of their earliest compositions (the title track), using computer-generated sound instead of tapes for some parts. The album is generally regarded as one of their most