“Button Pushers”

There has been a lot of buzz lately surrounding EDM. Whether it surfaces on a blog, tumblr, youtube, or any ordinary magazine, everyone wants to know what the word is.

There is argument brewing in the world of EDM. Infamous DJs such as Deadmau5 state that DJs today simply, “push play.” Which is where the name, “Button Pushers,” is coming from. There are others though, such as A Trak, who are starting to defend EDM. Just today an article surfaced. The article was heavily compiled by A Trak himself. The article can be found here – Don’t Push My Buttons.

The meat of the article gets into a question that a lot of people have been asking lately – this question being, is EDM simply becoming a fad? I can’t help but question this myself with some of the recent events that have taken place lately in the electronic music scene. Paris Hilton apparently made her DJ debut in June. I can confidently say that I have not come across one single article that has had anything positive to say about her performance. However, I can personally say that the production of her new track (thank you Afrojack) was absolutely stellar, and I can’t wait for the instrumental version to make way into the scene, as well as my DJ sets.

There is another great point that keeps circling around this great question. Many artists say that these DJ performances are just becoming light shows for many to enjoy. These artists are great at what they do. There is no doubt about that. However, there is a fine line between going to see Avicii because he made “Levels,” and going to see Avicii because you can’t wait to hear what surprises he has in store.

As with any argument, there is always two sides. So there is really no way to say one side is right, and one side is wrong – it is all opinion. There is one thing though that will always remain – the skill of these DJs. Every show, every transition, every drop brings about an emotional response that can never be replicated. Whether a DJ or producer puts his or her time in before they hit the stage, or after, doesn’t have to matter. What matters is the pure enjoyment and energy that comes out during the set.

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