Dubstep is goofy—there’s no getting around it. It’s become increasingly so in the last couple years as Skrillex has danced his way into our hearts and Korn reincarnated as a dubstep outfit. Korn actually claimed they were dubstep before dubstep existed, a goofy sentiment that didn’t exactly do the genre any favors.
As the funny haircuts and frenetic wub-wub-wub sound effects over-ripened in the zeitgeist, being labelled dubstep has become markedly uncool.
Underscoring this, Deadmau5 sat for an interview with Canada’s Q Radio and discussed the one true dubstep track he made in 2010, and admitted, “I sold out.”
I’ve only ever made one dubstep track and I will admit I only did it because it was cool at the time… I’m not a fan of dubstep but I figured ‘Okay, well I’m sure I can engineer something that’s palatable or on par with the whole Skrillex thing that everyone is into.
I sold out on that one track – that would be me admitting yes, I absolutely sold out because I did it for the popularity factor… But now a lot of pop acts like she who shall not be named [Madonna] and a whole bunch of other people are going to use the whole dance/rave thing that died in 1992 that somehow got revived as mainstream dance music and they’re going to use that and sell it out and over-saturate it.
With all the posturing that usually accompanies being a rock star, it’s actually pretty refreshing to see this kind of honesty from an artist as big as Deadmau5. He also distanced himself from the drug culture at his shows: “I’m not stupid, I know what’s going on with this whole thing. I’m wearing this mouse head and I’m watching kids get carried out by paramedics over the front railing and I’m playing. Sometimes I just want to stop the show, it’s not cool and I really don’t like it and it upsets me.”
Not that he wants to be anyone’s mom, but he hates seeing artists like Madonna glorifying drugs with her oh-so-edgy ecstasy-referencing album title “MDNA.”