Written by Maximus Aurelius
May 31, 2010 2:27 pm
Recent events on the internet, surrounding music in general, lead Maxumi’s thinker Maximus Aurelius to ponder…isn’t time we all chilled out a bit and remembered what it’s all about?
It’s not just British politicians who get themselves into a bit of an embarrassing mess on the internet, lets face it, we’ve all had disagreements from time to time with usually anonymous folk. Whether it’s debates about World War 2 on Youtube, furore surrounding the actions of Deadmau5 on a forum, or Calvin Harris getting narky with a disgruntled fan, the internet has become a melting pot, simmering away with endless, never ending arguments and confrontations.
With physical contact non-existent, that fat big bloke down the pub you wouldn’t call a wuss, because he’d smash a pint glass on your head, is suddenly an easy target. No fear of, at least physical, ramifications opens people up to an increased outpouring of drivel and nonsensical bullshit from peoples mouths, or rather fingers, much more then David Cameron is capable of shitting out his backside.
And in recent months, we’ve observed a growing number of dance music DJ and producers becoming embroiled in online fiasco, whether by choice or not. If only we had captured it at the time, for he has since deleted it, we would have loved to show you snippets of that Scottish dance golden boy Calvin Harris having a nasty exchange with a disgruntled fan, and Deadmau5 was famously sparked an online row on the Trance.nu forums when he refused to allow Marcus Schossow to perform at a gig, after Schossow created “deadrat6” tracks as an ironic joke on producers who copy Deadmau5s sounds.
“I have nothing against deadmau5 and I actually play a lot of his stuff in my sets.
Its a small joke and suddenly it becomes a war? Lets chill down a bit and see it as a small prank. I respect deadmau5 for what he have achieved the last year and I am a big fan of his sound!”
Unfortunately, Deadmau5 didn’t see it this way, and his management refused to even allow Schossow into the gig. The argument then progressed on the Trance.nu forums.
“i dont know why this is such a big fucking deal… i dont want to play with someone who takes the piss on my tracks and releases em and yippidiee fuckin doo dah. and my management just so happened to feel the same way. Of all the people you dont want to play a gig with, let alone bump into in the street… are people who piss take at the shit youve worked on. Ive told you this a thousand times.
So you missed a gig, got a nice lil vacation to Norway, and life goes on for you. get over it.“
The bad news in this occasion, is that an argument which transcended online only ended up costing revellers the night they’d bought tickets for, with Schossow unable to perform Deadmau5 performed from midnight til close. Whether Schossow was out of line with his joke, or whether Deadmau5 over-reacted on an epic scale, is difficult to tell. But many people who has tickets for the event were incredibly unhappy.
“I have no words for how much respect I lost for Deadmau5 now, I hope so you see this Joel and realize what a big asshole you are. Who did you think you are? Tiesto?“
What with comments boxes on nearly every page of every site, the internet has exploded into fierce debate. I noticed the other week whilst checking out my favourite Wolfgang Gartner tunes that every single Youtube video has many fans arguing frenetically about the similarities between himself and Deadmau5. When we recently spoke to Gartner, he said “It’s kinda sad that people are always doing these comparisons with their favorite artists, like music is a competition or something. Anyway I love the mau5 and we’ve just done a track together so hopefully it will unify some of these partisan people and help end the “versus” thing.”
It’s not just dance music and DJs either, more recently Soulja Boy ruffled the feathers of Chris Brown (yes, the one who hits women…) on Twitter. He wrote: “#ListenB**ch add @ChrisBrown & @BowWow followers together and you still aint half way f**kin wit me lol.” Chris then responded by saying he earns a lot more than either of the young rappers. He Tweeted: “@souljaboytellem and @bowwow what yall make in a show i make for an hour at an afterparty… jus sayin.”
Their petty war-of-words didn’t end there though, as Soulja Boy soon responded to Brown with: “#ListenB**ch if my last tweet offended you I won.” He also challenged Bow Wow to a sales contest, by sending him this message: “lol @bowwow there you go. f**k bank accounts. f**k followers. let’s see who new album sell the most 1st week.”
Wow, pretty immature, huh? It’s worth noting that despite their fame, these are still young men and they have the same tendencies as any other men their age. But these artists are also role models towards the younger generation, who aspire to become people such as Chris Brown (sic). What message do they honestly think this behaviour sends out to their fans?
I’m right, and you’re wrong
So the internet is what is it, a seemingly endless mass of people, both famous and unknown, young, old, rich, poor, all bundled together in this melting pot of argumentativeness. Perhaps that’s the trouble with presenting to the world a medium that allows endless connectivity with people you’d normally have no association with. Never before have Americans been able to freely proclaim to the rest of the world that had it not been for them, we’d all be under Nazi rule. And never before have music artists, producers and DJs had such a strong, active connection with their fanbase.
Done in the right way, the presence on the internet of someone such as Deadmau5 can be of benefit to everyone. Fans can get their hands on exclusive content, downloads, features, interviews. And the artist can build a stronger relationship with his followers. But by allowing this freedom of information and connectivity to flow between people all over the world, also exposes to debate a whole wide range of different subjects, that people might usually be less inclined to comment on.
The contact between artist and fan has also become blurry, and instead of becoming a way of connecting with fans, musicians and DJs have started to use sites such as Facebook and Twitter in a way that could only be described as casual, talking about personal matters and using their sites to comment on daily life, and their frustrations. Daniel Kandi, one of Maxumi’s favourite Trance producers, recently used his Facebook profile to vent his anger about piracy of his music. Although we can sympathise with the subject matter, is talking about such matters in this uncontrolled, personal manner really wise?
But where do we go from here? The internet has brought people together, but inevitably that’s also resulted in conflict. Celebrities making outrageous comments via Twitter is almost daily news on TMZ, and incidents such as Schossow/Deadmau5 expose the frailties of celebrities/musicians exposing themselves on the net. The behaviour of some of these people is indeed questionable, and what is most frustrating is that all the while we argue, fight and bitch over the net, we’re spending less and less time thinking about and doing what we should be – and in this case, that’s music.
I personally feel it’s about time these musicians and celebrities opened their eyes, and remembered that whether they like it or not, they are in the limelight and what they do and say, especially in this age of the internet where everything is so public, is in open view of their fans young and old. The idea of these people using Twitter and Facebook to engage with their fans is cute, but ultimately if all it leads to is embarrassing episodes it’s not such a great idea.
Take note, Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, Chris Brown and all you other misdemeanour’s. Log off, and get back to doing what you should be doing – making MUSIC!
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