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Deadmau5 Urges DJs to Use Stems, Following Noel Gallagher's EDM Comments

Published: Wed August 05, 2015  News Feed
Noel Gallagher recently made headlines by, once again, stirring some controversy with less than flattering remarks about other artists. This time, he was dismissing EDM and its "DJs pressing play on a CD player" during performances. Some top DJs protested, but Deadmau5 was inclined to agree... and urged DJs to turn to Stems!

Deadmau5 & Noel

The former Oasis man also told NME of Swedish DJ Avicii: "I don’t know anything about Avicii. I don’t wish to know anything about Avicii. It sounds like an artist from the Renaissance period...is it like that David Guetta nonsense?"

Here's the video:

Of course, many DJs were quick to respond to Noel. Avicii replied by labelling Gallagher a "bitter old time rocker", and fellow EDM producer Van Helden also hit back at the veteran musician's remarks:

"Any real musician is going to look at a DJ or an EDM artist and be like 'What is that and how did that even work in the first place?'... they don't get it. It's a completely different thing – the youth is always supposed to piss off the elders. The youth will always find a way to make sure that their parents don't like their music. To me, EDM, dance music and DJ culture is just following in this path that we've been in forever."

But did Noel G. have a point? Deadmau5 thinks so, and on his blog urged DJs to be more creative by, amongst other things, using stems*, like Native Instruments' new STEMS audio format!

Here's some of what Deadmau5 said:

"With all the resources you have attained in the past X years of getting to where you are now…. WOULD IT F****** KILL YOU, to be able to add some sort of modularity, performance, showmanship BEYOND putting a fist in the air, telling people to make noise, and or playing the top line on an invisible keyboard in the air to show the crowd 'HEY! EVERYONE! THIS LEAD GOES HERE! WATCH MY HAND. IT GOES DOOT DOOT DOOT DOOT.'"

"Look, you MADE the f****** track, you HAVE the stems (at least you BETTER have them f****** stems) DO SOMETHING. ANYTHING. You're a f****** act. You're beyond a CD player. At least YOU F****** BETTER BE if im going to pay 100 bucks to watch you."


Deadmau5 concluded: "I think this hits the core of what Noel Gallagher was hinting at. Not EDM in general."

Perhaps, as Deadmau5 suggests, DJs should indeed turn to the revolutionary Stems, which can help to bring back a certain kind of showmanship and personal touch not seen since the early days of turntablism.

*He might actually be referring to stems as in separate audio tracks on DAW like Ableton. But the new NI steams audio format simply makes this same principle more accessible... the principle of what Deadmau5 said is then pretty much the same.

Do you agree, or disagree? Check our Stems: The Future of DJ-ing? article, and let us know what you think!

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