deadmau5 Criticizes Features in Dance Music After Calvin Harris Album Announce
The bigger the producer, the bigger the features, right? Well, one artist seems to think the feature game has gotten a little out of hand.
In the wake of Calvin Harris' star-studded album announcement, deadmau5 took to Twitter to bemoan the proliferation of features. He worries that it's not so much about artist-to-artist vision, and more a grab for radio play. After all, two superstars for the price of one is like trying to climb the charts with a pop-magnet.
Features have been a big part of Calvin Harris' work since he first made terrestrial radio crossover. It's a big part of modern dance music culture, just as it is with hip-hop. Still, deadmau5 has achieved staggering success with listeners without many features or pop crossover. Does he have a point? Check out his argument below.
anyone ever remember when calvin harris was just... calvin harris? who the fuck are all these other people? like... why?— dead mow cinco (@deadmau5) May 10, 2017
deadmau5 ft. barry manilow ft gloria gaynor ft. ghostface killah ft. REO speedwagon ft. Garth Brooks ft. a potatoe ft. Steve Nash ft. me— dead mow cinco (@deadmau5) May 10, 2017
fucking hate watching what i love to do get raped by popular culture for the sake of selling stupid shit for stupid people.— dead mow cinco (@deadmau5) May 10, 2017
not really. no. i personally like that i've manged to do everything myself. i wouldnt trade that for a million album sales. some would. https://t.co/3VnBYS1LO6— dead mow cinco (@deadmau5) May 10, 2017
im not anti-collab. works well when it works well. but fuck, some of this shit just reeks of "i gotta do this to stay on top" not "art". https://t.co/n5u8gdxzrk— dead mow cinco (@deadmau5) May 10, 2017
nothing new here. just your typical sellout rant about people who obviously know how to pander shit for the sake of capitalism. moving on.— dead mow cinco (@deadmau5) May 10, 2017