EDM pop star Calvin Harris joined house DJs Mark Farina and Dennis Ferrer in being ejected from the DJ booth for failing to play commercial enough music in an American superclub last week, after he was ordered out of the booth at Vegas club Tryst.
“Kicked off the decks at Tryst in Vegas tonight,” he Tweeted moments afterwards, “for not playing Carly Rae Jepsen+hip hop,”
Writing about the incident on Twitter later he was conciliatory, declaring ‘no offence intended to Tryst, great club + staff but i don't know why i was invited there...! The people hated me!’
“I think all the dance music fans were at EDC!” he suggested.
His surprising removal came despite his well deserved reputation for being one of the most shamelessly commercial of all EDM’s superstars, a point he recognized explicitly in an interview with the Independent as far back as 2009.
"There are a lot of mindless moments in my tunes. In fact, 80 per cent is mindless – I like fantastic big riffs,” he admitted.
“But I figured that given I've already been put in this pop bracket, I should not make serious dance music but make party music instead." (Independent: http://ind.pn/eIJfd )
He also found himself ridiculed by the Wall Street Journal this week, who in a revelatory piece decided that ‘some of the new, radio-friendly music feels meek and calculated, especially when it's spun at high-energy festivals’.
“The backing tracks built by Messrs. Guetta and Harris are cliché-riddled, white-bread house,” Wall Street Journal music critic Jim Fusilli added. (WSJ: http://on.wsj.com/L98ivG )
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