It is a normal thing that we as a society want to progress and develop. But how should we know when it’s life - needed and useful progress and when it's too much? Our standards, needs, desires have changed a lot in the last decade.
We forgot some common values and turned ourselves into material things. Not to get me wrong, I know there are still people who are humble and not dimmed by the diamond glam. Sometimes it seems like we have become a minority.
Unfortunately, all this has influences on music and subculture. It got to a point where it is not even about music anymore. Very clearly, it all became industry and business. We have these big DJ names that are ridiculously overvalued by the festival crowd.
That doesn’t surprise me. These top names in mainstream techno festivals are constantly pushed on all social pages, on YouTube and some similar pages, pages that are mainly self-proclaimed “techno-judges”. Somewhere along the way, this TOP 100 Tracks -list became a major thing. Like since when can you tell if someone's own art, the artist's expression is better than others, or label it as a number on a scale. But to make things even better, it is not a secret that some places on the scale are being paid off. Because today's talents and skills are not very important to being a successful performance act a.k.a DJ.
They are sending a message to newcomers that the best way to make a name for yourself is to get you on their lists and make a whole fake image of yourself - to look exactly like numbers of others, because you know that's how it is.
It is sad to see and comprehend how these new ways made once totally underground music to some big shows and parades for show off people – totally opposite to this music's roots.
- Techno - 🌪 forecast is unfortunately foggy. As long as there are many young and new techno DJs that are thriving their „success“ with some scales hoping to be a new face of big events. -
As long as there are people on the techno scene looking for an artist's image first, the crowd accepts some lists to tell them what names they should listen to. As long as one of the big names needs to donate to different scales to be on top of it so they can maintain their carriers- NO MORE QUALITY AND MADE WITH LOVE TECHNO MUSIC.
Where is love / passion for music? How can you pump up your ego or claim some random number on a scale ? How can all these things be a measure of success?
The only important thing I can imagine to myself if I were a DJ, would be my connection with the crowd.
If I can make the crowd go mad, keep up with my beats and have fun. I would always try to provide my crowd with some new stuff and stuff that I find good, not what is popular.
It is so simple, if you are a person who genuinely loves and lives techno than you wouldn't be looking at any list / scale. There are no mega stars in techno or somebody who decides which artist is better than the other.