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Lollapalooza founder: "I hate EDM. I want to vomit it out of my nostrils"

Festival founder discusses his hate of EDM and his next non-EDM project...

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell has expressed his distaste for EDM.

"I hate EDM. I want to vomit it out of my nostrils," he said. "I can't stand what it did to what I love, which is house music, which was meditative, psychedelic — it took you on a journey. I sometimes cringe at my own festival."

In 2005, when Lollapalooza relaunched Farrell was given the honour to curating his very own stage but with the rise in popularity of EDM he's found it hard to be excited by the current wave of EDM artists driving the rave scene in America.

And that's why Farrell is looking to a new venture that he hopes might usher in a dawn of electronic music in America.

"The only way to change things is by changing things myself," he said bullishly. "At my new project, there will be great house music. I hope I will keep EDM at the door. They will be turned away."

And Lollapalooza co-founder Marc Geiger agrees with Farrell's sentiments on EDM's burst bubble, "Perry is right," he said. "Commercial EDM has peaked, it sounds tired.

"When you book 170 acts per festival and don't want to repeat yourself, you run out of greatness and you start compromising. When you're dealing with 14 acts like the old days, it was easy to find 'great.' When you get past 100 bands, it's hard to get greatness, really inspirational greatness."

Read the full interview here.

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