During their set for the first weekend of Coachella, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler made an onstage comment that may have rankled a little with some of the other artists on the bill (Martin Garrix, Zedd and Gareth Emery to name a few) which seemed to knock electronic music. Addressing the crowd the Canadian frontman said; "Shout out to all the bands still playing actual instruments at this festival." While none of the EDM acts at the festival said much about Butler's comment, his fellow Canadian, Deadmau5, certainly did this week, taking Butler and his band to task on Twitter:
arcade fire needs to settle down. some dudes devote their lives to instruments, others to electronic composition by cpu, dafuqs yer problem?— deadmau5 (@deadmau5) April 23, 2014
He did not stop there though of course, as it would not have been a classic Mau5 rant if he had. He continued; "I don't expect to see Daft Punk pull a Steve Vai onstage. I expect to listen to some decent music, 'n' see cool robots. No problem. If I wanna watch real artists perform, I'd pick the opera before wasting a fucking minute of my life with Arcade Fire. #doyouevenscorebro? "But seriously, I'm just sayin' . . . you should get out to the opera if you ever get a chance, the orchestra pit is a cesspool of pure skill." Finally he signed off for the day with the following tweet:
so.. back to my fake studio, with my fake gear and non instruments, to make fake music for fakes sake. aspirring to be real one day. #logic— deadmau5 (@deadmau5) April 24, 2014
Oddly enough the album that has garnered Arcade Fire so much attention this past year, and their best sales ever , 'Reflektor' was produced by former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy, a man with a serious EDM pedigree...