Electric Zoo is a time for fun & frivolity–the perfect setting for dubstep titans Flux Pavilion & Doctor P to interview each other! Give a read to this unique article, where the pair discusses everything from making music with homeless people to the dwindling popularity of the guitar.
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Doctor P: I’m here with Flux Pavilion & LessThan3. So Flux, what do you think about EDM becoming mainstream?
Flux: It’s quite an interesting thing. I don’t think its essentially mainstream; I think it’s more people have a chance to really find music that they want to listen to and it’s become very popular because of that. I think electronic music is awesome!
Flux: So Doctor P, do you feel being an electronic musician that you’re any better or any worse than a real musician? Is playing guitar any better than a computer?
Doctor P: It’s definitely different. I never got on well with instruments–it’s not accurate enough for me. My stuff is so finely tuned that live instruments just don’t work. I’ve recorded myself with live instruments, but I’ve sliced everything up to the extreme. I mean, someone told me the other day that guitar is dead–what do you think about that?
Really? I think with the opportunity to draw from so many different influences and places now, the guitar is just a very particular sound. It’s not like before when there was just guitar, bass, drums, and vocals–you can recreate absolutely anything now within synthesis. So, the guitar isn’t dead, but it’s not as much of a fundamental part of music as it used to be.
I’ve been asked so many times “so you’re an electronic musician; do you want to be a real musician at some point?” and I’m like “what do you mean? I’m still writing music; I don’t necessarily understand the perspective of playing something and then creating it on a computer later. It’s just a different way of doing things.” For me it’s always been that good music is good music, no matter where it comes from. I’ve heard musicians hitting a plastic box on the street with a stick and it sounded better than a lot of things I’ve heard on the radio.
Flux: Doctor, let’s say you’ve written a track and some huge artist wanted to write a vocal on it, but that same day, you heard a homeless guy singing an amazing top line outside your bedroom window. What would you do–would you pursue the big artist or would you be content with the top line from the homeless guy?
Doctor P: I would choose the homeless guy every time, of course. I don’t want to fuel the pop stars; I want to fuel the homeless.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Doctor P: Epic