July 24, 2016


Lollapalooza Founder Perry Farrell Hates EDM

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Gary Miller/FilmMagic

With Lollapalooza 2016 just one weekend away, Perry Farrell, Jane’s Addiction frontman and the original founder for the annual music festival, has expressed his distaste for EDM in a new interview with The Chicago Tribune

Farrell happens to have a stage named after him at Lollapalooza, where predominantly electronic dance musicians and DJs perform. Farrell told The Chicago Tribune:   

"When they said they wanted to name a stage after me (when the festival relaunched in 2005), I was honored," he says. "I like the adulation. But now you say, 'Perry, what's going on with your area here?' Believe me, I've got questions myself. I hate EDM. I want to vomit it out of my nostrils. 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."

Farrell also commented on a new venture he hopes to start that will “keep EDM at the door.” “At my new project, there will be great house music. I hope I will keep EDM at the door. They will be turned away,” he said. 

Lollapalooza will be celebrating its 25th anniversary next weekend, from July 28-31. RadioheadRed Hot Chili Peppers, and LCD Soundsystem will be headlining the three nights of the festival. 

Revisit a Fuse interview with Farrell in which he talks about the first Lollapalooza below: