“I can’t stand what it did to what I love, which is house music.”
Farrell, who is also frontman for Jane’s Addiction, had a stage at the festival named after him following its relaunch in 2005. In recent years, the Perry Stage has played host to many EDM acts but the singer told the Tribune he is no fan of the music.
“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 … I sometimes cringe at my own festival.”
Still, Farrell is realistic about what the rise of EDM in the 2010s has meant for a festival like Lollapalooza, claiming “you’d have to do away with pop to escape it.” Later in the piece, Farrell alludes to plans for a new project that will keep EDM at the door and allow him to do things the Lollapalooza festival hasn’t. He expects this new “music-centric” experience to launch within 18 months.
The Chicago Tribune feature also includes words from Lollapalooza co-founder Marc Geiger who is equally sober in his assessment of how far the festival and the music have come. Geiger admits the sub-cultures Lollapalooza represented are now the mainstream and that the idea of rebellion as it was understood 20 years ago no longer exists. [Via CoS]
In September, Lollapalooza will return to Berlin for its second European festival featuring Radiohead, New Order, Kings of Leon, Jess Glynne, Major Lazer and James Blake.
Three years ago, Major Lazer sat down for an interview with MTV’s VJ Kennedy that still stands as one of the most awkward of recent times.