25 September, 2012@3:31 am
In a recent interview with Vegas Seven’s Deanna Rilling, veteran house master, Robbie Rivera, called out DJ Mag’s controversial “Top 100 DJ’s” list, calling it a “bullshit list”, suggesting that he was removed from the list once he stopped advertising in the magazine. He also spoke on the Las Vegas dance music scene. Read on:
As someone who’s watch the Las Vegas EDM scene evolve, what are your thoughts on the quality of tracks being played?
A lot of the DJs—big names—play so predictably in Vegas and everywhere else now, it’s pathetic. There is so much good music out there; you have to get more creative and have balls to play it! When I play at XS or Encore [Beach Club]—or anywhere in Vegas—yes, I will drop a commercial track, but a good one, not the one that the DJs the night before played two or three times, or a few hours before you. It’s good that dance music is out there. But now it’s getting over saturated a bit. People want to make money out of it. But that’s just the way America is with anything that’s hot. It’s just getting a little bit too ridiculous with producers. It’s incredible how a producer can become a famous DJ in three months because of one song. I don’t get it and how everybody thinks, “Oh, this guy must be a huge DJ” because he has one song, but then you hear him play and it’s exactly what you hear on the radio. Where’s the creativity on being an actual DJ? There’s no more artistry in it. I don’t want to complain so much about it, but that’s the way it is right now.
One of the hot topics in the DJ world lately is the DJ Mag Top 100 poll. What do these polls mean to you, and what are your thoughts on people cheating to get a higher rank?
The new generation loves this Top 100 “bullshit list,” is what I call it. Really, seriously. I haven’t been on that list since I stopped advertising with DJ Mag. I have not been in the Top 100. When I was advertising all the Juicy Parties, I was always in the Top 100. What a coincidence! We all know the list is fake, and you can tell by a lot of the people that are there. So, I think the list is bullshit. Put it this way, I still work every single weekend and I get paid really well to do it, and I’m not on the list. So what’s the big deal? Now, we all know who is going to be on the list this year because it’s changed: Whoever has more Twitter followers, whoever has more likes on Facebook will probably get more. It’s such a long conversation. I try to not give a shit about it—I don’t really go by it, let’s put it that way. If I am in it, great. If not, whatever. For me, if your song is getting played on dance radio worldwide, that’s more important than being on a stupid list.
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