Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell is working on a new project focused on house music — but, don’t get that twisted with “EDM,” which he hates.
The former band member of Jane’s Addiction says this new venture will keep music at heart, but be a “completely new experience.” While Farrell understands the role of EDM and the mass appeal it brings to a festival like Lolla, it’s not invited to his new party.
“The only way to change things is by changing things myself,” Farrell explains in an interview with the Chicago Tribune. “At my new project, there will be great house music. I hope I will keep EDM at the door. They will be turned away.”
It’s ironic, considering Perry’s stage has become the platform for many EDM acts coming through Lollapalooza year after year…
“When they said they wanted to name a stage after me (when the festival relaunched in 2005), I was honored. 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.”
Lollapalooza is soon to celebrate 25 years August 3 – 6. The renowned music festival showcases a variety of genres including pop, hip-hop, rock and plenty of artists considered to be EDM — including top-tier acts like DJ Snake and Zeds Dead.
While Farrell might be ready to move on from Lolla, we can’t wait to see what his next project brings!