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James Murphy: 'I find today's dance music repellent'

Rhian Jones
James Murphy

LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy has labelled today's commercial dance music “repellent” and revealed details of his various projects currently in the works.

The DJ made the comments during an appearance at by:Larm festival in Norway yesterday (Thursday, February 27), where he was interviewed on stage during a Red Bull Music Academy session.

Known for his work as frontman of US alt-dance outfit LCD Soundsystem and founder of DFA Records, Murphy has spent the past few years producing, making films and DJing since the band disbanded in 2010.

Discussing the future of dance music and his opinion on the state of it in 2014 when asked by Music Week, Murphy said he wasn’t “so excited about new stuff anymore”.

“What I see in the commercial side of it I find repellent. It makes me want to vomit,” he explained. “I just don’t like it, it’s not for me but it’s also not designed for me. I’m old and it’s very maximalist and I’m not a maximalist guy. I’m sure there’s great stuff happening but it’s just not reaching me and it probably shouldn’t. I’m not excited about new stuff that much.

"This past month I've been really hoping that there’s two people DJing to a room full of 150 people that think what I did was stupid and are making something awesome and having a great time. I won’t hear it until they do a shitty sell out track and I never hear what’s great about them, but that’s what I’m hoping.”

On the subject of LCD Soundsystem’s ground-breaking success throughout the 2000’s, during which they released three critically acclaimed albums, the DJ said the band became “accidentally current.”

“That was a blessing that happened that had very little to do with me having my finger on the pulse. I was listening to music from the ‘60s and ‘70s,” he said.

Murphy's projects of recent years have included co-producing Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Mosquito and Arcade Fire’s Reflektor albums, making his short film Little Duck and designing a Soundsystem with Soulwax.

These days he’s busy writing music for films and plays, setting up a studio in New York and heading up a campaign to reconfigure the sounds of the New York underground.

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Tags: LCD Soundsystem, by:larm, James Murphy

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