Pete Tong says music industry needs more 'breakthrough acts'

Pete Tong says music industry needs more 'breakthrough acts'

Pete Tong has lamented a lack of breakthrough acts in the music industry in a wide-ranging interview in the new edition of Music Week.

The veteran DJ, who this week is performing in UK arenas with the 65-piece Heritage Orchestra as part of his Ibiza Classics project, said: “We need more Disclosures, Massive Attacks or Daft Punks. There are never enough breakthroughs, it’s the same for most genres.”

However, Tong said he believes the dance industry is in rude health, pointing to its adaptability to streaming services and new technology as evidence. “We were very early adapters to SoundCloud and Spotify. The first global star to break from Spotify was Kygo. It was dominated by dance acts two or three years ago.”

Tong added: “I can’t think of any music service currently creating as much excitement as Boiler Room is right now. We’ll look towards that or something else, virtual reality maybe, to remain at the forefront.”

Read the full interview here, or in this week’s edition of Music Week, out now.

Pete Tong released the album Classic House on November 25.

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