Seth Troxler grew up in Detroit and experienced house music firsthand, then moved to Berlin a few years after he finished high school. When the DJ-producer stopped by Rolling Stone's Rock Room during the first day of Coachella, he reflected on how dance music has evolved since he left the States and expressed his skepticism on where it could be going. "Dance music has changed, and just the idea of dance music was really quite underground and not kind of accepted at all from, like, the early-mid-Eighties 'til now," Troxler said.
"I would really prefer if things don't go this way, of the Avicii's and these guys pressing play and thinking that's music," Troxler continued, "because it's the same thing that, say, happened to rock or hip-hop. At some point, things were really good, money got involved, and then you have this pay-to-play system."
As for Avicii, Troxler upped the stakes even further. "If Avicii was here," he said, "I would definitely light dog shit in front of his door."
Interview by Steve Baltin