Electronic Dance Music’s Most Memorable DJ Feuds
Celebrity feuds are always much more entertaining and seemingly more scandalous than your average local drama. Past altercations between public figures have been fueled by published interviews and even lyrics in songs from musicians attacking each other verbally.Some disputes have turned violent, physically pitting dueling parties against each other and sometimes resulting in severe bodily harm for one or both sides involved. In the age of information, with the Internet making social sharing so easy and safe behind the screen of a technological device of choice, online arguments have become the new, trendy way to battle over territory or ideals.
This is a list of some of the most notable and memorable DJ feuds of our time.
BT vs Borgore
Directly after EDC Las Vegas 2013, BT took a seemingly unwarranted and random shot at Borgore. He claimed that Borgore was caught smoking crack backstage and caused a short-lived, yet extremely entertaining stir with the EDM-crazed kids who all paid a little more attention to their favorite producers that week because of the festivities. Borgore’s only indirect response was a nonchalant and hilarious, “my twitter feed is going crazy over this ufc guy trying to fight me, I need a cheerleader twerking squad.”
Steve Angello vs Paris Hilton
Although this one happened IRL, it went on to become a viral hit. Paris Hilton accosted Steve Angello at a WMC party in Miami in 2009, causing an uproar in the DJ booth. Both parties were kicked out and Angello has since been accused of “assaulting” the heiress and her boyfriend. Paris Hilton went on to post on Myspace (why she was still using Myspace in 2009 has yet to be questioned).
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“The DJ (I don’t even know his name cause he sucks so bad) was playing the worst music ever! I think he was jealous cause Bob Sinclar is a far better DJ then this guy by about a million times. He was so unbelievably rude and all because I asked to play one good song. Then out of nowhere his bodyguard (don’t ask me why he has a bodyguard, like he really needs one. Ha) pushed me really hard, that’s when my boyfriend, like my knight in shining armor, stepped in and told the guy to keep his hands off of me. Then all hell broke loose, it was like something out of a fight movie, it was so frightening.”
Diplo vs Flo Rida
A controversy arose when Flo Rida released his video for “Can’t Believe It” that was strikingly similar to the video for Diplo’s “Butter’s Theme.” American producer, Diplo, called out the rapper who denied even seeing the “Butter’s Theme” video before his own release. Diplo threatened to toilet paper Flo Rida’s mansion in retaliation but, to our dismay, has yet to do so.
Avicii vs GQ
Journalist, Jessica Pressler, was the target of Avicii’s backlash when a controversial article came out in GQ about the Swedish producer. The article painted the EDM world in what Avicii took as a bad light, and voiced his response via Twitter. He claimed that the words were twisted to make him look like he wasn’t working for his fans and that his whole DJ act is always completely pre-planned. GQ responded and said that the facts and quotes (which were recorded) were “quadruple checked” in order to defend their journalist and published piece.
Baauer vs Azealia Banks
Azealia Banks was outraged and on the defensive when Baauer had her remix of the Harlem Shake taken down online. Banks retaliated, claiming she could post emails with evidence that Baauer gave her the rights to the music. Baauer’s response was that he had, in fact, planned to work with Azealia Banks, but her verse wasn’t up to his standards, so he trashed the whole thing.
Deadmau5 vs …everyone
Canadian producer, Deadmau5, might have the most extensive list of publicized tiffs over the span of his career. From extended blog posts detailing his upset with Madonna’s Ultra Music Festival comments to snarky Facebook posts attacking Justin Bieber, it seems that the mau5 has a lot to say about other musicians’ actions and speech. Deadmau5 doesn’t always discriminate when choosing victims, he’s even known to go off on his own fans via Twitter. He has a history of feuding with Afrojack, in which both parties went so far to create parody songs to make fun of each other. Deadmau5 has called out Jersey Shore’s Pauly D for a video production that he thought to be sub-par. He’s been publicized as denying and combating Rusko’s allegations of trying to get Rusko kicked out the backstage area for smoking weed at a show in Denver and he’s even called out the legendary Swedish House Mafia and was quoted saying, “there’s three of you and one fucking CD with the track on it. It’s all show pony shit.”