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Martin Solveig defends his DJ choices: “It’s about context”

A couple of weekends back, U.S. big-roomer Wolfgang Gartner let fly with a flood of Tweets lamenting “high profile DJs” who stack their sets with the biggest, most obvious tracks of the moment. As he bluntly put it: “Fucking DIG, lazy ass fucks”. What set him off? Apparently watching Martin Solveig play a “straight-up Beatport Top 10 hits marathon” at the Neon Desert Music Festival in El Paso, Texas.

After the rant was over and Gartner had bowed out of Twitter, Solveig level-headedly replied, “I’m a crowd-pleaser and leave experimentation to real underground acts.” The ‘Beatport Top Ten’ debate is nothing new, but it’s still one that stirs up DJs and punters alike. In a recent interview with Billboard, Solveig was given more than 140 characters to present his perspective on the unexpected fracas.

“It’s very important to any EDM DJ to be creative, to even when you play big songs to play them in a way that is unique, and this is what I do,” Solveig told Billboard. “Anyone who knows me knows this is what I do, so I don’t need to justify anything.”

“It’s always a question of balance,” he went on. “It’s also a question of context. This is very important. I was at that time, when I got called out by this gentleman, the headliner of a festival, the biggest name on the bill, one of the only so-called ‘EDM artists’ of the whole festival. There were some indie bands, some indie DJs, but I was one of the biggest names – with Wolfgang – of this show. So my response was to end and close the show bringing the crowd what they came for and what they paid their ticket for.

“And then of course when I’m just a part of an Ultra or of an EDC in Vegas and there are the 50 biggest DJs on the planet all together, then of course I don’t need to play some of the records that I play. This is the beauty of being not only a producer and a record-maker, but to be a DJ and to be able to adapt to any situation.

“Finally, it was a two-hour set which is pretty long on a festival level when you want to keep the people really up high, which is also my mission. So yeah, on that specific show I played probably 60 or 70 records and half of them are super famous, super big, and the other half are more my personal stuff. This is how I do things – like everyone else, actually.”

Read the full story on Billboard for the story behind Solveig’s new single with Kyle and the Cataracs, Hey Now. And if you’ve been waiting to see Tommie Sunshine in an inflatable wading pool, look no further than this video.