Mat Zo, Deadmau5 & more lead ‘EDM’ reality TV show backlash

Doron Ofir Casting, based out of Hollywood, has found all your favourite TV personalities from shows like Jersey Shore, A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila and Paris Hilton’s My New B.F.F.. By the looks of things, the company’s next mission is casting Superstar DJ (that’s the working title), ‘The First Electronic Dance Music Reality/Competition Show’. As Doron Ofir himself is repeatedly broadcasting on Twitter, the new reality show isn’t being made by the production company behind Jersey Shore. It is, however, out to find ‘THE next ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC DJ/PRODUCER SUPERSTAR’. Excited yet?

The website includes a lengthy questionnaire for all aspiring participants, including such queries as, ‘What is the largest crowd you have performed for?’ and ‘Describe your performance style visually’. As expected, the internet has delivered its backlash, with big names like Porter Robinson and Mat Zo throwing their two-cents down on Twitter.

This isn’t the first ‘EDM’ reality TV pitch we’ve seen, though. In 2012, entertainment mogul Simon Cowell was reported to be bringing his own production house together with Overbrook Entertainment, the juggernaut headed by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, to create his own DJ talent search series. However, production apparently stalled due to a dispute about which party would have top billing. As short-lived as the plan was, at least it offered one entertaining moment: Steve Lawler’s spot-on parody trailer, The Dex Factor, which imagined Cowell and co. reacting to sets from Lawler, Carl Cox, Sven Vath and Richie Hawtin’s Plastikman, before settling on the novelty glasses-wearing, USB stick-wielding DJ Facebender.