A 1969 Rolling Stone interview with The Doors frontman Jim Morrison, has been unearthed. The Doors themselves changed the music industry when they released their first album in 1967, and Morrison had insightful ideas of what changes would happen in the future, despite dying too young at the age of 27.
Rolling Stone claims the interview is especially interesting to read now. Morrison’s comments are said to have “predicted EDM” (Electronic Dance Music), the popular music movement that has led to the mass success of DJ’s. Whether you agree or not, his comments are definitely interesting to read.
“A lot of people like Mozart were prodigies; they were writing brilliant works at very young age…That’s probably what’s going to happen: some brilliant kid will come along and be popular. I can see a lone artist with a lot of tapes and electrical … like an extension of the Moog synthesizer — a keyboard with the complexity and richness of a whole orchestra, y’know? There’s somebody out there, working in a basement, just inventing a whole new musical form.”
Morrison went on to describe what sounds like modern celebrity DJ’s.
“We’ll hear about it in a couple years. Whoever it is, though, I’d like him to be really popular, to play at large concerts, not just be on records — at Carnegie Hall, to play at dances …”
So what do you think? Do you agree that Jim Morrison predicted the rise of EDM?
Either way, it seems he had musical insights beyond his time.
Even stranger, the remaining members of The Doors did a collaboration song with EDM act Skrillex nearly twenty years after Morrison’s interview. The song, “Breakin’ a Sweat” even featured tracks of Morrison’s voice.