Pedro Winter, better known as Busy P, has held a monumental, yet behind-the-scenes role in dance music’s massive expansion and rise to the global limelight. Although Busy P might not be a household name, his work speaks volumes. With Daft Punk’s new album flying off the shelves all over the world, it is refreshing to hear from their one time manager on the state of Dance Music today and what he believes his role moving into the future should be. Busy P formerly managed Daft Punk, and has since shifted his focus on helming his record label Ed Banger Records. Ed Banger Records is home to some of dance music’s funkiest, freshest, french pioneers including powerhouse-duo Justice, Breakbot, and the late DJ Medhi. Now, as Ed Banger Records gears up to celebrate its 10th anniversary, the director of a disco dance music dynasty is breaking his silence.
Winter spoke out this week in an interview with inthemix, in which he expressed his trepidation with dance music’s current direction, but also gave some insight as to how he and his Ed Banger squad plan to move into music’s future. Busy was quoted as saying, “there are too many fake Justices and Boys Noize out there. It’s a natural evolution and we have all grown up a bit since Ed Banger started.” Well, in light of that growth over the last 10 years, Busy and the EBR gang are focusing now on making what he calls, “music for tomorrow”.
“there are too many fake Justices and Boys Noize out there. It’s a natural evolution and we have all grown up a bit since”
Winter goes on to explain that much of his discontent derives from dance music’s current headlining aristocracy and the spectacle associated with acts such as Avicii , David Guetta, and others. Winter tells inthemix he has no interest in being part of the, “EDM circus”. Winter, in the first part of his revealing interview explains his record label’s desire to bring a higher caliber of music to the scene, rather than dilute dance music even further. Busy says, “I would rather do smaller gigs than play for 50,000 people with bad taste”, and further, holds that Justice could be headlining the world’s greatest festivals (truest thing I have ever heard), but Ed Banger Records as a whole has much loftier aspirations.
“I would rather do smaller gigs than play for 50,000 people with bad taste”
Busy P’s breaking radio silence, however, is not just cheap talk. The label head is backing up his words with a 14 track compilation titled Ed Rec Vol. X, featuring his label’s vision of what “music for tomorrow” should actually sound like. With HARD Summer hosting an Ed Banger 10th Anniversary tent in August and 14 new tracks dropping this month, lots of hype will be building around this iconic record label’s exciting new chapter.
Check in later for more details as the story develops.