Gaga: "Acoustic music isn't better than electronic music"
Vogue writer Jonathan van meter asks Gaga what she thinks about the rise of "acoustic" music and 21's success vs. Born This Way's
Some of the letdown probably had to do with the fact that Born This Way happened to come out the same season as Adele’s juggernaut, 21, which shot to number one, won every award on planet Earth, and refuses to cede its spot at the top of the charts. The freak-of-nature success of that album has led to all manner of comparison: Adele, not Gaga, is the voice of their generation; acoustic music, soul music, real music—not Gaga’s wall of electronic sound—is what people yearn to hear. Despite the fact that electronic music has, at long last, ascended into the mainstream, it’s still not always taken seriously.
When I bring this up, Gaga says, “Well, I think we both know that acoustic music isn’t better than electronic music. Electronic music requires a tremendous amount of technical expertise—really knowing the mathematics and beauty of music. At the risk of sounding like a snob, if you don’t really understand how to make electronic music, it might be much easier for you to write it off as low-brow.”
Ok but Gaga said that as if she produces her own sounds when she doesn't. Acoustic music comes from the soul, especially when done correctly, and most of the time the person singing it has written the song word for word just like she does in her electronic music, I think the comment was a tad disrespectful tbh, especially with the mention of Adele being right behind it.
the irony of y'all claiming I don't have a life when I just got back from ironing my clothes... electroheart
A better question to ask would have been what the public thinks about organic, low maintenance singers/artists and how they are viewed against highly conceptualized, image based artists like Gaga and what the merit is there. The real meat between this argument about Adele vs. Gaga is that they are completely different artists and they go for completely different things and it's worth arguing what makes them different and why one is perceived better than the other. I would have liked to hear her thoughts about that. It's clear Adele's image helped her she was not overly marketed as thin, overtly beautiful or model like but instead her figure was much along the lines of other regular "real" women and her voice was pure and not overtly digitalized. Adele's return to form music and scaled down torch songs lit something within the world. It's something that we haven't seen in years, arguably since the likes of Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill. It's worth asking why does Gaga think that happened and what does she think that means for her and her electronic music?