The Doors frontman Jim Morrison once predicted the birth of EDM
It’s safe to say that the sounds Jim Morrison created with The Doors was lightyears ahead of its time, the enigmatic vocalist is a figure that alternative music will always be forever grateful for—even if he was somebody that departed us painfully too soon.
Morrison was a pioneer that never stopped thinking about what was going to be ‘the big next thing’ rather than rest on his laurels and, with that in mind, it remains a tragedy that he passed away aged just 27. The Doors singer was prevented the chance to have had a career that no doubt would have the definition of trailblazing, one which was sadly starved from him and the world after losing his life in 1971.
His incredible foresight into the changing world of music is one that is typified in his comments about the future of music when he sat down in conversation with Rolling Stone back in 1969, a rambling chat which resulted in Morrison seemingly predicting the development of EDM. The genre has played a huge part in soundtracking the 21st Century and it was something that Morrison saw coming decades prior to Calvin Harris even being born.
“A lot of people like Mozart were prodigies; they were writing brilliant works at very young ages,” Morrison said, as he pondered the future of music. “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 then added with all the confidence in the world: “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.”
This bold prediction from The Doors man in the ’60s showed just of how much of a progressive soul he was and that is eyes were always focussed firmly forwards rather than reminiscing on the past. Whatever Morrison turned his hand to was golden and it’s sad the world never got the opportunity for him to see his prediction of EDM becoming the giant it is today — which he could have even been a part of creating.
Listen below to Skrillex’s collaboration with the remaining three members of The Doors in 2012 on ‘Breakin’ A Sweat’ which was created shortly before Ray Manzarek’s death and even features Morrison on sampled vocals.