Jim Morrison Brilliantly Predicted EDM in 1969 to Rolling Stone

"I can see a lone artist with a lot of tapes and electrical"

In 1969, analog technology reigned supreme in the world of music production, before the days of digital synthesizers and computers. Though somehow Jim Morrison saw past the industry’s state at the time to see a world where EDM was the future of music.

Morrison, frontman of the psychedelic-rock band The Doors, was well known for his eccentric stage performances, poetic lyrics, rugged looks and rebellious drug-induced attitude. Beyond that, Morrison was a creator with many visions at hand, and one of them just happened to be his prediction of electronic dance music (EDM).

In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine in 1969, he contemplated future musicians fate:

“A lot of people like Mozart were prodigies; they were writing brilliant works at very young ages, 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.”

Among the foreshadowing of this one-man orchestral synthesizer Morrison concluded:

“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 …”

His predictions were right, as we now have a industry where most of our mainstream popular musicians choose EDM as their genre of choice. Although, it makes you wonder what Morrison would say if he heard Skrillex’s song “Breakn’ A Sweat” which is a collaboration of surviving Doors members and features his voice sample.


(Photo courtesy of The Doors via Facebook)