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Dorian Electra, Memelord And Gender Destroyer, Will Fuck The World


By Eli Enis

Where to begin? There’s the unexpected collaborations: My Agenda, the second album from experimental pop maximalist Dorian Electra, features disco legends the Village People owning the hook of a song describing gay frogs. They share space with the viral superstar Rebecca Black, who croons about converting fuckboys into simps. Then there’s the sound: a dizzying hodge-podge of dubstep thumps, black metal shrieks, and baroque keys, with surprisingly radio-ready lyrics satirizing far-right ideologies culled from the web’s darkest corners with an enigmatic blend of earnestness and absurdist humor.

And, of course, there’s the artist themself. The 28-year-old musician grew up in Houston and ran with a crew that practiced martial arts on the playground and played Dungeons & Dragons — the kind of teen who went all out for their steampunk prom theme. A superfan of the English post-punk band The Horrors since high school (in a beautiful full-circle moment, frontman Faris Badwan is featured on the track “Iron Fist”), Electra first received attention for their music when, as a senior, they released a lo-fi love song penned to the classical liberal economist Friedrich Hayek.

Weston Allen. Hair by Gregg Lennon Jr.

It was in 2017 that Electra got a major signal boost with a feature on Charli XCX’s “Femmebot,” followed by the long-awaited release of their debut album, Flamboyant, two years later. Featuring production by Dylan Brady of 100 gecs, the record was comprised of eccentric electronic music that established Electra as a fixture in the budding hyperpop scene. The sound grew more playful, but Electra never abandoned their academic approach to lyricism. Thematically, Flamboyant was dedicated to exploring and critiquing aspirational male archetypes: the overachieving finance bro, the macho boxer, and the sleazy Hugh Hefner knockoff.

My Agenda, conversely, is written from the perspective of male outcasts: conventionally unattractive or awkward nerds and, particularly, incels, an internet subculture referring to people who consider themselves “involuntarily celibate.” There are songs about feeling angry at the world for feeling undesirable and unloved (“F The World,” “Edgelord”), fantasies about earning the perfect woman with gentlemanly prowess (“M’Lady”), and tracks that consider the subtle homoeroticism between straight friends (“Sorry Bro (I Love You)”). There are lyrical references to fedoras and winking quotes from The Joker, playful gateways to explore the real issues that plague the online incel community: violent rhetoric and open suicidal ideation, as well as rampant homophobia and sexism.

“I was trying to critique these perspectives but also empathize with them,” Electra tells MTV News. “Especially with meme culture, it’s so easy to call somebody a neckbeard or a fedora-tipper just because they offer to hold the door open. When you sit with the material, actually listen to it, and then people see it in the context of the rest of the project, they get the deeper meaning and deeper connection to this whole crisis in masculinity and culture wars.”

Electra’s impetus for diving into this subject matter came from seeing how the alt-right (a meme-driven flavor of white nationalism that’s sometimes adjacent to incel communities) became so popular with the rise of Donald Trump. And given that Electra emerged from a distinctly internet-born musical subculture, they were already primed with fluency in memes, irony, and oversharing that’s required to truly make sense of this intrinsically net-based lifestyle. However, as fascinated as they were by the social ailments of the edgelord psyche, Electra was equally drawn to its cultural aesthetics, like fedoras and swords. They suggest that it reflects an antiquated version of masculinity rooted in chivalry and warrior-like honor “that really shape the worldview and self-image of the people in some of these subcultures.”

That imagery is dispersed throughout Electra’s music videos, which function like supplementary texts. An epic, digital rendering of Electra wielding a blade atop a giant pile of skulls begins the two-part visual for “Gentleman” and “M’Lady,” before they flip on a cap that floats down from the heavens. It cuts to lo-fi footage of the singer donning a trench coat and lumbering around a filthy apartment filled with video games and fast-food wrappers. It’s intentionally ridiculous and ironic, but it also strikes a strange balance between poking fun at the oft-memed getup and making it look like an outlandish fashion statement.

“I honestly think that that stuff is badass,” Electra says with a laugh. “I think the sword is badass, and the trench coat and dragon necklace [are cool].” Additionally, as a gender-fluid person who interchangeably presents as male and female, Electra connects with both characters in that video. “I identify as both the neckbeard and the “M’lady,’” they say. “I like to make myself into this gross, Dorito-crunching, Mountain Dew-chugging person — which I very much am — but also this perfect fantasy elf.”

That ambiguity is central to the overarching Dorian Electra project, whether they’re toying with gender expression or smashing the boundaries of genre, best captured by the breakout track, “Sorry Bro (I Love You).” With jingling drums, a gooey hook, and witty lines written from the perspective of good buddies falling in love (“And when I try to look at you you look away / Sometimes it’s hard to find the words I wanna say,”) — well, maybe. “I wanted to create something that could literally be a bro anthem, but something that could also be more sexual tension,” they explain. “Something that is hidden romantic tension, but also something that could be totally platonic.”

“Sorry Bro (I Love You)” and “Gentleman” are two of the more lighthearted tracks on My Agenda, but songs like “Edgelord,” a groaning Auto-Tune-heavy track which features a verse from the “Friday” singer Rebecca Black, and “F The World” plunge the shadowy id of the incel. The latter is a ten-car pile-up of hardstyle, grindcore, and hip-hop that Electra describes as “the rawest, straightforward, and literal expression of this kind of angst.” Pointing to its aggressively cynical lyrics (“F the world best I love it / F the world I want to hug it”), they add, “The hatred of the world and wanting to commit violence really comes from a feeling of rejection, a feeling of wanting to be loved, a feeling of literal horniness and frustration. To me it’s, ‘I literally want to fuck the world,’ but also, ‘Fuck the world!’”

It was important to Electra that every song on My Agenda be written from the first-person perspective. Rather than viewing their subjects as removed characters with absolutely no redeeming qualities, Electra is empathetic in their critiques. “What in here is almost universally human and relatable?” they ask themselves. Though they’re careful not to equate this harmful rhetoric with the lived experiences of marginalized people, one way that Dorian was able to personally relate to the incel community was through the lens of their queerness, an experience that often leads to feelings of loneliness and incompatibility with cultural beauty standards.

Weston Allen. Hair by Gregg Lennon Jr.

“There’s a lot of self-hate, feeling like you don’t belong, feeling like you can’t be attractive to a partner, feeling like you don’t fit into the ideal of romance or dating,” Electra says. “Dating apps are not going to be good for you because you may not fit in on hetero Tinder or Grindr, or that people would see you and categorize you as this one thing. Like, ‘Oh you’re just this nerdy, nasty guy’ or ‘you’re just this trans person.’”

Electra is a figurehead in a scene of pop music that’s extremely queer and femme-centric. Bubbly Auto-Tune and experimental electronics create an affirming space for queer and trans artist to pitch-up their vocals and express themselves with instrumentation that challenges heteronormative pop conventions. Therefore, it can be shocking to hear Electra singing from the perspective of homophobes and misogynists — the very people their community implicitly stands against. Electra recognizes the touchiness of the subject matter, but they don’t see it as an extended hand to male chauvinist behavior. Rather, by using neckbeard aesthetics and engaging with incel ideologies in good faith, they hope to create a welcoming space for people from all walks of life to productively engage with this masculinity crisis.

“If somehow somebody coming across my music had that kind of effect, I’d feel like I would be hopefully contributing something positive,” they say. “I think it’s totally worth it putting stuff out there that has ambiguity to it because you might draw people in who think it’s one thing and they’re surprised by other elements.”





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Members of DROELOE Announce They Are Splitting Up


bitbird darlings DROELOE have put out a ton of great music over the years — and they will continue to, just without one of the members.

In a statement today, DROELOE explains that when the group started, it was a trio: Joris, film director; Hein, graphic designer; and Vincent, producer/composer. Very quickly, Joris’ personal career took off and since then it has been just Vincent and Hein. Now, Hein is moving on to pursue his own personal work and the DROELOE name will continue on with just Vincent.

“We want to emphasize that we came to this mutual agreement by thinking hard about what we both want out of life,” they wrote in a joint statement. “So that is the focus, pursuing the lives we really want. It’s not the end, it’s a new chapter for both of us.”

Both Vincent and Hein also included personal statements along with the news of the split.

The news comes as DROELOE announced their forthcoming anthology album, A Matter Of Perspective, along with their new single released last week, “Roadside Flowers.”

You can read the full statement below.





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Top 5 Quotes from Diplo, EDM’s Intrepid Renaissance Man – EDM.com


Harnessing a persona as exotic and malleable as his ever-changing sound, Diplo has ascended to the pinnacle of EDM as one of its most fascinating characters. He is one of the most mercurial artists in the scene, constantly tightroping the wire between enigmatic and overt. However, whether he’s producing twangy country bops, ambient stargazing lullabies, or wonky trap bangers, his sound consistently remains tucked in a bedrock of dance music. 

The curious case of Diplo may never be solved, but that’s not a bad thing. Our beloved dance music community needs someone like him—a virtuoso who keeps us on our toes and single-handedly colorizes the vibrant palette of EDM with each eccentric tweet or genre-bending song.





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Nicki Minaj Shares First Photo of Son



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Nicki Minaj is giving the world a glimpse of her son.

Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, the new mom shared the first photo of her baby boy in honor of her anniversary. The photo features her husband Kenneth Petty holding their son’s little foot in his hand, but his face remains out of the picture.

Today marks the couple’s one-year wedding anniversary. “Happy Anniversary, my love,” Nicki captioned the sweet pic.

Nicki has yet to reveal the name of her son, who was reportedly born Sept. 30 in Los Angeles.

Last week, the rapper returned to social media for the first time since becoming a mom, revealing that she and Petty welcomed a baby boy. “I am so grateful & in love with my son. Madly in love. My favorite liddo boy in the whole wide world,” gushed Nicki, who also shared the kind messages she received from friends including Beyoncé, Kanye West, and Kim Kardashian.

On Friday, Nicki dropped her remix to Sada Baby’s “Whole Lotta Choppas” on which she rapped about having a play date with Drake’s son Adonis.





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Indiana Pacers Names Nate Bjorkgren Their New Head Coach


The Indiana Pacers appear to have found their next head coach. Toronto Raptors assistant Nate Bjorkgren has reached an agreement to become the next head coach of the Pacers, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

Bjorkgren had been with the Raptors since 2018 and was Nick Nurse’s right-hand man on the sidelines last year when the team won an NBA title. Bjorkgren was an assistant with the Phoenix Suns before that but never was a head coach until now.

The Pacers finished last season as the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference but were swept in the first round by the Miami Heat. Nate McMillan was the previous head coach of the Pacers but after two straight playoff sweeps, the organization felt a change was needed.



Bjorkgren will now have a chance to prove himself as a head coach with a solid team in the Pacers.





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Sneak Peek: Maddie’s 16 And Pregnant Baby Shower Is Already Delivering Drama



Maddie’s baby shower is supposed to be an event to celebrate the 16 and pregnant teenager. But in a sneak peek of the upcoming episode, below, there is already drama surrounding the bash — and the festivities have yet to even begin.

“Korey’s family can’t make it because I invited them at the last minute,” Maddie discloses about her baby daddy’s clan. “But it might be better because our families haven’t met, and there’s still tension between them.”

She continues: “Even though my mom doesn’t want Korey to show up until the end of the party, he wants to be included. I decided he should be able to stay as long as he wants.”

But Maddie’s mom Crystal isn’t on board with the plan. What does she have to say about Korey’s desire to be present at the party, and how does Maddie respond? Watch the clip, then do not miss 16 and Pregnant tonight at 9/8c.



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Seanyy Drops Highly Anticipated Debut EP, ‘Drive Thru’ [Swerve Collection Creations]


The Active Duty US Army Officer, Seanyy has been leaving an everlasting imprint over the past few months. Between his original single releases, record labels, Swerve Creative Collections, and his newly-launched Swerve Radio station (airing bi-weekly with Swerve Sessions 001 recently premiering HERE), Seanyy has become masterful at micromanaging the biggest aspects of his life. All in an effort to chase his dream, the 26-year-old who is originally from Northern Baltimore, Maryland, spends his time mastering his craft and true passion, all while stationed in Germany, serving as a Finance Officer with the US Army.

We’ve covered each of singles that have been electrifying, to say the least. Each release has been building towards his highly anticipated debut EP, ‘Drive Thru’, that is an absolutely massive statement from this talented producer. His knack for crafting captivating melodies with thunderous drops makes his work stand out and hold its own.

Here’s what Seanyy had to say about his EP:

“It’s hard to put to words what this project means to me. I’ve been (trying) to make music now for around 5 years, and as I get older and more invested in my career, the time for making music in my make-shift studio starts getting less and less.  So that’s where this project comes in.  This is the highlight of the hours of work I’ve put into music this year.  Juggling my full time job in the US Army with my music is a struggle, but through the years has gotten easier a sort of “battle rhythm” as we’d call it in the Military. This project is proof that if you set your mind to something, no matter what the circumstances, you can achieve it.  Let me be the prime example of that. The grind is real and one thing is for sure: I will not look back on life with regret for not chasing my dream.”

Stream Seanyy’s debut EP ‘Drive Thru’ below!

 



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Insomniac Announces Halloween “Park ‘N Rave” Drive-In Festival – EDM.com


After the successful launch of its weekly “Park ‘N Rave” concert series, Insomniac Events has floored the pedal of its foray into the drive-in show scene with its latest installment—a special Halloween edition. Dubbed “BOO!,” the two-day festival will go down Friday, October 30th and Saturday, October 31st at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, California.

True to Insomniac fashion, the venerated dance music event promoter recruited a stellar lineup of DJs for the Halloween extravaganza. Friday night will feature JOYRYDE, Wax Motif, Drezo, and Dustycloud. Descending on the lot Halloween night will be SAYMYNAME, Dr. Fresch, Noizu, and Blossom.





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Dr. Dre and His Son Get Matching Tattoos



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Like father, like son.

Dr. Dre and his son Truice Young are celebrating their bond with a pair of matching tattoos. Taking to Instagram on Monday, the legendary producer shared a photo of him and his 23-year-old son showing off their DNA double helix tats on their left forearms.

“Just got matching tattoos with my son @truiceyoung. It’s in the DNA. California Love!!” Dre captioned the photo.


The tats were done by famed tattoo artist Dr. Woo. “It’s in the DNA honored to do these for @drdre and @truiceyoung,” said Dr. Woo.

Dre is in the middle of a contentious divorce with his wife of 24 years, Nicole Young. Last week, it was revealed that Nicole is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department for alleged embezzlement.

In addition to Truice, the estranged couple shares a 19-year-old daughter, Truly, who recently slammed 50 Cent after he disrespected her mother on social media. “The blatant misogyny and disrespect by ignorant men that is being shown is absolutely fu**ing disgusting and vile,” she told the “Power” mogul.





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Danity Kane’s Aubrey O’Day Blasts Diddy Over How He Handles Artists and His Ties to Trump


Diddy is pushing the effort to remove Donald Trump from office on Election Day. He also has announced a new political party, Our Black Party, to positively impact Black Americans in the future. But former Bad Boy signee and Danity Kane member Aubrey O’Day isn’t buying it.

“Diddy has mismanaged artists & stolen their money his whole career (including Danity Kane), and now he is showing up with 18 days left before the election to get Trump out of office,” O’Day wrote. “When I was on Apprentice, Trump used to tell me DAILY how him and puff are good friends.”

O’Day isn’t the only person pointing the finger back at Diddy. The below tweet says it all. Does any of it matter?





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