EDM record label CEO speaks out on the recent electronic dance music gold rush.

Alzie Ramsey of EDM record label Black Widow Music, LLC has recently decided to voice his opinion on the recent gold rush occurring within the music industry. Ramsey personally believes that this is one of the first official outcries against this debauchery.

“EDM has been around and thriving since the 70s and all of a sudden there’s this enormous explosion of the genre,” states Ramsey. “What artists need to do is take a closer look at what is actually happening before it’s too late. Selling out to the corporate world and commercialism is a disgrace and the hand that is feeding you will eventually destroy you.”

Anyone who has been following this genre (even remotely) knows that events such as Ultra Music Festival and Electric Daisy Carnival attract fans literally by the hundreds of thousands in number. Consequently, the financial returns are millions of dollars and hungry corporations are vying to take it all. The latest trends in EDM have been Avicii playing for Madonna and Ralph Lauren, Swedish House Mafia and Absolut Vodka, Swedish House Mafia and Usher, Ne-Yo and Calvin Harris, Rihanna and Calvin Harris and the list goes on. Can Madonna, Usher, Ne-Yo or Rihanna attract millions of people on their own merit? In no way possible do they even come close and many venues they perform at barely draw a decent crowd and are half empty. So the easy fix for these artists and the corporate giants funding them would be to feed off the current boom of electronic dance music.

“As I’ve stated previously, the corporate giant is taking EDM to the ATM. Historical proof demonstrates that with a gold rush comes scams, sickness, death and murder,” says Ramsey. “The corporate world (and this includes the “major” record label) has ravaged just about every genre there is spanning from classical to rap and they’ve found another new playground to be a bully on and destroy.”

The motivating factor behind this press release is simple – nothing technical, pure honesty and perceiving the state of the genre realistically. These corporations are not interested in the well-being of electronic dance music or the musicians involved. They have two primary concerns – themselves and their wallets.


Black Widow Music, LLC (a digital label and music licensing company) was created in 2004. The result after many hours of labor and hard work is a business organization that stays on the forefront of industry technology and practices, but remains true to the “music” and avoids the traps of commercialism. Featuring the best in EDM, jazz and various genres of instrumentals our catalog is broad and diverse, but prevails on the primary focal point of why the label was created in the first place.

Black Widow Music, LLC: Quality music not quantity music.


As we all we know there are a host of blogs and websites about EDM and the many subgenres that make up EDM in its entirety. For the majority, most sites are very uninformative and thrive more so on providing information on what the latest stars such as Deadmau5, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, David Guetta and Avicii (just to name a few) are doing. Not that what these individuals are doing lack importance, but there are many other notable artists that comprise the backbone of the EDM structure.

At Black Widow Music, LLC we constantly watch current events and trends occurring within EDM. The one prevalent occurrence is the rapid oversaturation of EDM itself within the genre. Every single day someone is releasing a mix, remix, compilation or a mashup attempting to gain recognition in an already over saturated market.

Deadmau5 recently stated in an interview with Edna Gundersen of USA TODAY, “Now we have this huge pot of money coming in, creating bigger budgets and bigger crowds. They’re doing us all a favor by letting big money know we’re big money.” In a recent interview with Ben Sisario of The New York Times, Gary Richard of Hard Events stated, “I have been approached by all the big boys you can imagine. I’ve been working in this for 20 years and nobody cared. Now it’s so massive that everybody wants a piece of it.”

Can you really blame musicians for rushing where gold is to be found? History demonstrates that people have been rushing for gold for many a year as well as killing and destroying what is to be found along the path. So, what does this mean for EDM? In short, it means more saturation and a steady rise and emergence of poor quality music. But, there is an old adage that goes “the cream rises to the top.”

In our recent analysis of EDM and few notable artists we happened to stumble upon the biography of Joey Youngman, better known by his stage name Wolfgang Gartner. He stated, “One of my mantras is that I have a responsibility to advance the genre. If I am capable of doing something I’ve never done before, I feel like I have to use that ability, because there are not many people who do – or can.” Conclusively, that is exactly what we are doing here at Black Widow Music whether it’s EDM, jazz or any other genre.

Here at Black Widow Music, LLC we refuse to be focused upon the misleading statistics of social media. The amount of Twitter followers, Facebook Likes and YouTube views are irrelevant and not what drives and motivates this organization. What you can be guaranteed to discover when you visit here is a EDM (electronic dance music) record label that puts out quality music as a mandatory standard as well as leader that refuses to be commercialized in this new era of electronic music.