Electro-pop master M83: 'We're losing the mystery in music'

March 21, 2023

Anthony Gonzalez, the man behind M83, the group that helped define electro-pop, fears for a music industry that increasingly wants artists to be influencers. M83 has had a string of global hits and critically lauded albums, with the 2011 song "Midnight City" clocking up more than 800 million listens on Spotify. In the words of music site Pitchfork, the group's mix of dreamy electronica and emotive rock has "become the base stock of most popular indie acts". "These last six years (since previous album, 'Junk'), the music industry has changed. It's partly out of timidity, I don't want to force my music on people all the time."