This past fall, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio admitted to being a fan of EDM in an interview with CNN, blowing the minds of dance fans, future voters and everyone in between. His enthusiasm for the sounds of Tiësto and other DJs sets the Florida senator apart from his competitors; the cease-and-desist letter he recently received for using Axwell & Ingrosso’s “Something New” does not.
According to Rubio, the Swedish duo’s request does not delve into Steven Tyler-Donald Trump levels of song and dance drama. In fact, Rubio poked fun at the situation in his remarks to a crowd of students at Furman University in South Carolina this past weekend.
“Electronic dance music — I’m a fan of. We just can’t play it ’cause none of the DJ guys — they all send us letters, ‘Don’t play my music. I’m Swedish. I don’t care about American politics,'” Rubio joked
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Rubio spokesman Alex Conant confirmed that the campaign was in fact asked to stop playing Axwell’s anthem.
At @FurmanU event, @marcorubio complains he can’t play EDM at rallies. True fact: @Axwell asked our campaign to stop playing “Something New”
— Alex Conant (@AlexConant) December 12, 2015
Whether Axwell & Ingrosso “don’t care” about American politics, don’t agree with Rubio’s conservative views, or are opposed to a high-profile “EDM fan” referring to his alleged musical heroes as “the DJ guys” remains to be seen.