DJs React to ‘SNL”s ‘Davvincii’ Sketch Roasting EDM (And They Love It)

By Scott T. Sterling

Saturday Night Live lampooned dance music culture over the weekend, and stars of the genre loved it.

SNL alum Andy Samberg returned to host the long-running comedy show’s most recent season finale (May 17) and included a digital short starring fictional EDM DJ “Davvincii,” the name an obvious play on “Wake Me Up” producer Avicii.

The clip harshly poked fun at many of EDM’s most unflattering stereotypes with Davvincii playing laptop games and frying eggs on the decks in between occasionally pushing buttons while the crowd goes wild (“This is the best day of my life,” gushes one such club-goer, played by cast member Bobby Moynihan).

The clip employs a track called “Get Turned Up to Death,” a parody of DJ Snake‘s hit, “Turn Down for What,” with both tunes featuring a guest vocal from rapper Lil Jon, who retweeted a slew of positive responses to the video.

But those who might have felt ridiculed after the video didn’t spawn any sort of public outcry. Stars of the genre quickly reacted to the clip — and, for the most part, found it hilarious.

“Nailed it,” raved EDM contrarian Deadmau5 via Twitter, while Steve Aoki used the same social network to simply post a laugh with a link to the video.

Other artists who’ve come out in support of the clip include DJ Dan, Just Blaze, David Alvarado and Steve Lawler, with the latter comparing Davvincii to his own fictitious EDM star, DJ Facebender. Jonathan Schecter, the director of programming for Wynn Las Vegas (which books EDM’s biggest names on a regular basis) tweeted out that he wanted “first dibs” on a Davvincii residency in Sin City.

Long-time drum and bass DJ/producer Dieselboy, who also enjoyed the clip, took a swipe at some DJs for not seeing themselves in the parody.

With the spate of EDM-focused movies and TV shows looming on the horizon (including Simon Cowell’s long-rumored DJ competition show coming to fruition), could Davvincii’s explosive popularity on social networks make him the next subject of a feature film based on a Saturday Night Live character? Here’s hoping.


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