"Louder than the DJ" from Billy Talent's fifth album, Afraid of Heights
, addresses the significance of rock music. In our interview with lead singer Ben Kowalewicz
, he insisted that the song is not a diss toward EDM. "We're friends with some reputable DJs in the world and I love hip-hop. It's what I listen to the most in my life and I always have, so it's not against the DJs," he said. "But it's more or less just saying that rock and roll is important and it saved our lives. When we were kids, I remember going to see bands like Rage Against the Machine. I remember being 15 or 16 years old watching them play and just having an epiphany like, 'That's what I want to do. I have to do that!' If it wasn't for us going to all of these shows and meeting other bands and starting a community, then we wouldn't be here."
He went on to encourage others to follow their musical dreams because one never knows where it could lead. "I also think it's important to note that for anybody that wants to pick up a guitar or sit behind a drum set or have the courage to stand behind a microphone to follow that, because you don't know. So I guess what we wanted to express is that it could not only change your life, but it could also change a lot of other people's lives."