Electronic Music Is Black Protest Music

Clubbing and its culture of escapism originated in Black and Brown communities. It’s time to understand exactly what this means. About a year before George Floyd was murdered by white ex-police officer Derek Chauvin, the two were co-workers at Minneapolis latin nightclub El Nuevo Rodeo. 46-year-old Floyd, described by family and friends as “a gentle…

Downtown House Music March Ends With George Floyd Dance

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Another demonstration in the wake of George Floyd’s death — this time accompanied by house music and a “George Floyd slide”— took place downtown Saturday with at least 100 protesters practicing social distance and wearing masks. The 1 House, 1 City March House Music March started at 1400 S. Michigan Ave. at about 3 p.m. and proceeded up…

Virtual dance music festival raises funds to help workers affected by pandemic

Hype Festival in collaboration with the Building Culture Movement (BCM) initiative is holding the virtual dance music festival Good Vibrations. Supported by the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry, the event is raising funds to help workers in the creative and hospitality sectors as well as informal workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Twenty seven Indonesian…

German government is awarding €150m to the live music industry

Nobody would have expected that we would all be staying home for the majority of the spring and summer season watching livestream DJ sets and events due to a worldwide pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused non-essential businesses like clubs and restaurants to close, borders to shut and festivals to be canceled or rescheduled to…

UK orchestras may not survive coronavirus pandemic, conductors warn

Two of Britain’s most influential conductors, Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Mark Elder, have warned of a “devastated landscape” in classical music after the pandemic in which orchestras may not survive. Rattle and Elder said musicians in the UK felt “out in the wilderness” and called for more clarity from the government of when and…

Sonny Rollins on the Pandemic, Protests, and Music

The gains and revolutions, both political and musical, of the past sixty years can be measured in many ways, but few methods are more insightful than tracing the path of Sonny Rollins, a tenor saxophonist whose life is a portrait, which is to say a reimagining, of American freedom. When Rollins was twenty-seven, in 1958,…