Opinion: Why A Women-Only Music Festival Does Nothing Long-Term

It’s Domestic Violence Awareness month and while the media’s focus has been on sexual predator and recognized American film producer, Harvey Weinstein, people on Facebook and Twitter have been sharing personal sexual assault stories with the hashtag #MeToo.

Unfortunately, the festival culture has contributed to this problem. In 2015, a Coachella festival attendee proudly wore an “Eat, Sleep, Rape, Repeat” shirt while he posed with a grin and the peace sign. In 2017, one rape was reported at Glastonbury festival in the UK. The Bråvalla Festival in Sweden reported four rapes and 23 sexual assaults over the course of the four-day event and was consequently canceled for 2018. These are a few of the recurring tragedies in our community.

To confront what happened at Bråvalla Festival, a Swedish comedian and radio host, Emma Knyckare, proposed an idea on Twitter:

“What do you think about putting together a really cool festival where only non-men are welcome that we’ll run until ALL men have learned how to behave themselves?”

The idea spread like wildfire and Knyckare created a Kickstarter to crowdfund Statement Festival, “the world’s most awesome music festival – without cis-men” where her goal is to, “…create a safe space for the people who want to attend a festival without feeling scared for their personal safety.” The fund surpassed its goal of 500,000 Swedish Krona, which is approximately $61,630, by 3,300 people who funded the campaign.

Regrettably, this voluntary gender segregation implies that men and women cannot coexist peacefully. It reminds me of the commonplace gender segregation that occurs in places like India and the Middle East.

Besides creating a safe space during the festival, the rash decision to bar cis-men doesn’t address the root of the problem: sexual assault education.

According to a 2013 report by the United Nations, rapes and sexual assaults are a direct result of sexual entitlement, seeking of entertainment (who knew) and as a punishment. These are the areas where men need to be educated.

Take the hashtag #MeToo. It was extremely powerful for men to see the amount of sexual harassment and assault stories that it caused several of them—in my very own community—to self-analyze and really look at what is happening around them.

Men do not need to be told that the only way women can be kept safe is through segregation. They need to understand the consequences of their actions from an early age; they need to be taught about consent by their guardians, parents, teachers, and peers. They need to be taught the importance of basic human decency, respect, and love. And most importantly, they should lead by example to influence their male counterparts.

While Statement Festival may solve the assault issue in the short-term, it won’t help solve anything long-term. It reinforces the ideas that men and women cannot live in unison, and that all men are sexual offenders, even if they aren’t. It does not present innocent men the opportunity to teach their male counterparts how to respect women and how to be conscious of their actions.  After all, don’t we want to be as inclusive as we aim to be included and treated fairly?

Why You Should Stop CDJ Shaming (A Message to Vinyl Purists)

 

It seems that the prevalence of CDJ shaming is a direct result of the rise of vinyl-exclusive DJs.

Hey, I incredibly enjoy an all vinyl set when it comes around, but to those who negatively label CDJ users as talentless laypersons are completely missing the point.

Technology has directly revolutionized the dance music community, especially with regards to accessibility, capability, and creativity when it comes becoming and being a DJ in today’s world.

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Why The U.S.’ Zero-Tolerance Drug Policy Isn’t Working

The Failing War on Drugs

During the 1960’s, “Hippies” and celebrities popularized the use of marijuana, LSD, and other drugs. “During the Civil War, troops used morphine, uppers dominated World War II, the Vietnam troops shot heroin”, and their addictions didn’t stop there, as the U.S.’ demand for drugs kept on growing.

The term “War on Drugs” was coined in the summer of 1971 after Ronald Reagan ordered law-enforcement officials to directly target drug consumers rather than producers or suppliers.

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Why and How You Should Help an Intoxicated Person at a Party or Festival

 

If you’re attending a festival, show at a venue or going to a nightclub, chances are that you and your friends will be drinking alcohol at some point during the night. While it is important that someone in your group remain sober if you’re driving to the party, it is also likely that you will be surrounded by friends and strangers who will inevitably consume too much alcohol and become drunk as a result.

By the time someone has become noticeably intoxicated, the alcohol has left their stomach and is being absorbed through the walls of the lower intestine, meaning that they are beyond the point of return. With more than six people dying daily in the U.S. from alcohol poisoning — a total of 2,200 a year a helping hand is always necessary. It’s important that we not only look out for our immediate friends, but also for any strangers that are at the same party or venue. We are all in it for the music and a thriving dance music scene relies heavily on the spirit of love, respect and camaraderie. It can be the difference between life and death.

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Techno Philosophy, Thrift Stores, and Anthracite – A Conversation with Sian

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“It’s tribal. People bullshit on about it being a religious thing, but in a lot of ways it is the most basic idea of celebration” – Sian 

There is a primal rhythm deeply rooted in human nature. Music often brings out these feelings and inhibitions, and if there’s one artist that has tapped into this energy it’s Sian. He’s developed a signature sound of techno through a plethora of releases,while curating his own vision of techno through his imprint, Octopus Recordings. Artists such as Sasha Carassi, Harvey McKay, and Jay Lumen have all signed on helping curate the vibe of Octopus, and Sian continues to host numerous Octopus Recordings showcases around the world from Movement to Sonar. In the wake of his recent EP, Medicine Man, Sian has completed and prepared his forthcoming album, Anthracite, with a release date set for August 3rd.

“This was more of a cinematic trip,” explained Sian. “I actually worked on a bunch of tracks as singles, and then I had about 100 tracks and started honing it down to 50, and so on.” Sian’s approach on music is holistic at times as far as inspiration goes. Honing in on specific sounds, or perhaps a surprising voicemail from a good friend, Sian builds a cohesive foundation around the tracks that allows them to stand alone or coexist as one body of work.

As the process came to a close, Sian eventually ended up with 23 tracks to tell the musical story of his new album. Anthracite embodies the peaks and valleys of techno complete with various cinematic landscapes and tantalizing bass line rhythms from start to finish.

Sian with album titleWith a set up comprised of a few Moog Synths, a Korg MS-20, and an array of outboard effects, Sian had the tools at his disposal to start developing tracks from the resonate hypnotic groover of Gulf Stream to the dubby techno textures of Metaverse, and everything inbetween.

We recently met up with Sian to talk in depth about the making of Anthracite, techno philosophy, and an unforgettable story outside of Johannesburg…among other things.  Listen to the Anthracite LP previews and read the full conversation below for more insight. Read more

Video: An Afternoon with Cari Golden

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As we walk through the door we are greeted by the fragrant aroma of sautéed rosemary and garlic. We’ve just walked into the home of singer and songwriter, Cari Golden, and she’s in the midst of preparing a delicious lunch of fettuccine, asparagus, and burrata cheese so good that it would take you right to Italy.

After we all sit down for lunch, we start enjoying some wine and get around to discussing the thing that drives us all…music. After much hard work, Cari Golden has made an excellent career in electronic music. She is easily one of the most sought after vocalists in this industry. Cari has the ability to inject a tremendous amount of emotion and harmony into dance music, and it’s no surprise that she’s found herself releasing music with the likes of Pan-Pot, Groove Armada, Kaiserdisco, Ryan Crosson, and Anja Scneider, just to name a few.

With several trips complete this year and more music on the way, we had the pleasure of catching up with Cari Golden to discuss everything from her start in the dance industry to her current methodology for writing tracks.

Take a look at our full conversation in the video below, and make sure to keep up to date with Cari Golden’s future musical endeavors

Cari Golden: Official Site | Facebook | Soundcloud | Beatport

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Artist Spotlight and Q&A: FAT SUSHI

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“Decades of electronic music inspire us to do what we do: produce and play the music we love” – Fat Sushi

The industry has got a new appetite for some Sushi; Fat Sushi that is – the duo artist based in Switzerland have been making significant waves in the past few years choppin’ and dicin’ releases from top notch labels such as Suara, OFF, Hive Audio, Kittball, and Stil Vor Talent with upcoming remix duties for Berlin’s Nils Hoffmann on Wankelmut’s Poesie Musik. Their deep-hypnotic house and chunky techno sound is gaining support from the likes of Marco Carola, Nicole Moudaber, Maya Jane Coles, Oliver Koletzki, Roger Sanchez, Andhim, Coyu, Eats Everything, Reboot and more.  Fat Sushi is making their U.S. debut in San Francisco at Monarch this Thursday. Read more

Artist Spotlight and Interview: Joel Mull

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“I have a soft spot for the underground parties that are held in locations that will only be around for a certain amount of time. It’s a special vibe that I love” – Joel Mull

The international techno community is comprised of many talented artists and visionaries. At the forefront of the current techno movement is Swedish artist, Joel Mull. Amidst a very busy schedule this week at WMC 2015, Joel Mull will be making a stop in Los Angeles on Saturday to play a very intimate rave affair. We recently caught up with him and talked about everything from his dance upbringing in Sweden to his love for the underground. Read more

Conversations with: Carlo Lio & Nathan Barato at Sound Nightclub

It’s always a treat when Carlo Lio and Nathan Barato make a stop in LA. This past weekend was no exception as these two tech house heavy weights from Toronto brought some serious vibes to Sound Nightclub. From humble beginnings in the Toronto scene at establishments like Comfort Zone, both Carlo Lio and Nathan Barato have transcended into major players on the international circuit.

Right before their set at Sound we had the opportunity to catch up with the guys about their history in Toronto, WMC, and Carlo’s recent trip to Japan. Take a look at the conversation below! Read more

Conversations with Oxia

Oxia bodyOxia has established himself as one of the leaders in the French house and techno movement. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, Oxia is a seasoned veteran and can look back on many highlights throughout his career. Having released on influential labels like Intec, Saved, and 8bit, and playing epic parties such as Marco Carola’s Music On extravaganza, his music has reached audiences worldwide.

We will be hosting Oxia on Friday, February 20th, and we recently had the opportunity to catch up with the French house ambassador. Here’s our conversation with Oxia. Read more