R3 Soundsystem are uniting the dance music community once again on 3rd December, against Trump, against Boris, and against Farage.
At 7pm the soundsystem will be firing up in London's Trafalgar Square, in association with Love Music Hate Racism and Stand Up to Racism.
The protest is arranged to coincide with Trump's visit to London for the NATO Heads of State summit, as on 3rd December the Queen will be hosting a reception for him at Buckingham Palace.
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Despite austerity hitting all but the most affluent, charity giving continues to rise.
“The bohemian soul of the scene makes for fertile ground when people come together and fight for what they think is right” — Bobby Connolly
Bobby Connolly agrees, citing the “liberal mentality” that has been at the heart of dance music culture ever since the early days of disco in New York, and which famously came to the fore during the UK acid house explosion and its subsequent high-profile battles with government and authority figures.
“If you’re smart and do things well, you can raise a lot of money for charity through music releases,” McIvor says. “Artists are much more likely to get involved and help out if they know that you’re doing it for a good cause, and not trying to make money for yourself. It’s an effective way of reaching people. Plus, people who are buying dance music releases would generally tend to be more politically aware and conscientious.”
“In a perfect world, the corporations and festivals reaping most of the financial benefits in the scene would be convinced or pressured to contribute more to charitable causes” — Jordan Czamanski
From the start, the pair found it hard to get established producers to release on the label and, even more surprisingly, found that some within the dance music industry were strangely cynical about their motives. “At the beginning it was very hard for us,” Lucas says. “When we were trying to explain what we were trying to do, a lot of people were sceptical. They would say things like, ‘Nobody does this kind of thing for free’.
“I first got involved because Andy Turner from Plaid had mentioned it to me,” he says. “The cause is important, and it is something that has affected people dear to me, but above all, Martin puts out great music. Touched is a great label, Martin is a great person and regardless of the cause, I would have worked with him.”
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“In the case of Joe Goddard, he passionately wanted to support what we’re doing, but his manager was encouraging him to do it, too,” McIvor says. “Most managers or agents would tell their artists to shy away from anything that may in some way be controversial or divide opinion.” Most wouldn’t think that speaking out against fascism and racism would be controversial, but the Optimo Music founder has been surprised how divisive his new label venture has been.
The cloven hoof of festival season is already here, as is proven by London's top pick, Hackney’s experimental and boundary-pushing Test Pressing. Everything from kraut crunch to electro bangs will be explored.
It's worth noting there's another special occasion in the capital this month, as Egg hits sweet 16 and drafts some serious tech to celebrate; Nicole Moudaber, Japan's Hito and Italy's emergent Anna V are among those lighting candles.
A raft of UK DJs turned out to oppose Donald Trump’s visit on Friday 13th July. A Revolution Day event saw a free party take to the streets organised by Gideön, which began at Soho Radio HQ early in the afternoon.
By the time the DJ Mag crew turned up, we’d already missed Seth Troxler’s set but Midland and Breach were going b2b in front of the Great Windmill Street crowd — a gorgeous mix of LGBTQs, industry folk and free party people — with some feelgood classics.
Soho Radio has shared the set times for Revolution Day: A Day of Resistance, which takes place tomorrow 13th July from midday to midnight.
The marathon protest party is being held at the Great Windmill Street-based station in protest against U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to the UK. Curated by Sohojams host and Block9 member Gideön, over 20 DJs have been booked to play throughout the day.
Gideön is organising a 12-hour marathon protest party at Soho Radio on Friday 13th July, the day US president Donald Trump is visiting the UK.
Real name Gideon Berger – one half of creative duo Block9 – the SohoJams host has locked over 20 artists including Seth Troxler, Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Midland, Heidi, Prosumer, Artwork, Luke Solomun and more. All of the artists will provide their services for free.
Why are you organising the marathon Trump protest party at Soho Radio?
“If you don’t like the way the world is then change it. Thats what my mother taught me. Do it yourself. As a kid some of my most important memories are related to protest. Thatcher and the miners’ strikes, Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament at Greenham Common, Free Nelson Mandela and the Anti-Apartheid struggle.
“My first real major DJ gig was playing on a bicycle powered sound system in Trafalgar Square at the anti Criminal Justice Bill demonstration. I played to the whole of Trafalgar Square, apparently around 50,000 people. Literally the first record played was mine. I was 16. You don’t forget stuff like that. It’s in my blood, and I think that unless we all pull our fingers out and stop staring into our smartphones then the likes of Trump, May, Putin, Erdogan and Netinyahu will get a stranglehold on humanity forever. Fuck that. Let’s come together and resist!
Why do you think things like this are important nowadays?
"The essence of art is based in resistance. We’re at a turning point in history where fascism is on the rise, and only through global awareness can we fight the tide of the rising right. Silence is collaboration, it's in our works and collaborative effort that we scream, ‘Never!’.
Why play this kind of event for free?
‘I think I owe it to our culture. I owe it to people of colour, I owe it to women, I owe it to the people most marginalised by the UK & US governments. I feel music has always been my best medium of communication. What we need is a positive message of resistance right now and I feel like it’s this generation of club kids can help us deliver!”
Why play this kind of event for free?
“I don't really see this as offering my services for free, it's a chance to make a noise for something we believe in and oppose. It's important to try and change minds and what better way to do it than using music.”
Why are you offering your DJ services for free for this event?
“I’m doing this because I believe in equality, inclusion and a better, more caring and peaceful world. With the current regime globally, I feel that the world is becoming divisive, more exclusive and unequal in favour of the people in positions of power in all walks of life. It’s time for that to fucking change.
Block9 and NYC Downlow have revealed the first wave of artists for their warehouse warming weekender, which is set to take place this Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December.
Honey Dijon, Gideön, Jason Kendig, Dungeon Meat, Hannah Holland, Adam Shelton and more are all set to spin, with three secret headliners still to be announced. You can see the full line-up so far below.
Houghton Festival hits the grounds of Houghton Hall in Norfolk this weekend for its inaugural edition which runs from 10th to 13th August.
Calling in a range of artists he's become close friends with through his time as resident and musical director at Fabric London, a stacked music line-up sees Ricardo Villalobos, Floating Points, Tony Allen, Raresh, Rhadoo, Margaret Dygas, Sonja Moonear and Andrew Weatherall all spin.
But, being billed as an art and music festival, Houghton has much more on offer than just some of the most discerning selectors on the planet.
Houghton, the new three-day art and music festival taking place on the Houghton estate in Norfolk from 11th to 13th August 2017, has completed its line-up.
New additions include Move D, Mathew Jonson, Andrew Weatherall, Calibre, Gideön and more. You can check out the full list of additions below.
The festival was announced in December, with Ricardo Villalobos, Nicolas Jaar, Seth Troxler, Helena Hauff and more all on the original line-up.