BLACK LIVES MATTER. Music, including House and Techno, would not exist without black communities and artists. These are indisputable facts.
Denying this is not only a denial of our roots but tantamount to racism.
It's time. It's time for music industry organizations and individuals to become purposefully active in joining and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.
Some of the industry’s biggest names have shown lack of empathy and involvement through most of the weekend, some of whom continued with live streams and social media-driven initiatives without a single mention of the events taking place in the United States — the country that gave birth to the music, community and industry they are known to be the leaders of today. While many are finally waking up to their responsibilities, posting messages of solidarity and support in the last twenty-four hours, their lack of action until this point must be called out.
To simply put, those who understand the root of our scene and music understand the prominent role the black community has had on house and techno. Without black artists such as Frankie Knuckles, DJ Spen, Lil Louie Vega, and the likes there would be no House music and same can be said of Jeff Mills, Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins, and Derrick May for Techno as a genre. To dismiss this fact is to dismiss the very problem we see today.
It's time for our music community to stand up for the inequality and injustice and some of the leaders and major platforms of our music community must step up collectively to address, understand, and fight for what is right!
100% of all proceeds will be donated to the NAACP, in support of the BLACK LIVES MATTER Movement.