Derrick Carter Lays Out The Cultural Change In EDM
For decades, the music industry has faced a debate of “cultural misappropriation” portrayed by the media. Derrick Carter, an old school house DJ from Chicago, has taken to Twitter to start the same conversation in respect to dance music. Prior to this, Carter shared his personal observations on Facebook about the noticeable shift the dance community has taken from being a “gay and black genre” to, now, a “whiter” one.
Carter made these claims in reference to an era when Detroit, New York, and Chicago homosexuals and African Americans were the heart of the United States’ dance music scene. During the 1970s and 80s, white men and women largely fought disco and house music. 1979’s Disco Demolition Night at the White Sox baseball stadium epitomized the dichotomy felt by the differing cultures .
While African Americans and homosexuals are currently not, by any means, absent from the dance community today, they do not make up the majority of the fan base as they once did. The high rate of commercialized festivals, and EDM in general, targets “upper middle class heterosexual whites.”
Carter explained that he did not intend to offend anyone or point fingers, but merely to start a discussion. The dance scene has risen from its underground roots, which could contribute to the change in its fan base. As the world continues to face issues surrounding race, it may be time to address these issues in regards to the EDM community.
EDM.com has discussed this topic in the editorial EDM Is Gay.