Think Before You Post: DJs Are Being Harassed Via Social Media
The Internet is our generation’s greatest resource. Whether we use it for entertainment, business, or networking purposes, the Internet serves as a platform for finding, gathering, and communicating information on a grand scale - especially for those involved within the electronic dance music community.
However as with any popular service, there are people that choose to abuse it, and the Internet has certainly provided its fair share of vices. One behavior in particular, the act of cyberbullying, is increasingly common amongst fans and DJs in EDM, and at its current magnitude, there seems to be no end in sight. Music "lovers" are badmouthing DJs and producers in the most ruthless of ways, and a positive future for our culture is becoming dim.
Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter serve as the biggest tools for aspiring DJs and producers to network with their fans, labels, blogs etc. World class dj's such as Skrillex, Diplo, Calvin Harris, and Tiesto all use social media to connect and build their fan base, and even give their fans something to laugh about on a typical weeknight (cue in Dillon Francis). What’s really upsetting is the fact that despite many dj's providing grand gestures of love and gratitude for their fans' continued support, people still feel the need to comment obscene, ignorant, or degrading commentary on their social media pages. The "trend" of bashing and dishing negativity out on every Facebook or Twitter post that someone disagrees with is becoming one of the ugliest aspects of our culture, and more than a few DJs are speaking up about it. One example of this is what the uprising electro-house producer Henry Fong stated a few days ago regarding internet hatred.
Even the up-and-coming youngster Oliver Heldens, who has gained increasing notoriety in recent months, recently took to social media regarding his attitude towards cyber-bullies. Luckily, Oliver took a more humorous approach to some of these immature comments.
As members of a scene that is already being looked down upon by a plethora of other cultural movements, we should be doing our part to encourage positive comments and constructive critiques. DJs and producers are humans just like the rest of us, and they reach out for compliments, positive input, or advice whenever they can, whether they’re at the top or bottom of the industry.
We’re all guilty of putting out foolish commentary on the Internet in one way or another, but when it comes to putting down DJ's and producers, especially the ones that are leading genres and community, we should really be thinking of ways in which we can further ourselves from this plaguing habit. The EDM industry is constantly evolving, and underground producers are moving in and out of the mainstream spotlight on a daily basis. When we see some of our favorite DJs trying new things, signing to various record labels, providing new music or concerts, we shouldn’t go straight to their Facebook walls and Twitter accounts to show our discontent. Instead, we should be giving more positive affirmations, and more constructive criticism if needed. When fans comment hateful or disrespectful comments, it’s hurting both the artists and the scene as a whole.
The answer to this issue is simple: think before you post. Social media is a tool that has been iconic to the development of the electronic community. Rising producers such as Henry Fong, Oliver Heldens, Bro Safari, Kygo, Thomas Jack plus many more use it to their advantages, and actually take the time to read and communicate with their fans. Next time you feel the need to add your opinion on an artist's post, simply think before you act. Electronic dance music is about unity and accepting everyone no matter who they are, or what they strive to become - I mean, isn’t that what we cherish the most about the scene to begin with?
Cover photo credit: RUKES