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Boiler Room on Why it’s Taking a Stand Against “Fucking Jock-Bros” Ruining Dance Music

By Claire Lobenfeld

As fatigue with bigotry increases, the anonymity of the internet is no longer an excuse for spewing hatred without consequence. After two particularly vile turns in the comment section of Boiler Room, the streaming company has had enough. Claire Lobenfeld talks to Boiler Room’s Gabriel Szatan about how the company intends to take a stand.

Electronic music has a sexism problem. If it didn’t, we wouldn’t need collectives like Discwoman and female:pressure who work arduously to have women DJs and producers booked at shows and have their concerns heard, or artists like Mixpak powerhouse Jubilee, who’s asked more often about the struggles of being a female DJ than the actual music she makes. On Wednesday, discrimination against women in dance came to a head once more in one very specific corner of the underground music world – the Boiler Room comments section.

During a Paris session which featured Glaswegian phenom Nightwave, a wildfire of unwarranted insults on the Facebook live broadcast caught the ire of dance music fans who could no longer tolerate sexist language spewed at women DJs. In fact, it had been worse the night before. The Staycore session that featured 18-year-old Swedish DJ Toxe suffered a comment section that was so riddled with such offensive remarks, Boiler Room host and programmer Gabriel Szatan called them “verging on revenge porn.”

Szatan had more than enough of these kinds of comments and took to Boiler Room’s Twitter to make an off-the-cuff statement about the outrage from viewers, an outrage that he was also experiencing himself: “Talking smack on genres or tech is whatever, lame but par for the course. Misogyny / transphobia / racism / anything else is 10000% unacceptable…. BR is an international team of music fans made up of all stripes shapes & dispositions — not some bunch of V neck bros casually laughing it off. This kind of chatroom shit disgusts us.”

“IT’S LIKE THEY’RE CROUCHING AT THE STARTING LINE OF THE RACE TO MAKE A JOKE ABOUT HOW WOMEN SHOULD BE IN THE KITCHEN”

Boiler Room’s Gabriel Szatan

On the phone to FACT yesterday, Szatan explained that the comments on the session during Nightwave’s set escalated from tame backhanded compliments to full-on, albeit lame, bullying: “Very quickly the comments changed from, ‘Oooh, it’s cool to see a sexy DJ’ to ‘There’s Paris Hilton’ — and then the ‘Make Me A Sandwich, Bitch’ brigade came out to play.” Szatan had only been watching the French broadcast casually when he caught wind of what was going on in the comments and decided to take action, partially because he is a fan of Nightwave and also because he could not believe he was seeing this kind of vile behavior in such extremes two days in a row. “When I inadvertently became the person monitoring, I just knew we couldn’t stay quiet for two days in a row when really personal, vicious comments were coming through,” he said. “It’s something we should have done a long time ago"...





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