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Defy Trump, Music is The Voice of Protest

The world is in tatters, and we've never been more divided. Britain has voted to leave the European Union, which was partially constructed to avoid a repeat of the atrocities of World War I and World War II. You Americans have just elected as President, a man whom within the space of ten days has arguably become the most hated figure in the world.

Worldwide protests, riots, alleged, racially motivated bans on human beings traveling into your country, the destruction of your fledgling health care system and 'The Wall'. Are you aware that the last time a wall was built to divide a land, The Berlin Wall, it destroyed Germany for nearly 30 years? You might not agree with everything I have to say, but you can agree that this current model of Democracy sucks.

Despite the moments of fear and anxiety over a future that is not yet guaranteed, all hope is not lost, because out of the ashes of this turbulent time will come the voice of protest. Acid House, Detroit Techno, Disco, Trance, Happy Hardcore, Gabba, hell even David Hasselhoff were created out of a culture of protest. Each of these styles (and so many more) were born out of the frustration and anger felt by the people who felt the most powerless. The voice of activism comes in many forms: anger, protest, pain, frustration and finally defiance. It this final evolution, this moment of defiance, that leads to the most powerful weapon of all: untapped creativity.

Our angry response to the external events in our society have made us lose sight of what's really going on. Through all of our frustration, through all of the hate that has been spewed in the the world recently we have lost our ability to understand one another.

Nobody is asking why these terrible things are happening; they are simply looking around and delegating blame. Rich blame the poor, poor blame the rich, Democrats blame Republicans, Republicans blame Democrats. The same situation is happening across the world, in Britain and throughout Europe. People need to listen and attempt to understand other people's perspectives.

Well, except 'The Prophet'. I am right, I'm always right, and you will listen.

Luckily, even through times of uncertainty we can console ourselves with the fact that people do have the ability to change their minds. For example, in 2000 Chicago passed the Anti Rave Bill, a similar premise to Britain's 1994 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act. The purpose of these policies was to attempt to outlaw any 'illegal raves' through the promise that any subversive behavior would face possible incarceration and as much as a $10,000 fine. The aim was to curb the burgeoning illegal rave scene, for fear it was leading the impressionable youth culture into a debauched life of pre-marital sex, drugs (and dance music).

Flash forward 15 or so years, and in 2014, Chicago, the city that attempted to ban 'the rave', renamed one of their streets 'Frankie Knuckles Way'. In great honour of the Godfather of House Frankie Knuckles, (a man almost certainly responsible for his fair share of illegal raves during his prestigious and lengthy 40-year career.)

Acid House, created in 1980's Chicago, found its true calling in Britain and Europe in the 1990's, during a time when Thatcherism had divided Britain into haves and have nots. The Greed is Good era. Thanks to the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act of 1994, raves became more than simply dancing with like minded people in muddy fields and abandoned buildings, it became an act of defiance. The majority of the DJs of the era grew up submerged in an era of subjugation, and their music was bred out of a desire to defy the forces that sought to keep their expression illegal.

The powers that be can destroy almost anything, but they can't destroy creativity. Human beings faced with the prospect of abject dereliction create beauty.

It could be argued that modern dance music culture owes its enormous expansion as a direct reaction to the many attempts over the years to dismantle it. Defiance finds its home through music.

Music is the language of the soul. We will see DJs channel their frustration through music, and even though it may a few years for the evidence to reveal itself, the music will speak to the people, through the people. Times will change.

The structures in place will turn their attention to dance music, they will come for the music. Afraid, they will gaze upon a generation of fans, divided by politics but united in music, and they will fear that which they don't understand.

There are no politics amongst the crowd at a rave. In the darkness of a dingy club, it doesn't matter if you're Black, White, Asian, Latino, etc. We are all one and the same. There is no race at a rave, no politics at a rave, no division at a rave. Music connects on a universal level, it speaks to you as the children of stardust.

On a base level, fear is simply the realisation of an individual's fragile mortality, it breeds greed, hatred, selfishness, ultimately a person's fear of death. These factors don't apply to fans of dance music. They are too busy travelling the cosmos, connecting to people on a spiritual level and living and loving within each moment of the music. Who needs 'The Wall', when you've got a 'Wall of Sound'.

Even when the world tries to tear you apart, music has the ability to put you back together.

Politicians will never understand sharing a $15 dollar bottle of water with the stranger standing beside you in a field. That's why they can never win.

Fuck Trump and every politician who refuses to evolve. They are simply mortal, afraid and unenlightened. You, on the other hand, are the children of stardust.


Join us next week when for The Prophet's next vision of dance music's future.