As a clothing brand that exists because of and is inspired by the impact black culture has on the electronic music scene, we stand in solidarity with those fighting against racial injustice in both the US and across the world. What we dance to and listen to today in the raves and the many genres that spawn from it would not exist if it wasn’t for black musicians - the pioneers of Detroit Techno, Chicago House and disco.
To highlight this history we’ve designed an origins t-shirt. This design could have branched out in many directions touching on Acid, Jungle, Garage and so much more, but we stuck with the foundations of Jazz and following a musical path through Soul, Funk, Disco, Hip-Hop, House and finally to Techno.
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All profits from the sale of this t-shirt will go towards the Black Lives Matter Foundation. This is not an opportunity for us to cash in or use this t-shirt as a marketing tool for more business exposure. The objective is to educate and raise awareness. We’ve collated some helpful resources, links and reading materials which we would like to expand on with your help, and will continue to add to these educative resources.
We still have plenty more work to do, each and every one of us. We urgently need to support protesters, organisations on the ground and black communities in the US and around the world. There is no debate about this: Black Lives Matter. We must end police violence and racial injustice. We must bring about police and prison reform. We must help create a world where black lives are not systematically targeted by the authorities during their lives.
We cannot say this loudly enough: our non-black audience and customers should educate themselves as much as possible, speak up and take action. It means using our voices to challenge those around you if a challenge needs to be made. It means demanding accountability from those in power. It means protesting and it means fighting for justice. If this makes you feel uncomfortable, don’t ignore that feeling. Reflect on it and decide what you can do to help the cause.
Below are some valuable resources we've come across and we'll keep adding to.
#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.
We are expansive. We are a collective of liberators who believe in an inclusive and spacious movement. We also believe that in order to win and bring as many people with us along the way, we must move beyond the narrow nationalism that is all too prevalent in Black communities. We must ensure we are building a movement that brings all of us to the front.
We affirm the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, undocumented folks, folks with records, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. Our network centers those who have been marginalized within Black liberation movements.
We are working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise.
We affirm our humanity, our contributions to this society, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.
The call for Black lives to matter is a rallying cry for ALL Black lives striving for liberation.
White privilege is a thing. I have it. And if you are white, you have it. I don’t have to worry about being shot when I jog, when I get pulled over, go bird watching, or when I’m sleeping in my own bed at home.
There have been systems put in place to give them a disadvantage. As fellow human beings, we must stand up for one another, educate, speak up, and act. What can we do? Do not be silent. Educate yourself. Educate others. Have conversations with white and black people. Watch and share these 4 YouTube videos:
Since the murder of George Floyd on the 25th May, I have been saddened by how many (predominantly white led) venues, labels, promoters, DJs, producers and events have remained, for the most part, silent. We would be lying to ourselves if we said that the dance genres we know, love (and profit from) so greatly, are not derived from Black culture. I think it’s about time we started better acknowledging the heritage of the scene.
So in light of that fact I thought I would share a little of what I know. Back in 2017 I wrote my dissertation, ‘A Question for the New Prime Minister: An Exploration into How Grime Became the Sonic Protest of Black British Youth and its Relevance During the 2017 General Election.’ Besides the obvious, the essay also covered Black British masculinity, racialised policing methods, Form 696 and David Cameron’s famous ‘Hug a Hoodie’ campaign. Most importantly however, it covered the history of underground dance genres and the undeniable influence of sound system culture. I learnt such a vast amount during the process of researching and writing my dissertation that I thought I would share some of the resources I used (with a few extra add-ins) with you. We could all do with a little bit more knowledge, enabling us to have a greater appreciation for the scene we love and support so much; let’s just support it better.
TO BE CONTINUED...