Hi - it's been troubling me for a while but it's still a concern, so I hope here is ok to speak and please excuse clumsy words as it feels like I'm coming from a good place.
not sure where to start...KingBritt tweeted last week about how when he tried to check in for a flight, the attendant questioned his premium seat status and it's the sort of casual racism that, as a white man I never see. There weren't any black kids in class/church throughout my whole time in school and uk radio just completely ignored any soul/funk/reggae/hip-hop - or at least JohnPeel would have picked up on it after bedtime and I remember buying JustBuggin single at 13yrs old and BobbyMcFerrin's don't worry be happy (I still really rate his music) apart from that, we had I think MisaLuba and a NatKingCole album in amongst my mum's Mantovani records and my dad's JamesLast LPs
I saw recently a line somewhere about calling out a person as a racist by the content of their record collection and it made me think about psybient/psytrance...From inside psy culture it might just be folk picking the music they most want to hear - like it's done without much attention to who the makers are - but if the overall effect is that the musicians of a scene don't really reflect diverse society then perhaps it's worth sitting with a bit...
There was a discussion one time about Trance records - to do with what was the first track and it struck me that it's much more typical for black artists to be tagged as house or techno. Maybe with Trance, was there a distancing from the gay culture slice of disco/house too?
Hmm...so I mean an obvious solution is that we drop psytrance/psybient and look with wider ears - so BASS for instance is a global thing and reflects diversity a bit more - it could open up to feature real world music too, rather than just samples for an 'Ethno' prefix.
The alternative of sticking where the scene is at and waiting until more diverse makers meet entry requirements doesn't sound too swish to me.
To be honest it took me a while before I found much black music that I thought had been made by tripsters - but obviously there's stuff all over the place/time so again I'm not sure why psy scene doesn't tend to pick up on it...Defo at a basic level of stoned beats then its weird that 'psybient' selectors don't consider more black artists - unless is it something that's done on purpose? that the Namaste crowd want distance from hip-hop culture, whatever that might mean?
anyone else ever thought about any of this?