While the dance world is often criticized for being one of the least politically involved musical genres, electronic producers from all genres have spoken out on social media in response to the death of George Floyd.
The United States has erupted into nationwide protests after George Floyd, a black man, was allegedly killed by suffocation when a Minnesota police officer kneeled on his neck. The incident has sparked nationwide protests since a video of the event surfaced on the internet on Monday, May 24. DJs and producers are among the tens of thousands of people who have taken to the streets in protest, with artists including Alison Wonderland, Kayzo, Saymyname, Diplo and more participating in events.
Many artists have also donated many to Black Lives Matter-related causes, with both Marshmello and The Chainsmokers donating $50,000 to various organizations, and Bassnectar donating $100,000 to causes including to groups including Black Lives Matter, Color Of Change, Campaign Zero, The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, & Media Justice.
Here are reactions from members of the electronic music community.
COVID 19 – The invisible enemy
Racism – The visible enemy
— TroyBoi (@TroyBoiMusic) June 1, 2020
Best argument for MASSIVE peaceful protest. Massive worldwide peaceful protest [not senseless wild rioting] is what will bring change. It already has! Thankfully most protest HAS been peaceful. Our hearts go out to this woman – and note her point: REGISTER TO VOTE! https://t.co/zfpZC3ivef
— Bassnectar (@bassnectar) June 8, 2020
See reactions from the dance world below.
BLACK LIVES SHOULD MORE THAN MATTER.
MATTER IS THE BARE MINIMUM
— kayzo (@KayzoMusic) June 7, 2020
At the Peaceful protest today in Hollywood. Let’s keep this energy pic.twitter.com/gFHiwelFak
— SAYMYNAME (@CHEFSAYMYNAME) June 8, 2020
Proud of my boys pic.twitter.com/oiHtO77a9u
— Thomas Wesley (@diplo) June 9, 2020
I’ve been wanting to make a statement for the past few days and just haven’t been able to find the right words. I have been so angry, I wanted to make sure I didn’t say anything I’d regret. I am still processing this all as it happens. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/dlNNN6RRPX
— 12th Planet (@12thplanet) June 2, 2020
no one makes a stronger case for defunding the police than the police
— G JONES (@gjonesbass) June 8, 2020
Myself & the cult have zero tolerance for racism in any way.
It’s absurd it exists in 2020, or EVER … and even when I hear people make racist jokes or acknowledge racist TikToks etc I think it’s Wack & extremely shit humour & ive always felt this way.
— RΞZZ (@OfficialRezz) May 30, 2020
What is happening in US right now chills me to the bone.. My heart and thoughts are with you.. #GeorgeFloydProtests
— Charlotte de Witte (@CharlottedWitte) May 31, 2020
Never thought I’d see this day. The American Presidency is officially a dictatorship. Peaceful protestors under military attack, what’s happening in Washington right now will be echoed throughout the country tonight. I’m concerned for people
— Damian Lazarus (@damianlazarus) June 1, 2020
Am very happy to see the Bandcamp day tomorrow being used to support Black Lives Matter by so many people. Any money I receive will also be donated to the cause.
— Four Tet (@FourTet) June 4, 2020
— FLYLO (@flyinglotus) June 1, 2020
WE NEED A NEW EVERYTHING..
WE RUN THIS COUNTRY OFF RULES MADE HUNDREDS OF YEARS AGO LOL https://t.co/NjOr0puqWb
— DIGITAL DIVA EP OUT NOW (@UNIIQU3) June 6, 2020
just lost more followers for saying black lives matter.
GOOD RIDDANCE LOSERS
— ALISON WONDERLAND #blacklivesmatter (@awonderland) June 2, 2020
ITS NOT WHITE VS BLACK, ITS EVERYBODY VS RACISTS.
— Whethan (@whethanmusic) June 1, 2020
This man just giving out free pizza to protesters pic.twitter.com/qmg8k5bmmS
— louisthechild (@LouisTheChild) June 7, 2020
With all that is going on right now, it’s more important than ever that we need to continue the conversation. It cannot end until we have a society our Black brothers and sisters are happy with. pic.twitter.com/1pfoMx4d8t
— T᷈O᷈K᷈iM᷈O᷈N᷈S᷈T᷈A᷈ (@TOKiMONSTA) June 4, 2020
To the major labels who need a black-out day to “disconnect from work” and “collectively reflect”, how about this: GIVE BLACK ARTISTS THEIR MASTERS BACK.
— FUNKLORDZ (@Chromeo) June 2, 2020
We stand together with the Black community in the fight against all forms of racism, inequality and injustice. ⁰Since Disclosure’s inception, we have consciously & unconsciously drawn inspiration from black culture… pic.twitter.com/PeB7BDIR0C
— Disclosure (@disclosure) June 1, 2020
Glad to see the spell that has been cast on society to blind the masses from the truth is being broken
— Green Velvet (@GreenVelvet_) June 4, 2020
This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Black artists who inspire me. I have been influenced & shaped by black music more than any source. Not only do I respect these artists, I look up to them & in some cases I am lucky to call them friends. https://t.co/y5OdjgUoRB pic.twitter.com/bQTbXdwtjK
— Claude VonStroke (@VonStroke) June 8, 2020
I better see every person in the Lost Lands and Excision Facebook groups on the east coast rip this rail to shreds. This is what you’ve been practicing for your whole lives https://t.co/rYOQtrJU5v
— JAUZ (@Jauzofficial) June 4, 2020
Alright! every dance artist say it with me… “My music wouldn’t exist without black influence”
— ookay (@Ookay) May 30, 2020
— marshmello (@marshmellomusic) May 29, 2020
I feel like this needs to be stated regularly: I am a hip hop and house DJ, which means I make a living playing Black music. That music and culture was made directly out of the injustices of Black people in America. To my Black brothers and sisters, I stand with you.
— Knowledge Of Selfie (@atrak) May 29, 2020
PSA. YOUR SILENCE ISN’T GOING UNNOTICED. pic.twitter.com/oROx81lAqQ
— Digital Don (@yehme2) May 29, 2020
As a proud POC, I hope this month can also be used to acknowledge and recognize the vast struggles of the Black community in the US. https://t.co/E6uGcdxsJL
— T᷈O᷈K᷈iM᷈O᷈N᷈S᷈T᷈A᷈ (@TOKiMONSTA) May 29, 2020
Donate here to help George’s family https://t.co/ki8gq5YSmA
— dillonfrancis (@DillonFrancis) May 28, 2020
— Justin Martin (@justinmartin) May 28, 2020
Im gonna bail some people out in Minnesota. DM me your donation receipt in any amount. and I’ll give you guestlist to any show you want when touring resumes. https://t.co/H6D8B32Nfx
— THE BLACK MADONNA (@blackmadonnachi) May 27, 2020
Text “FLOYD” to 55156
We want justice.
— VALENTINO KHAN (@ValentinoKhan) May 28, 2020
I’ve been thinking about this a lot since I’ve seen and its absolutely horrifying. if that was a white man then the treatment would have been so different. Racism fuelled murder and it disgusts me how white people are still so racist and keep getting away with shit like this https://t.co/NnZEkH2bV3
— Chris Lorenzo (@Lorenzosbeats) May 27, 2020
I really hate seeing America like this.
— CARNAGE (@djcarnage) May 29, 2020
— Deorro (@Deorro) May 29, 2020
Even , and I REPEAT EVEN if this was the case , it’s like saying ,
“Someone burnt down a house with a match . But it was the fire that burnt it down, it wasn’t the match that caused it”.
Then getting away with arson. https://t.co/yISmQxum0j
— DukeDumont (@DukeDumont) May 29, 2020
how are some of you really gonna NOT say a single thing during this type of shit going on in the world. i get it u have a release plan or a stream planned THAT’S FINE but speak the fuck up man this is important !!!!!
— ray volpe (@rayvolpe) May 29, 2020
i wish you were still alive
i’m so appalled
i can’t believe this shit happens time and time again. i’m so sorry…
— San Holo (64%) (@sanholobeats) May 29, 2020