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GRiZ Brings Attention to Black Lives Matter Movement with Powerful Digital Mirage Set

GRiZ is a shining example of using one’s platform for good — and he brought attention to the Black Lives Matter movement with his Digital Mirage set over the weekend.

The DJ/producer recently joined in Denver’s peaceful protests and documented the entire thing. Matched with a specially curated live set, the footage from the protest made a real statement — the EDM community stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

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GRiZ thanked organizers for the creative freedom and for leading a moment of silence for George Floyd:

Huge thank you to @ProximityM + @TeamBandL for the 8:46 of silence to pay respects to George Floyd. During a time of so much noise, the uncomfortable silence can sometimes speak louder than anything

The setlist featured music from exclusively black artists including N.W.A, 2Pac, TroyBoi, Mr. Carmack, Moore Kismet, Honey Dijon, Gene Farris, Channel Tres and more as GRiZ took to the streets.

We’re expecting an official upload soon — but in the meantime, listen to the set above and read some of the comments below.

griz was originally gonna do his digital mirage set from his kitchen, but decided to do something brand new in light of recent events.

so he decided to hit a Denver black lives matter protest and do a custom set.

thank u @griz this is amazing pic.twitter.com/rnJQlPwWrf

— Brownies & Lemonade 💜💛 (@TeamBandL) June 14, 2020

Huge thank you to @ProximityM + @TeamBandL for the 8:46 of silence to pay respects to George Floyd. During a time of so much noise, the uncomfortable silence can sometimes speak louder than anything 💜

— BLACK LIVES MATTER (@Griz) June 14, 2020

Holy shit. @Griz using footage of the Denver Protests and playing music from POC is EVERYTHING. @TeamBandL @ProximityM THIS IS HOW YOU KICK THINGS OFF RIGHT

— JaQob Mandell (@JaQob_) June 14, 2020

.@griz closes his digital mirage set with 8:46 of silence while the screen shows books, documentaries, and resources for understanding what Black Lives Matter and calls for police reform are all about. ❤️❤️❤️

— Toby (@DorkTobes) June 14, 2020

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— Toby (@DorkTobes) June 14, 2020

 

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Stormzy Pledges £10m, 50% Of His Net Wealth, To Black British Causes Over Next 10 Years

Many artists and celebrities have been giving money to black communities in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the US, sparked most recently by the murder of George Floyd. Now, Stormzy, popular UK grime artist, has made a massive and lasting contribution by pledging £10 million, 50% of his current net wealth, to black British causes over the next ten years.

While one time payments to charities are useful, recurring donations are exceptionally important as they give these organizations a firm idea of what their overhead will be in coming months and years so they can more effectively allocate those funds.

Read statements from Stormzy and Merky Records below.

“The uncomfortable truth that our country continuously fails to recognise and admit is that black people in the UK have been at a constant disadvantage in every aspect of life – simply due to the colour of our skin.”

“I’m lucky enough to be in the position I’m in and I’ve heard people often dismiss the idea of racism existing in Britain by saying, ‘If the country’s so racist how have you become a success?!’ And I reject that with this: I am not the UK’s shining example of what supposedly happens when a black person works hard. There are millions of us. We are not far and few.”

“We have to fight against the odds of a racist system stacked against us and designed for us to fail from before we are even born. Black people have been playing on an uneven field for far too long and this pledge is a continuation in the fight to finally try and even it.”

 

 

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Bassnectar Commits $100,000 To Five Activist Organizations Over The Next Week

Electronic artists whose careers were made possible on the backs of contributions from the black community are giving back to black activist organizations in the wake of nationwide protests over the past two weeks in response to the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police. Eric Prydz, Marshmello, and more have already given, and now frequent activist Bassnectar is also giving.

We’re all deeply affected by the current events surrounding racial injustice and police brutality. And while we are upset and disturbed, we are also incredibly inspired to participate and eager to be a part of the solutions.

We want to pause another week on anything music related, and continue to focus on engagement, education, and activism – and we want to invite you to join us, get involved, and find out how you can participate.

Over the next week, the Bassnectar team will be donating $100,000 across five different black activist organizations: Black Lives Matter, Color Of Change, Campaign Zero, The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, & Media Justice.

In addition to the donations, he pledges to explore various themes related to each organization over the next week:

  • Empowerment: Racial Equality + Anti-Racism
  • Social Justice: Solidarity & Unity
  • Education: Communication, Information & Truth
  • Demanding Change: Reform, Policy & Oversight
  • Activism: Organization, Engagement & Protest

You can read his full statement below.

Our team is sending out love, advocating for unity, and standing in solidarity with all who are a part of the BLM…

Posted by Bassnectar on Friday, June 5, 2020

 

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Kanye West Donates $2 Million to Families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery & Breonna Taylor

Kanye West has remained uncharacteristically silent amid the Black Lives Matter movement, but actions speak louder than words…

West has reportedly donated $2 million to the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor for legal fees amid the ongoing police brutality protests. He has also set up a college savings fund for Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter Gianna Floyd.

In addition, West has reportedly donated to various black-owned businesses in his hometown, Chicago

Not only did West open his pockets, he took to the streets. He walked alongside other protesters for the South Side march as students and activists called for Chicago Public Schools to end its contract with the city’s police department.

West has been criticized in the past for supporting President Donald Trump and wearing a MAGA hat, which he ditched for a mask during the march on Thursday.

Community activist Ja’Mal Green explained to Politico, “This is different. This is an issue he dealt with growing up in the neighborhood. It’s not a political issue. It’s a personal issue.”

“He just wanted to be in the crowd. It was important to him to be part of the George Floyd protest.”

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#PressPlay: #KanyeWest was out in his Chicago hometown earlier today protesting. 🙏🏽🙌🏽 🎥: (@kendragmedia)

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Carnage Postpones Orlando Drive-In Rave In Solidarity With Protests

Protests over George Floyd’s death, and the death of Bryona Taylor, Sean Monterrosa, Justin Howell, and the hundreds of other black Americans and immigrants at the hands of the police are now heading into their second week. This past Tuesday, the music industry paused and put out no content in solidarity with the movement. But the actions of a single day don’t end racism, and the fight continues.

Carnage has postponed his Road Rave in Orlando, originally scheduled for tomorrow, in solidarity with the protests.

As you know our country is going through some very tough times right now and out of respect for this powerful movement for equality we are postponing the Road Rave in Orlando, FL to June 20th. It would not be right to take attention away from this movement. We need to stand united against racism and police brutality in this country.

According to Disco Donnie who are helping to promote the event, tickets will transfer to the June 20th event automatically at point of purchase. No further action is required. If you feel the need to request a refund, you can send an email to [email protected]

We are moving Road Rave Orlando to June 20th

Posted by Carnage on Wednesday, June 3, 2020

 

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EDC Las Vegas Shares Sneak Peek of kineticZEN Stage

EDC Las Vegas couldn’t happen as planned in May — but we’re still daydreaming of an Electric Sky. The iconic music festival is set to go down in October and this colorful sneak peek has us incredibly hyped!

Curating a special experience like EDC Las Vegas comes down to the details. Below, Insomniac Founder Pasquale Rotella shares part of the kineticZEN stage and it really puts the production into perspective.

Another sneak peek of our #kineticZEN stage for @edc_lasvegas. *human provided for scale. I can’t wait to share the entirety of this stage with you. Again, this is only one little piece of the kinetic Field. We are still building, creating & planning for October. Til then – Stay Safe, Stay Positive & We will see you Under the Electric Sky! (via @pasqualerotella)

More importantly, during this time Insomniac is calling for action — click here for ways you can support Justice for George Floyd.

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🦉 Repost from Insomniac Founder @pasqualerotella: “Another sneak peek of our #kineticZEN stage for @edc_lasvegas. *human provided for scale. 😎✨ I can’t wait to share the entirety of this stage with you. Again, this is only one little piece of the kinetic Field. We are still building, creating & planning for October. Til then – Stay Safe, Stay Positive & We will see you Under the Electric Sky! ❤️”

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Dolls Kill Called Out for Supporting Police Amid Nationwide BLM Protesting

The U.S. is in the middle of growing protests across the nation powered by the Black Lives Matter movement after the cruel death of George Floyd. Along with the peaceful protests, there is also rioting and looting taking place starting from Minneapolis and expanding to New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, and more.

Dolls Kill, an online fast fashion retailer, was one of the businesses looted and ransacked in Los Angeles on May 31. The company faced backlash after co-founder and CCO Shoddy Lynn posted a photo of a line of police officers dressed in riot gear in front their store in the Fairfax District and adding the caption, “Direct action in its glory #blacklivesmatter”

posting the very group ‘in its glory’ that is inflicting harm on innocent black people under the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag? doesn’t seem right. pic.twitter.com/nCoXFMv9E6

— raaj (@TabiOrNotTabi) June 1, 2020

Since then, the brand has been called out by various people for their stance seemingly more in line with police officers than with the victims of police brutality. Some of the backlash even called for boycotts against Dolls Kill. Celebrities and musicians SZA and Elijah Daniel voiced their frustrations against the online retailer.

hi everyone, meet Shoddy Lynn, the owner of @DollsKill, praising the police for shooting peaceful protestors outside her store.

do not ever shop there again.

do not even accept a brand deal from them again.

take a fucking stand. pic.twitter.com/m6pBMIYvAZ

— elijah daniel (@elijahdaniel) June 1, 2020

In response, the official Dolls Kill released a statement addressing how they “fucked up.” In the new Instagram post on their official page, they addressed that they were being too “slow to show our support of Black Lives Matter and we should have done more.” They went on to say that the brand “condemns racism, police brutality, violence, bigotry, and hate.” They concluded their post with a promise of pledging $1 million to buying products from black-owned businesses and fashion designers to promote on their website.

Shoddy Lynn also set her Instagram account to private.

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We fucked up. We should have been quicker + louder and this is what we r doing about it.

A post shared by Dolls Kill (@dollskill) on Jun 1, 2020 at 8:31pm PDT

But even the apology has been met with severe outrage from critics online.  Some called out how they posted their apology three times as individual posts along with three other BLM posts of black square tiles with hashtags for Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd respectively. This choice led critics to accuse Dolls Kill to care more about their online look and brand than the Black Lives Matter movement they claim to support.

Despite Dolls Kill saying that they “stand in solidarity” with protesters, there are others who were quick to point out that the fast fashion brand has unfollowed celebrities or influencers who have supported Black Lives Matter in the past. Rapper and songwriter Rico Nasty shared on Twitter how the Dolls Kill owner recently unfollowed her. Although Nasty said she was “not surprised,” she used to wear their outfits in the past. However, Rico Nasty has stated recently and frequently that she is in support of the Black Lives Matter protests.

Dolls kill owner unfollowed me… Not suprised .
See y’all at hot topic ✨ pic.twitter.com/FtofArf1I0

— TACOBELLA (@Rico_nastyy) June 1, 2020

This debacle for Dolls Kill has also unearthed other reasons to boycott them besides the ones related to their recent controversy. Back in 2014, Dolls Kill caught flak for being racist in selling a Native American headdress in their online store where they responded unapologetically. They have also taken heat for selling clothes with the phrases “Dead girls can’t say no” and “Goth is white”.

Dolls Kill is a brand that targets and sells to young adults and utilizes several aesthetics using their six collections. Known as “Dolls,” the collections range in style from goth, punk, kawaii, festival season, and raver.

 

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Music Industry To Blackout Social Media Tomorrow In Solidarity with Protests #TheShowMustBePaused

What started as an idea from the marketing director of Atlantic Records and artist campaign manager of Platoon has become a wide spread stand in solidarity tomorrow, Tuesday June 2nd by the majority of the music industry. Every major record label and even Spotify are pledging to disconnect from work, social media and general music promotion efforts and reconnect with the community.

This comes in light of the ongoing protests which began in response to the murder of George Floyd and have since escalated to a general outcry of Black Lives Matter.

Labels Atlantic and Interscope have also pledged not to release any music this week whatsoever.

Here at Your EDM we will be joining these efforts with no publishing of articles tomorrow and no social media activity.

 

 

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Marshmello and more make major donations to blacks’ rights organizations

With Virgil Abloh, artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection and CEO of the trendy label Off-White, being called out for only sharing a screenshot donation for $50, it’s nice to see that many EDM producer/DJs are being more generous.

Today, Marshmello donated $50,000 to the NAACP. In the past week, Kayzo, Ghastly, Deorro, Svdden Death, Subtronics, and more have donated thousands to organizations like the Minnesota Freedom Fund, The People’s City Council Freedom Fund of Los Angeles, and more.

There’s a lot of debate about what white allies can do to show their support right now. If you’re unable to attend protests, to amplify and protect black voices, then donate. If you’re unable to donate, then share your support on social media; educate the uneducated, even relatives and friends. No one has an excuse right now to stay silent.

i stand with you and encourage others with means to contribute ANYTHING they can to worthy causes that support #blacklivesmatter pic.twitter.com/IyJhSF4tmf

— marshmello (@marshmellomusic) June 1, 2020

keep it goin https://t.co/4w0uq1KCKl pic.twitter.com/G6anV4JFet

— Deorro (@Deorro) May 29, 2020

OK BET KEEP IT GOING https://t.co/YH8u4ngaxY pic.twitter.com/yX12vvTrOB

— Subtronics BLM (@Subtronics) May 29, 2020

It’s not about the dollar amount. It’s about being aware of the injustice and blatant racism to minorities in our country.

If you can help please do so below 🖤https://t.co/WQaqefDChg pic.twitter.com/sG8RBNxqfZ

— kayzo (@KayzoMusic) May 30, 2020

I have donated to George Floyd’s family and the Minnesota Freedom foundation. I’d like to donate to a few more that could really use some help during this time.

Link me a few

— kayzo (@KayzoMusic) June 1, 2020

Thank you all for the incredible links to more places to help.

I just donated to

The People’s City Council Freedom Fund of Los Angeles – https://t.co/X1xYyJxs8T

Black Lives Matter Los Angeles – https://t.co/vJ2oIKLsGg

Reclaim The Block – https://t.co/cbD7a05kUV

— kayzo (@KayzoMusic) June 1, 2020

 

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David Guetta Condemned For Tone Deaf Tribute To George Floyd, BLM Movement

David Guetta hosted his second United At Home livestream this past weekend in an effort to raise money for global charities during the COVID crisis. However, as we all know, protests this past week over the murder of George Floyd have taken precedence over many artists’ live streams. For those who already had streams planned, like Guetta, some chose to include tributes to Floyd.

Guetta, for his part, raised over $500,000 during his stream, amounting to around $1.25m including his first stream, as well. That being said, rather than focus on the positives, many are condemning Guetta for his wildly tone deaf and bizarre song he created to “honor” George Floyd.

“The world is going through difficult times and America too, actually,” Guetta said. “Last night, I knew we were going to do this and I made a special record… in honor of George Floyd. I really hope we can see more unity and more peace when already things are so difficult.”

He concluded, “So, shout out to his family.”

He then played a song which sampled Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech that dropped into a basic, minimal house beat.

So far, the tribute has not been well-received by any community, despite, as Hudson Mohawke puts it, “attempting to do a noble thing by raising some money for a good cause” but “the execution is so hilariously off key in so many ways it’s mindblowing.”

We’ve found it. The whitest way to react to racism. pic.twitter.com/aOE3PYESt7

— AdequateEmily (@AdequateEmily) May 31, 2020

it's lazy and easy to joke that something feels like it was scripted by Sacha Baron Cohen but also pic.twitter.com/7hFkUbNIsn

— Sean Craig (@sdbcraig) May 31, 2020

there’ve been a lot of crimes committed against my ppl this weekend, but david guetta putting a drop behind MLK’s “i have a dream” speech is up there pic.twitter.com/4iskArPcVy

— my otter academia (@ottergawd) May 31, 2020

Imagine explaining to someone in 2016 that in 2020 David Guetta gets really sad about racism and remixes MLK's 'I Have a Dream' speech to a house track.

— Shafik Mandhai (@ShafikFM) June 1, 2020

Clearly he’s not intending to offend and he’s attempting to do a noble thing by raising some money for a good cause but the execution is so hilariously off key in so many ways it’s mindblowing

— Hudson Mohawke (@HudMo) May 31, 2020

David Guetta sampling MLK’s speech into the shittiest drop with a backdrop of a quarantined New York I think perfectly summarizes the utter shitshow that has been this week.

— Manley (@_youngemini) May 31, 2020

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Marshmello Speaks Out In Rare Form In Support of Protests & Racial Injustice

Marshmello is fed up with the ongoing protests and racial injustice.

Although the DJ/producer rarely uses his platform to speak out, enough is enough. Marshmello says he’s reached his “tipping point” and gives a statement below in a series of tweets.

He writes, “black culture and influence play a big part in the music i make. the systematic racism and injustices that the black community face on a daily basis is something that no white person can relate to or begin to understand.”

“it is up to us to bring justice for George Floyd and the countless others who lost their lives and ultimately bring this hateful racist complex crumbling to the ground.”

He ends his message with a call to action for his 2.3 million followers — “if you are a real fan of mine you will do your part to stand up and join us. #justiceforgeorgefloyd #BLACKLIVESMATTER

Read on below.

black culture and influence play a big part in the music i make. the systematic racism and injustices that the black community face on a daily basis is something that no white person can relate to or begin to understand.

— marshmello (@marshmellomusic) May 31, 2020

it is up to us to bring justice for George Floyd and the countless others who lost their lives and ultimately bring this hateful racist complex crumbling to the ground.

— marshmello (@marshmellomusic) May 31, 2020

if you are a real fan of mine you will do your part to stand up and join us. #justiceforgeorgefloyd #BLACKLIVESMATTER

— marshmello (@marshmellomusic) May 31, 2020