The entire music industry, especially the electronic music industry, stems from and is rooted in extractive, capitalistic ideals that have even earlier roots in European colonialism. Colonial genocide, the theft of lands and culture, and built into the DNA of our capitalistic models, and this is no different for the music industry.
My wish is to see the power and wealth of the industry redistributed into the hands of marginalized BIPOC artists and organizers, communities whose struggles, dreams, and sounds have been stolen, extracted, and monetized by a white, colonial industry for far too long. It is our time now to listen and learn from the leaders in our music community, the folks who have originated the genres and musical movements that the world loves. I wish for justice and I wish to see BIPOC people holding more power, wealth, and creative decision-making potential throughout the Western music economy. It is not too late to heal.
For ideas on new structural models for a more equitable, interdependent musical culture, I suggest to follow Mat Dryhurst on Twitter or check out some of his infographics and lectures for his conception of ‘interdependent music.’