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In the midst of a lawsuit over dozens of sexual misconduct allegations, Bassnectar (aka Lorin Gabriel Ashton) appears to be attempting a return to the spotlight.

He recently performed a sold-out show called “Wildstyle” at the Mandalay Bay Daylight Beach Club in Las Vegas, which roused criticism from sexual assault survivors, advocacy groups, and much of the dance music community.

At the same time, disgraced producer Datsik (aka Troy Beetles) is also edging back into the scene. This past June, he performed in Los Angeles, which was his first show following years of silence after sexual assault accusations surfaced against him on social media in 2017.

The electronic music community finds itself in an uproar of controversy. Bassnectar and Datsik’s fans spar with the wider public over legal arguments (as neither artist has been found guilty of any charges at this time) or they grapple over the ethics of separating the artists from their music.

While these debates raise valid questions, it’s important to look at the wider angle and consider what these developments say about the dance music industry and its culture…

…and it’s not a pretty picture.

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No Peace, Love, or Unity In A Culture Of Disrespect 

While the community loves to preach love, respect, and inclusivity, it’s no secret that the industry holds a problematic track record of reinforcing toxic systems of privilege and power. 

The list of artists and influential industry figures involved in sexual abuse scandals runs long. Since 2020 alone, sexual abuse allegations surfaced against over a dozen electronic music artists, two of which resulted in arrests in the case of the late Eric Morillo and Aerochord.

The dance music industry and the wider community can and should do more to challenge this problem. Taking a look at what’s not working is a good place to start, but beyond that, there needs to be a real reckoning with the toxic dynamics that allow abuse to arise in the culture in the first place. 

The Bassnectar and Datsik cases are just the latest chapters in a long series of sexual abuse stories plaguing the dance music industry.

As more survivors began speaking publicly about their experiences in recent years, it’s become clear that the number of perpetrators who face full legal consequences for their actions is incredibly small.

Meanwhile, victims often suffer in silence out of fear and shame, or they risk retaliation for speaking up. As the #Metoo movement has pointed out, these are symptoms of a much broader problem permeating not only the dance music community but the entertainment industry and society as a whole.

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In an ideal world, we could rely on the legal system to properly address all these issues, and it’s a good goal to aim for. Nonetheless, many logistical and cultural obstacles stand in the way of this being a realistic expectation. 

To put things into perspective, only 310 of every 1000  sexual assaults are reported to police in the United States, and 28 of those reports result in felony criminal convictions according to RAINN.

That means that only  2.8 % of sexual abusers face full legal consequences for their actions, and that’s just covering the general public.

Sexual assault and rape culture run rampant in nightlife, and so long as influential figures like artists can abuse their power to propagate these dynamics on an industry level, the dance music community cannot be a safe space.

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Silence Is Not Accountability

These problems cannot be remedied until the individuals who’ve caused harm come to terms with their actions in full, and taking a temporary step down from the limelight hardly counts as remediation.

Both Bassnectar and Datsik’s decisions to step down and go silent when their victims spoke out looked like a good first step, but what else came after that?

Not much. Datsik shared a video apology on Facebook in which he references his own mental health issues and “poor behavior” but failed to specifically address the allegations or the women who spoke out against him.

Bassnectar’s initial response proved confusing at best. As reported on Billboard, he first issued a series of apologetic statements (which also never mentioned sexual assault) only to follow up with new statements denying all accusations before going silent.

In the end, it appears like both Bassnectar and Datsik cut their losses and dipped under the radar while waiting for the “right time” to attempt a comeback. 

Both artists are releasing music and booking tours again, and using some pretty shady tactics to do it. Take for instance how Bassnectar started releasing tickets exclusively through his members-only website and cold-renting venues to perform in even as he faces multiple lawsuits.

It sure seems like Bassnectar is well aware of the deep mud he stands in, and yet, he attempts to push on with his agenda by skirting around promoters to put on shows and shielding himself from public scrutiny with delusionally insensitive claims that he is somehow the victim of unfair treatment on social media.  

That’s not taking accountability. It’s public scandal survival 101.

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I’ve found that if you read through enough response statements from artists facing sexual assault allegations in recent years, common patterns pop up.

You’ll see any of the following: complete denial; vague apologies for “poor behavior”, typically followed by accounts of the perpetrator’s own grievances without any mention of the allegations; retaliation against those who spoke up with allegations; and/or the perpetrator twists the story in a way that portrays themselves as the victim. Last but not least, there’s silence.

Let’s talk about the responses that attempt to rationalize, minimize, or discredit accusations for a minute.  A lot of accused artists who employ “vague apology” statements (like Datsik’s initial response) reference mental health issues and struggles with addiction. While these are legitimate grievances, they are never an excuse for abusive behavior. Period.

Next, let’s look at retaliation against victims and self-victimization. At its core, both are defensive strategies that aim to deflect negative attention from the accused back on the individuals coming forward with accusations.

Self-victimization might look like an artist claiming that their accusers are “out to get them, ” or that they are being unfairly attacked or discriminated against, often without tangible proof.

Then there’s retaliation. This can look like an accused artist attempting to discredit, shame, or intimidate victims to stop them from taking further action.

This is perhaps the most damaging and dangerous response of all as it produces even more trauma and humiliation for victims while also discouraging additional potential victims from speaking out.

Fame and idolization amplify this problem even more as high-profile artists come with fans who refuse to see them in a negative light for any reason.

These are just a few examples of how the odds are stacked against victims when famous people are allowed to reach an “untouchable” status.

Consider that most artists operating at a professional level also work with legal teams and crisis managers whose job is to protect the artist’s image.

In fact, defamation lawsuits—a legal strategy that famous people facing allegations love to employ to defend themselves—build on and reinforce the dynamics described above.

Additionally, there’s a good chance that any public apology shared by an accused abuser in the industry has been meticulously filtered by professionals to minimize damage.

Artists’ management teams also have a stake in denying accusations because their income is dependent on their clients. All in all, a culture that values profit and notoriety at all costs silences victims and plays a crucial role in allowing rape culture to run rampant in the industry.

As a woman who looks to the dance music community to provide a safe space, this is a slap in the face.

It’s bad enough that myself and every woman on the planet should have to endure living in a constant state of alert thanks to a culture that continues to treat women as commodities.

When men in positions of power are allowed to carry out abuse without consequence, this sends a message to men among the rest of society that they can do the same. This is not acceptable.

To see this happen in a community that I and many people of marginalized identities consider to be a sanctuary is too much. 

Industry authorities have immense power to shape the community for better or worse, and allowing individuals facing such severe allegations of abuse to reclaim space in the industry without taking further accountability is unjust and downright dangerous.

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So What Does Accountability Look Like?

I believe that humans are always capable of change and that with the right actions, even people who’ve harmed others can earn a  second chance.

But that would require a willingness to take true accountability, and so far, most artists facing allegations of abuse have chosen actions—or a lack thereof—that communicate otherwise.  

What would taking real accountability look like? In the case of Bassnectar, Datsik, and other perpetrators, an authentic apology would be a good start, and I’m not talking about a PR write-up.

When a person apologizes authentically, they can address the person whom they hurt by directly acknowledging how their actions impacted them without making excuses for themselves. Perpetrators need to acknowledge that their behaviors inflicted severe human suffering and trauma and sit with this reality.

That being said, apologies without further action are just empty words. Perpetrators must take the initiative to address the roots of their behavior, such as by seeking mental health support—and doing so without wearing these actions as a virtue-signaling badge of “honor”. 

Furthermore, the industry as a whole needs to acknowledge the harmful dynamics it harbors within its own culture—a culture that continues to allow privilege, toxic masculinity, abuse of influence and power, and sacrificing integrity in the name of profit to carry on behind closed doors.

The individuals inside perpetrators’ social circles and their business partners could choose to take a stance against harmful behavior instead of shielding it in the name of self-protection.

Music journalist Annabel Ross puts this dynamic of toxic male solidarity on detailed display in her 2022 article in which she recounts how Detroit techno producer Carl Craig banned her from attending Movement Festival after she published two investigations on Resident Advisor detailing sexual assault and abuse allegations against Craig’s mentor Derrick May.

This applies to the public as well. No one likes seeing the image of their favorite artist tarnished. It’s easier to deny, make excuses, or minimize the gravity of a person’s actions when we idolize them.

However, that’s not an excuse when human beings suffer at the hands of said idols for no good reason. 

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Moving Forward

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that there are also artists, promoters, and industry personalities out there who are stepping up to the plate.

Take for example techno DJ Rebekah who launched the #ForThe Music campaign, which brought together a collective of people in the dance music industry to challenge sexual assault and sexism in the industry in 2020.

Grassroots harm reduction organizations like Dance Safe and Goodnight Out Vancouver are also raising awareness about sexual abuse in the industry and providing resources for the community to learn how to respond to these issues.

Artists like Liquid Stranger who actively speak out in support of women coming forward with their stories are also setting an important example. 

To the industry leaders who have spoken up against abuse in the community and are advocating for justice when you’re not dropping beats on stage, booking shows, or carrying out whatever official duties come with your title, I commend and thank you with all my soul. 

We all have to be on board to make that vision a reality, and you’ve understood that.

I’m grateful for these examples of progress, but there’s still a very, very long way to go before we can truly call the community a safe space.

Fame and power should never excuse someone from treating their fellow human beings with respect, and this dangerous narrative has to go. Full Stop.  

I share these charged words not out of hate but out of love…an immense love I have for this community and its vision that brought me and millions of others a sense of joy and hope unlike any other.

I will not step off the dancefloor. It’s still and forever my sacred space. No one can take that away, and I truly believe the dance music community can set a positive example for the rest of society, but we all have to be willing to do the work to get there.

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Diplo Releases New Track “Anthem” with Sharam and Pony

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Diplo, the renowned American DJ and producer, is back with another exciting release. Today, he is dropping a new track titled ‘Anthem’ in collaboration with Iranian DJ Sharam and singer Pony. This track is being released under Diplo’s house music label, Higher Ground, and is sure to captivate listeners with its infectious beats and catchy melodies. If you’re a fan of house music, this is a release you definitely don’t want to miss.

‘Anthem’ is just the latest addition to a series of singles released by Diplo on his Higher Ground imprint. Previous collaborations include ‘Stay High‘ with French DJ HUGEL and London artist Julia Church, ‘Diamond Therapy‘ with Walker & Royce and Channel Tres, and ‘Favela Joint‘ with Portuguese DJ and producer Kura. Each track has showcased Diplo’s versatility and commitment to exploring different sounds within the realm of house music.

If you’re ready to dive into the world of ‘Anthem’ and experience the magic of Diplo, Sharam, and Pony’s collaboration, be sure to give it a listen right here! 

The Collaboration

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Sharam, Diplo & Pony

Collaborations in the music industry can often lead to unexpected and exciting results, and the partnership between Diplo, Sharam, and Pony on ‘Anthem’ is no exception. Each artist brings their unique talents and experiences to the table, resulting in a track that is a true fusion of their individual styles.

Sharam, known for his innovative approach to electronic music and his Iranian heritage, adds a touch of cultural influence to ‘Anthem.’ His production skills shine through in the intricate beats and melodies that drive the track forward, creating a dynamic and engaging listening experience.

Pony, the Canadian singer featured on the track, lends her soulful vocals to ‘Anthem,’ adding a layer of emotion and depth to the song. Her voice weaves seamlessly with the music, drawing listeners in and inviting them to connect with the lyrics on a personal level. Together, Diplo, Sharam, and Pony have crafted a track that is as danceable as it is introspective.

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Sultan + Shepard Unveil Spectacular Album Endless, Dawn

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It’s new music Friday, and you know how much we enjoy this day of the week. Today’s mix has This Never Happened superstar duo Sultan + Shepard and their immaculate release Endless Dawn. The wait is finally over for their third studio album out now on every platform. Have a listen and share with us your favourite track. I guarantee that is going to be a tough — maybe impossible — choice.

The lads take this album to a whole new level with collaborations. None of them should be strangers to you lot, Bridges, Elderbrook, Julia Church, LANKS, Nathan Nicholson, Panama, Shallou, Tishmal and Tasha Josephine. If you were in Denver or London earlier this week you could have heard this album live. Ossama & Ned teamed up with Dolby Atmos for a listening party which was a huge success. They also hosted a Zoom meeting for all of us in the other parts of the world. Let me tell you, it was a grand Wednesday afternoon, with people joining from work, the gym, and all multitudes of different places. I was one of the 250 people who attended this party and it was an experience I very much cherish. This tradition started back in the Pandemic when S+S released their first album Something, Everything and hopefully continues moving forward.

Journey of Endless, Dawn

S+S have been in the scene for over two decades. You’d remember them for their energetic festival sets, and mainstage songs. Since then the duo has grown tremendously in the direction of Melodic and Progressive House. They made their imprint by getting grounded with our favourite Lane 8 & the This Never Happened label. The 14-track LP is not only a compilation of Ned & Ossama’s most recent works but tales that were prepared in the past few years. The album as a whole highlights growth, and finding who you are eventually. Songs that have been with them for over 2 years, that didn’t make it to Forever, Now. From the club mixes to angelic vocals, you are in for a treat: falling in love with their music. The tracks line up beautifully, painting a picture of a spiritual evolutionary journey.

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In the few months since the announcement and anticipation of delivery, Endless, Dawn spawned a quartet of singles. They commenced with ‘Under The Surface’ with the vocals of Nathan Nicholson followed by Panama on ‘Falling Behind‘, ‘En’ and ‘Highest Love’ with LANKS. The 14 tracks experienced cuts and plays, Lane 8 scattering them in his multiple mixtapes. In Lane 8’s winter mixtape fans previewed ‘All I Know’ with Julia Church and ‘Out of The Silence’ with Tasha Josephine. You may already know this but ‘All I Know’ probably became one of the most rewinded tracks on a mixtape. Winding back to the Fall 2023 mixtape, we heard the collaboration with Elderbrook I’ll Be Here‘. The album today had a flurry of never-heard tracks ‘Murmur’, Endless, Dawn’ and more.

Endless, Dawn

The first track ‘Murmur’ sets up the pace of the album beautifully with the classic Sultan & Shepard sound, the arps and the progressive buildup. Setting up a perfect tone for the next two tracks that feature the beautiful vocals of Elderbrook and Tishmal. The tracks from start to finish paint a story of growth, from who they were as people when they started this journey of music to who they are at the end of the album. The lyrics of Sultan & Shepard’s tracks always create an emotional upliftment. It metaphorically highlights the evolution of them as artists. We take a bit of a break from the emotions to a real mood lifter or they call it ‘Cloud Lifter’ and a banger ‘Bracket Burst’. These two will definitely have a special place on the dancefloor. Each track paints a different story but together this album hits differently. How can I forget the lovely track with Shallou that was co-written with Steven Mckay? The Grammy-nominated songwriter has collaborated on three tracks in Endless, Dawn. The build-up to the title track ‘Endless, Dawn’ is unreal, it actualizes the reserved emotions that rise to the surface creating this fruitful album.

Whilst we enjoy this album, get ready for Sultan & Shepard to join their fans with their live tour. You can check out their page here, to see if they will be playing in a city around you.

Stay tuned to EDMTunes as bring you updates from the Electronic dance music world!

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Charlotte De Witte Revamps 90’s Classic ‘Universal Nation’

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Past and present result in a thunderous track, as Techno goddess Charlotte De Witte releases her newest rework of ‘Universal Nation’ by Push. The track also happens to be the first release under her new label ÉPOQUE. Under her main label KnTxT, ÉPOQUE serves as a rebirth of Dance classics that translate into today’s scene. Let’s take a deep dive into the past, shall we?

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Universal Nation

Charlotte De Witte chose this classic to rework as it is a cultural reset on its own. The original ‘Universal Nation’ has a hard beat that lights up the dancefloor and a groove that was fitting of the raves in the 90s. The Belgian producer spins it into a hypnotic soundscape. The groove turns more cinematic and the main melody gets deeper and darker.

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Moreso, the reverbs and distortions blow up into an atmospheric masterpiece. From beginning to end, the song hooks you into a trance as your body follows the smooth rhythm. The subtle acidic elements of the track are just the icing on the Techno cake.


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The label’s mission is to bring back the archives of some of the greatest Dance hits and adapt them to the modern world. Through careful design and rebranding, each track ought to inspire the new generations. Charlotte De Witte knows how to create timeless classics, and bring forth incredible artists to her roster. We can’t wait to see how this new label showcases another side of history.

First thing first, let’s indulge in ‘Universal Nation’:

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