“There’s a consistent thing in which non-Black American countercultures get involved with drugs and start dancing at the end of the world, while Black people are fighting for their lives,” says writer, theorist and musician DeForrest Brown, Jr., discussing rave hedonism and white European appropriations of techno music. Talking with associate editor Jared Davis on what the cultural flows of the music industry can teach us about digital platforms and racialised capitalism for AQNB’s bi-monthly Artist Statement podcast, this latest episode with Brown Jr. is available exclusively to subscribers of our Patreon.
Raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Brown Jr. has worked as a music journalist and produces experimental techno under the alias Speaker Music, releasing through PTP and Planet Mu. His first book, Assembling A Black Counterculture, is due for publication later this year via Primary Information. Calling from his New York home, Brown Jr. discusses topics including platform capitalism, white supremacy and the politics of music distribution.
Stereophonic Intelligence is the latest in our Artist Statement podcast series, with past episodes featuring Terre Thaemlitz, Lawrence Lek, Rhea Dillon, Legacy Russell and more. The full episode is accessible to our subscribers right now on Patreon. Sign up now: www.patreon.com/aqnb.**