How DJ activism can actually make a difference in real life

One of the refreshing things about dance music right now is how unafraid artists and DJs are to engage with politics and social issues. If some mainstream pop stars and celebrities still remain unwilling to risk upsetting elements of their fanbase, most DJs and artists are unafraid of sharing their opinions about everything from Brexit and Trump to climate change and feminism.

But while there’s no doubt social media can help organise protest and mobilise the masses, the sheer volume of online noise is hard to penetrate – and going to battle with the troll armies is famously equivalent to playing chess with a pigeon. “Social media is a useless echo-chamber for enacting political or social change,” says Gideon Berger, founder of music protest group R3 Soundsystem. “But dance music reinforces and encourages positive communication and relationships that are the foundation of politically engaged activism.” When dance music has inspired…