2017 will be remembered as the year of sexual misconduct exposés. But are the scandals to hit dance music just the tip of the iceberg?
Harassment cases are everywhere. Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein are the two highest profile names to face allegations, while in the UK, twelve MPs have been implicated, and even much loved comedian and liberal hero Louis C.K. admitted to masturbating in front of several women over the course of his career. Thousands marched in LA last wekas part of the #MeToo social media campaign to confront sexual harassment unleashing a tidal wave of accusations that have continued to rock the worlds of politics, business, sport and entertainment.
Dance music hasn’t escaped unscathed from the scandal. LA producer Ghostlamp Killer fended off accusations of assault made on social media and earlier this week announced plans to sue his accusers for defamation. LA festival promoter Sean Carlson also faced four separate allegations of sexual misconduct according to US music magazine Spin.
So far these two cases are vastly disproportionate to what the real number should be. Sexual misconduct is one of dance music’s darkest secrets. Recent tudies have shown that harassment is rife in clubs. But as anyone working in the industry for long enough to hear the rumours of sexual misconduct will agree, there are decades worth of serial offenders out there, that are likely to fall if people start coming forward to name and shame them.
At Ibiza Voice, we cannot print the names of any of the DJs or promoters that have long been rumoured to be prime candidates for sexual misconduct scandals because, at this stage they are exactly that, rumours.
Some are superstar residents for some of Ibiza’s biggest past and present club nights. Bizarre public masturbaters? Yes we’ve heard of at least one of those in dance music. Prostitutes on the rider? There a few DJs who we've heard treat this request as the norm. Gross and out of order advancements from DJs demanding sex? In our experience, that is an every weekend occurrence in dance music. And those beyond the VIP ropes aren’t the only ones that should be outed. Many female DJs routinely complain about offensive comments of a sexual nature directed at them by members of the public online, as well as in clubs.
The #AndMe is a mark in the sand for humanity. A statement that sexual misconduct will no longer be swept under the carpet and a reaffirmation that sexual misconduct of any nature is more than just not okay. It is a violation of our rights to live without fear of unwanted advances and abuse by others.
It feels like the quiet before a storm in dance music. We salute those preparing to take their stand.