Note: From a journalistic standpoint, I must reveal that I was involved in a comment thread regarding this subject with John Askew, and I find it only fair to share that as not to sway any bias.
An Instagram story video shared by Trance artist and VII founder, John Askew caused quite a stir in the dance music community to the point of the website and Instagram page, tntsofasessions, being removed as of 12:30 p.m. E.S.T.
The video showed notable DJs Carl Cox, Nicole Moudaber, Dubfire, and others asking the public to purchase mixes made by their tour managers with bonus tracks by the DJs themselves.
All proceeds from the sale of the mixes via the Bandcamp website were to be distributed amongst the tour managers.
John’s argument, which was shared by many, was that these popular DJs are the tour manager’s employer. After years of loyal service, some of the wealth the tour managers helped the DJs obtain should be given to the managers in lieu of the current world situation.
He also found it disturbing that the DJs were asking the public, who are struggling themselves, to donate to their managers.
Some, like myself, asked how this is different from a DJ, no matter how successful, releasing music during this time, promoting it, and asking the public to purchase it.
His response is below:
Many notable Trance artists showed their support for John’s public display, including John Fleming, Rich Solarstone, Greg Downey, David Forbes, Will Atkinson, Peter Steele, and Carl Nicholson.
As of this writing, no comment from the DJs in the video, but we’ll keep you updated.
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