The Problem of Misrepresentative "Industrial" Event Billing

Anyone who's gone to an "industrial" music night since the mid/late 1990's has experienced a problem that's now grown into an epidemic. The bill says, "industrial [listed first in the billing], goth, synthpop, futurepop, ect" and you say "I like industrial...I think I'll go." You get there and they play no industrial at all...or...they play only industrial that's considered vintage, as if there's no brand new bands that create music rooted in the aesthetics of the original "industrial" music culture. [When the words "pop" and "industrial" had absolutely nothing to do with each other.]

A simple solution: If you want to feature "future pop," please leave the "industrial" genre classification out of it. Specificity in billing also saves your event from getting unwarranted negative reviews because the playlists contradict your event billing, not because the music wasn't "good."

- If you're in the NYC region, check out Defcon NYC on Saturday nights, 10pm - 4am. They specialize in hard [mostly vintage] dance industrial. 
Pyramid Club
101 Ave A, New York, NY 10009 
Neighborhoods: East Village, Alphabet City]

- In the Boston region, check out ORDNANCE! Deftly D pounds you monthly with relentless industrial music and performance of the highest order. A consistent funride of blissful aural treats and tortures.

[ For our Facebook Note readers select "View Original Post" for missing content ]


Anonymous said...

The misuse of the term "Industrial" seems to be a problem particularly in the USA. I didn't really notice that here in Europe. But I hear you on that because we have the same problem with the term "Electro" in recent years.

(Younger) people suddenly started to use it to describe some sort of Tech-House with analog-sounding basslines or as a term for electronic music in general.

I still don't know why this actually happens and admit that it can be pretty puzzling to understand what someone is actually talking about...

I'd love to experience the events in your area that you've mentioned. But I'm afraid I won't make it there anytime soon :-(

DJ Hell said...

Interesting perspective. Funny that the problem is a much more expansive an issue.

That presents an interesting question; Why does a person seemingly lose the power to interpret that which they originated or were part of originating and that which was existent for a long enough period that removes the option for their renaming of it? The problem apparently doesn't have a social or cultural boundary, so what's the trigger? Maybe the need to be part of something and have purpose to the group? I'm sure it's as individual as each person is, taking into account the herd-like mentality of our homosapien species.

It also seems this might be another industry-motivated problem. Reshaping a definition to enhance possible audience share would be the first culprit in my eyes. This guides me to see it as much less of a malicious act than one to put their own stamp, however inappropriately, on an existing genre. Unfortunately, there are victims; historical accuracy and genre longevity. After too many alterations to the original genre, the overall interest in the genre dwindles as other more developed genres obtain greater cultural influence.

Well, Denard and I have been talking about all types of productions including bi-locational house parties. We'll have a wall in each location where you'll be able to see and talk to the other side. Then we'll be able to jam and hang to each others music and vibe! Brooklyn and Germany UNITED! :)

Better chilling through technology! LOL!!!

Complete track list for the Sonic Warriors United » Compilation Vol. 1 «