Zak Khutoretsky aka DVS1 has launched S.O.S. (Support Organize Sustain), an independent initiative to promote community and artistry in electronic music.
The first S.O.S. conference event will take place on Friday 18 October at Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam with a full day of panels, presentations and roundtable discussions – featuring DJ Stingray, Dasha Rush, Juliana Huxtable, Josey Rebelle, plus representatives from Honcho/Hot Mass, Bassiani and many others.
Electronic music is no longer a fledgling enterprise – it’s a global industry that generates billions in revenue each year, and even the genre’s more niche corners, which once shunned overt commercialism, are awash in money. Amidst this boom, conversations have increasingly shifted toward notions of “industry” and “business,” prompting concerns that many of electronic music’s foundational values (e.g. community, respect, music) are being shoved aside.
Having witnessed these trends first hand, veteran DJ, producer and promoter DVS1 who has long been an outspoken advocate for electronic music culture has decided to take action and launch S.O.S. (Support Organize Sustain, this independently funded and organized initiative will focus not only on protecting many of the values that underpin our collective scene/industry, but also on creating needed change as it moves into the future. Joining DVS1 in the effort is a diverse group of DJs, producers, label owners, promoters, booking agents, political activists, academics, cultural critics and more.
12:00 – 13:15 / Looking to the Future: Building a Scene Versus Growing an Industry – info
13:45 – 14:15 / Enjoy Right Now: The importance of no-camera policies – info
14:45 – 16:00 / Make Room: Finding and protecting space for marginalised communities – info
16:30 – 17:00 / Write It Down: Developing and promoting scene ethics and guidelines – info
17:30 – 18:45 / Putting the Art in Artist: Finding and maintaining your artistic voice – info
19:15 – 19:45 / Take the LEAP: An effort to reform drug laws around the globe – info
*All of the events are free and open to the public, attendees must REGISTER to attend