March 10th, 2011

Social Media & Electro Diasporas

This Saturday I’ll be at Cornell, speaking on a panel alongside some esteemed colleagues. The subject at hand is, more or less, the animating force behind this blog in recent years: “(post-)regional dance musics and their transformation through the internet” —

Social Media & Electro Diasporas

The students organizing the event have an ambitious agenda for digging deeper into this stuff. They envision Saturday’s panel as “a way to introduce, contextualize, and start a dialogue that really hasn’t existed in (with a few exceptions) academic circles.” That said, I’ll be curious to see whether the turnout is largely students or whether some scholar-colleagues will join us as well. Although some of the speakers are (aspiring) academics, I’m told that our profiles as bloggers were central to the invitation, “an interesting statement on the role of the internet in the circulation of these regional styles.”

The organizers tell me that they hope this weekend’s event will pave the way for two future shows involving some of Chicago’s best and brightest. (Their wishlist includes DJ Rashad, DJ Deeon, DJ Clent, Jammin’ Gerald, and Traxman). Nick, one of the organizers, adds: “Admittedly, the shows are super Chicago centric, but this is what I’ve played the most and what I’m the most familiar with (I’m from Cincinnati, Ohio). Working on planning some stuff next semester and bringing some other folks up.”

Sounds like a plan to me. I’m happy to be a part of the conversation, and I’m thrilled to chat with some smart participants/observers who’ll bring to the (round)table years of experience in and research on such crucial sites as Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, Atlanta, and New Orleans. No doubt you all know blogging brethren like Gavin Mueller, a perennially sharp critic of world2.0 and longtime ghettotech interpreter, but I’m also looking forward to meeting Al Shipley, the guy who’s writing the (kickstarted!) book on Bmore club, as well as Matt Miller, scholar of bounce and other dirty southness, and, last but not least, Ghettophiles‘ Neema Nazem, who first came to my attention as an acid-tongued but well-meaning interventionist in London’s burgeoning love affair with juke.

Oh, and did I mention there’s a party Saturday night featuring the mighty Dave Quam on the decks? YES.

I don’t have much more to add for now. Longtime readers should know that my pantheon of everyday heroes in recent years is remarkably populated by some central players in this story: courageous (if often faceless) kids dancing up a storm at school, at home, on the street, & on the screen —

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. dave quam  |  March 10th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I’ll play some jerk for you homie

  • 2. w&w  |  March 10th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    i’m not worried in the least about what you will play

    can’t wait

  • 3. Mike Brown  |  March 14th, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Thank you for posting the Next Evolution video, which led me to check out other clips by the same crew, all wonderfully shot and infused with moments of friendship and laughter—very endearing. I love these kids. Also, I was beginning to think the flogger/bailando electro brand of footwork was the exclusive domain of Argentinians and that it only existed in 2008. Did it die out and are these American kids picking up the torch with a different soundtrack, or is there more of a scene here than my limited YouTube searches have revealed?

  • 4. wayneandwax  |  March 14th, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Thanks for the comment, Mike. Those are the same qualities that I find so endearing and inviting and worthy of celebration and support.

    I hope I didn’t produce too much confusion with the scant context for those videos. The Next Evolution folks mainly seem to be Bay Area kids doing Bay Area / Cali dances (like turfin and c-walking). But the first video is indeed the flogger shuffle, as performed by an Argentinian girl. I do think that the flogger moment has pretty much come and passed (esp in Argentina), but it produced some echoes in its day. If you go searching on YouTube for “floggers” and “flogers” and the like, and if you combine with geographical terms (Colombia, Mexico, Chile, etc), you can turn up some fun stuff.

    I’ve long been particularly partial to this watermarked video of kids at a mall in Bogotá:

  • 5. Mike Brown  |  May 14th, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Sadly, that video is now private. I wrote to the uploader, and he replied Todos mis videos los escondi porqe ya hace dos años no soy flogger. Apparently it was just a fluke that it stayed up so long.

  • 6. wayneandwax  |  May 14th, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Aw shucks, I guess that’s (the) life (of a video) in these YouTubey days.

    Good thing I saved a copy!

    It’s totally his prerogative to hide it of course, though the public record suffers as a result.

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Wayne&Wax

I'm a techno-musicologist, internet annotator, imagined community organizer.

I left my <3 in the digital global, but I reside in Cambridge, MA, where I'm from.

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