To celebrate Black History Month, Beatport has kicked off a series of live stream talks hosted by Detroit DJ and producer Seth Troxler. The first installment saw him speak with Dr. Cornel West, followed by a roundtable discussion with veteran artists Ron Trent and Tony Humphries.
In conversation with West, Troxler touched on the the author and activist’s love for house music as well as the genre’s place in the broader context of Black music. Later, he discussed the significance of spaces like The Loft in NYC and Chicago’s Warehouse with Trent and Humphries. Common themes in both live streams were comparisons between soul and techno/house in addition to how the music industry’s influence on Black music arguably circumvented social movements.
“When Beatport approached me to host a month of streams during Black History Month, I was truly honored,” Troxler told Beatportal. “Being from Detroit and mentored by people like Omar-S, Keith Worthy, and Scott Grooves, as well as understanding that techno and house history is Black history, this is a story that was so deeply connected to my family’s heritage, it has always been deeply important to keep the origins of dance music alive for the next generation.”
Future installments of the live stream series will take place on February 15th and 22nd as well as March 1st. Paul Johnson, Stacey Hotwaxx Hale, Al Ester, DJ Holographic and Channel Tres will be among the interviewees.
More information including the full schedule is available via Beatportal.