An Acid House inspired album to protest on Brexit and its hateful anti-immigrant rhetoric.
My work started on this project last year, propelled by my frustration towards the anxiety and pressure placed on immigrants by government actions.
I have felt vulnerable and hesitant about publishing it. But I am increasingly inspired by the creative industry’s response to Brexit and satirisation of the Conservative Party’s agenda."
Acid House Music is protest music. It was discovered coincidentally, from a melody generated by a Roland TB-303 bass synthesizer. Born in Chicago, the addictive sound was imported to the UK and spread widely in youth culture during the 90s and the ‘second summer of love’. Acid House and Techno artists of the 90s such as KLF, Underground Resistance and Psychic TV all used Acid House/Techno to communicate a political opinion or manifesto.
Thatcher tried to ban Acid House. Some say it was because of the drug use, others say it was the noise nuisance. For me, any space that empowers young people to express their dissatisfaction with politics will always be considered a threat.
Yet it is imperative that they have this space.
Music and sound are always a powerful tool for communication. Charivari is an ancient French custom where the making of sound is used for protest, against or for change. This project is a tool for protest. The tracks are free to download on Soundcloud for mashups, house parties, and everything else in between.