DVS1 Launches ‘Support. Organize. Sustain.’ Initiative at ADE

His handpicked group of industry experts will discuss several challenges facing the scene

American techno DJ Zak Khutoretsky, aka DVS1, has launched a new initiative called Support. Organize. Sustain. (S.O.S.). Founded as a way of addressing some of the challenges the electronic music industry and community are facing, it kicks off with a series of talks and discussions at Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam, on Friday, 18 October, during ADE.


The S.O.S. mission statement reads: “Recognising that dance music culture is now bigger than ever before, S.O.S. is rooted in the need to balance the industry’s seemingly exponential growth with the preservation of the unique values our scene was originally built upon: respect, tolerance, community and artistry.”


Admitting he’s “extremely excited” about the independent event, DVS1 describes the panelists he has brought together as “a group of individuals I highly respect”.


Discussion topics include ‘Looking to the Future: Building a scene versus growing an industry’ and ‘Putting the Art in Artist: Finding and maintaining your artistic voice’, with DJs such as Rinse’s Josey Rebelle and Detroit electro don DJ Stingray joining the panels, alongside promoters and club owners like Hot Mass and Bassiani, plus various academics, activists and writers.


DVS1 is also a staunch advocate for no cameras in clubs, something he wrote about at length for XLR8R back in 2014, at the time when he presented his ‘Enjoy Right Now’ campaign. It makes sense, then, that ‘Enjoy Right Now: The importance of no-camera policies’ is a subject also up for debate.


“It’s 2019 and we’re all still addicted to our phones,” claim the S.O.S group. “They’re everywhere: on the street, on the train, in cafés and yes, at the club. We’ve all seen people taking selfies on the dancefloor or endlessly filming a DJ. In this presentation, DVS1 will expound on the topic, detailing not only why prevailing phone behaviour is uniquely harmful to the party experience, but also addressing the deeper psychological, social and privacy issues.”


The series of six discussions kicks off at noon and runs through until 7.45pm. Entry to each debate is free, although pre-registration is required. Head for Concert Hall 2 when you reach Tolhuistuin. You can see the full list of speakers and topics on the S.O.S. website and all content will be archived online after the event.

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