Dave Clarke: The Scene Is A Commercial Enterprise


Dave Clarke is a DJ with an anarchist streak a mile wide and punk in his soul. He may be known as The Baron Of Techno, a moniker given to him by renowned BBC Radio DJ / journalist John Peel, but Dave Clarke has an anarchist streak a mile wide and punk in his soul, having no truck with establishment figures or authoritarianism.

In his latest interview with Mixmag, called the scene a commercial enterprise.

His answer to a question about the state of the scene during Covid pandemic, whether to call a new ecosystem in electronic music a “community” or a “scene” is following.

”No we cannot, not anymore. The scene of this commercial enterprise is mainly linked together by money and certainly not ethics. How can a DJ that is based offshore for financial purposes ask a government for a bail out – they should receive the same ridicule as Richard Branson surely?”

Regarding Coronavirus hotposts, Clarke said: ”I followed government guidelines with my decision as travel was not allowed, I am skeptical at the moment about “hotspots” because there are many, many more tests available than during the first wave, so we have no comparative numbers, but the virus exists and this winter will tell us a lot about the next steps needed.”

Read the full interview here.


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