[Cross posted in the two most intellectually stimulating forums I know]
I’d like to think that creative, geeky, tech minded, gear focused, electronic musicians come in all shapes and forms. But on the internet they (we!) all (ok, a definite majority) manifest themselves as pretty much cis males. It’s certainly a quite homogenous group.
When I check the stats of my subscribers on YouTube, 97% define themselves as men and are situated in northern America or northern Europe. That matches my general sense of demographics on most music forums and facebook interest groups.
And although this is one place where the conversation is mostly civil and nuanced, I understand the general lack of diversity. Because some men (yes, men!) tend to take up a lot of space using a discourse and lingo that is sometimes quite misogynistic and excluding.
So what can we do to allow for even more diversity in this community? And how can we act to make room for more and different voices in the electronic music community as a whole? What’s on us? What’s on the manufacturers and producers of gear?
I certainly think the creative, intellectual process of making music and geeking out on musical instruments could be even richer if including more perspectives and experiences than from those who are pretty much like me.