Theo Parrish Criticises Dance Music Community's Response to Recent Police Brutality
"You better learn to listen with your body, you better play from your heart. It was a preference before, now it's essential."
Detroit-based DJ and producer Theo Parrish has posted a brief statement on his official Facebook page, indicating his disappointment in the dance music community's response to recent police brutality against black victims in America, describing himself as "Embarrassed at the lack of overt commentary".
Criticising those who value dance music simply as a form of escapism and nothing more, Parrish asks "How do you dance when we still swing from trees, when we still are murdered in front of our loved ones, murdered while subdued and harmless?" He goes on to make a resounding call for solidarity within the community going forward. In his words, "You better learn to listen with your body, you better play from your heart. It was a preference before, now it's essential."
His full post is below.