Within a few short years, Marea Stamper has earned a reputation as one of underground music’s most respected DJs. This is not just for her incredible club sets or the inventive leftfield house music that she produces as The Black Madonna, but also for her willingness to speak out on feminist, LGBTQ+, and racial justice issues. Her guiding philosophy has become an oft-quoted rallying cry for club music to rediscover its radical roots: “Dance music needs riot grrrls. Dance music needs Patti Smith. It needs DJ Sprinkles. Dance music needs some discomfort with its euphoria… Dance music does not need more of the status quo.” Though based in Chicago, Stamper grew up as an outsider in Kentucky and understands firsthand how being a part of the queer community can literally be life-saving – and when Donald Trump was elected President of the United States of America yesterday, she had flashbacks to her teenage years. Here, she talks about why America’s most marginalised will keep raving and fighting against Trump and everything he represents.
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