PRINT Summer 2017


THE POLITICS OF TODAY are defined by gentrification—which is also the biggest single obstacle for nightlife. Cities have become places where people only consume and do not create. Artists are pushed out to make room for high-rise apartments built for people with corporate jobs. They don’t want noise; they don’t want difference. There is no space for those who do not fit a prescribed agenda. And yet it is always the disenfranchised who fuel culture five years later.

Nightlife is not just a scene for entertainment. Clubs are intersections free from the repression and struggles of everyday life. Or at least they should be. Venues, promoters, DJs, and the people who come to dance—they need to stand against gentrification. Clubs should not just be places of monetary transaction. Clubs can bring together people of diverse sexual orientations, ethnicities, and backgrounds in ways that government never can. Being a DJ is a privilege; we allow people to connect and escape. The continued existence of nightlife is vital for our culture: In these times of division, it creates safe places for people to convene without fear.

Honey Dijon is an artist, DJ, and music producer who specializes in house, techno, and disco. Born and raised in Chicago, she is currently based in Berlin and New York.