We’ve said it time and time again here on Ears To The House – the bros at the top of this industry are all in it together. If you want evidence of this, look at their reaction to recent events. Remember all the talk during the first coronavirus wave of reshaping the industry? None of the big players were present in that discussion.
It was the same later in 2020 when Erick Morillo passed away. To many, he was a suspected rapist who conveniently died before he could face justice. But to the people like Danny Tenaglia, Yousef and Pete Tong, he was their friend. Their bro. They refused to speak out against him, even laughably branding him “troubled” – as if that was a get out of jail free card.
And remember when the world found out that Derrick May was facing numerous multiple allegations of sexual abuse from multiple sources? Once again, they were silent. You didn’t see the big names of techno saying they would refuse to play alongside him, did you? No, they kept quiet.
The reason for their silence is simple. When you strip it down, it’s essentially quite a small number of them at the top. If one starts talking, it upsets the whole apple cart and potentially costs them work in the future. Solidarity with the bros comes on top of everything else – even the safety of women who they’re often happy to be paraded with for likes and clicks.
Which is why we were particularly intrigued to see this…
No, your eyes don’t deceive you. Jeff Mills really is going to appear alongside Derrick May at Future Scope in Croatia on May 12th. If nothing else, it certainly shows old disputes don’t seem to matter when money is involved. In June 2021, we reported on the fallout after both men appeared together in Australia in 2016.
Our source who witnessed their joint appearance at the Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl told us “things between the two just seemed frosty” on the night and that the two barely acknowledged each other. We also reported on how Mills was allegedly furious after critics gave much more favourable reviews to May.
Of course, it remains to be seen what else Derrick May – who previously said “women are the conduit of life, and as such, are to be protected, and not exploited” – and Jeff Mills have in common. In the meantime, we’ve already started reaching out to see what else is going on here.
Oh, and by the way, normal service resumes tomorrow. And as the Editor-in-chief himself previously said, the gloves are coming off now. Once and for all. This should be fun..