Crossing borders and music genres
EXP___: Collaborative Music Exchange
How can artists share new music and collaborate with each other when the entire world is on lockdown? EXP___ connected experimental musicians from Detroit, Berlin and the PACA region who then formed collaborations that may have otherwise never happened.
Von Nadia Says
After the first Covid lockdown in the spring of 2020, the Goethe-Institut Chicago, French Culture in the Midwest, and Your Mom’s Agency sought to create a creative sharepoint for artists in Berlin, Detroit, and the PACA Region in France. Using a Facebook group as platform, musicians of any experience level and any genre could share their experimental pieces in a first phase of three months, and then collaborate to create new pieces and share them as well with the rest of the community for the following three months.
Dare to shareBerlin, Detroit, and Marseille in the PACA Region have all three a very high ratio of creatives in their population, as well as noticeable socio-economic disparities and inclusivity issues. Artists who lack in status or encouragement from their surroundings tend to be shy about sharing their productions on bigger or international platforms. EXP__’s incentive of monthly prizes such as software from Ableton, Arturia, Native Instruments, and Orchestral Tools, awarded by a diverse international jury, and a well-moderated group, gave a feeling of a safer space and helped more than a few shy ones post their pieces and then encourage others to do so as well. This resulted in over 60 shared tracks or videos, and eight intercity collaborations created in the context of EXP__.
I am humbled to know my love and passion of true Detroit Techno became an inspiration to these great artists. In 2020, this project definitely made a huge, positive impact on the Detroit-Berlin culture and the artistic community around the globe.
Sean Tate, Member of EXP___