Russell E.L. Butler
More and more DJs are using their music as a platform for defending their values. This generational awakening is a defining feature of electronic music in 2019. But for Russell E.L. Butler, music isn’t just a platform for the political. It’s the stuff of politics. It’s a world-building project in itself, a way of manifesting the utopia you believe in—or it least it can be, when done right. More than just a vehicle for a message, music can actually carve out “an ideal space for community,” Butler once said, “a space to dream… and feel what freedom and transcendence would be like.” The title of their album last year, The Home I’d Build For Myself And All My Friends, captured this notion, that music can foster safety and intimacy.