Camille Sledge, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra
We need to rally up, and to have action. We’ll go and sit in on a city hall meeting, we’ll study, read books, and try to change the legislation that’s out there. I feel like this is going to be a year where the discrimination level is not going to be effective against our generation. The music has changed, too. We are not afraid to have lyrics that are very clear. They’re not a metaphor; They’re very direct. There might have been a time where you had to be poetic because your record company might drop you. Now they’re not in charge
David Marquez, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra
The only constant
I want to harness more of the power of art to change
Scott Mitting, 20 ft Neon Jesus
I hope to grow the music scene and help any way I can to connect more people together. That’s the way I like to steer my ship. I hope to do whatever I can do to promote the scene. Maybe it will be with more noise shows.
Kenyttiesh Juant'e Jaque'wece Thomas, Transmissions From Mars
I want to see more unity in the different sides of the city, the scene, all the genres, all the different people, and all the artists. I just want people coming together more. I also want to see more metal! I’d like more metal mixed in with any music; I just like the energy of it. People have fun with it. Good energy.
I’m looking forward to nurturing relationships with the artists and musicians I have met. During this time after the Trump presidency, a lot of the Latin community has built a lot of resilience and has really come together to strengthen the community that exists. It’s nice to have a big collaborative community. I think it would be nice to have a more established network for musicians to share information with each other. I hope musicians continue to network with new musicians and support each other, especially women musicians. I hope we stick together and work hard for what we think is important and not be passive in our lives.