I couldn’t think of anyone better to start off this NY Hardcore Never Dies story than to start with one of my very first hardcore friends that I met at age 14, Jesse Katz. I hope you’ll see what an immensely intelligent and talented guy he is. For those of you that have judged this scene by the cover: I challenge you to read this interview and broaden your perspective just a bit.
This series aims to show the “softer” side of NY Hardcore music and celebrates the artists from all walks of life who each contribute something special to this beautiful enclave which rises above social constructs and provides a family for those who need it….so long as you honor the fine line between friend and foe!
To say that artists of color have been underrepresented in music would be an understatement. When we created a poll in a large vinyl Facebook group asking for a list of whom members perceived to be the most underrepresented artists of color, we got some fabulous responses: Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Fishbone, Death and Big Bill Broonzy, just to name a few. However, the list didn’t just include those top-voted four artists. Between the poll option and comments, there were about seventy artists and bands listed. SEVENTY. You heard right: A list of seventy artists of color, immediately present on the mind, who were on the same level or arguably better than their white contemporaries in their same time periods and genres, yet never received the justice which their art deserves.
Artists of color exist in the foundation of every genre of music, yet we have a systemic issue in the free world in recognizing these artists for their contributions to music and culture. We intend to change that, one artist at a time. Grab a seat. This will take awhile!