Update – this article was amended on 17th July to remove an erroneous claim saying Fernow appeared at a benefit concert in 2016. It was actually a collaborator who attended, not Fernow himself. This was the result of a misreading of this article by me, and I apologise for the error.
I have said this before – there are numerous scandals in the dance music world which the press simply will not report on. Some have appeared on this blog, and this one’s been bubbling away for most of the last week too. Music journalists are often aware of them, but they end up getting spiked by cowardly editors.
Jean-Hugues Kabuiku is one of those journalists. He’s previously written for the likes of Resident Advisor and Mixmag, both of which aren’t covering his latest story. It’s about the links between the extremely prolific producer Dominick Fernow and the far right – and after grabbing a cup of coffee on this Sunday morning and reading this article, you’ll also conclude the links are pretty substantial.
They’ve been circulating for years. Yet Resident Advisor were selling tickets for his events for years, and even published this puff piece interview with the man himself in 2018. So it’ll be very interesting to see how they handle this. And I’m about to make it just that little bit more awkward.
You see, Whitney Wei was appointed editor in chief at Resident Advisor lately. Before that, her old stomping ground was Electronic Beats – and they’ve now made clear they want nothing more to do with him. Perhaps it was inadvertent, but this has the effect of well and truly dropping Wei in the soup.
Will she now do the same as her old employers? Or is she going to resort to Resident Advisor’s tried and tested tactic whenever they need to publish something that could be awkward for them – namely, get one of their writers to do a hatchet job piece and publish it anonymously? I won’t hold my breath…