Electronic dance music would not exist without the gay community. That's not an opinion but a vibrant fact. Disco, house, techno, vogue — all these genres and more were born from outcast communities seeking asylum and spaces to express themselves freely. The dance floor has always been a place great acceptance, and while it has become beloved by heterosexuals as much as anyone else, the LGBTQ community remains integral to its foundation and future.
Diplo knows his history, and in honor the many gay and nonbinary artists who have inspired him, worked with him, and continue to blow him away, he's crafted a Pride Month playlist. It features tunes from Mike Q, Nicky Da B, Le1f, Starrah, Big Freedia, Mykki Blanco, Kandy, SOPHIE and many more.
“These artists set the table for what trends we have in the clubs today by taking risks and being loud and fearless,” he writes on Instagram. “If you get a chance, do your research and learn about their scenes, and book some them in your town, and add them to your own playlists.”
With 26 songs running an hour and a half, it bangs loud, proud and sweaty as hell. Expose yourself to some true artistry and maybe something new with the playlist below, available now on Spotify.