Class act: why working-class voices are music to Darkstar's ears | Musique Non Stop


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Class act: why working-class voices are music to Darkstar's ears

Why did these two men hang around Huddersfield railway station asking young people what they did today? Electronic duo Darkstar explain their most daring LP yet

“We just said to people: ‘We want your life in a nutshell. What do you do every day? What did you dream about last night? What have you been doing for work? And we asked people if they were going to vote – and if not, why not?”

James Young, 33, is sitting alongside his creative partner Aiden Whalley, 31, in the cafe of London’s Barbican, where they are preparing for the first of their two events in a season titled Panic! What Happened to Social Mobility in the Arts? It is intended to shine a light on the apparently narrowing range of voices in the arts, and what seems to be an increasing middle-class monopoly. The pair make music as Darkstar, and their latest album is something of a case study in what Panic! is meant to highlight. Titled Foam Island, it’s an impossibly evocative portrait of the everyday lives of teenagers and twentysomethings in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, recorded in the build-up to this year’s general election.

I remember an acute sense of having a great time, but also being in a northern town and thinking: Shit!

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by John Harris via Electronic music | The Guardian
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