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R3 Soundsystem announces mobile anti-racism protest rave, House Against Hate

R3 Soundsystem is hosting a new mobile anti-racism protest rave, House Against Hate, in London next month. The mobile protest unit will once again be...

Photos of NIKS, Coco Em and [M] on a poster for Saffron and Black Artist Database’s new collaborative series

Saffron and Black Artist Database (B.A.D.) have announced a new collaborative series of online music production workshops for women, trans, and non-binary people worldwide. The...

NIKS posing under a soft orange light holding her hands around/near her face

NIKS releases her latest single, ‘Riding Senses’, this Friday. Have an exclusive first listen below. The London-based DJ, producer and Black Artist Database co-founder hits...

CHMBA releases new EP, ‘Okongola Caucus’: Listen

CHMBA has released a new EP, ‘Okongola Caucus’. Check it out below. The title of the Malawian DJ, producer and activist's latest five-track EP translates...

Press shots of DJ Holographic and Lyric Hood. The photo is on an abstract purple and orange background in the same style as the 'Synergy' album artwork

Lyric Hood broke through in 2016 as one half of Floorplan alongside her father, Robert Hood, and has gone on to shine as a solo artist too, releasing triumphant house and techno productions on M-Plant. DJ Holographic has made her mark as part of Detroit’s new wave; known for her deep-digging sets, her 2021 ‘Detroit Love’ mix compilation was nominated for a DJ Mag Best of North America award. Here, as part of our article series celebrating the artists on Black Artist Database's debut compilation, they talk about how their spirituality influences their artistry

Lyric Hood: “I currently live in Alabama, but I always say my home is Detroit, Michigan. That’s where I feel most comfortable saying is home.”...

Press shots of Amaliah and Niks. The photos are on an abstract purple and orange background in the same style as the 'Synergy' album artwork

Following the path of so many DJs before them, London’s Amaliah and B.A.D co-founder NIKS have both started to produce their own music in recent years. The former has released invigorating, hybrid club tracks via her Borne Fruits label, Nehza Records and Earful Of Wax, while the latter drops her debut track via the new ‘Synergy’ compilation. Here, as part of our series celebrating the artists on Black Artist Database's debut compilation, they discuss their production journeys

Amaliah: “I’ve only been producing for the past two and a bit years. I’ve been record collecting since my late teens and was heavily into...

Press shot of Chmba leaning against a wall. The photo is on an abstract purple and orange background in the same style as the 'Synergy' album artwork

Born and raised in Malawi, and having spent time living in South Africa and the USA, Chmba’s sound takes influence from these international experiences. Here, as part of our series celebrating the artists on Black Artist Database's debut compilation, Christine Kakaire speaks to Chmba about how travel can affect identity, supporting women through the Tiwale organisation, and balancing music with community activism

Tell us about your track on the compilation, ‘Bwela’. “I completed maybe 80% of the song in the space of three hours, everything was just...

Photo of Black Artist Database's Tanya Akinola and Niks sitting on a flight of stairs outdoors. The photo is on an abstract purple and orange background in the same style as the 'Synergy' album artwork

This week, Black Artist Database launches its new label with a compilation of club-ready tracks made by Black women from around the world. Here, kicking off a series of articles and interviews with featured artists, Christine Kakaire speaks to curators NIKS and Tanya Akinola about its inception, and building a new home for Black artists to release their music

Like many of the team calls that take place within the Black Artist Database (B.A.D.) collective, this one needs to straddle a couple of far-flung...

Left to Right: Press shots of artists on the Black Artist Database compilation, Amaliah, DJ Holographic, Lyric Hood, Chmba, Afrodeutsche, rRoxymore, NIKS

Black Artist Database will launch its new B.A.D. label next month with the release of its debut compilation, ‘Synergy Vol 1’, on 2nd June. The...

Field Maneuvers announces lineup for tenth anniversary festival.

Field Maneuvers festival has announced its selection of stage partners for its 10th-anniversary edition taking place this year. Stage partners for the beloved festival including...

Selections: NIKS

In this series, Selections, we invite DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their digital crates and share the contents of their collections. This week, NIKS spotlights ‘90s techno, vocal house and percussive club bangers

NIKS is the co-founder of the Black Artist Database — a website and initiative that promotes Black musicians around the world in all genres, and...

Black Artist Database announces free music production masterclasses with Suzi Analogue, AceMo, more

Black Artist Database (B.A.D.) has unveiled details of its second series of free music production masterclasses. The new series, in association with Ableton, will kick...

A Carl Cox Virtual Q&A, Black Artist Database, Jaguar & Jamz Supernova and more have confirmed for the event

AVA London has revealed the full programme for its 2022 conference.

Taking place at South London venue Printworks on 18th March, the team behind Belfast's...

Black-owned music organisations, radio stations and record labels are helping to create vital platforms for Black producers and DJs who’ve been held back by systemic...

Though all genres of Black music have been subjected to exclusion, commodification and whitewashing, Black ownership in music varies. While rap and hip-hop are largely...

Black creatives are encouraged to create a profile and share their portfolio through the new project

Black Artist Database has launched a new platform, called Black Creative Database.

With Black Artist Database having initially launched as Black Bandcamp in June 2020...

October is Black History Month in the UK. Ria Hylton spotlights a range of electronic music-related events on and offline taking place throughout the month...

Black Artist Database (B.A.D.) will host its first in-person event at Hackney Wick’s Colour Factory. Set for Friday 1st October, B.A.D. Presents... includes a stellar...

Loraine James, rRoxymore, Russell E.L. Butler, and KMRU are all involved

Black Artist Database (B.A.D.) has launched a series of free production masterclasses for aspiring Black artists, in association with Ableton. 

The series will run through...

The platform, formerly known as Black Bandcamp, relaunched on 5th May with a new website

Black Artist Database (B.A.D.) has relaunched as a significantly expanded platform, with a number of new initiatives to help people search for, contact and directly...