Is this in the print archives because I think what these chaps have just said is significant in the context of musical and local history. The area has been resurrected by the art and music scene that they admit to being a catalyst in. But after the authorities have gone over the neighbourhood with a bar of soap what will the next stage of gentrification be? Imagine Williamsburg in another decade after wave after wave of lawyers, bankers and paper pushers move into its trendy newly built/refurbished warehouse apartments.
Death By Audio stands tall but they won't stick around if the rents rise up and the water starts to get deep around the ankles. Fortunately places like it will always exist somewhere, somehow because of people like Matt and Edan. They are doing something for a love of music and good times rather than greed, providing a theatre for entertainment while sticking two fingers up to the establishment and commercial advertisers in the process.
I went down to DBA last year but I never got to check out the venue. I know a lot of bands who have been though there and they're proving that independent values and no-profit - no-bullshit works on a small-scale. Whereas mainstream music venues are churning out more and more gigs as corporate events sponsored by Red Bull and Jack Daniels (or some piss weak lager) and where the majority of attendees are a consumer class - middle-aged professionals with money to burn on the bar. This is enabling some bands and venues to survive the climate but it's distancing more people from the music and diluting our culture little by little. Look at CBGBs - now nothing more than a brand for selling $90 t-shirts, its real heritage has almost disappeared. When I see a kid wearing one of those shirts its worse than seeing them setting fire to a car in a primordial act of subverted aggression - at least there's some inspiration behind that.
Alex Hancock, London
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