The Challenges of Diversifying Metal and Other Heavy Music Scenes

I was interviewed for this piece. Check it out.


One of the most challenging chapters to write in my book, What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal, was the one dedicated to both historical and contemporary racism in the metal, hardcore, and punk scenes. In talking to acquaintances during the writing process, I observed lots of eye-rolling, and heard lots of questions along the lines of “Is there really a problem?,” alluding to the idea that perhaps the book might be a creative way to play and capitalize on (even though I’m not sure how one does that) the “Race Card.” Many a straight white man said to me, “Well, I haven’t had a problem. Music has no color,” as a way of trying to dismiss my book and thereby also dismiss countless interviews with those who’ve experienced otherwise.

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About Daniel Gallant

Daniel is a social worker (MSW,RSW) and is a current student of law, who is also an emerging writer and has been published internationally in literary journals. Poetry is his primary creative processing tool, and also has published creative non-fiction (auto-biographic). He has a B.A. in First Nations Studies. I am a consultant for media, scholars, and government bodies about violent right wing extremism in Canada and a trained counsellor; Daniel offers services to individuals seeking to leave violent extremist lifestyles, and facilitates public speaking on matters of resiliency. Daniel presents Scholars from the Underground Blog in order to promote transformation and to contribute to create safe spaces in society for true cultural transformation. Canada has to move from a racist nation to an inclusionary society. We are blessed to live in a space and time where we can now talk openly about these social issues. Daniel welcomes you to is Blogosphere.

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