A lot of us are still in a state of shock after Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election, but that doesn't mean that people are remaining silent about it. I reached out to people in the local music community to get their reflections on the election and where we go from here.
Jordan Searls, The Bad Vibes: "Trump's win is bringing people together who align with acceptance and love to take a stand against people of hate and separation. Nothing worth having comes easy and if we all do our part to put into the world what we want to see through art, music, activism, protest and sheer will out of respect for the human race, we will see some real results. We need to evolve before Trump aids in the sixth mass extinction of our planet."
Jesse Cannon, Tall Can and Generik: "This country is on a path that isn't good. The amount of attacks on minorities, gays and Muslims are already on the rise since [Trump] won and that is not cool nor is it acceptable to beat somebody up cause what they believe. I'm about as anti-Trump as one can be and have gotten into literal fights this year with [supporters]. I'm tired of it, but it's only gonna get worse now that he is president. Nobody should stand behind a man who has riled up this many vile thoughts on how to treat our brothers and sisters. But we need to defend them now that he is president. Power to the people."
Blanca Lucia, Dreams Made Flesh: "The divisive, negative, and even hateful language I've read on my Facebook feed saddens me. And I intend to do something positive about it, with help from local musicians/artists."
Hadi Fever, Stalins of Sound: "As a band with one member who's gay and another who's an immigrant, we condemn the results and call out to any racists, homophobes, sexists, Islamophobes, xenophobes to refrain from buying our shit or going to our shows. We want to build a new rainbow coalition that embraces diversity and resists bigotry."
Brian Reilly, The Hiroshima Mockingbirds: "The nightmare we just bought isn't anything but a symptom of an illness that spreads real quick when education is decimated and nobility becomes a luxury of the naive. We fucked up good. We'll need a new plan. Something other than trashing a metropolitan area. We need to organize."
Xavier Vasquez, filmmaker/projectionist: "There's plenty of blame to go around. Some of us are to blame for getting too damned comfortable in the social media bubble where we shun and hide and unfriend anything or anyone that offends us or doesn't jibe with our world view. To fix that we all need to step out of the busted bubble carcass and reach out to those who we once shunned in order to understand them. I'm not talking about tolerating, but understanding."
Normandie Wilson: "Musicians and artists need to join together in the strength of community right now. We also need to allow ourselves time to grieve and rest to be able to do the work together. Also please look out for marginalized folks. Prioritize marginalized people. Let them know you are there. Talk to your friends and relatives. Get intense if you have to. And put your own oxygen mask on before trying to help other people. Make sure you're taking care of you. It's not selfish. It's survival."
Dave Mead, Exasperation: "I'm like seriously the most positive person ever but this is fucked. We all have each other."
Will Lerner, Shake Before Us: "Although I am disappointed in my country (and yes I do love America, but I'm still allowed to be disappointed, thank you very much), I'm proud of my state and happy to be here on the Left Coast. I will try to do what I can on a community and local level to make the world a better one, and I'm elated to know I have some wonderful people around me who will join me in doing the same."
Douglas Thompson, Low and Be Told: "I swore I'd never write a political song. (Currently writing a political song.)"