Bassnectar Latest to Face Sexual Misconduct Allegations
In the current climate of cancel culture, it appears that one DJ has cancelled himself. EDM artist Bassnectar announced that he is taking an indefinite hiatus from music following allegations of sexual misconduct. While announcing that he was taking a break, he made it clear to deny any allegations by starting, “The rumors you are hearing are untrue, but I realize some of my past actions have caused pain, and I am deeply sorry.” For years there have multiple claims against Bassnectar and most have been compiled on an Instagram titled “Evidence Against Bassnectar” with over 12,000 followers.
Bassnectar is not the first DJ to deal with sexual misconduct allegations. DVBBS burst onto the EDM scene in 2013 with the hit Tsunami. Shortly after the duo would be accused of drugging and raping girls backstage. DVBBS ended up settling with the victims, and their reputation and popularity certainly took a major hit.
And there is more as sexual assault/misconduct has been an issue that has plagued EDM artists for years. Popular DJ Space Jesus was recently the subject of multiple sexual assault allegations. DJ and producer Graves faced some allegations from a few different women. Popular dubstep DJ Datsik faced multiple allegations over the past few years. Snails was yet another DJ to face recent allegations.
There is also reporting on a major rape/sexual assault problem surrounding music festivals in general with EDM presenting the most problems. With drugs running rampant at music events and many EDM fans being under 21 years old, changes must be made to protect fans. Moving forward, many have called for increased vigilance by venue staff and security. While Bassnectar is one the most recent and high-profile artists to face allegations, one cannot expect him to the be the last. With the larger Me Too Movement, more and more women are rightly calling out their abusers. Artists/celebrities are being held accountable for their actions, and hopefully this can lead to a positive change for future generations of artist and celebrities across the board.