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An unstoppable force versus an immovable object. As long as racism is still a thing, Axmed will keep on fighting it. Partly by reclaiming his Somali background and by lifting up other queer black people. But most of all by reclaiming all parts of his identity at all times. From there, positive remarks from other Somali people always remind him what he’s fighting for. Encounters like those are affirming as wel as simply heartwarming.

Obviously, all the artists picked today are from Somali descent for a reason. This country’s musical history is underappreciated, and often ignored. There are so many cool Somali artists, ranging from modern day rap, to a long history of jazz artists. One of them even ended up having a political career. Check out the episode to learn more.

Next to this impressive list of his country’s musical culture, Axmed also enjoys Techno and House parties. Fed up with Amsterdam’s club culture, its lack of black queer safe spaces in particular, he co-founded Dance With Pride. This grass roots initiative, aptly labeled ‘A Proud Reunification of Dance Music and Queer Culture’ isn’t afraid to get political either. They party one minute and call out racism another, which is something other organisations should join them in. Especially because this concerns the city that hosts the biggest annual Dance conferences.

CW: Racism, War, Assassination and some Sexual Content

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Flashback Track: Faadumo Qaasin Hilowle – Waa Habeenkii
Queer Artist Spotlight: Sadeeq Ali – Get The Cake
Best Live Experience: Saado Cali Warsame – Yaa Kuu Warama
Most Resent Discovery: Sun – Honeycomb

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It’s a Really Weird System

With her own full transition being over and done, Sophie Schers mainly focuses on the struggles of others by changing the system from within. Both though the city council and nationally operating lobby groups she fights for the rights of trans people, disabled people, women, and so on. Sounds impressive, but being able to retreat into a nice family home or a vacation in Sweden offers some well needed moments to charge back up.

TW: mentions of fascism, racism, transphobia

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Flashback Track: Herman van Veen – Zo Vrolijk
Queer Artist Spotlight: Ah-Mer-Ah-Su – 7-15-13
Best Live Experience: Regina Spektor – Samson
Most Recent Discovery: Nadja Evelina – Beach House

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9: Not the Easiest Google Trip

TW: Explicit mention of racism, exoticism, depression

With mind all over the place and dito music taste, Jace is just trying to figure it all out. Childhood trauma and systematic oppression, on top of a good whole dose of being queer. It’s understandable why they’re having a hard time putting thoughts into words.

Flashback Track: M.I.A. – Paper Planes
Queer artist Spotlight: Black Dresses – Death/ Bad Girl
Best live experience: PUP – DVP
Most recent discovery: Vektor – Recharging the Void

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8: Reclaim pop Music

How pop music became Queer culture? Well, it’s always been Queer culture. Manju Reijmer explains perfectly how he, a brown cis gay man, can identify with straight blonde pop princesses. As well as how he helps the Dutch Public Broadcasting Network acknowledge social issues through web-series.

Flashback Track: P!nk – Like a Pill
Queer Artist Spotlight: Alan Manken – Proud of Your Boy
Best Live Experience: Moses Sumney – Make Out in My Car
Most Recent Discovery: Mike Jack Dean – Bij je Zijn

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7: For Everyone Represented by Me

It’s a song as old as queerness itself. Whenever we don’t feel catered to by whatever type of media, we go out of our way to create our own representation. Heck, that’s in part why this podcast came to be. With Romy, an androgynous person of colour (living that afab with a low voice due to a cold lifestyle), this is just as much the case.

Flashback Track: Wham! – The Edge of Heaven
Queer artist Spotlight: CupCakke – LGBT
Best live experience: Hudson Mohawke – System
Most recent discovery: The Internet – Come Over

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6: I Can Take This

Not the protest march type, Lu Lodi tries to help trans and other queer people in whatever way she can. Just acknowledging each others existence can seem small but carries huge power. This Brasilian support group host knows that like no other.

Flashback Track: Bia Bedran – Pedalinho
Queer Artist Spotlight: Tami T – Trans Femme Bonding
Best live experience: Broken Social Scene – Forced to Love
Most recent discovery: Lizzo – Juice

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Vaporwave and the Trans Experience

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Talking from a Dutch perspective, school uniforms are a literal foreign concept. So Fabian comes over to share this thoughts and experiences. For example, as a trans guy, the way he’s been socialized is quite contradictory. He rightfully refused to wear a skirt then, but in transitioning it turned back around. Some toxic masculinity crept in, which he now needs to unlearn. Unfortunately, nothing’s ever easy now, is it?

As a musicology graduate Fabian had to put up with a certain level of snobbery and elitism, but that never stopped him from enjoying some great pop tunes. This love for pop music has always been there, although it evolved over the years. It’s no coincidence someone who really appreciates the skillful musicianship in a song, also pays above average attention to pushing the boundaries of modern day pop-tunes.

Take Vaporwave for example. Looking back at the future we thought we’d have and laughing about it. Fabian explains how this applies to both capitalism and being trans. Apparently, it’s got something to do with the imagery we thought was futuristic in the eighties. You’ll have to listen to the episode to really catch the explanation behind it. Fabian definitely spent a lot of time thinking about it and you might too.

This episode’s guest is someone with an extended encyclopedic knowledge of popculture this might be the most in-depth conversation yet. So be prepared for a whole lot of trivia, loose thoughts and the occasional joke.

Flashback Track: S Club 7 – Reach
Queer Artist Spotlight: Dorian Electra – Man to Man
Best Live Experience: Jungle – Busy Earnin’
Most Recent Discovery: Moeshop – Lovesick

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4: “Are you thinking of blue balls now?”

If there’s one thing that defines Iris, is that they know extremely well how to identify what they like and then act on it. Both in the professional sense, and in their musical preferences. Having friends who are into metal is cool and all, but that doesn’t mean there’s any less room for hip-hop, R&B and disco. A self-proclaimed scaredy-cat, but there’s a large amount of confidence and power lurking underneath the surface.

Flashback Track: Aaliyah – Try Again
Queer Artist Spotlight: Lizzo – Batches & Cookies
Best Live Experience: Scissor Sisters – Inevitable
Most Recent Discovery: Likeili47 – Tick Boom

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