Why fashware, the electronic music genre of the alt-right is so problematic
Jonny Coleman December 19, The world is already flooded with more music than you could get through even if you lived a hundred lifetimes. But if you thought those were bad, prepare to meet a new frontrunner for the worst music you've ever heard or hopefully never heard : fashwave. Google it if you must, but you'd have a better time dropping a concrete block on your foot.
Its synth lines and drums are all chintzy John Carpenter rehashes made with free sample packs and zero sense of what a groove is. Though these songs are mostly instrumental, the micro-movement's handles, song titles and imagery are clearly supposed to evoke this ultraviolent, apocalyptic, Fallout 3 vision of the future using Nazi imagery and quotes.
The fact that sites like these are covering this sort of thing reveals how the alt-right and anything associated with it is quickly becoming the trendy counter-culture of this era. There is no question about this. We have become the cool ones rebelling against a tyrannical system. This will become more and more alluring to the younger generation who is coming of age as time moves on.
Especially considering we live in societies polluted with political correctness and all sorts of nonsensical bullshit. Does this tyrannical system they're allegedly rebelling against include the bankers and CEOs that Trump has appointed to his cabinet?
Will this shitty non-scene develop into a broad musical movement so popular that it is eventually embraced by the music industry and booked at major festivals? Um, no. There are several other sad individuals following in Cyber Nazi's footsteps, trying to help usher in a second coming of both Nazism and horrendous subcultures attached to its hip like fashwave.
But none of these so-called producers have the musical chops or the ideological vision to make this something that is remotely as interesting or profound as they think it is. I suppose because ignoring bad people and their ideas isn't a sound or effective approach, especially when it comes to literal Nazis.
This is a thing, unfortunately, that exists and we should be aware of it. Also, there may be ways to push back against fashwave. One very tangible thing you can do if you feel so inclined is to send abuse reports anywhere you find fashwave music, especially SoundCloud and YouTube. Together we can make this shitty little pocket of the internet called fashwave a thing that you never have to think about again. Share this:.
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For example, if you harbour nostalgia for a synthetic Windows 95 era, then vaporwave playlists are your go-tos. If anti-capitalist and DIY are your top-ranking interests then folk punk may just be your musical haven.
And if you are looking to dip your toes into fraudulent activity, then the world of scam rap awaits to be of service. What is fashwave? Associated with alt-right beliefs like anti-semitism, ultra-nationalism and rejection of post-modernist thoughts, the subgenre is the breeding ground for neo-Nazis, neo-confederates, white nationalists and skinheads.
In an interview with THUMP , the artist admitted that his music was inspired by the horrors the event had instilled in him. Where 80s electronica meets fascism Fashwave music may not sound any different from normal synthwave on the first listen. When played in a loop, however, one can easily pick up subtle differences between the two. Marching sounds along with distorted speeches by well-known fascists and white nationalists are effortlessly weaved into synths to create fashwave music.
The subgenre is immersed in synths to foster an ambient atmosphere that is not too upbeat—of course not. The music is largely lyric-free apart from the distorted speeches—helping dodge censors on various video and music sharing platforms.
These platforms feature advice and online workshops on how to nail the visual aesthetics of the subgenre. Organised by the Brooklyn-based DJ Karoda Night, the meeting discussed the growing fascism in the movement. Music should be about bringing people together. In an interview with The Guardian , the Swedish synthwave producer Robert Parker became aware of how his music had been co-opted by the far-right. Producing music for over six years, the artist highlighted the fact that his music is not difficult to download or spread.
Within hours, the article was picked up by various alt-right websites. They made Biden Fashwave.
If anti-capitalist and DIY are your top-ranking interests then folk punk may just be your musical haven. And if you are looking to dip your toes into fraudulent activity, then the world of scam rap awaits to be of service.
[publication] Fashwave and the False Paradox of Ironic Nazism
What is fashwave? Associated with alt-right beliefs like anti-semitism, ultra-nationalism and rejection of post-modernist thoughts, the subgenre is the breeding ground for neo-Nazis, neo-confederates, white nationalists and skinheads. In an interview with THUMPthe artist admitted that his music was inspired by the horrors the event had instilled in him. Where 80s electronica meets fascism Fashwave music may not sound any different from normal synthwave on the first listen.
This Insight details the scope of the issue, identifying: Mainstream influences that risk spillover of Fashwave content to new audiences Threats stemming from parody tunes and the re-appropriation of trending songs User tactics like emojis, word variations and link sharing—and how to combat them A potential digital radicalisation journey for consumers of Fashwave content. Mainstream Influences Fashwave provides an easy access point to extremist content. Despite ongoing rounds of video and song removals, Storyful uncovered an abundance of Fashwave content on mainstream platforms when searching associated keywords, including many tracks that had been re-uploaded after removal.
In a surface sweep of alt-right music, Storyful identified 9.
There’s an alt-right version of everything
Views peaked on YouTube at Many Fashwave songs were instrumentals, making it difficult to distinguish from other genres, while others sampled fascist speeches from the likes of Hitler, Mussolini, Goebbels and Oswald Mosley. Visuals included 80s retro aesthetics alongside alt-right imagery and text slogans, while song titles and lyrics featured racist, antisemitic and homophobic slurs, and mocked BLM icons like George Floyd and Treyvon Martin.
A month after white-nationalist protests in Charlottesville turned violentit seems like the alt-right is on the run and slowly, but surely, being pushed off the internet. Airbnb refused to house and host alt-right protesters. Facebook pulled their events.
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Other platforms took away their wallets and microphones: Stripe and Paypal stopped payments to various people and websites like alt-right. But this is a myopic view. And the left is none the wiser. Whenever companies respond to hate speech and remove these groups from their websitesfresh digital homes pop up.
Like private clubs where they can make their own rules, they allow for the kinds of conversations and politically rallying they want to engage in; the type that violates hate-speech laws and mainstream digital codes of conduct in the liberal world. Alt-right music Heard of fashwave? Hint: It has nothing to do with fashion. Fascism-wave is a popular form of electronic music within the alt-right. In a lot of respects, fashwave sounds just like regular synthwave.
There is almost no difference except for the titles of songs and the visuals used in videos, which are usually references to Nazis and Nazi-era Germany.