If I ever need to come out to someone, I'll just show them my playlist: Queer music collections in the digital age. IASPM 2018, Wintec, NZ

Rogerson-Berry, Megan (2018) If I ever need to come out to someone, I'll just show them my playlist: Queer music collections in the digital age. IASPM 2018, Wintec, NZ. "Playing Along", Hamilton, New Zealand, 3-5 December, 2018. (Unpublished)

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Research into queerness in popular music has argued specific genres and artists have historically been linked to particular queer communities. For example, disco in the 70’s and 80’s is often connected with gay men; confessional folk music by artists such as Ani DiFranco and k.d lang has been linked with lesbian audiences in the 90s; while artists such as David Bowie, Prince and Madonna have been praised for their revolutionary subversion of gender identities from the 70’s through to the early 2000’s. But what of modern-day expressions of queerness in music? Music streaming site Spotify provides a rich point of reference for current perceptions of queer music. Users are able to curate their own playlists that are accessible to the public, and Spotify itself curates a number of “Pride” playlists, which fall under a labelled ‘genre’ called “Pride.” This paper presents a brief survey of Spotify playlists found under search headings “queer,” “LGBTQ” and “pride”. It identifies some preliminary thematic threads in contemporary queer music playlists, as well as the artists that reoccur on these lists. This paper asks, what is it about their music and accompanying media texts/representations that makes them appeal to a queer audience? How do collections of music signify different types of queer identities? What cultural significance do sites such as Spotify hold for queer communities? This paper posits that services like Spotify offer valuable digital spaces for the creation and curation of queer culture, and the gathering of queer communities.

Item Type:Paper presented at a conference, workshop, or other event which was not published in the proceedings
Keywords that describe the item:conference paper, gender, popular music, queer theory
Subjects:M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions:Schools > School of Media Arts
ID Code:6418
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Deposited On:12 Dec 2018 22:41
Last Modified:18 Dec 2018 06:51

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