Mixmaster Seth Troxler will weave history lessons and deep, revealing interviews into DJ sets as Beatport’s Artist In Residency for Black History Month, Billboard can exclusively reveal.
The Michigan DJ, producer and artist is tapped as February Artist in Residency on Twitch, for which he’ll curate a series of guest sets from the African-American creators who shaped dance music, and lead conversations on the stories behind the tunes.
Kicking off next Monday (Feb. 8), Troxler joins with American philosopher, political activist and author Dr. Cornel West for a deep dive into the African American origins of house and techno, followed by conversations with Ron Trent and Tony Humphries.
Next up, episodes on the “founders”, “teachers,” and the “future” of house music, featuring chats with Paul Johnson, K-Alexi Shelby, Al Ester, DJ Holographic and more.
Across the month-long series, Troxler and his guests plan to educate, entertain and connect the dots for listeners. “It has always been deeply important to keep the origins of dance music alive for the next generation,” he comments. “With this series, I’ve called some of the artists that have inspired me the most over the years as well as artists I really think have made their own story for the future. I hope you join me over the next four weeks to hear exclusive sets from these incredible artists. You might be out of school but as we say in Detroit ‘Ya’ll gunna learn something today.”
Beatport was founded in 2004 and operates as the principal source of music for electronic DJs. Last year, the online retailer announced it had distributed $300 million to independent dance music labels, delivering almost 260 million track downloads. In 2019, Beatport said it sold music for 74,000 independent labels, with more than 450,000 active DJ customers and 35 million unique visitors to its site each year.