- Various DJs, promoters and club owners took part in a day of talks and panels to discuss the challenges currently facing the dance music industry.
DVS1 has published several videos from last year's inaugural Support Organize Sustain conference in Amsterdam.
Revealed back in September, the group-run initiative, AKA S.O.S., was set up with the aim of confronting "real issues facing the electronic music community." A day of panels and talks was held in Amsterdam during ADE, with the likes of Josey Rebelle, Bassiani, Juliana Huxtable and DJ Stingray joining DVS1.
In addition to founder DVS1, the group spans a range of writers, agents, artists and activists, namely Daniela Cia, Shawn Reynaldo, Sebastian Weiss, Seva Granik, David Cornelissen and Jon Lippincott.
"Our first conference featured six topics, spread over three panels and three presentations," DVS1 told Resident Advisor. "The panels discussed marginalized communities, brought together promoters from far-reaching areas and artists to talk about their creative drive. The presentations covered issues ranging from global drug laws, no-camera policies, as well as scene ethics and guidelines."
He continued: "While the first conference was completely self-funded by the group, moving into the future, we hope to establish S.O.S. into a fully functional non-profit organization. Once this is legally established, we can sustain and grow the project through fundraising."
S.O.S's 2020 plans include a day of talks at Athens festival ADD Festival in May and a return to Amsterdam during ADE. The group also aims to eventually launch "an online application for people to reach out to S.O.S. and request our presence or help."
Watch highlights from S.O.S. 2019.