Boiler Room - No Shade Taking Over
“It's no question that Berlin’s nightlife is oversaturated. In politics, one of the most effective methods of ascending to power is by breaking down an existing sovereignty into manageable, and therefore conquerable, factions. No Shade may not consciously operate along these calculated, Machiavellian lines, but its takeover is clear.”
VOGUE U.S. - This All-Female DJ Collective Wants to Empower the Women of Shanghai’s Nocturnal World
“As an expatriate, Akilla is acutely aware of the limits of trying to transfer Western ideas of feminism to Shanghai; the goal of NVSHU is to empower marginalized individuals through music education, but they are also wary of engaging in overtly political discussions with their students. ‘I can’t tell a woman who is growing up here how she should perceive her sexuality or her gender identity,’ Akilla says. ‘That’s a form of colonization. You can only support people on their journey.’”
MIXMAG - FUCK THE ALGORITHM: CAN ARTISTS FORGE A CAREER WITHOUT THE HELP OF SOCIAL MEDIA?
“This post-Internet era connected geographically disparate collaborators and spawned entire genres like experimental club music. But industry gatekeeping has now evolved. Festival and venue line-ups reflect those with the highest follower counts. Artists run the content treadmill in spite of mental health concerns or fade into algorithmic irrelevancy. Where’s the purported “inclusivity” now? .”
Whitney Wei is an artist and writer based in Berlin. Her illustrations take inspiration from nightlife culture, as well as traditional East Asian art. Select drawings have been featured in Mixmag print and digital, Telekom Electronic Beats, VICE THUMP, and the New York Magazine blog Bedford and Bowery.