Thank you so much for putting Not Enough Fest on the cover of the last issue of Antigravity and for the ongoing positive feedback and support I personally received from Dan Fox throughout the organizing of this event, from its very inception. Your enthusiasm and excitement for the concept and your support of individuals generally marginalized in many of our communities is definitely appreciated. Furthermore, the cover featuring Luka, one of the singers in Spring Break-up, the headlining band of the Fest, is gorgeous and well-deserved on their part. Spring Break-up killed it that night and the fact that they played on the floor instead of the stage no doubt helped Antigravity staff photographers to capture them more closely than any other band.
That being said, one of the main points of Not Enough Fest was to turn the tables and create an encouraging space for more women & queers to be involved in DIY and punk music making here in New Orleans. The social mixers and instrument skillshares we held in the months preceding Not Enough Fest, as well as the final event itself, displayed a level of diversity uncommon to the typical DIY/punk show in New Orleans. Not only were these events majority women & queer, but there was also a healthy representation of people of color. These are the faces of all the people who want in. They want to get on stage and play in bands, too, except the message keeps being sent out that they don’t belong and I’m sorry to say that Antigravity’s cover is yet another example of this kind of message.
I know Dziga, the cover star of last month’s issue, and understand that they identify as queer, but to anyone who doesn’t know them, what that cover reflects is yet another white guy screaming into a microphone. We are already inundated with this image, to the point of boredom. The problem with that cover, however beautiful the photography, however worthy the performance, is that it virtually obscures all of the work we did to produce something different than what we are used to seeing over & over again. A better solution would have been to use a picture of the entire band,as the band reflects a variety of identities.
There are several critiques I could make of the article itself, but I just read a lengthy and pointed response to Anton Falcone’s piece posted to Facebook by Rachel Speck and do not feel the need to repeat what’s already been said. I do not agree with all of Rachel’s statements but I think she brings up some very important points. I think Falcone gets some important aspects of Not Enough Fest, such as the labor that went into producing such an event as well as the care that went into creating an encouraging environment for beginning musicians& bands. But perhaps in the future he should avoid the random tangents, editorializing and bad jokes that plague his article. My advice would be to take a clue from Sara Pic, who wrote about Not Enough Fest in the January issue of Antigravity. She did a wonderful job portraying the event and the ideas behind it.
No More Fiction
P.S. At this point, No More Fiction is a loosely affiliated group of people. I speak only for myself here.