82 PINK PANDA
UK duo Pink Panda are celebrating their debut into the Top 100 DJs poll this year. Gaining notoriety through remixing the likes of David Guetta, Dua Lipa, Bruno Mars and Becky Hill, their productions have gained worldwide acclaim and millions of streams. In the clubs they’ve regularly toured Europe and Asia; in July they were the first international act to play in Wuhan’s I’m Han club since the pandemic.
Being based in China the duo have luckily been able to continue touring once the clubs reopened earlier this year, plus they’ve been keeping themselves busy releasing music. “With regards to the personal pursuit of contributing to the way we’d like to see the world and industry, we released a track we are really proud of called ‘People (Get Together)’ at the end of the summer,” they tell DJ Mag. “This track really resembles the way we see the world we want to live in. The music video’s vibes are so good, so that’s definitely up there on the list of 2020 accomplishments.”
What three things have most helped you through Coronavirus Lockdown?
“Making new music — there’s actually a 10-track double EP full of exciting collabs with some of our closest DJ friends from all around the globe coming soon; boxsets; and nights in with mates on Zoom.”
What lessons should the industry learn from this crisis?
“We’ve learned that we are a creative industry that has been fighting back with new ways to monetise music consumption with innovative models. But it’s also clear how vulnerable our business is. This period has to serve the purpose of pursuing sustainable ways of organising events and festivals in which we will become more earth- and life-friendly.”
What steps need to be taken to address the racism in the dance music scene?
“We must all actively call out racism when we see or experience it! There must be a zero-tolerance approach moving forward, the next generation of kids give us hope — inclusivity is at the core of their belief system.”
What industry changes are you personally pushing for to make the dance music scene more inclusive?
“In the future, the aim is to launch a global Panda academy to help develop talented producers and DJs from all backgrounds, race and gender. The corporate side of the music industry urgently needs more diversity, and this can only be achieved by educating young people and helping them achieve.”
What’s the greatest dance music track of all time?
“There isn’t one we can agree on.”