Por Detroit

CDMX & L.A.

Jerren Ronald (Perfect Lovers), Arturo Mejía (Kodemul)
How has Por Detroit played a role in your local community and music scene?

Our platforms' establishment was a direct response to the classist, homophobic, and exclusive nature of the majority of electronic music events in the city. The scene in Mexico City was, and in many ways still is, dominated by wealthy, upper-class Mexicans, who in turn target crowds exclusively to their own; the rich, fair-skinned, and heteronormative.

The underground scene in Mexico City tends to be very formal and macho when it comes to curating and promoting their functions. One of the aspects that made Por Detroit inimitable and unique was our tongue-in-cheek approach in branding ourselves as a platform. We chose the name "Por Detroit" to empower the term; it is Mexican slang in which translates to "from the back" referring to anal sex. We use different imagery of sex positions to promote our functions and podcast series to assert our position as a sex-positive collective.

There is meaning and a movement behind Por Detroit more than what meets the eye. We have formulated our functions to also aid and support the LGBTQ+ community outside the walls of our parties. In our most recent events, we requested all our raver attendees to donate supplies to the currently incarcerated trans people in exchange for drink tickets. We also regularly contribute to a non-governmental organization, Inspira. Inspira focuses on providing tests and educating people on the importance of sexual health and HIV to eradicate the stigma, discrimination, and violence that continues to endanger people that live with it.

What can we see, hear and experience at your parties?

We invite LGBTQ+ artists and our allies to merge a variety of performance arts with art installations in a set of multiple rooms in a selected one of the many urban abandoned buildings in the city.

Also we offer free admission to the trans community and anyone short on funds. Mexico suffers from the second-highest trans murder rate in the world. We have always felt the need to create a space where the LGBTQ+ community feels safe, celebrated, and able to attend regardless of their ability to pay.

Tell us some DJs / artists you’re digging at the moment?

Physical therapy, Jasmine infiniti, Josh Cheon, Heidi Lawden, Djs Pareja, Kathi, Leeon, Milch, Tessuto, Celice, Mnty.

What do you think will become of the music industry & the underground music scene post-pandemic?

Nobody knows ;( but we think everybody needs to get in touch with public in a digital way at least offering media content

Por Detroit
July 2020
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