Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Guangdong was this past weekend, and the big headline from the show isn’t about the sets – it’s about swearing. The festival hung notices in the greenrooms of DJs warning them not to swear on the mic, or they could be arrested by local police.
Seem a bit extreme? EDM fans on Twitter would agree. Here’s what the notice looked like:
After the image was shared around Twitter over the weekend, several DJs who were at EDC Guangdong chimed in about the notice.
Yeah this was in my green room. Apparently songs with swear words arnt ok either, hence why rappers arnt cleared to really preform in China lol
— CRAY (@craysounds_) November 26, 2018
Kill The Noise:
The police from what I saw were not really cracking down on swearing there were posted notes but I heard more than one dj play songs with profanity and they didn’t do anything infact the police were into the music and taking pics of the crowd etc
— к†и (@killthenoise) November 26, 2018
Censorship in China is no joke – they are notoriously strict when it comes to censoring their internet and anything vulgar on it. This notice at EDC Guangdong is disturbing in its own right, and could cause discomfort for DJs that express themselves through colorful language.
Being arrested for swearing at your own set is a risk not many DJs would be willing to take. A strictly modest stance like the one EDC Guangdong took here could be harmful to them in the future. The organizers may have more difficulty filling slots in their bill in 2019 if DJs are uncomfortable with this sort of censorship.
What artists would be in the most trouble at EDC Guangdong? Let us know in the comments!
— EDC China (@EDC_China) November 25, 2018