Crass vocalist Steve Ignorant took part in a panel discussion on the ‘politicisation of music’ at the Roundhouse, Camden, London on 11 February.
The #UNCON30 event was the latest in a series of meetings, debates and performances being held at venues across the world looking at “political voices and social messages through spoken word, hip hop, social media, art and culture.”
The panel which Ignorant joined had a focus on the interplay between music and protest:
2011 was a year of change across the world, from uprisings to riots to environmental disasters on a monumental scale. How have musicians responded to the changing social environment? Is it possible to be political with music? Is there an audience for politicised music? And what is the point in making music with these messages?
On the panel were Riz MC (Moderator), John Robb (Goldblade), Dizraeli, Kate Tempest (Sound of Rum), Soweto Kinch, Steve Ignorant (Crass) and Jon McClure (Reverend and the Makers).
Ignorant later commented:
There was a nice crowd there and they got involved in the discussion too which was really nice, I can’t remember the exact questions that were asked but John did a great job of asking ones that included the whole panel which consisted of me, a jazz trumpeter and two blokes from the hip hop scene. A good time was had by all I think and when the talk was done I had a chance to meet and natter with various people.