The Truth In This Art with DJ Ducky Dynamo
S9:E44

The Truth In This Art with DJ Ducky Dynamo

In this episode of "The Truth in This Art," host Rob Lee welcomes back Meagan B. a.k.a "Ducky Dynamo", a DJ and curator renowned for her work with Baltimore club music, to celebrate Black Music Month. Ducky Dynamo discusses her role in promoting black artistry and the cultural significance of Baltimore club music. She reflects on the vibrant nightlife of her early years and the collective experiences within the club scene. This conversation addresses the challenges of cultural preservation, gentrification, and the exploitation of club music by mainstream artists. Ducky emphasizes the need for community involvement and creative solutions to sustain Baltimore's unique cultural heritage.


Episode Highlight:

  • Ducky Dynamo's introduction (00:01:01) Ducky Dynamo introduces herself, sharing her role as a DJ and curator, and her deep involvement in Baltimore club music and black artistry.
  • Role of Baltimore club music (00:07:19) Ducky Dynamo dives into the role of Baltimore club music in the broader context of black music and culture, and its impact on the local community.
  • Concerns about the future (00:10:27) Ducky Dynamo voices her concerns about the future of Baltimore club music and its potential impact following the current wave of popularity.
  • Impact of venue closures (00:12:57) This part of the discussion turns to the impact of venue closures on the preservation and recognition of Baltimore club music, highlighting the intentional blighting of certain areas.
  • Gentrification and Cultural Preservation (00:18:15) This segment of the conversation explores the impact of gentrification on black culture and the importance of preserving black-owned establishments.
  • The Auction of a Historic Venue (00:21:58) Ducky Dynamo describes the efforts to preserve a historic nightclub venue in Station North through a community-driven GoFundMe campaign.
  • Baltimore's Cultural Impact (00:43:38) Rob and Ducky discuss Baltimore's cultural impact on American entertainment, the city's chief exports, and the need for recognition and support.
  • Baltimore Club Music Day (00:55:12) Ducky Dynamo highlights the existence of Baltimore Club Music Day and promotes upcoming events and initiatives related to preserving club culture.


Key Takeaways:

1. Embrace the power of community to preserve and celebrate cultural heritage.
2. Recognize and honor the roots of music genres to prevent cultural exploitation.
3. Stay connected to your local scene to support and uplift authentic artistry.
4. Creative solutions and active involvement are key to sustaining vibrant cultural traditions.


Website and Socials:
soundcloud.com/duckydynamo
X: @duckydynamo
Instagram: duckydynamo
Facebook: Ducky Dynamo
LinkedIn: Meagan (Ducky Dynamo) Buster

Link to the first episode with DJ Ducky.

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Creators and Guests

Rob Lee
Host
Rob Lee
The Truth In This Art is an interview series featuring artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers in & around Baltimore.
Meagan (Ducky Dynamo) Buster
Guest
Meagan (Ducky Dynamo) Buster
Oh, you know. BALTIMORE Club Liason. Balt Club Music Day creator. DJ. Producer. Culturist. Baltimore Black 1st. Problematic to problems. #baltimoreclub