Producer Kevin Nixon Says Jack White and Eminem Abandoned Detroit
English producer Kevin Nixon – who has worked with psych band Kula Shaker and singer-songwriter Kirsty MacColl – moved to Detroit and opened up the Detroit Institute of Music Education to help cultivate the city’s music and arts scene. Now, he’s taking aim at Detroit’s own Jack White and Eminem, accusing them of abandoning their hometown.
“The music industry more than any other has neglected Detroit,” he said in an interview with the Times. “So many musicians have left here to start careers somewhere else. The record company executives from New York or L.A. just fly right over.”
“[Jack White and Eminem] just passed through,” he continued. “They didn’t build a movement. That’s why I decided to move the music industry here.”
Eminem recently paid tribute to his stomping grounds with a track called ‘Detroit vs. Everybody.’ He released a 16-minute remix of the song featuring Detroit rappers Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, Sino, Marv Won, Payroll, Hydro, Big Gov, Boldy James, Kid Vishis, Big Herk, Icewear Vezzo, Detroit Che and Calicoe.
Meanwhile, White has been focusing his efforts in Nashville on his label, Third Man Records. The ex-White Stripes frontman also recently announced a string of tour dates culminating at this year’s Coachella Music Festival in April. Check out the full list below:
Jack White 2015 Tour
Jan. 24: Austin, Texas — Austin Music Hall (with Chicano Batman)
Jan. 25: Austin, Texas — Austin Music Hall (with Chicano Batman)
Jan. 27: Starkville, Miss. — Humphrey Coliseum (with Chicano Batman)
Jan. 28: Nashville, Tenn. — Bridgestone Arena (with Loretta Lynn and William Tyler)
Jan. 30: New York, N.Y. — Madison Square Garden (with Run the Jewels)
Jan. 31: Columbus, Ohio — The Schottenstein Center (with Chicano Batman)
Feb. 02: Norma, Okla. — McCasland Field House (with Chicano Batman)
Feb. 03: Albuquerque, N.M. — Popejoy Hall (with Chicano Batman)
Feb. 04: Las Vegas, Nev. — Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas (with Chicano Batman)
March 12-14: Bogota — Festival Estero Picnic
March 14-15: Santiago — Lollapalooza Chile
March 19: Asuncion — Asuncionico
March 20: Asuncion — Asuncionico
March 21-22: Buenos Aires — Lollapalooza Argentina
March 28-29: Sao Paulo — Lollapalooza Brazil
April 11: Indio, Calif. — Coachella Music Festival
April 18: Indio, Calif. — Coachella Music Festival
What do you think? Is it plausible to think White abandoned Detroit? Let us know in the comments section below.
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