University Union desires to diversify the new music genres it brings to pupils

This weekend, thousands of Syracuse University pupils had been decked out in stylish outfits, crammed with each other in a incredibly hot mosh pit at Skytop arena. Why, you might ask? All simply because of the fall-favourite SU occasion, Juice Jam, an occasion hosted by University Union, a programming board run by learners. For people who may possibly not know, Juice Jam is not a small budget function. UU operates hard to seek effectively-acknowledged artists to carry out live shows for the audio festival, creating it a specific address for SU college students.

Nonetheless, it is really hard to take into consideration it a new music pageant when the only genres played are hip-hop and trap. Immediately after quite a few several years of observing the same matters, students are expanding restless. In previous decades, going back to 2017, headliners have incorporated Jack Harlow, 21 Savage, A$AP Ferg and Playboi Cardi. It was not stunning when UU announced the 2022 lineup, consisting of Yung Gravy, Flo Milli and T-Discomfort because the group has consistently booked artists from only a single specific style.

At initially look, hip-hop artists appear to be like a excellent decide on for the reason that their audio is “hype” and mainstream. Despite the fact that artists from this year’s Juice Jam lineup are preferred, UU wants to identify that there is an problem with only attracting a person genre. The difficulty is the deficiency of diversity. To quite a few learners, Juice Jam is not interesting because it feels repetitive. Learners come to feel like they know what to be expecting. SU is made up of a substantial numerous pupil entire body and the music must depict that.

“I think it would be much better if they experienced a unique wide variety of tunes. It feels like all the past issues UU has completed, past year’s Juice Jam and block get together experienced only played rap. It’s pleasant but not every person likes rap. They should try out to branch out and get much more people today,” reported Micaela Kraker, a junior at SU.

Normally, UU textbooks several artists to conduct at Juice Jam and need to use that option to get a combine of artists in its lineups. If UU bought a few artists to carry out for Juice Jam and they have been all from different genres, it would make certain that Juice Jam would attraction to a broader SU college student audience.



“I imagine they would charm to a broader viewers if they had additional genres, at the similar time, they have to be watchful since they have to get artists that have hype energy,” said Taylor Feiden, a sophomore at SU.

If the performances involved R&B, pop, indie, 2000’s and rap music, then not only would Juice Jam have a increased attendance level, it would also be extra appealing to attendees. This could also be a possibility for college students to get uncovered to tunes they may well not if not hear to. A blended lineup will give a crack from the mainstream rap that is overplayed and exposes students to new genres.

SU learners ought to be grateful to have lively college student members in the College Union who treatment about the university entire body and place on situations like Juice Jam. On the other hand, in return, UU must be much more thoughtful of everybody at mass activities and test to consist of new music that can charm to a extensive variety of learners.

Sophia Leone is a sophomore broadcast, electronic journalism big with a slight in political science. Her column appears biweekly. She can be attained at [email protected].