2016-10-19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
45 West 18th St.
New York
Out in Tech New York | Does My Music Like Me Back? @ Spotify | New York | NY | United States

Does my music like me back?
Tickets are free, but required — RSVP at http://oitspotify.eventbrite.com

Join us on Wednesday, October 19th at Spotify New York for a panel on the intersection of music, technology, and the LGBT movement – along with a special performance.

Is homophobia still permeating the music business? How are streaming platforms changing the game for queer artists?

Our panelists, ranging from singer/songwriters to journalists, will take a deeper look at music’s social footprint.

45 W. 18th Street
New York, NY 10011

Doors Open: 6:00 PM
Panel: 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM
Social: 7:45 PM – 9:00 PM
(Beer and wine provided; wine by The Hidden Sea)

Make sure to arrive early to guarantee entrance; must be 21 or older to attend.


Sian-Pierre is an award-winning journalist, on-camera personality, and cultural critic with infectious energy and an undying love for both pop-culture and social responsibility. He reports on pop-culture, youth culture, and social justice for outlets including CNN, CBS, MTV, and HLN.


Rapper Cakes Da Killa has been credited as, “one of hip hop’s most exciting new voices,” according to Youtuber The Needle Drop. With five mixtapes under his belt and features on various sites and printed publications Cakes is making a lane for LGBT rappers in hip hop. His debut album Hedonism drops October 21st 2016.

Jerry is the Deputy Editor of RollingStone.com and, previously, he was the Executive Editor of Out magazine and the Editor in Chief of New York Press. He teaches a Writing About the Arts class at the New School each spring.

Sarah is the Senior Music Supervisor at Jingle Punks Music and a member of the NYC-based electro pop duo Tomboy. A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, Sarah’s passion for everything from deep house to post-punk ensured that a career as a musician was inevitable. Sarah’s impeccable skills in music supervision are matched only by her knack for writing killer melodies that have been peppering the TV world since her start in 2012.

Boris is the Senior Editor for Shows & Editorial at Spotify. He was the creator of the dedicated Pride category which hosted exclusive playlists from LGBTQ artists, featuring their own music selection and narrative about what it means to be an OUT artist in the music industry. His expertise includes the int’l expansion of Spotify and the creation of interactive interviews, artist/music promotion through playlists amongst other dedicated hubs. His background mixes the streaming world with digital journalism amongst companies like Stitcher/Deezer, Napster/Rhapsody, NoisePop and LinkTV.


Out in Tech New York | Does My Music Like Me Back?

  • ...and just before the panel!

  • The 'before' picture for today's panel.